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Laborers dispatch bridge debris-mangled bus prop for highway funding campaign

Source: Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Under a “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” banner, organized labor’s most proactive voice for federal transportation investment has kicked off a six-week tour of 22 cities and Congressional districts, a bridge debris-bearing school bus leading the charge.

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MIT researchers model stronger cement on theory behind Corning Gorilla Glass

Sources: Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Corning Inc., New York; CP staff

Borrowing from a ‘rigidity theory’ that has led Corning Inc. engineers to the high performance Gorilla Glass—its toughness in thin sections equal to smartphone and laptop computer screens—the Concrete Sustainability Hub is studying potential portland cement reformulation aimed at higher fracture resistance than current ASTM C 150 product.

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Operating Engineers take narrow election at Virginia precast plant

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The NRLB has certified International Union of Operating Engineers Local 77 in Suitland, Md., as collective-bargaining representative for equipment operators and mechanics at the Structural Concrete Products LLC plant in Manassas, Va. The Board adopted a regional director’s January 2014 decision on the prior month’s representation vote—four in favor, three opposed—among proposed bargaining unit employees. Woodbridge, Va.-based Structural Concrete had challenged the election, citing a Local 77 agent’s presence in a parked vehicle from which employees en route to casting ballots could be observed.