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Labor Board cuts losses on union-friendly poster rule

Sources: National Right to Work Foundation, Springfield, Va.; CP staff

A deadline has passed for the National Labor Relations Board to file petitions at the U.S. Supreme Court to review two federal appellate court decisions striking down a proposed rule requiring private-workplace display of an 11- x 17-in. poster detailing employees’ union-organizing rights.

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Industry stocks’ average nears double-digit 2013 gain, lags Wall Street

Sources: CP staff; Fidelity Investments

In what was hailed as the best year for the U.S. stock market since in the mid-1990s—the Dow up 26.5 percent, the S&P 500 up 29.6 percent over 2012—shares of the seven major concrete, cement and aggregate companies climbed an average of 19.20 percent in 2013.

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Manufacturers survey: Affordable Care Act costs, clouds hit hard

Sources: National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

More than three quarters of respondents to a survey of small, medium and large manufacturers identified rising health care and insurance costs as their primary challenge of 2013.

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