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Oregon Senate votes to ban single-use plastic bags

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The nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025. (AP
Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

SALEM — The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to prohibit single-use plastic shopping bags, joining a growing movement to reduce plastic pollution in oceans.  The Senate voted 17-12 to keep grocery stores and restaurants from providing such bags.
Stores would still be able to offer recyclable plastic and paper bags for a 5-cent fee, something opponents said punished consumers.
The bill will now go to Gov. Kate Brown for consideration. She previously spoke in support of the measure. If signed, the law will go into effect Jan. 1. Oregon would join California, New York and Hawaii in banning single-use plastic bags.  “Something we use once shouldn’t be able to pollute our environment for hundreds of years,” said Sen. Michael Dembrow, a Portland Democrat behind the measure.
The city of Bend passed its own plastic bag ban in December. That ban begins July 1.  6/12/2019 Oregon Senate votes to ban single-use plastic bags; Gov. Kate Brown has expressed support for bill 2/2 Democrats were stopped short of pushing through their full environmental agenda when the Senate rejected a ban on food containers made of polystyrene, also known as
Republicans were against both measures and argued that the bans stifled technological innovation. They also said lawmakers should let the free market come up with solutions to the plastic problem. Supporters said the bans were meant to reduce the ever- increasing amount of plastic pollution in the oceans.  Sen. Arnie Roblan and Sen. Betsy Johnson, two Democrats representing coastal areas, voted for the plastic bag ban and joined Republicans in rejecting the prohibition on Styrofoam containers.  Plastic bags and Styrofoam containers are some of the most common types of beach litter. Over 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, and the World Economic Forum projects that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.  Plastics can take hundreds of years to break down, and even then they break into smaller pieces of debris called microplastics, which never degrade and can pose a threat to aquatic life. The U.S. produced over 126 billion plastic grocery bags in 2015, according to EPA data.  Only 12.8% of those bags were recycled. Styrofoam food containers, meanwhile, are nearly impossible to recycle, and only one recycling facility in the state of Oregon accepts them. Maine and Maryland approved
statewide bans on the containers last month. The bills were part of a trio of measures aimed at reducing reliance on disposable
plastics, the third being a plastic straw ban that gained legislative approval in late May.

Truck Drivers!!!!

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If you were doing your job and driving down I-5 minding your own business and someone walked by you. Would you pull over and just BS with them for 10-15 minutes?

That is exactly the same as you walking out in the shop and shooting the breeze with our mechanics. They are doing a job and you are distracting them.

I get that every now and then you have something going on with your equipment that is hard to describe and it is easier to explain in person. But that is not the distraction I am talking about. Please think about it and let them do their job.

Write up you issues and if they don’t get fixed see Joe Fisher or your immediate supervisor.


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I was recently asked why, if we need drivers, do we not offer a hiring bonus?

My thoughts are a little different then other owners and leaders from out competition.

I would rather give that money to people who are here earning it as opposed to someone just joining.

That’s why I offer you $1,000 in half the time that others offer to join them, just to get someone to join us.

I do not believe in paying someone a couple thousand dollars to come do exactly what you are already doing for us anyway.

Insurance is DUE

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Insurance packets with the election forms are DUE NOW! Our insurance Rep was here on the 9th and 10th of May and handed out as many packets to employees that came through. Many didn’t get a chance to see our Insurance Rep, but paperwork has been in the office to discuss if needed. The deadline was written on the board in the drivers room, but was ignored. Due date was yesterday to get your forms in and yet so many employees still need to turn it in… Please return them ASAP, and if you have questions, Ask Doug or Heather.


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You hopefully read the Newsletter article from Troy regarding communication. Please call your supervisor or the Safety Department for any accidents, injuries or incidents when they happen.

Log Trucks: Communication between each other is an important issue as well. Although we ask that you don’t drive by the CB, and be alert for anything and everything you could meet on the haul roads, it is still very important that you attempt to call out your location going in empty or coming out loaded. It adds another layer of safety for everyone.

If you are having issues with your CB- write it up, if not PLEASE USE IT. Be the PRO


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This year’s International Roadcheck will take place June 04-06, 2019 and focus on steering and suspension systems.  Over those 72 hours, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers, primarily the North American Standard Level I Inspection.  This is a 37-step procedure.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety.

Below are links to some documents to help guide you through the 2019  International Roadcheck.

Learn How Infinit-I Makes Safety Documentation Easy

Get Your 2019 International Roadcheck Flyer

Download a Copy of the CVSA Cheat Sheet