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TAUC, CEA push political parties on construction-friendly policies

July 8 2016

The Construction Employers of America (CEA), a union building trades advocacy organization to which TAUC belongs, last month wrote to the Platform Committees for the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention asking them to include policies that support the domestic construction industry.

CEA advocated that the parties’ official platforms promote policies that honor the vital role that highly skilled union building trade shops play in creating and maintaining the country’s infrastructure, supporting small business, and strengthening the middle class. CEA requested that both Convention Platform Committees include policies that will ensure the country continues to support and nurture a vibrant, high-quality domestic construction industry.

Highly skilled union building trade shops strengthen the middle class and are good for the country. CEA member companies are family-owned businesses that follow the rules and provide superior wages and benefits — including health insurance, pensions, and worker safety investments — to their employees. CEA offered to work with the Platform Committees to promote national policies that move America forward.

From investing in infrastructure to training the next generation of high-quality construction workers, there are several important policies that CEA urged the Platform Committees to incorporate into their official Convention Platforms:

  • Promote Sound Infrastructure Policies and invest in our nation’s aging infrastructure
  • Modernize Retirement Plan Options through federal authorization of composite plans
  • Prepare the Next Generation of Skilled Workers by supporting apprenticeship training programs
  • Invest in Energy Efficient Buildings and set and enforce strong and attainable building codes
  • Enhance Manufacturing Efficiency and support policies that advance the deployment of combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies
  • Support Responsible Employers Through Bid Listing and require prime contractor project winners to use the listed subcontractor at the price listed
  • Close Employee Misclassification Loophole through reform of existing tax law to identify bad actors so the government can recoup lost tax revenue

Our industry is working to ensure that our federal policy needs are known to the next President and is promoting swift action on these initiatives which will strengthen the economy and create good paying jobs. CEA stands ready to work with both presidential nominees and the parties’ Platform Committees to advance common sense policies that reflect the importance of a strong union building trade construction industry.

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