IBEW Legislative Highlights
Closes loopholes in current federal labor law
- Currently has 141 co-sponsors in the House and 40 co-sponsors in the Senate; all Democrats.
- We hope the House will bring it to the floor for a vote this Congress. We do not want a repeat of 2009 when the House failed to consider the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). • Please voice the IBEW’s support for the PRO Act and ask for co-sponsorship and support going forward. 4. Infrastructure The IBEW’s biggest legislative priority is a comprehensive bill to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, from airports and public transit to the electric grid and water delivery systems.
- We have been told it is a major priority for both parties. A recent meeting between Trump and congressional Democrats ended in failure recently. We continue to call on the White House and Congress to pursue comprehensive infrastructure legislation.
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a bill two weeks ago. Called the LIFT America Act, it would provide billions to modernize the electric grid, build electric vehicle recharging stations, deploy rural broadband service and modernize drinking water systems. o The IBEW and building trades met with committee staff to discuss improvements and ensure every program in the bill includes David Bacon prevailing wage protections.
- The IBEW is also working with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is expected to introduce a comprehensive bill before the end of July.
- We have been told Senate Republicans are planning to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund, set to expire next year, and use that as a vehicle for a broader infrastructure bill. POTENTIAL UPCOMING ISSUES OF CONCERN 1. DOL Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs – Trump DOL is focused on industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. They may expand employer-sponsored apprenticeship programs, which are not certified apprenticeship programs but will be treated as such. We may need to persuade DOL to back off this rulemaking. The DOL is expected to release a proposal in mid-June. There are rumors right now and the labor department told us construction programs will be exempt. However, we are concerned that the Labor Department will go against their word and include construction in their IRAP proposal. 2. Deregulation – Deregulation issues may be coming up in Virginia and Colorado. There is a round of proposed deregulation driven by independent power producers. A deregulated market can be detrimental to labor.
Business Manager’s Highlights for the Month
- Negotiated WETA contract – obtained tentative agreement
- Completed negioations with WUSA/TEGNA
- Preparation for Superbowl LIII coverage – Site visit to Atlanta
- New York City Conference – Discussion on recreational marijuana and the employer’s interest in efficiency and productivity
- Government shutdown and how it affects our families
- Site visit to CBS DC bureau – Discuss Mental Health Awareness
- Here are some state legislative highlights for the week. Local 1200 represents 650 men and women from Maryland to Louisiana:
Public Service Workers
The National Institute on Retirement Security released a report this week called “Teacher Pensions vs. 401(k)s in Six States: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas.” The report “finds that teacher pension plans play a critical role in retaining educators while also providing greater retirement security than 401 (k)-style retirement accounts.”
This week, Gov. Edwards indicated that he will, again, work this session to advance legislation “to eliminate pay secrecy by prohibiting employers from taking action against employees for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing their wages or another employee’s wages.”
To Learn about Trump’s fight with Federal Unions – Click here
Women’s Conference in San Diego: Please let Ken know if you are interested