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May 3, 2018

 
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ASA Takes the Hill
American Supply Association
One of ASA's strategic objectives is to “be the unified and recognized leading voice of the PHCP/PVF industry in the federal, state and local governments and regulatory agencies.” A key member engagement opportunity to represent and be the VOICE of the industry is the annual ASA Fly-In event. This year the event was held mid-April and was a tremendous success in three key areas: networking, education and letting our government leaders know our concerns and key issues.
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EPA Awards $1.9 Million to Virginia Tech to Research Lead in Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1,981,500 in funding to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Va., to research strategies to detect and control lead exposure in drinking water.
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ASA's Voice Heard at Recent ICC Model Code Hearings
American Supply Association
For over 4 days in Columbus, OH Jim Kendzel, ASA Vice President of Advocacy, represented ASA members at the International Code Council (ICC) model code hearings covering proposed changes to the International Mechanical Code (IMC), International Plumbing Code (IPC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). The code hearings covered over 350 different proposed changes to the codes with daily meetings lasting over 11 hours with testimony and committee debates. Attendees at the hearings included: code officials, engineers, architects, contractors and wholesalers/distributors. ASA was the only organization at the hearings representing the plumbing and mechanical system wholesaler/distributor sector.
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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Put Off Until June 1
American Supply Association
White House Continues Suspension of 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports until June 1 for European Union, Canada and Mexico; Reaches Deals with Argentina, Australia and Brazil.

Late on April 30, the President issued new steel and aluminum proclamations to:
  • Suspend until June 1, tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The extension has been described as a “final” extension as the administration seeks to negotiate outcomes that will impose “quotas that will restrain imports, prevent transshipment, and protect the national security.”
  • Suspend indefinitely steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Argentina, Australia and Brazil, with which the administration indicated it had reached preliminary agreements that will be finalized in 30 days.
  • Suspend indefinitely steel tariffs on imports from South Korea in recognition of the final quota agreement with South Korea.

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ASA Joins Other Organizations in Support of Rescinding Ambush Rule
American Supply Association
The Obama-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) several years ago promulgated a new rule designed to shorten the time between a union’s successful organizing campaign and the resulting certification election. This rule, called the “Ambush Rule” or “Quickie Election Rule” by opponents because, as a result of the rule, an employer could face a successful organizing campaign of which he/she was not even aware, and the abbreviated time between the notice and the election made it very difficult for the employer to adequately prepare for the election, or to communicate with employees on the impact of unionization.

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), which ASA is a member, prepared comments in response to the Board’s Request for Information. ASA joined those comments, which were filed with the NLRB on April 26, 2018.

In summary, our comments call for the complete rescission of the Ambush rule:

The Board should rescind the Amended Rules because they have accomplished nothing but speeding up, by about two weeks, the time period within which employees vote on whether to be represented by a union. The Board has elevated speed above Congress’ express desire for full and lively debate during union organizing campaigns. Nothing in the text of the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”) directs the Board to conduct elections at the earliest possible moment unions might desire. But the Amended Rules do not merely shorten the time for the debate Congress sought to foster – they limit employers’ ability to know and identify who their statutory representatives are before the election by eliminating almost all pre-election representation hearings where, consistent with the dictates of the Act, such issues historically have been resolved.

To read the full CDW/ASA comments, go to: https://myprivateballot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CDW-Comments-NLRA-Election-Rule-FINAL-4.18.pdf

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Time to Check Your Pulse
American Supply Association
Each month, ASA partners with Industry Insights and ITR Economics to compile data from wholesaler members that provides a snapshot on industry performance as well as how it relates to the broader economy. The value of this report is directly related to the number of wholesaler firms that contribute data each month - the greater the number of respondents, the more comprehensive and useful is the report and accompanying analysis. The participation deadline for wholesaler members to submit data for the April report is May 10th. Learn more about this FREE and EXCLUSIVE benefit that ASA members frequently use when making key decisions.
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