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Scientist find solution to bed bug epidemic

A Canadian research team working with Victoria-based Contech Enterprises Inc. to develop the first effective and affordable bait and trap for detecting and monitoring bed bug infestations. Get the details on this significant discovery and when it will be available.

New Year & New Faces at ALM

The New Year always brings forth new opportunities and ALM kicks off 2015 with new faces, enhanced benefits, and new opportunities.  The first of these announcements is to welcome Rayann White to the ALM National Team as Membership & Marketing Manager.  “I am excited to be a part of the ALM family.  Each New Year provides the opportunity to introduce fresh new ideas.  My goal is to enthusiastically serve all ALM members, grow membership, procure new member benefits and programs, and work with the ALM Team, and with you, to embrace challenges, provide solutions, and together advance excellence in the textile care industry”, said White.  Rayann can be reached at 800-669-0863 or via email at  Rayann follows Cheryl Stevens whose husband was transferred to Texas in late 2014.

ALM magazine returns to print!

This is big news! – The ALM Board of Directors is proud to announce that our quarterly magazine is experiencing some significant changes!  Effective April 2015 we will return to print and under a new name… fresh with a fresh new look and in expanded release at CLEAN 2015 in Atlanta. This grand move is in response to members request and to better serve the textile care services industry as The resource for safety, efficiency and quality expertise for the textile care industry

Countdown to CLEAN 2015

If access to the CLEAN show has prevented you and your staff from attending in the past, the 2015 location in Atlanta, Georgia should have your attention. With over 2400 flights in and out of Atlanta Hartsfield Airport daily booking your air travel will be easy.  Upon arrival you don’t even need to walk outside the airport to catch MARTA, and one way fares are only $2.50 and within 20 minutes, you can be downtown at the Georgia World Congress Center.

                Make hotel reservations at the Sheraton Downtown by March 13th deadline

                Book travel so you don’t miss:

                                ALM’s Annual Meeting – Wednesday April 15th at 3:30 at the Sheraton

                                ALM’s member reception – Friday April 17th at 5:30 at the Sheraton

                Register to attend CLEAN by March 31st for discounted $99

Change in union-related election rules effective 4/14/15

In a recent TCATA newsletter it was noted that “The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a new rule - commonly referred to as the "ambush election" rule - which would significantly impinge on the rights of both employers and employees by shortening the length of time between a successful union organizing campaign and the subsequent certification election, and by severely limiting the rights of employers in those certification proceedings. Find details here 

Employee use of work email for union-related activities reviesed - questions continue

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that employees are allowed to use the email account given to them by their employer for union-related activities and organizing during non-working time. The decision overturns a 2007 ruling that barred this practice. 


The NLRB's decision leaves several questions unanswered. It is still unclear whether employees can use their company email to communicate about employee organizing with third parties, specifically the unions themselves. The ruling also didn't answer questions about what constitutes nonworking time. Continued questions addressed here.


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