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Preparation, solid business case and new relationships vital to navigating important issues coming our way in 2020

On Thursday, November 14, the IECRM Government Relations Committee hosted the Annual IECRM Policy Forum, part of IECRM’s celebration of National Apprenticeship Week this year.

Federal/Congressional Analysis

Special guest Jason Todd, IEC National’s Vice President of Government Affairs in Washington D.C. provided attendees an assessment of what IEC National and local IEC Chapter members need to be aware of from regulatory and policy perspective in 2020.

On the regulatory agenda, issues will include rulemaking on the Joint Employer issue, overtime, and decision making on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the US Department of Labor.

On the congressional policymaking agenda, IEC National is working with a coalition of other business partner and industry associations to track the following legislation: Protecting Right to Organize Act – H.R. 2474, USA Workforce Tax Credit Act (HR1739), and the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act (HR3497).

IEC National needs member financial support to engage in these policy-aligned organizations and support elected representatives aligned with the values of the merit shop philosophy and growth of apprenticeship training programs through the PAC and PEF programs. To follow these issues, learn more, or contribute time or resources, please visit: https://www.ieci.org/legislative-affairs

 “We must be prepared with the facts, statistics, and examples from the day in the life of a contractor to make the business case for what the electrical contracting industry needs to continue to thrive and address workforce development more aggressively,” Jason concluded.

Colorado State Legislature Analysis

Jay Hicks with IECRMs lobbying team at Hicks & Associates provided an update on a variety of issues coming up in the 2020 legislative session with a primary emphasis on working with members to develop local relationships with elected officials given the increase in new members in the House and Senate. Many of the issues IEC Rocky Mountain will be tracking in 2020 relate to Labor and Employment issues impacting business owners including FAMLII, overtime and the Minimum Wage Executive Order (see text box below).

IECRM, the Government Relations Committee and members must broadly and frequently communicate about the opportunities that exist for young people and those changing careers. The outreach and progress that has been made must continue and new relationships built with leaders and influencers at both national, state and local levels to amplify that there are multiple work and educational pathways that result in a fulfilling career occupation that provides a sustainable, living wage. To invite your local elected representative for a tour of your company, job site, or a cup of coffee to discuss issues important to you, please see the Company/District Match in the Member Resources section of the IECRM website: /member-resources/

 

IEC Support and the 2020 Elections

 

IECRM, the Government Relations Committee and members must broadly and frequently communicate about the opportunities that exist for young people and those changing careers. The outreach and progress that has been made must continue and new relationships built with leaders and influencers at both national, state and local levels to amplify that there are multiple work and educational pathways that result in a fulfilling career occupation that provides a sustainable, living wage. To invite your local elected representative for a tour of your company, job site, or a cup of coffee to discuss issues important to you, please see the Company/District Match in the Member Resources section of the IECRM website: /member-resources/

“The public opinion pendulum is swinging back to an understanding of the importance of skilled trades from a career opportunity, craftsmanship and safety point of view,” said Marilyn. “It’s rewarding to see the skilled trades once again be perceived as a professional occupation and respected choice as a career path.”In collaboration with other business and construction industry coalitions, IECRM’s Government Relations Committee keeps a close eye on issues and impacts of legislative and regulatory policy. To participate on the committee, be a resource for testimony, provide examples in your business to support or oppose legislation, contribute to the IECRM Political Action Committee, or just want to be in the know as things happen during the Colorado legislative session, contact Marilyn Stansbury, marilyn@iecrm.org, 303.853.4886.

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