Archive for August 13th, 2013

With August recess putting a halt on congressional action on an immigration reform that would provide the pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented workers, various leading organizations — including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and, a reform advocacy group for the tech industry, have released advertising campaigns that urge for bipartisan support of the legislation.
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In The Enthusiastic Employee: How Companies Profit by Giving Workers What They Want, David Sirota and Douglas Klein reveal the secret of employee enthusiasm: that special, invigorating, purposeful and emotional state that’s always present in the most successful organizations. Read more


In the global competitive market, U.S. companies are often up against other foreign exporters supported by strong financing from their governments. How can American manufacturers be more competitive when they export? What will it take to succeed? Read more


Many communities are glad to have chemical plants providing jobs and other economic benefits. At the same time, the risk of accidents raises concerns — especially when news reports focus on high-profile disasters, such as the April explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Read more

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Game theory is a complex mathematical concept that has wide-reaching applications in negotiation and business relationships. The application of many game theory-related tactics in supply chain negotiations can help ensure a positive outcome for either the buyer or the seller. But it can also have dangerous consequences. Read more

Water pipes in San Antonio, Texas. Credit: Jason Jones.

Water pipes in San Antonio, Texas. Credit: Jason Jones.

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sewer system and pay a $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage. In addition, the city will invest $1.1 billion in upgrades to bring the municipal water system into compliance.

The Justice Department, on behalf of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filed a complaint against SAWS alleging that between 2006 and 2012, SAWS had approximately 2,200 illegal overflows from its sanitary sewer system that discharged approximately 23 million gallons of raw sewage into local waterways in violation of its CWA discharge permit. Read more

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