WORKFORCE

NRF: The nation’s labor secretary must ‘put the American economy ahead of partisan politics’

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

The National Retail Federation has high expectations for the nation’s next secretary of labor.

On the heels of Alexander Acosta’s nomination to head the federal Department of Labor on Thursday, Feb. 16, the retail trade association’s senior VP for government relations David French released the following statement:

“The secretary of labor plays an important role in many issues affecting the nation’s economy, so we hope to see this position filled as soon as possible with someone who will put the American economy ahead of partisan politics.

“The previous labor department saw itself as a promoter of the labor agenda and union membership rather than the impartial arbiter of labor management issues that it is supposed to be. Sweeping actions on federal overtime rules, joint employer relationships and other issues created im-mense uncertainty for employers and stifled economic growth.

“Whoever takes the helm of the Labor Department needs to restore bal-ance to the system and ensure that the concerns of employees and em-ployers are given equal weight. The days of taking sides – on either side – need to come to an end.”

President Donald Trump announced Acosta as his new pick to head the Department of Labor on Thursday, Feb. 16, less than a day after his first choice for the job, the head of CKE Restaurants Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration.

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DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

Target to give a top-performing store a total makeover

BY CSA STAFF

Target plans to renovate its downtown Minneapolis flagship, adding an array of new features.

The discounter will invest $10 million in a full-store remodel for the location, which opened in 2001, reported The Journal.

Less ambitious updates are planned for other Target stores in the Twin Cities area.

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FACILITIES

DWM Facilities Maintenance in Florida expansion

BY Marianne Wilson

DWM Facilities Maintenance has opened a new office in Orlando, Florida. The new office will help facilitate the company’s recent growth.

“We are so excited to begin this new chapter,” said David Meeks, founder and president of DWM. “Orlando’s growth and history of heightened customer experiences marries well with our growth plans and our culture of problem-solving. Expanding into Orlando gives DWM the opportunity to select employees from two labor markets, ensuring we have the best of the best servicing our clients.”

The initial employees in the DWM Orlando office will work in the customer service department. They are working directly with the team in Albany and function seamlessly.

“Our goal is to make it feel as if the two offices are next door to each other rather than a thousand miles away,” said Brian Whitt, COO. “We are utilizing cutting edge communication tools to make this happen, but the most crucial aspect is duplicating the culture of DWM. So, the Orlando office will look and feel like our headquarters in Albany.

DWM Facilities Maintenance has appeared on Inc.’s 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States for the past three years. DWM currently employs over 70 people and services nearly 40,000 locations across North America.

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