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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
July 9, 2013

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Tap the Glass #92
Tightening Hours Regulations
Healthcare Law's Employer Mandate
$1M to Train Veterans
Hill Update
Diesel Rises 1.1¢
Trucking Sheds 3,500 Jobs
Training programs flourish
Driving Simulator
Military Experience Counts
TIGER - MT Hub Center
Construction Spending - May
Veteran Unemployment Data
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Tap on the Glass - 92
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The slow result of life's decay,

To be once more a little child,
For one bright summer-day."

-Lewis Carroll, "Solitude" 

We're having our Grandkids spend the night this weekend... and in observing the dynamics of them, I'm convinced that if you spend a little time with children, or just observing them, you might learn a few lessons that could help your health.

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Tightening Hours Regulations Garner National Media Attention

Turns out, trucking industry stakeholders aren't the only ones who have shown interest in the changes to driver hours-of-service changes that went into effect this week: Some prominent national media outlets have reported on the subject, too. Most notably, The Wall Street Journal published a piece on its website and on the front page of its Marketplace section on July 3. Its headline reads "Truckers are losing sleep over 70-hour work limit," and it calls the rule changes "the most significant overhaul of rules governing truck-driver hours in a decade." Continue reading  

Healthcare law's employer mandate pushed back a year  

The requirement that employers with more than 50 full-time employees provide health insurance coverage or option to its employees - as required by the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") - has been pushed back to 2015, the Department of Treasury announced Tuesday.

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FMCSA Announces $1 Million to Train Veterans, Military Families   
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry. The grants were awarded to six colleges across the country as part of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grant program. 
Hill Update July 8, 2013
  • H.R. 2560: To amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to support community college and industry partnerships, and for other purposes.
  • Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill.
  • 113th Congress on Pace to Do Less Than Last Session's Record-Breaking Low 
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Diesel Rises 1.1 to $3.828; Increase Is First Following Six Declines - Diesel rose 1.1 cents to $3.828 a gallon, its first gain following six declines, the Department of Energy reported. Gasoline, meanwhile, dipped 0.4 cent to $3.492, its fourth... Continue reading. 
Trucking sheds 3,500 jobs in June

The for-hire trucking industry continued to pull back from its recent hiring binge, cutting another 3,500 payroll jobs in June, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reduction was on top of a revision in May figures to reflect a loss of 2,600 jobs rather than the 700-job reduction initially reported last month. 


The economy as a whole continued to add net new jobs, however. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June, and gains in April and May were revised upward to about that same number, according to preliminary BLS figures. In June, employment rose in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care and financial activities. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6... Continue reading

Training programs flourish as mechanics, metal and factory workers highly sought 

Sparks shot across the room at the L.J. Shosten Training Center in St. Paul as apprentices welded pipes and ground prickly steel to a smooth finish. Nearby, others hovered over a misaligned motor like doctors tending a patient. Workers with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters union have been feverishly busy, yet Paul Trudeau remains worried. "We are short on manpower," said Trudeau, the head of training for Minnesota's next generation of industrial repairmen and mechanics for the union.


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NTSB Utilizes Driving Simulator in Testing of Accident Avoidance

The National Transportation Safety Board will soon be using an innovative driving simulator made by the Mechanical Simulation Corp. The simulator will be used by NTSB engineers for accident investigation and development, testing and demonstration of accident avoidance and mitigation strategies. The three degree of freedom (3 DOF) motion simulator features Mechanical Simulation's flagship vehicle simulation software product - TruckSim for Driving Simulators.

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New Experience Counts Initiative grants veterans credit for their military experience - A new Experience Counts Initiative that helps veterans transfer military service into certification for civilian jobs and enlists staff at New York State Career Centers to help place veterans in these jobs was announced Wednesday by... Continue reading. 
TIGER to power Port of Northern Montana Multimodal Hub Center - To get agricultural and manufacturing products to world markets, producers need to transport them in shipping containers that are standardized for trucks, trains, and ships... Continue reading. 
Construction spending higher in May  
Construction spending during May was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $874.9 billion - 0.5% above the revised April estimate and 5.4% above May 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. During the first five months of 2013, the rate of construction spending was up 6.2% from the same 2012 period.
BLS Releases June Veteran Unemployment Statistics
Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, has released the June 2013 and 2nd Quarter 2013 veteran unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rookie of the Year
Trucking's Top Rookie News  

The submissions have been sent and we will let you know the results as soon as they are released!  

CVTA Board Member Gary Strube will represent CVTA at the awards ceremony.

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There are 25,000 open trucking positions across the country and not enough qualified people to fill them, according to the American Trucking Association.
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"My Sharona" was a hit for which US rock band?

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