News from the Construction Suppliers Association

March 8, 2017

Wide Open Job Market Creates New Challenges for Business

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

I stumbled across a couple of news items about the job market this week that made me stop and think. No, I’m not looking for a job. But many of you ARE looking for employees. If you are in that boat, you probably already know that the tide has turned. It’s not so easy to find good candidates, not that it was ever really easy.

The first item I saw was from Forbes magazine. The article was about the times when it’s appropriate for a candidate to end the interview and walk out. I remember a day not so long ago that, short of being attacked, no candidate would ever walk out on an interview. Today people can be a bit more discriminating.

So what were the valid reasons, according to Forbes contributor Liz Ryan, that you should walk out? Some of these might not surprise you, but I bet some will.  READ MORE

Free Webinar Gives Tips to Ensure Your Website is ADA Compliant

Federated LogoTitle III of the The Americans with Disabilities Act has become a vehicle for litigation alleging that commercial websites are not sufficiently accessible for persons with disabilities such as impaired vision or hearing. Federated Insurance is providing access to a complimentary webinar from Enquiron to explain the mechanics of such claims and offer tips on how your company can reduce the risk of these claims.

In addition, this webinar will include a special "countercurrents" section highlighting recent presidential executive orders impacting federal agency regulatory reform, wage and hour, and immigration, as well as local and state initiatives impacting employers today.

The 60-minute webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is free, but advance registration is required. READ MORE

2017 Georgia Legislative Update

Katie Base RobertsReview of Legislative Days 21-28

By Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs
Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

Crossover Day Has Come and Gone
Crossover Day, the all-important deadline for a bill to be adopted by its originating chamber, came and went last Friday, March 3.

Legislation that was not adopted by one chamber by the end of Friday is lost as a standalone measure this year.  However, a bill is never truly dead until the Legislature adjourns sine die; advocates often attach the entire contents of lost legislation to related active bills through the amendment process in an effort to see their proposal enacted.  Vigilance becomes even more important as the session moves into the frenetic final days.

Bills that did not make the Crossover Day deadline appear in an abbreviated form in the following legislative report. 

Limited Space Available for WILL Retreat

We have a few spaces left for the Women in Lumber Leadership Retreat, so don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn new skills and deepen your peer connections in the industry.

This retreat helps women in our industry meet the challenges of leadership while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Participants will enhance their ability to influence others, learn effective conflict resolution techniques and develop leadership and management skills. Participation is limited to 15. Online registration is now open.

Dates: March 31 to April 2
Location: Margaritaville Resort, Biloxi, Miss.


Looking for a Quick Way to Help Your New Staff Meet Sales Targets?

Would you like to give your new employees a practical introduction to the business and the basics of selling building materials?

Register them today for "The Nuts and Bolts of Building Material Sales" or the popular "Blueprint Reading & Material Take Off Workshop."

"Nuts and Bolts" is a new segment CSA has added to the Estimating/Takeoff Workshop. It provides your entry-level personnel with a basic understanding of building materials operations, product usage in residential construction and the basics of customer service. Topics include: building material terminology, abbreviations, formulas and measures, margins, board footage, price conversions, customer relations, practical selling skills, and product usage on the jobsite.

The Blueprint Reading & Material Take Off Workshop teaches residential construction methods, blueprint reading, material take off, package selling and bid presentation. Participants receive hands-on experience figuring on an actual set of working drawings.

Instructor: Casey Voorhees
Location: BlueLinx Training Center at CSA office in Tyrone, Ga.

    March 21 “The Nuts and Bolts of Building Material Sales”
    March 22-23 “Estimating/Takeoff Workshop”


CSA Safety Academy Program Can Help Make Your Workplace Safer

The CSA Safety Academy is a comprehensive, three-part training program that addresses three hot-button safety topics: OSHA regulations, Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene, and DOT, Safety & Alcohol Training. CSA Director of Safety and Transportation, Victor Shell will lead all three classes.

May 4-5 “OSHA Regulations” in Tyrone, Ga.
Aug. 16-17 “Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene” in Tyrone, Ga.
Sept. 12-13 “DOT, Safety & Alcohol Training” in Savannah, Ga.

The OSHA Regulations and the Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene classes will be held at the CSA office in Tyrone, Ga. The DOT, Safety and Alcohol Training session will be held in conjunction with the CSA Annual Conference at the Westin Savannah.

Cost per workshop is $149 or bundle all three for $399.   READ MORE & REGISTER


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