March 2012

New members

We are especially pleased that these companies recognize the value of belonging to TRMA, especially in tough economic times:

Baker Corp.
GM Safety & Supply

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Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
Mar 6
RCRA/Solid Waste Issues Update; noon to 1:30 pm; $33
Government Affairs Division
Mar 15
Legislative Update--Senator Sue Rezin; noon to 1:30 pm
Maintenance Division
Mar 8 Scaffold Competent Person Training
7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $225
Safety Division
Mar 8 First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Mar 20
Confined Space Entry Training;
7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $225
Apr 3
First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Human Resources Division
Mar 15
Employment Law Update; noon to 2:00 pm; $33
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Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training and Confined Space Entry Watch Training

(see announcement for details)

Mar 27

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Will County Employment Picture Looking Better

Employment prospects are looking up for job seekers in Will County, but that's not necessarily good news for local manufacturers who are already challenged in finding skilled workers.

Pat Fera, manager of the Workforce Investment Board of Will County (WIB), in her annual economic report to TRMA-member HR managers on February 21, projected a ten percent growth in employment over the next decade. That's up from a gloomier three percent forecast last year.

Fera emphasized that these are new jobs, not replacement hires, and therein lies the challenge. The average age of industrial workers in Will County is 54. Manufacturers are already experiencing the onset of a massive turnover as Baby Boomers begin to retire. Moreover, Will County faces a shortage of skilled workers, especially those with associate degrees, Fera said, so growth in new jobs exacerbates an already challenging situation.

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Time is Running Out to Make Reservations for Annual Meeting

Reservations are being accepted for the TRMA Annual Meeting which will be held March 29, 2012, at the Holiday Inn in Joliet, IL. A short report of the 2011 TRMA accomplishments and 2012 plans will be given as well as the presentation of the 2011 Safety Awards for excellence in safety performance. Click here to reserve your seat.

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TRMA Supports Keystone XL Pipeline

TRMA has renewed its support for the Keystone XL Pipeline in the wake of President Obama's decision to delay a decision on approval until after the 2012 elections. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jerry Caamano, TRMA executive director, said the pipeline will "provide a long-term, stable energy supply to the United States, create jobs and spur economic growth."

The pipeline would ship 700,000 barrels of crude daily from the Canadian oil sands and domestic sources to refineries in Illinois and the Gulf Coast. Proponents argue that it would ensure a secure source of oil from a neighbor and ally, thereby reducing reliance on oil imports from politically unstable areas. They also posit that the pipeline will create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and generate more than $5.2 billion in tax revenue.

In his letter to Secretary Clinton, Caamano noted that 60% of the oil consumed in Illinois already comes from Canada, much of it from the western oil sands. He also said that it is estimated that importation of crude from the Canadian oil sands will have created 14,600 jobs in Illinois and add $1 billion to the state's gross domestic product between 2011 and 2015.

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