It's that time of year again
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House Committee approves bill to overturn NLRB decisions
On Oct. 26, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted to approve the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094). The legislation, if approved by Congress, will restore the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB's) traditional discretion over pre-election hearings and provide workers at least 35 days to weigh the benefits and costs of union representation prior to casting ballots. The bill will also require the NLRB to determine the group of employees that is most appropriate for collective bargaining using the Board's "traditional" standard. While the House will likely approve the legislation, the fate of the legislation in the U.S. Senate remains uncertain.
TGA urges OEHHA to reconsider hazard trait regulation
TGA joined a broad swatch of the business community urging the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to reconsider its decision to deviate from scientifically-accepted classification regimes in its proposed Hazard Trait regulation for California's Toxic Information Clearinghouse. The Oct. 24 letter stressed that, by creating its own classification system for the regulation, OEHHA may confuse members of the travel goods industry. The letter also urged OEHHA to withdraw its proposed regulations until the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) progresses further in the drafting of regulations for Assembly Bill 1879 (the Green Chemistry Initiative) which will directly impact the Hazard Trait regulations in question. The DTSC is expected to release their draft regulations for AB 1879 within the next two weeks.
School messenger bags
A smart alternative to the traditional backpack, school messenger bags have become student favorites in recent years. Thanks to their modern designs and practical construction, they provide style and comfort in a way that other typical school bags do not. More
Is this holiday the ghost of Christmas past?
NPD Insights Share
The results of NPD's tenth annual survey of consumers' holiday spending intentions are in, and it looks as if this holiday season could look a lot like last year's. The study also highlights the importance of online shopping. This year the majority of consumers still say they plan to spend the same amount of money on holiday gifts (64% vs. 61%) as they spent last year. The fewest number of respondents say they plan to spend more. More
Top 5 airlines for in-flight entertainment
IndependentTraveler.com via MSNBC Share
While almost every nanosecond of the flying experience presents potential hassles from figuring out true pricing when searching for fares to dealing with chaotic luggage pick-up when you finally get home the few hours in the air can actually provide some of the least stressful waking moments of our lives. It's usually relatively quiet and working is almost impossible, which leaves you plenty of time to just sit there and watch some movies. Of course, on some airlines this is a more pleasurable (and dependable) experience than others. More
About 1.7 million still without power as Northeast recovers from storm
Widespread power outages and transit delays marked the start of a challenging week for millions of residents of the Northeastern United States, where a freak October snowstorm dropped more than 2 feet of snow in some places. Close to 1.7 million customers in five states remained without power Monday evening, and officials warned it could be Friday before power is back on everywhere. More
Airlines' holiday tidings
The New York Times Share
As the holidays approach, many people are finalizing their travel plans and bracing themselves for the usual crowds, long security lines and inevitable delays. This season, planes will be even more tightly packed as airlines continue to cut capacity through the end of the year and into the next, even as more passengers take to the skies. But thicker crowds aren't the only differences that holiday travelers can expect this year. More
American Express releases
global business travel forecast for 2012
The need for companies to invest in business travel as a means to support business growth, as well as travel providers' discipline in managing supply, will likely lead to increases in business travel prices paid worldwide in 2012. Business travel rate increases are likely to be conservative in North America and Europe; however, Asia and Latin America are likely to see relatively higher increases as travel demand within and to these regions remains strong. More
Survey: Business travelers want nicer treatment
Los Angeles Times Share
While the cost of business travel continues to climb, executives say airline and hotel workers need to treat them with respect if they want to keep their business. A survey released last week found that business executives rank rude hotel staff, intrusive security procedures and "steerage-like treatment" on crowded commercial planes as the worst parts of traveling for business. Asked to pick the things they hate most about travel, 86% of executives said airport security screenings, 76% chose tiny, dirty commercial planes and 74% said impersonal treatment by hotel staff, according to the survey of about 3,000 business executives by Vitesse Worldwide, an executive travel firm in Connecticut. More