The Bi-Weekly Newsletter of the Council of Industry
February 11, 2021

Manufacturing Industry News
Apprenticeship Program Completion: Congratulations New Journeymen Greg, Elaine, and Jacob!
Greg Lucy (pictured with his mentor and father, Steve) of Viking Industries, completed his Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship program in 2020 and was awarded his certificate and pocket card.
Elaine Burns of Sono-Tek received the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Journey worker certificate after successfully completing her apprenticeship program last year.
Jacob Montalbano received his Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship Training as an Industrial Manufacturing Technician at Elna Magnetics last year.
To learn more about how you can upskill your workers with the Council of Industry's Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP), through which participants receive a NYS Department of Labor approved credential, click here.
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Working Women
"The pandemic has set working women back by more than three decades—to levels of labor force participation last seen in 1988," write Fortune's Maria Aspan and Emma Hinchliffe. They spoke to Melinda Gates, who said: "Whether women regain their footing in the post-pandemic economy depends on whether employers recognize the reason for those gaps or penalize women for a reality they had no control over."

NY Fed Study: Job Seekers’ Beliefs and the Causes of Long-Term Unemployment
Since the first wave of the pandemic, the number of long-term unemployed—who face worse employment prospects—has surged from 1.1 million to almost 4 million. This post,from the NYFed’s Liberty Street Economics Blog,discusses new findings using data on elicited beliefs of unemployed job seekers to uncover the forces driving long-term unemployment. Overall, these findings suggest that the design of unemployment policies should take the heterogeneity across workers losing their jobs seriously due to the resulting selection into long-term unemployment. Improving job seekers’ information about their employment prospects may further help to lower the high incidence of costly long-term unemployment.

The Cost of De-Globalizing World Trade: Economic Scenarios for the World’s Turn Inwards
This report aims to highlight the potential economic losses resulting from “de-globalising” the world economy, focusing on international trade. The potential impact of emerging obstacles to trade is simulated using a Computable General Equilibrium model, focusing on three distinct scenarios for the coming decade. As countries continue to wrestle with COVID-19, The Economist Intelligence Unit expects global GDP to contract by 4.7% in 2020, while global trade is likely to shrink by 10.6%. Although are bound is expected to begin in 2021, large amounts of debt accumulated during the pandemic will make for a fragile recovery. This report presents three scenarios that highlight down side risks to the already pessimistic baseline global economic outlook.

Creating a Culture of Accountability
By Donald J. Hahn Chief Growth Officer Ignition LifeSolutions
Accountability is an elusive attribute of a culture that all companies revere, frantically seek but rarely master. Those companies that successfully create a culture of true accountability achieve an uncommon alignment and focus resulting in a remarkable ability to master their own destiny. This seemingly nebulous attribute creates a powerful advantage to its masters. Many companies cite lack of accountability as one of their top impediments to success, yet they seem unable to establish accountability despite their frustrations. If you conduct a root cause analysis you will uncover many contributors to this lack of accountability.

Low Tech Gets It Done
We’ve all become accustomed to reading about the many advances in technology and how they’ll shake the very foundations of manufacturing strategy. Yet we’ve seen too many examples of new technologies over-promising and under-delivering. This isn’t to argue that advanced technologies have no role in helping manufacturers address today’s challenges. Still,are new technologies sometimes being too enthusiastically lauded when less costly, less risky solutions would work just as well, if not better?

Technologies to Keep Workers Safe From COVID-19
Outbreaks of the virus–or fear of exposure–have forced manufacturers to continue to rethink their processes. Industries ranging from automotive to food processing to consumer-packaged goods have had difficulty following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing, which is not always possible due to the close proximity of workers that may be required, leading to plant shutdowns and resulting in supply shortages and waste of essential products. Manufacturers, however, are learning to adapt to keep plants open and productive and workers safe by implementing new safety protocols. They’re also implementing technology specifically focused on curtailing COVID-19, such as Internet of Things (IoT) wearables, to help them keep track of unavoidable exposures among their workforces.

Biden Names Peter Ohr NLRB Acting General Counsel
On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden summarily removed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb from office. Biden removed Robb’s deputy Alice Stock the following day. These unprecedented moves were clearly meant to change direction from that of Trump administration appointees. However, they left the NLRB without its legal advisor and without its prosecutorial arm. On January 25, 2021, the President named Peter Sung Ohr to be acting General Counsel. Ohr is the NLRB’s Chicago office Regional Director. Under Section 3(d) of the National Labor Relations Act, Ohr will only serve as acting General Counsel for a maximum of 40 days unless the administration submits a nomination to the Senate.

Ransomware's Most Common Target: Manufacturing
While manufacturers are not necessarily easier targets than peers in other industry sectors, it is clear that today's hackers recognize the growing value associated with attacking industrial organizations.Unfortunately, the stats show it. According to a recent Digital Shadows report that examined ransomware attacks in 2020, the industrial good sector accounted for 29%. It’s not too late for manufacturers to take action. Industrial manufacturers, including chemical, pharma, food and beverage, and automotive sectors, need to transform their approach to network security in order to stay one step ahead of the ransomware curve.

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Upcoming Webinars
Connect with Senate Majority Leader Schumer
MACNY COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Package Webinar on
Friday 2/19 at 4 p.m.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer will join MACNY to discuss the latest COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Package. He also will discuss his priorities in the new year and answer your questions about the future of manufacturing.

The State of the State with the Empire Center's E.J. McMahon
E.J. McMahon is a longtime friend of the Council of Industry - keynoting several annual luncheon meetings and presented and numerous other events.

We have asked him to present on New York’s proposed budget, the state's fiscal situation, the Governor's ambitious state of the state proposals and what it all means for Hudson Valley Manufacturers.

This event is for senior level manufacturing executives.

To register please email Harold King
The Manufacturing Matters Podcast
Manufacturing Matters Podcast: Steve Casa - Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES
For many years the private sector and education sector seemed disconnected – two silos interacting only occasionally and rarely cooperatively. There have been, however, individuals who have been able to break out of those silos, who have created opportunities and programs for businesses and educators to work together with common purpose, that purpose being the betterment of young people. One such person is Steve Casa, Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES.
Be a Guest on the Podcast!
The Council of Industry extends thanks to all Manufacturing Matters guests and listeners for their support. With more than 40 episodes released, we've documented countless conversations with local manufacturers.

In 2021, we're looking to introduce new faces to the podcast. If you or someone you know is involved in the Hudson Valley manufacturing sector and would like to be a guest on Manufacturing Matters, please contact Johnnieanne Hansen at