Workforce Matters February 17, 2022

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The Bi-Weekly Workforce Newsletter of the Council of Industry
February 18, 2021

Member Workforce News

Fala Technologies Highlights Two Apprentice Success Stories
Fala Technologies, a Kingston-based supply chain and contract manufacturing provider, has recently had two apprentices complete the Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP). The apprentices, Jonah Bauer and Norm Imperati, have worked closely with Fala president, Frank Falatyn, to successfully complete the program. Both have have seized the opportunity to further their careers at Fala.
Email Johnnieanne Hansen or call (845)-565-1355 to discuss MIAP details, requirements and potential opportunities. 
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The MIAP Apprentice Program
Electro-Mechanical Technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuitry. They operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.
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News for HR and Workforce Professionals

US DOL is Pushing for Unions, But Will It Work?
There is a concerted effort by the White House to make sure that workers are supported as they try to organize. Over 20 government agencies are working with the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment to promote the administration’s support for "worker power, worker organizing and collective bargaining."
On Feb. 7, 2020, the Department of Labor issued specific recommendations including:
  • Ensuring workers know their organizing and bargaining rights.
  • Protecting workers who face illegal retaliation when they organize and stand up for workplace rights.
  • Establishing a resource center on unions and collective bargaining.
  • Shedding light on employer’s use of anti-union consultants.
  • Collecting and reporting more information on unions and their role in the U.S. economy.
  • Advancing equity across underserved communities by supporting worker organizing and collective bargaining.
Manufacturing Labor Productivity Falls While Factory Orders Decline
Manufacturing labor productivity continued its ongoing slide during the fourth quarter, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Manufacturing labor productivity fell 0.8% in the fourth quarter at the annual rate, extending the 2.6% decline in the third quarter.
  • Output rose 4.8% in the fourth quarter, continuing to reflect solid growth in demand for goods despite ongoing challenges with supply chain and workforce issues.
  • However, real hourly compensation decreased 4.5% in the fourth quarter, pulling the headline figure lower.
  • Unit labor costs for manufacturers increased 4.2% in the fourth quarter.
  • For the year, manufacturing labor productivity increased 3.1%, the strongest annual increase since 2010, another year with strong rebounds in activity.
  • Labor productivity for durable goods increased 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with output rising 3.9% but with real hourly compensation declining 3.8%.
  • At the same time, labor productivity for nondurable goods decreased 3.7% in the fourth quarter, with output jumping 5.7%
  • But with real hourly compensation dropping 5.1%. Unit labor costs for durable and nondurable goods rose 3.3% and 6.7% in the fourth quarter, respectively.”
3 Strategies for Reducing Benefits Costs in 2022 
Health care costs continue to rise each year, and 2022 will be no exception. In the new year, experts predict a 6.5% increase in medical costs alone, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Employers are also anticipating health plan premiums to rise more than 5% in 2022, a Willis Towers Watson survey reports. With these increases in mind, employers will want to strategize methods to rein in benefits spending. This article offers three ways to help.
3 Ways to Turn the Great Resignation Into a Great Retention Moment
While the roar of the “war for talent” has been heard for decades and tightening talent markets have been experiencing it in bits and pieces, today’s labor market, regardless of business type or location, is now faced with more job openings than available workers. These market pressures are creating never-before-seen urgency around talent. For now, most businesses are reacting with the one tool that they can easily access: money.
While wages in general haven’t skyrocketed as much as they have in hospitality and retail, it seems like every business has a story to tell about how they’ve used money to entice key employees to stay and to lure employees to their organization, such as increasing starting wages. And once you change that, there’s no going back. Unfortunately, the money bucket is not bottomless. It’s the definition of a finite resource, creating a reactionary cycle in the market that can only go on for so long. Here are three other strategies:
6 Reasons Small Businesses Will Find it Easier to Hire in 2022 
It's never been easy to find employees. Even before the pandemic, there were record high numbers of open jobs. Now that number is even higher: almost 11 million job positions not filled. Four million workers have gone missing, with many older employees choosing permanent retirement rather than returning to their jobs. Businesses are struggling to find good workers. This, in addition to inflation concerns, is what drove small business optimism levels to an 11-month low, according to this week's survey from the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Will the worker shortage end? Not anytime soon. But the supply of labor will be increasing significantly in 2022. And for six reasons.
iCIMS January Workforce Report: Talent Shortages Continue
The demand for talent continues through the end of 2021 despite seasonal slowdowns in hiring and the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Job openings are up 86% from pre-pandemic levels.
  • There is a 97-point gap between job openings and job applications – widest in 2 years.
  • The Omicron outbreak did not slow hiring.
  • 18 – 24-year-old job seekers now represent the largest cohort of candidates – a third of all applicants.
  • Women are starting to return and female applicants are back to within one percent of their pre-pandemic levels.


Upcoming Programs, Training and Events

Manufacturing Lobby Day
The Council of Industry and the Manufacturers Alliance of New York invite you to save the date for this year's Manufacturing Advocacy Day taking place on March 9th from 8AM - 1 PM.
The event will begin at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave, Albany. 
We are planning on holding this event in person to meet with our state legislative leaders on issues such as energy, taxes, labor, and workforce development. 
Approximately 17% of Pine Bush High School June graduates plan to pursue a career in the skilled trades after they graduate. In support of graduating senior, PBHS is looking to connect them with companies/organizations like yours. On March 15 and 17, PBHS will host career events pertaining to the manufacturing field.
If you are interested in sending a representative to Pine Bush High School to interview potential future employees at this career event, please RSVP by emailing Aaron Hopmayer prior to February 18.
Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing/Welding:
March 15 Time requested: 12 to 3 p.m.
Transportation/Auto Body/Auto Mechanic
March 17 Time requested: 12 to 3 p.m.

The Manufacturing Matters Podcast

Manufacturing Matters Podcast: Frank Falatyn, President,
Fala Technologies
Frank has long recognized that FALA’s success is dependent on developing a skilled workforce to meet the complex challenges their customers bring them. He developed their “Next-Generation Manufacturing Workforce Initiative (Next-Gen).”
Johnnieanne and Harold talk to Frank about how he gained his passion for workforce development, the public/private partnerships he has created and nurtured as well as the local state and national programs he has developed and is developing.