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LEAP 2016 Issues

MANY ISSUES WILL come before Congress between now and the LEAP Conference in mid-May. While there are many issues on which we could lobby, we do try to limit them to about four major topics for our visits to the Hill. The goal of our lobbying efforts are to strenghten our workers rights to receive good pay, a safe working environment, and retirement security. 

Below are some of the issues for this year’s 2016 LEAP Conference:

  • Energy: A handful of bills will be introduced addressing EPA regulations, streamlining permitting on energy projects, another attempt to pass a coal ash bill, and other related issues. As of now the Supreme Court has put a halt to the EPA's Clean Power Plan intiative. We will continue to pressure Congress for additional funding on fossil fuel technology research and development as well as preventing the EPA administration from implementing the CPP.
  • Trade: Like last year, trade will be one of our biggest ongoing battles in Congress. With “Fast Track Authority” being passed in advance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (NAFTA on steroids) being finalized by the administration. We will most certainly be focusing our lobbying efforts against the TPP. We do not want Congress to give up their authority of oversight on trade deals, which is what Fast Track would do. No hearings, no oversight. Just an up-or-down vote on a trade agreement no one has seen.
  • Ship Building: We remain committed to supporting the Jones Act. We oppose the possibility of the Act becoming a bargaining chip in upcoming major trade deals. We support a recommitment to loan guarantees. As for defense spending, we'll see what the White House proposes in its upcoming budget and what Congress tries to appropriate towards the development our ship building industry. 
  • WAGE Act: The Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act has been introduced in the House and Senate. It takes important steps to strengthen protections for workers who join together with their co-workers to win improvements at work (including the growing "temporary" workforce that more employers are utilizing to supplant permanent workers), discourages employer retaliatilion, and provides for prompt and fair remedies. This bill aims to make labor law enforcement more effective in giving working people a fair shot at winning the wages and working conditons they deserve. 

Suggestions are always welcomed for our annual lobby visits, so feel free to pass your ideas on to us. Please keep in mind that we need to avoid specific, local issues for our main topics, but delegates should definitely make those a priority when you visit your own members of Congress.

We have a lot to discuss at LEAP this year, and we look forward to a very exciting conference.

If you have any questions please contact Cecile Conroy, Director, Government Affairs, at 202-756-2868 x202 or cconroy@boilermakers.org

Boilermaker Politics

The goal of the Boilermakers’ legislative and political efforts is organizing the strength of our working men and women to win good pay, retirement security, safe work environments, and much more. The union pursues political action through the Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP), an inclusive and bipartisan effort to support candidates who champion the values and beliefs of working families, promote needed energy investments, promote the shipbuilding and industrial manufacturing base, and support fair trade. The union encourages members to be active participants in the political process through voting and volunteering.

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