Government Affairs

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

Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act

Posted by on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

As we work to promote the health of Insulator members and families, we are continuing our work to promote the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act (H.R. 3284).

In October, General President McCourt wrote to Congressman Katko, the sponsor of H.R. 3284, thanking him for his leadership by introducing this important legislation.

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Topics: Government Affairs, political, Mesothelioma

Government of, by, and for Big Money

Posted by on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 @ 15:09 PM

 

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GOP Inserts Silica Standard Delay Into Labor Dept. Money Bill

Posted by on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

By voice vote, the Republican-run Senate Appropriations Committee last month inserted a 1-year delay in the federal efforts to cut workers’ exposure to silica dust. The move is in the money bill for the Labor Department for the year starting Oct. 1.

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Topics: AFL-CIO, legislation

Prevailing wage repeal petition drive nears finish line, possible action by Michigan Legislature

Posted by on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

LANSING, MI — While construction workers restored the Michigan Capitol this summer, a fight over guaranteed wages on government building projects was taking place on street corners all over the state.

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Topics: Labor Unions, legislation

In union-heavy Nevada, Clinton and Sanders court divided labor

Posted by on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

 
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday in North Las Vegas.
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Topics: legislation, election, Government Affairs

Rauner’s Blackmail Agenda: Exploit the Crisis to Advance Extreme Right-Wing Policies

Posted by on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

If you like Scott Walker, you’ll love Bruce Rauner. In February, Rauner issued an executive order blocking public employee unions from collecting “fair share” fees, or payments from non-union members who nonetheless benefit from collective bargaining done on their behalf. The order is intended to decimate public employee unions, not just in Illinois, but across the nation. As unions rightfully fight the executive order, Rauner hopes the case will make it to the Supreme Court, where following last years Harris v. Quinn ruling, many experts believe conservative justices may be poised to strike down fair share fees nation wide.

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Topics: Government Affairs, Illinois, Bruce Rauner

The Right’s Stealth Plan to Kill Unions: Do It County by County

Posted by on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 15:07 PM
In Kentucky and now Illinois, pro-right-to-work forces are skipping statewide pushes to gut organized labor in favor of local battles that they hope will upend the entire state.
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Topics: Government Affairs

Scott Walker Prepares To Sign Budget That Eliminates The Living Wage And Prevailing Wage

Posted by on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

For months, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has said he won’t launch his long-expected run for the Republican nomination for President until he gets his own house in order and signs Wisconsin’s budget into law. Despite weeks of delays, he still may make that deadline before his planned announcement on July 13th.

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Topics: legislation, Government Affairs

Jeb Bush: People Need to Work Longer Hours

Posted by on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 10:07 AM
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Topics: legislation, Government Affairs

Is Jeb’s Social Security Flub The Worst Bush Gaffe Yet?

Posted by on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 @ 15:07 PM

If you’re going to cut a program that affects the lives of most Americans, the least you can do is get the facts right. Jeb didn’t. That’s worse than a candidate getting the price of bread or milk wrong, or a president’s wonderment at the fact that grocery stores have scanners. (That particular gaffe was attributed to Jeb’s father, although it may never have happened.)

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Topics: Government Affairs, political

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