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Jun 9, 2009 12:00 PM

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Industry Leaders Support Systems Integrators

NSCA and the NSCA Education Foundation are proud to announce the sponsors supporting the various events and opportunities available at InfoComm 09. NSCA would like to thank NSCA's ExpoJam!, Bosch Security Systems, Communications Systems Division, InfoComm International, NSCA University, Da-Lite Screen Company, WolfVision, and Shure for their generous support during InfoComm 09.

The NSCA Education Foundation is focused on preparing the next generation of system integrators, technicians, designers, and installers. By providing educational support through scholarships and support of educational initiatives, the Foundation grows its support through annual traditions such as the Industry Charity Concert featuring the Drunk Unkles and the Foundation's Putting Challenge. The NSCA Education Foundation would like to thank the following businesses that continually support these efforts.

  • Drunk Unkles Industry Concert
  • AMX
  • Christie Digital Systems
  • FSR
  • NEC
  • Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Stewart Filmscreen
  • Putting Challenge
  • Herman Procurement & Logistics

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Protecting Your Business

With the change in political parties in Washington, D.C., and in individual states, public policy is at the forefront of many business owners' concerns. The cost of running a business continues to rise with changes in tax policies, project labor agreements, prevailing wage, state licensing requirements, and proposed changes to labor organizations.

Traditionally focused on state licensing concerns and prevailing wage changes, NSCA realized public policy efforts that are increasingly gaining momentum at the state house and within Congress are threatening NSCA business owners, especially in these challenging economic times.

Legislation such as the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also referred to as "card check," would mean harmful changes that would drive up the costs of doing business, which could lead to layoffs in order to cover these costs and could even put some smaller companies out of business. NSCA's board of directors has created new position statements on issues such as EFCA, project labor agreements, and updated its position on prevailing wage and labor organizations. These position statements will be introduced at the 2009 Member Meeting and Industry Forum.

NSCA is working with member companies to communicate the message to prevent the EFCA due to three main concerns:

  • Employees would lose the ability to a secret ballot vote for participation in union organizations.
  • Business owners could see harmful financial repercussions due to new binding arbitration contracts if there is a delay in benefits negotiations. Owners would lose control of business decisions, from salaries to vacation time. These decisions would be made by the union or by the federal government in a dispute.
  • Employers would also see financial penalties during negotiations with labor unions or the federal government and harsh penalties on back-pay violations.

Additionally, NSCA has joined the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and other organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to further educate Congress and to stop this harmful legislation.

NSCA's Grassroots Action Center provides a way to communicate to both state and federal legislators on these issues, and has developed a website,, to inform system integrators of additional legislative efforts threatening their businesses.

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