Utah’s Division of Corporations gets new director

SALT LAKE CITY — Francine A. Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, has named Jason Sterzer as the new director of the Division of Corporations and Uniform Commercial Code.

Sterzer was selected to succeed Kathy Berg, who is retiring after 28 years of service with the state. Sterzer’s appointment is effective July 30.

“It is hard to imagine the Division of Corporations without Kathy Berg’s exceptional leadership, but I am confident that Jason Sterzer’s can-do attitude will continue the division’s legacy of excellent customer service,” Giani said in a statement

Sterzer previously held securities analyst and securities examiner positions with the Division of Securities. Before his tenure with the state, he was a contract attorney with Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. Sterzer graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

The division functions as Utah’s filing office and repository for all corporations, commercial code filings, business registrations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, collection agencies, and trademarks.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

How B.C.’s new union-only construction rules will actually work

VICTORIA — The B.C. government’s announcement this week of new union-only labour rules on building projects sparked a deluge of rhetoric from both advocates and opponents of the change. Here’s how it will actually work:

Q: Do the new rules really force people to join a union to work on the Pattullo Bridge or Kamloops to Alberta highway projects?

A: Yes. All workers on the site will be required to join a union within 30 days, and pay dues. They won’t be able to choose the union, either. The NDP government has a select group under a community benefit agreement with the “Allied Infrastructure and Related Construction Council” — a new organization that acts on behalf of 19 trades unions. If a worker belongs to a non-affiliated union, which isn’t part of the B.C. Building Trades or on that group of 19, they’ll have to register with one of the government-approved unions.

Q: The B.C. Building Trades says “all contractors are welcome to bid on the project” whether union or not. Is this true?

A: That statement, while technically correct, is misleading. Any company — union or non-union — can bid on the contracts. But in reality, whoever wins must allow their employees to join a union. In the case of the Vancouver Island Highway Project in the 1990s, which used the same union-only labour model, 23 of the 49 prime contracts went to non-union contractors.

Q: Will the changes cause projects to cost more?

A: The government acknowledged when the near-identical model was used in the 1990s that the union-only provisions do cost more. But they argued there are corresponding savings, as well as that the model provides more certainty, set costs, fixed wages, apprentice spots, a no-strike promise and other social benefits. “The cost of making sure we’re training the next generation of workers …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Vox Sentences: From Russia With Love

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The Department of Justice arrested conservative activist and student visa recipient Maria Butina, 29, on Monday. The DOJ says she was following orders from Russia to influence American politics, essentially accusing her of being a Russian agent in disguise. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
Butina allegedly tried to broker a meeting between a senior Russian government official and President Trump right after his inauguration. She also proposed a meeting between Trump and Russian President Putin to Jared Kushner during a National Rifle Association conference. [Washington Post / Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Shane Harris, and Carol D. Leonnig]
It didn’t end with meeting proposals. Butina also formed connections in religious organizations, the National Rifle Association, and the National Prayer Breakfast in order to shape the Republican Party’s agenda into a pro-Russian one. [NYT / Matt Apuzzo, Katie Benner, and Sharon LaFraniere]
The FBI had been monitoring Butina since 2016. But authorities chose to arrest her when they discovered she was planning a move from Washington to South Dakota, where known associate and GOP figure Paul Erickson lives and where it would be harder to monitor her. [Daily Beast]
It was discovered that Butina had been arrested just hours after Monday’s Helsinki summit with Trump and Putin, at which Trump said he didn’t “see any reason why” Russia would interfere in the 2016 presidential election (a statement he has contradicted and un-contradicted in the following days). [Vox / Alex Ward]
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Saints add veteran running back Shane Vereen

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran running back Shane Vereen in a move that could help the club respond to Mark Ingram’s early season suspension.

Vereen, whose signing was announced by the club on Wednesday, has served as a runner and receiver with New England and the New York Giants during seven NFL seasons.

He gained 838 yards from scrimmage and scored five touchdowns for the Patriots’ 2014 squad that won the Super Bowl.

Last season with the Giants, Vereen rushed for 164 yards and caught 44 passes for 253 yards.

Ingram, who was New Orleans’ leading rusher last season, has been suspended four games for use of a banned substance.

The Saints also signed veteran running back Terrance West this summer.

Meanwhile, New Orleans has waived running back Daniel Lasco, who finished last season on injured reserve because of a bulging disk.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca