Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (CA-38) and U.S. Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), both members of the Ways and Means Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to create jobs and promote energy efficiency. The Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2017 would significantly reduce U.S. energy consumption by improving energy efficiency.
The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers maintains a political presence in Canada and the United States monitoring developments that can have an impact on our industry and our members.
We will strive to keep you updated on those developments through this page. At times we may seek assistance in shaping opinion on certain issues or legislation. This may include letter writing campaigns or other forms of feedback sent to individual legislators.
We will do our best to keep you informed, but if members come across topics that might require our attention, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Government Affairs News
A great amount of our government advocacy is focused on improving the health of our membership and
Including the promise that “America’s labor leaders will always find an open door with Donald Trump,” the new U.S. President was the final speaker to address the roughly 3,000 delegates attending the annual National Building Trades Legislative Conference in early April.
Similar to the U.S. Conference, the Canadian Building Trades Conference featured an impressive schedule of presentations from national and provincial leaders from the major political parties, as well as updates from construction industry leaders on major Canadian infrastructure projects.
The highlight of the Canadian Conference was the dedication of the Building Trades Workers Memorial on May 16 to honor the men and women of the Canadian Building Trades. The importance of the dedication of this impressive memorial was evident for several reasons.
First, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the memorial dedication, and in his remarks, thanked Eastern Canada Vice President Fred Clare for his leadership in encouraging the Trudeau administration to ban asbestos.
Second, General President McCourt and General Secretary-Treasurer Revard attend the Canadian Conference every year, but this year, nearly every General President from building trades affiliates attended the memorial dedication. In addition, the entire Insulators General Executive Board attended the dedication.
Third, in his moving remarks, Canadian Building Trades Director Bob Blakely, made several specific references to the Insulators as he described the work that building trades members do each and every day.
Another outstanding moment for the Insulators was the participation of Vancouver Insulators Local 118 Business Manager (and President of the British Columbia and Yukon Provincial Trades Council) Lee Loftus to lay flowers at the worker memorial.
The Canadian Building Trades Worker Memorial appreciates the contribution of Canadian building trades members to build Canada, but also serves as a reminder of the dangerous and hazardous building trades work, as well as a memorial to our members who have died or been injured as a result of their occupational work. For the Insulators, this is especially true as a result of asbestos exposure.
In addition to the worker memorial, the Canadian Conference also featured announcements by the Trudeau government for national funding for building trades union training. I also want to commend our Summa Strategies partners for their superb advocacy and accomplishments in promoting mechanical insulation in Canada.
Voters will also determine the control of the U.S. Congress. In the U.S. Senate, Republicans currently have a 54-46 majority, and there are 34 Senate races this year (24 seats are Republican and 10 are Democratic). If Hillary Clinton is elected president, Democrats will need to win 4 additional seats to win the majority (As Vice President, Tim Kaine would give Democrats the Senate majority if the Senate election was deadlocked at 50-50). In the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republicans have a 247-186 majority, and it is expected that House Democrats will gain seats, and there is the potential for significant gains for House Democrats.
With so much attention focused on the presidential election, it is easy to lose sight that there are many important Governor, state, county and municipal elections that will determine our future government leaders.
HFIAW General President James McCourt will host three labor rallies througout the United States. The details for each are listed below. The Brothers and Sisters of surrounding Locals are encouraged to engage and attend. Pictures from each will be posted following the event.
Saturday, October 22
If you are a union member who participates in Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent deadly floods that struck southeast Louisiana, you may be eligible for financial assistance1.
An Important Message from General President James P. McCourt and General Secretary-Treasurer Gregory T. Revard:
With the support of Congressman Bob Dold, Republican from Illinois, as the new sponsor of the Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill, we worked with his staff to identify a lead Democrat co-sponsor.
Topics: tax credit, Government Affairs, political, Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, H.R. 4165, Government, United States Congress, Congressman Bob Dold, Mechanical Insulation