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November 2, 2012
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  • Construction sector adds 17,000 jobs in October
    Non-farm payrolls in October increased by 171,000. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%. The construction sector added 17,000 jobs, and the only sector that saw a decrease in jobs was government. The number of jobs added in September was revised -- up to 148,000 from the original 114,000. ABC News (11/2), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Portion of copper roof torn away from N.J. skyscraper
    A large portion of the copper roof of the National Newark Building in Newark, N.J., was torn off due to Hurricane Sandy. The roof had been installed in 2000 during a $68 million upgrade and was coated with a green patina to make it look older. The mansard design was influenced by the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Turkey. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Sustainable cities cannot ignore their use of global resources
    The ideal sustainable city must account for the worldwide movement of products and services, according to researchers based in Sweden. "Urban areas drive much of the global changes we see, whether in energy use, food supply, resource depletion or land-use change," said Sybil Seitzinger of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. "The sustainability of a city can no longer be thought of in isolation from the combined resource use and impacts of cities globally," the researchers wrote. United Press International (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Find, treat the root causes of employee disengagement
    Many employee-engagement efforts focus on surface issues instead of the root causes of workers' discontent, which might include poor leadership or a bad company culture, Derek Irvine of Globoforce writes. You need to discover the underlying issues affecting your workplace and fix them, he writes. "Employees don't need another pizza party or coffee flavor option in the cafe. They need the tools to get their jobs done." (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is your team fighting? Maybe it should be
    Bosses should pick more constructive fights, and encourage their employees to do the same, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Healthy conflicts boost innovation, help cut through analysis paralysis, and make it easier to get honest feedback, Asmus explains. "Setting aside time to dialog with your team about the value of conflict and what it means to have healthy, respectful conflict is a first step," she writes. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Organized labor continues to fade
    The influence of unions is dwindling even in areas that traditionally have been pro-labor, Kris Maher writes. Employees at JWF Industries in Johnstown, Pa., recently voted 194-38 against unionization. About 1,300 union elections were held nationwide in the year that ended Sept. 30, compared with 2,600 elections held during the same length of time a decade ago. The Wall Street Journal (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Scholarship program applications are available
    Applications for The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program 2013-14 academic scholarships are available. Recipients of the scholarships are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Eligible applicants include full-time employees of an NRCA contractor or supplier member company or their dependent children or spouses. Applications must be received by Jan. 31, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CNA and NRCA collaborate to support your charities
    CNA and NRCA have collaborated to honor charitable works by NRCA member contractors through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Nominate any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2012, for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your charity. Eligible projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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