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

The unified ports of Seattle and Tacoma are thriving, winning back market share from their rivals even as global trade slows. Read more »

Manufacturers to President-Elect Trump: We are the solution

AWB was among more than 1,100 signatories on a letter manufacturers sent to President-Elect Donald Trump last week. The message was simple -- employers have a unique responsibility and ability to help unify the country and bolster the promise of America. Read more »

Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 aims to boost local retailers

Support small businesses in a big way on Saturday, Nov. 26, during Small Business Saturday. This national event was created in 2010 to boost business at local retailers the day after Black Friday. Read more »

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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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