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Union membership rate slides more

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); CP staff

The level of wage and salary workers who were members of unions, hence the union membership rate, was 10.7 percent in 2016, down 0.4 percent from 2015. BLS Current Population Survey findings show the number of unionized wage and salary workers declined 240,000 last year, to 14.6 million. BLS cites among other 2016 data highlights:

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Global cement group spawns concrete twin, responsible sourcing certification

Sources: Cement Sustainability Initiative, Geneva; CP staff

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), along with partners from the Americas, Europe and Asia, has launched a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete.

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Liquid Stone takes Concrete Industry Management Auction centerpiece

Sources: Concrete Industry Management (CIM) National Steering Committee; CP staff

The National Steering Committee reports a near-record $875,000 in gross proceeds from the 2017 CIM auction, staged January 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, amid the World of Concrete show. Liquid Stone Concrete, Burleson, Texas, was the winning bidder for the signature item: a Mack Granite Axle Forward-mounted McNeilus 11-yd. Bridgemaster.

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Silica dust exposure protection carries the day at World of Concrete 2017

Source: CP staff

CP01217 MinnichWorld of Concrete 2017 evidenced a mid-year enforcement timetable for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new crystalline silica dust exposure threshold covering construction sites and general workplaces. Leading the charge for compliance were sawing and drilling equipment exhibitors, along with peers promoting cementitious material conveying, handling or dispensing devices with which silica dust can reach agency-reduced levels.

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Bekaert fiber distribution device brings ‘Internet of Things’ to mixer chutes

Sources: CP staff; Bekaert, Marietta, Ga.; CP staff

BekaertSteel reinforcing fiber leader Bekaert premiered at World of Concrete 2017 a laser-enabled device measuring concrete mixes’ homogeneity and fiber distribution profile. Mounted at the end of a mixer truck chute, the Dramix eyeD generates graphs and limited dashboards that attest targeted reinforcement uniformity.

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