Quick Takes - September 14, 2018

To: Affiliate Association Executives

From: Michael Makin

Lobbying Trump... PIA and its allies in the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) appealed to the top economic minds in the Trump administration this week, sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in response to an announcement that the administration is delaying release of a special task force report on the future business model of the USPS. President Trump created the task force via executive order in what many observers called an escalation of a Twitter storm against Amazon (a C21 member) and its CEO Jeff Bezos. The report, originally due for release in late August, is now pending "until the end of the year" and certainly until after the midterm elections. Industry's letter to Mnuchin, which garnered press attention on Capitol Hill, did not chastise the administration for the delay, but rather urged the President to support quick passage of postal reform legislation stalled in Congress, as the House and Senate have delayed action while awaiting task force recommendations. The letter also noted industry's opposition to privatizing the USPS and drove home the argument that raising postage was economic folly when there are cheaper alternatives to mail delivery.

Lean in Oklahoma... The second meeting of PIA's new Lean peer group was held earlier this week in Oklahoma City at the impressive Vox Printing facility, situated on 70 acres of land. The company, which specializes in menu trays for fast-food restaurants, is housed in a 150,000-square-foot facility that features a waterslide, squash and basketball courts, and a fitness facility for its employees. PIA also has six applications in hand for its second CI-focused peer group. The group will consist of quality, CI, and operations managers from member companies that have a continuous improvement program in place. Are you aware of a company that might be interested in participating? If so, please contact Jim Workman at 1-800-910-1710 or jworkman [at] printing.org.

Print18 and PPA... Don't miss out on what will surely be the best party at Print18! Join us for an evening of live entertainment, delicious food, and flowing cocktails as we celebrate the best and brightest of the print industry at the Premier Print Awards gala. We'll kick off the night with a two-hour cocktail reception, and then we'll head into the ballroom to see who will take home a Benny! Tickets are available by emailing Mike Packard at mpackard [at] printing.org.

2019 President's Conference website is live!... The President's Conference is set to take place March 3-5, 2019, at the fabulous Phoenix Marriott at the Buttes in Phoenix, AZ. The conference features thought-provoking keynotes, practical breakout sessions, a plant tour, a Women's Leadership in Print pre-conference session, and more. Check out the speaker lineup today! Affiliates, will you be there? Engage, invite, and join your members in sunny Phoenix; we'd love to see you there! For more information, visit www.presidentsconference.com or contact Joe Marin at jmarin [at] printing.org.

DOL updates forms... The Department of Labor has issued updated forms for use in conjunction with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This can be a treacherous regulatory minefield, so using the forms is one way to make sure all appropriate documentation is created. The forms can be found here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/forms.htm. For help with FMLA, or any other HR question, please contact Adriane Harrison at aharrison [at] printing.org.

Sorry, no Quick Takes next week... I start the week speaking at Jim Cunningham's Leadership Conference in Columbus and end the week with Jules Van Sant at the always-amazing Print Rocks event in Portland. QT will return on September 28.

Thought for the Week:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;

the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself."

- George Bernard Shaw