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A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?

September 29 to October 3, 2014


This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?

September 1 to September 5, 2014


The U.S. Congress is winding up the August vacation it mandated in 1970. It also took off three weeks before March 10, and the House has shortened its 2014 calendar. You’re paying these folks. How much time off should they have in a year?

August 25 to August 29, 2014


Five mega-projects are competing for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Which gets your vote?

August 18 to August 22, 2014


A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?

August 11 to August 15, 2014


Trading time is over. Who’s your pick for the 2014 World Series champs?

August 4 to August 8, 2014


Who, in your experience, is usually the weakest link in the project team?

July 28 to August 1, 2014


The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in August. What should Congress do?

July 7 to July 20, 2014


New U.S. rules are in effect to increase hiring of veterans and individuals with disabilities. Have these mandates affected your hiring practices?

June 30 to July 4, 2014


What is your priority in evaluating a job applicant?

June 23 to June 27, 2014


A California utility wants the authority to remove trees and structures from private property if they threaten pipeline integrity. What do you think?

June 16 to June 20, 2014


How does your 2014 summer work season look, compared to last year’s?

June 9 to June 13, 2014


Planning a vacation this summer?

June 2 to June 6, 2014


Two-thirds of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers. How about you and your company?

May 27 to May 30, 2014


On average, how much time do you spend each month expanding your job training/education (e.g., attending webinars or training, reading journals)?

May 19 to May 23, 2014


The U.S. State Department has put an indefinite hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, due to 2 million new public comments and a lawsuit in Nebraska. What do you think?

May 5 to May 9, 2014


The new color of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Louisiana is being chosen by a public vote. (Note: Voting ends May 2.) Good idea or bad idea?

April 28 to May 2, 2014


California is weighing a bill that would hold contractors liable for wages, taxes and workers comp shortchanged by subcontractors and temp agencies. Good idea or bad idea?

April 14 to April 18, 2014


What legislative priority should the American Coatings Association’s PaintPAC be looking for in its political candidates this year?

March 31 to April 4, 2014


How did you make your March Madness bracket picks this year?

March 24 to March 28, 2014


Some in the U.S. Congress have proposed allowing the states, rather than the federal government, to oversee the U.S. highway and surface transportation system. Good idea or bad idea?

March 17 to March 21, 2014


How did you watch the Olympics this year?

March 3 to March 7, 2014


Did you attend SSPC 2014, and was it worth it?

February 17 to February 21, 2014


A bill now before Congress would raise the federal minimum hourly wage to $10.10. Should Congress pass the bill, kill it, or pursue an amended version?

February 3 to February 7, 2014


The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?

January 20 to January 24, 2014


As of Jan. 1, 21 states now pay more (some substantially more) than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Whom do you think should set minimum wage?

January 13 to January 18, 2014


Call them resolutions, or call them goals. Have you set any for 2014?

January 2 to January 12, 2014


What song best sums up 2013 for you?

December 16 to December 23, 2013


On average, about how many “Top News” articles in PaintSquare News do you skim or read each day?

October 28 to November 1, 2013


What, in your experience, is the top cause of coating project failures?

October 21 to October 25, 2013


Whom do you hold most responsible for the U.S. budget impasse and government shutdown?

October 7 to October 11, 2013


Employers report difficulty in finding skilled workers at all levels. Do you think good help is hard to find these days?

September 23 to September 27, 2013


Which work pressure is most likely to keep you up at night?

August 5 to August 11, 2013


Have gas prices and the economy crimped your summer vacation plans?

July 29 to August 4, 2013


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. What do you think?

July 8 to July 14, 2013


What is your preferred social media tool for business?

July 1 to July 7, 2013


What do you think is the most effective way to prevent or resolve project disputes?

June 24 to June 29, 2013


What do you advise President Obama on the Keystone XL Pipeline project?

May 27 to June 2, 2013


What sort of name would be best for the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Ontario?

May 20 to May 26, 2013


Some in Congress have adopted a “zero compromise” approach to the federal budget, no matter the consequences. What do you think of this approach?

April 29 to May 5, 2013


PaintSquare is developing a Video How-To Series. What topics would interest you most?

April 8 to April 14, 2013


President Obama has proposed a “Fix it First” program for infrastructure, funded by a public-private Partnership to Rebuild America. What should Congress do with these ideas?

March 18 to March 24, 2013


How does your upcoming peak season look, compared to last year?

March 11 to March 17, 2013


How would tightening immigration laws affect the coatings and construction industries?

February 25 to March 3, 2013


Overall, where would you rather work/manage others: a union company or an open shop?

January 7 to January 13, 2013


Do you plan to attend SSPC 2013?

November 19 to November 25, 2012


How do you expect Hurricane Sandy to affect your business?

November 5 to November 11, 2012


The U.S. National Hockey League lockout has already cancelled the pre-season. Whom do you blame?

October 1 to October 7, 2012


What is your current/prospective market?

September 24 to September 30, 2012


Good news! A magic genie will grant you one wish to improve your business. (Bad news: He has no money.) Which do you want?

September 17 to September 23, 2012


OSHA’s UK counterpart is adapting a “loser pays” system, in which companies that break health and safety laws would have to help pay for investigation and enforcement. What do you think of this idea?

August 27 to September 2, 2012


Free JPCL/SSPC webinars in which area would be most helpful to you?

July 30 to August 5, 2012


What impact overall do you believe that unions have on today’s coatings projects?

June 11 to June 17, 2012


Work-site webcams are becoming more popular, to give taxpayers, supervisors and clients a front seat at the action. Would you allow this technology on one of your projects?

February 27 to March 4, 2012


Have you cut back on your profit margins and charges to get business in the current economy?

November 7 to November 13, 2011


What is the best way for the US to invest in its infrastructure needs?

October 24 to October 30, 2011


Where do you turn first when you encounter a significant problem on a coatings project?

October 3 to October 9, 2011


Half of Massachusetts’ bridge and highway projects are completed late—many of them, years late, a new report shows. In your experience, what is the chief cause of project delays?

September 12 to September 18, 2011


What’s your biggest professional pet peeve?

July 4 to July 10, 2011


In what areas of your work would you like to see more apps or online tools?

June 6 to June 12, 2011


Two contractors are accused of raking in millions of dollars by running a bogus Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) company to gain federal contracts. What do you think of the DBE and Women/Minority BE programs?

April 18 to April 24, 2011


What does Japan's nuclear crisis mean for the future of nuclear power in the US?

April 4 to April 10, 2011


What should happen to public-sector unions?

March 28 to April 3, 2011


What is the hardest issue you face in coating work?

March 7 to March 13, 2011


What do you think of President Obama’s six-year, $556 billion infrastructure/transit proposal?

February 28 to March 6, 2011


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