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Cal OSHA Eye Wash Station Requirement
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SB 211 Vetoed By Governor 



As originally introduced SB 211 would have decriminalized and limited penalties for an automotive service provided that violated the CARB check and inflate tire regulation. The bill was pushed by Les Schwab. ASCCA supported the intent of the measure. As the bill moved forward it was substantially amended to delete those important provisions. The bill then basically was watered down and simply codified existing law which provided that tire pressure gauges need to be accurate within a range of plus or minus 2 psi and that shops not required to check and inflate tires that are unsafe. The Governor vetoed the bill saying it was unnecessary.  


Click here to see the Governor's veto notification. 


Paid Leave Among Most Widely Available Benefits According to DOL Survey  

Paid leave benefits continued to be the most widely available benefit offered by employers, with paid vacations available to 91% of full-time workers in private industry in March 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in July. Access to these benefits, however, varied by employee and establishment characteristics.


In private industry, paid vacation benefits were available to 37% of part-time workers. Paid sick leave was available to 75% of full-time workers and 27% of part-time workers.


The report Employee Benefits in the United States contains March 2011 data compiled from the annual National Compensation Survey (NCS), which provides comprehensive measures of the incidence and provision of employee benefit plans. More than 15,000 establishments in the private and public sectors were surveyed.


Additional findings included:

  • 64% of all private industry employees had access to retirement benefits.
  • Medical care benefits were available to 69% of private industry workers.
  • 73% of full-time employees in private industry had access to retirement benefits, and 85% to medical care.


Additional information is expected to be published in early fall.


Massachusetts Attorney General Approves Right to Repair Ballot Question 

Following certification by Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley of its proposed ballot question, the Right to Repair Coalition has announced that it will immediately begin collecting signatures to place the petition before the voters. The proposed Right to Repair law would require automobile manufacturers to provide the diagnostic and safety information directly to consumers. Supporters have until November 23, 2011 to get the nearly 70,000 signatures required to place the matter on the 2012 ballot.


The coalition has reported that more than 50,000 letters of support have been submitted and the coalition's Facebook page has received more than 8,000 "likes".


Opponents, including the Association of International Automotive Manufacturers, contend that Right to Repair legislation does not benefit the consumer and is unnecessary and that access to the same diagnostic repair information auto manufacturers currently provide to their dealers already exists.


Click here for more information on the Right to Repair legislation. 




Car Sound Exhaust, Inc. to Pay $560,000 in Air Quality Penalties 


The California Air Resources Board has announced that Car Sound Exhaust Inc., a catalytic converter manufacturer, will pay a total of $560,000 for air quality violations.


All payments will be made to the California Air Pollution Control Fund, established to decrease air pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technologies.


An industry-wide investigation by ARB revealed that Car Sound Exhaust sold, offered for sale, and/or advertised in California 3,982 non-California certified catalytic converters between January 2005 and March 2010.


Car Sound Exhaust must make monthly payments of $23,333 until March 2013. The company also agreed to set in place a comprehensive compliance plan so that no future violations occur.





TEAMtalk Rules & Etiquette




TEAMtalk was set up as an open forum for members to use to discuss issues of relevance to the membership or the automotive industry at large. Questions and posts should be limited to those things that are of interest to the membership at large. This is a member-to-member discussion list. TEAMtalk is NOT intended for use as a communications vehicle to reach the ASCCA Staff, ASCCA Committees, ASC Insurance Services or the ASCCA Board of Directors. Any items related to staff, committee, insurance or board need to be addressed to the appropriate parties directly using the contact page. This mechanism has been set up so that you don't have to be on a board or committee email distribution list to have your message forwarded. Simply choose the party(s) you wish to contact and the message will be routed appropriately. Please do not post technical (mechanical repair, etc) questions to this forum. Use the iATN forum for that.


This list is only open to current, paid-up Regular, Associate and Educator members of ASCCA. Participation in this list is a privilege and is NOT a right of membership.


There is a moderator who takes care of technical issues. There is also a board of advisors made up of members, who assist the moderator and who decide if members are subject to disciplinary action, (removal from the list), if found to be in violation of the rules.



The following industry standard guidelines were set up to help TEAMtalk operate in an orderly fashion. Violations are subject to disciplinary action and which may include removal from the list.


1.      Refrain from "flaming" or using profanity. "Flaming" is sending back angry, biting responses, "getting personal" and calling people names or otherwise belittling them. The use of sarcasm, profanity, "challenges" or other unpleasantness is not appreciated by list members. Remember, posts are seen by EVERYONE, not just the person you are responding to.)


2.      What goes on TEAMtalk stays on TEAMtalk. (TT is meant to be an in-house discussion group for ASCCA members. Although there is an expectation of "privacy" NOTHING sent via email is truly private. Please do not forward messages! REMEMBER - your behavior reflects on the association as a whole and your messages get around to outside entities whether you want them to or not.  Maintain your professionalism at all times!)


3.      Stick to relevant topics authorized for TEAMtalk. (Topics appropriate to TT are matters of interest to the membership at large meaning industry information, announcements, questions about your shop, chapter activities, legislative issues, etc. Emails directed to staff, directors or committees should be sent via our contact page. From time to time, matters related to individual ASCCA members (i.e., notification of illness or death), are permitted.)


4.      Do not post FWDs, Jokes, Spam, Virus warnings, etc. to TEAMtalk.


5.      Send relevant responses to TEAMtalk. (Don't send "support" posts (such as "kudos" "amen!" or "right on!") to the entire group. Please don't send "TEST" messages if you are wondering if you're still on TT or to see if TT is working. Please address those questions to the list moderator at


6.      Keep TEAMtalk posts short and concise.


7.      Do not post copyrighted material to TEAMtalk.


8.      Use appropriate subject lines. (PLEASE use "TT:" at the beginning of your subject line.)


9.      Sign your posts. (Many of you have obscure e-mail addresses that give no clue as to who you are so please sign your first and last name at the bottom of each post.)


10.  Please, no commercials or sales pitches on TEAMtalk.



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