‘You have to educate yourself,’ says the owner of a landscaping company that was shut out of a job site because her firm wasn’t unionized. Christy Webber panicked and agreed to contracts with two unions that wanted to sign her employees.
With ‘card check’ top of mind, some opponents have dug up an old National Labor Relations Board regulation and claimed that many small businesses are exempt from union activity. That’s not necessarily true.
In her job as manager of sustainable strategy for InterfaceFlor LLC, a maker of modular carpet tiles for commercial buildings, Lindsay James spends a lot of time educating salespeople and clients about how the company’s eco-friendly products are made.
Two years ago, Gary Hardy would have told you green was the color of money and grass, and that’s about it. Then he went back to school and plans to be accredited in the principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
On the job, Ermin Arslanagic, an account executive with Johnson Controls, works to convince municipalities they can save money by installing energy-efficient utilities and control systems, switching to wind and solar power, and more. At home, he’s a recycler who conserves energy.
Thanks to the likes of former Vice President Al Gore, rapidly mobilizing consumers and the very real threat of legislation limiting carbon emissions, businesses are seeing the environmental benefit and the financial sense of giving a hoot.