On Friday, May 21, 2021, IEC Rocky Mountain hosted its first-ever Virtual Capitol Hill Day, an online discussion with members of Congress about important issues facing electrical contractors in the state of Colorado, specifically issues related to labor and workforce development policy.
Joining members and contractors from IEC Rocky Mountain were representatives from both Senator John Hickenlooper and Senator Michael Bennet’s offices; as well as members from Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s office (CO’s 3rd district), Congressman Ken Buck’s office (CO’s 4th district), Congressman Doug Lamborn’s office (CO’s 5th district), and Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s office (CO’s 7th district).
The two primary pieces of legislation discussed during the meeting were the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act (H.R.2037/S.864), and the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R.842/S.420).
IEC asked members of Congress to co-sponsor the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, which would make Pell funding available to students enrolled in short community college job training programs that lead to industry-recognized credentials and jobs in demand in the local labor market. Under current law, Pell funding only covers programs that offer 600 or more clock hours of instruction over 15 weeks. The JOBS Act would make funding available for programs as short as 150 clock hours over 8 weeks.
IEC also presented information to encourage Congress to reconsider the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would reverse decades of previous labor laws, limit employer and employee rights, and unfairly tip the scales in the favor of organized unions. Passage of the PRO Act will severely damage smaller businesses and their employees, violate privacy rights, and entangle employers in unrelated and unnecessary labor disputes.
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