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ASA Legislative Fly-In May 15-16, 2012 Capital Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C. Please visit www.asa.net for more event details, including registration information. When a Gang Isn’t Just a Gang Society views gangs through the prism of violence. Webster’s Dictionary defines a gang as “a group of persons working together.” The United States Senate is many things; the world’s most deliberative body or, the world’s most exclusive club (more exclusive than Augusta National when you think about it). Rarely is the U.S. Senate ever referred to as “just another gang.” More often than not, however, “inside the beltway” is precisely what it is. Gangs form in the Senate every few years, and always in even numbers.They form as the result of such lack of progress that Senators worry about the institution they so love. The term “Gang of 12” or “Gang of Six” has become so widely accepted that you can find it in the transcripts of White House press briefings and in the official blog of the Speaker of the House. These gangs were given new life in 2005 during a crucial point in judicial nominations in the Senate. Ten of President Bush’s nominees were filibustered by the minority, resulting in the threatened “nuclear option” to be used by the Republican majority. The theory behind this was that the Senate had the right to determine its own rules, and they could be determined on the basis of a majority vote. Democrats resisted, arguing that the Senate’s rules could not be changed without a 2/3 vote as stated in the Senate rules themselves. Republicans responded that the Senate’s power to govern itself was founded in the U.S. Constitution, and internal Senate rules could not deny that power. The “Gang of 14” was the result of seven members of each party, along the ideological center, in search of an agreement that would end the stalled process. Of the 10 nominees, five were granted a vote and three withdrew their names prior to the gang’s formation. Of the remaining two, one was approved over the opposition of his home state senators; the other withdrew his name. One of the highest profile names during this process was Miguel Estrada. Supporters of then President George W. Bush have argued that this instance was used to thwart the GOP’s attempt to seat the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. If confirmed, Estrada was to have been appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, often viewed as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court. Past alumni of that court include John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When we find ourselves fiercely advocating for the presidential or Senate candidate of our choosing, rarely is the judiciary viewed as such a battleground; but in actuality, it is. There are few things as powerful as a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Think about the money Americans will spend to get their candidates elected, and they will justifiably hold them accountable. Federal judges never have to reapply for their jobs, and they shouldn’t hold themselves accountable to their party or political patron. Thus, their seats may be worth fighting over. In addition, as we know, both sides love to fight. Whether you support or oppose things such as the Affordable Care Act, an aggressive EPA or burdensome NLRB, who you vote for matters more than you would think. At the end of the day, whoever is placed on the federal bench will have a big say in the future of our republic. For more information on ASA’s advocacy efforts and what you can do to promote positive change in Washington, please contact ASA’s Director of Government Affairs, Dan Hilton, at 703/328.5234 or at email@example.com. ASA Unveils New Logo, Branding ASAEF Welcomes Doug Dillon as Director of Professional Development As mentioned in our “Still Here and Looking Forward” article in the January 2012 ASA News, the Executive Committee of ASA recently commissioned the development of a new logo, look and “brand” for ASA. This new “brand” mirrors the vibrant new ASA that has emerged over the past few years. Our goal is to provide a fresher and bolder look to the industry that accurately reflects ASA’s reemergence as a leading association.Please take note of our new look at www.asa.net, in ASA News, ASA Insights and in all of ASA’s marketing materials as we move further into 2012. ASAEF Welcomes Doug Dillon as Director of Professional Development The American Supply Association Education Foundation (ASAEF) recently announced the hiring of Doug Dillon as Director of Professional Development.In this role, he will be responsible for formalizing the new education and training advisory model for the Foundation, as well as overseeing the development and implementation of the Branch Manager Certification Program, including the related content, requirements and assessments. Prior to joining ASAEF, Dillon served as the Director of Global Learning for the Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis., where he was responsible for the expansion of executive sales development, coaching and leadership training for the 30,000-employee global organization. In addition to the launching of an organization-wide Learning Management System and Sales Academy, Dillon created a comprehensive management development process and curriculum to identify and train top potential talent.Doug is no stranger to the ASAEF, having served as a volunteer Trustee since 2007. During this period, Doug helped guide the organization toward the establishment of the University Model, creation of online content, and was the first Dean of the College of Sales. “We are extremely excited to have Doug on board with his strong expertise to help with the growth of the association’s educational offerings. This addition will greatly benefit all ASA members,” said Amy Black, executive director for the ASAEF. “Doug is an accomplished, MBAcredentialed professional with a deep understanding of our members’ operations which will enable the Foundation to enhance our value.” For more information on the ASAEF, please contact Amy Black, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630/467.0000, ext. 202. Rack Storage – Fitness Throughout the Lifecycle By: Dave Olson, President – Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI), and John Nofsinger, Managing Director – RMI Storage racks have long been a workhorse solution to achieving order and efficiency in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations. With regular care and maintenance, these ubiquitous structures have proven to perform as intended for a long and productive lifecycle. The purpose of this article is twofold: a. To expose the reader to some of the characteristics of a planned, properly installed and well- managed, well maintained installation. B. To set the tone for a webinar scheduled for March 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. Eastern that will go into a bit more detail on the subject. Please see webinar article below for more information. To begin, racks are highly engineered structures designed for a very specific purpose and range of use. The current and highly regarded National Standard for selective pallet racks, RMI/ANSI MH16.1-2008 (soon to be replaced by a 2011 edition), has evolved over the past 50 years to where it has become the definitive design default document in the International Building Code. While primarily a design document, MH16.1 also contains reference to certain installation and operational factors. The document speaks to anchoring, installation tolerances, clearances, signage (load notices) and damage, as well as load application and rack configuration drawings that show permissible arrangement of components — something very important to getting the most advantage from these very adaptable structures. A complimentary FAQ section on the RMI website speaks to most of these issues and many others. You can view these FAQ’s at www.mhia.org/industrygroups/rmi/faq. The lifecycle of a rack installation begins with the planning phase and the recognition that racks are actually one of many subsystems that come together to form a fully integrated operating system. These subsystems will include, but are not limited to: • The building itself • The flooring and sub-soil • The racking itself • The anchorage scheme • The load platform (pallets, etc.) • Decking, load support and fall protection options • Handling equipment • Load containment and confinement protocols • Guarding of workers and the rack structure • Load notices and safety labeling • Lighting and HVAC issues • Fire-safety protocols • Inspection and maintenance • Worker training • And, certainly others. A complete version of this article and a corresponding Toolbox Talk to use with your employees can be found by clicking on “Safety Articles” in the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net. March 14 ASA Safety Webinar to Focus on Storage Rack Installation and Maintenance ASA’s Safety Committee will be offering a FREE webinar on the topic of proper storage rack installation and maintenance on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. (EST). Conducting this informational webinar will be John Nofsinger, managing director of the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) and Dave Olson, president of RMI. The webinar will cover the entire lifecycle of a storage rack installation including the planning process and subsystems such as anchoring, material handling equipment, lighting and HVAC issues, fire safety protocols, inspection and maintenance, worker training and much more. Please contact Ben Stephens at email@example.com or 630/467.0000, ext. 203 for more webinar details or visit ASA’s homepage at www.asa.net to register online.
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