Saskatchewan is a beautiful province in the heart of Canada. It is bordered by the United States to the south, the Northwest Territories to the north, and Manitoba and Alberta to the east and west respectively.
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
Topics: Government Affairs
A great amount of our government advocacy is focused on improving the health of our membership and
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
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
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.
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.