November 14, 2016
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Seaport Alliance gains market share despite global trade slowdown

West Coast ports have reported their numbers, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance is the winner, Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton reports.

The combined seaport operations of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma saw their total laden cargo volume jump by 12.1 percent in September compared with the year before. The year-to-date increase is 5.4 percent -- far above the total gain of 2.2 percent for all West Coast ports.

The good news comes amid a global trade slowdown and ongoing impacts by the bankruptcy filing of Hanjin Shipping.

More positive news: "the Puget Sound container ports are clawing back regional market share from Canadian rivals," Talton wrote. Total laden cargo in Vancouver, B.C., has dropped by 2.1 percent this year. Prince Rupert is up 4 percent but below its strong growth from a year ago.

His overall conclusion: "if the trends hold, this will mark a key achievement: Turning around the declining market share caused by the years of bitter infighting between the ports before they joined forces."

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Focus on Sustainability

Cardinal Glass: A Clear Path to Energy Efficiency

Cardinal's Washington-made glass and window products help its customers around the world save money -- and the planet.

Making glass is inherently energy-intensive, but Cardinal's finished product is so energy-efficient that its carbon footprint from glass production is essentially offset within a year by the customer's reduced carbon output from lower energy use.

And Cardinal keeps its energy use as low as possible: When operating at full capacity, Cardinal's plant in Winlock has one of the lowest total emissions per ton of glass shipped of any conventional float glass plant in the world.

Read the full story in Washington Business Magazine
Don't End Workplace Flexibility

New rules complicate seasonal hiring

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Here in Washington and throughout the nation, part-time and seasonal positions have long played an important role in the economy, providing jobs with flexible schedules that benefit employers and workers alike.

With Seattle's adoption of new scheduling ordinance that restricts how employers can schedule shifts, employers and employees should keep a close eye on the unintended consequences of the nearly 50-pages of regulations, including a loss of flexibility for part-time workers, and even the loss of some part-time jobs and the benefits that come with them.

Likewise, leaders in other communities would be wise to observe the process given the recent history of a regulation starting in Seattle and spreading elsewhere...

Read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
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