November 2011

New members

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

ARCCON Acess Floors
Business Engineering
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources
Niles Industrial Coatings
Sage Environmental Consulting
Seeler Industries Inc.

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Meeting Calendar
Safety Division
Dec 1

Safety Sharing Workshop; 7:15 to 1:00 pm; $15 manufactures only

Dec 6

First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99

Jan 10

First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99

Prices shown apply to TRMA members. For members and non-member details and registration
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TRMA Directory

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"Temporary" Tax Hike?—Don't Count on it

Springfield lobbyist Tom Cullen held out little hope to TRMA members that Illinois' temporary tax increase on businesses and individuals will go away anytime soon. The state's financial issues are too big to be solved by the time the tax hike is supposed to end, he said, speaking at a legislative update luncheon November 2 hosted by TRMA's government affairs committee.

While mounting threats by Illinois businesses to move out of state finally got the attention of the Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Quinn, Cullen said their solution, to throw tax incentives at the problem, doesn't make sense. "The state is broke and now we're talking about handing out more tax breaks."

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Tips for Success in the Multi Generational Workplace

With four generations working side by side for the first time in history, generational conflicts and misunderstandings are inevitable, but consultant Susan Cain of The Corporate Learning Institute offered ways to minimize conflicts and the loss of productivity that results from them during a luncheon for TRMA members held November 8 at the Three Rivers Safety Center.

For starters, Cain offered an alternative view to a widely held assumption that older workers cost more than younger workers. Baby Boomers in particular want to keep working, though not necessarily in leadership positions, and they're often willing to work for competitive wages. Moreover, older workers possess a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge that can't be price-tagged.

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Making Science Fun to Teach

Caterpillar, CITGO Lemont Refinery, Oxbow Midwest Calcining, Rhodia and SGS appreciate that motivating our children to learn math and science is important, but keeping them enthusiastic as they progress through middle school is critical for them to become the innovators, scientists, technologists, engineers or operators of the future. Therefore, they are sponsoring a technology-infused professional development for 5th - 8th grade teachers and providing area classrooms with the award-winning JASON materials to better develop area students' scientific knowledge and reasoning skills.

What is the Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP) JASON Project? Have you ever imagined free falling to reach terminal velocity? Or investigating the hydrothermal vents of the Lost City? Or avoiding ice floes while navigating a vessel in the Arctic Ocean? Middle school students in a TREP JASON Project participating classroom will. TREP's JASON Project is an inquiry-based teaching curriculum that uses telepresence to create a 'being there experience' for students to virtually work side by side with scientists on real-world missions. The curriculum incorporates videos, podcasts, Web casts, live chat sessions, and interactive computer simulations—all aligned to national science standards. Thanks to the generosity and vision of our corporate sponsors, TREP is working with 16 teachers from 13 area middle schools providing the award-winning JASON Project program, which gets students enthused and keeps them interested in learning science.

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