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IFPTE Issues


Nuclear Footprint:

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Minimizing Ontario's Green House Gas Emissions

Ontario's nuclear fleet has been the workhorse that has allowed Ontario to eliminate coal generation and achieve one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world. As our nuclear fleet ages, it is essential that Ontario re-invest in this infrastructure to avoid taking our electricity back to the same emission levels we had before closing our coal stations.
Fact Sheet


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Valuable Ontario Jobs Being Sent Off Shore

More than a thousand jobs supporting the generation, transmission and distribution of Ontario's energy supply are in danger of being lost to companies who would conduct those operations in foreign countries. Experienced Canadian operations are losing contracts to competitors conducting business without the same legislative framework for quality control and labour laws. Competition for broader public sector contracts must include consideration for quality of work and should include a preference for providing employment in Ontario.
Fact Sheet

Thunder Bay:

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Economic Boom in Northwestern Ontario: Why It Won't Happen Without the Thunder Bay Generating Station

Northwestern Ontario, and the Province of Ontario as a whole, is on the verge of an economic boom driven by the development of the mineral wealth of the Northwest. However, major developments require an adequate and reliable supply of electricity. To meet this increased demand of electricity, the Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) must remain fully in service and be immediately converted to run on natural gas.
Fact Sheet

Evidence Based Planning:

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Getting It Right: Accountable, Transparent and Evidence-Based Electricity System Planning

Electricity infrastructure represents a sizable investment in our future, and when we get it right it through careful planning those assets pay dividends to our quality of life, our environmental health and our economic well-being as a province. However, if we fail to get planning issues right, the results can be very costly, resulting in wasted time, wasted effort and wasted public money. Getting it right requires a rigorous and open process of system planning in which evidence supporting the merits of competing approaches can be presented, contested and evaluated for their relative contribution to the public good.
Fact Sheet


Fair Trade

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal — Another bad deal for American workers

The Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) follows the failed NAFTA template and sets the stage for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the even-more troubling Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). After the damage that these trade deals and others have done to the economies and social stability in the US, Canada and other countries, IFPTE stands firmly opposed to the passage of any more.
IFPTE Campaign Page: Stop Fast Track & Trans-Pacific Partnership
Do You Know What TPP Is - You Should. It's Going to Affect You (AFL-CIO)
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief


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Congress Should Reform the H-1B Program, Not Expand It

There are a number of bills before the 114th Congress to provide U.S. companies access to cheap foreign labor at the expense of American workers. One in particular is S. 153, the so-called I-Squared bill. It was rushed into the Senate in the first few days of the 114th Congress. S. 153 would undermine our nation's workforce by driving down wages for current high-tech workers, and will have a dramatic negative impact on students who are considering pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas of study in college. Specifically, S. 153 would: Increases the initial H-1B cap from 65,000 annually to 195,000; Lifts completely the 20,000 visa cap on H-1B visas for STEM post-graduate students; Allows employers to continue paying below-market wages to H-1B workers; Does not require employers to recruit American workers before hiring an H-1B worker, and even worse; Allows for current workers to be fired and replaced with H-1B workers.

Other bills in Congress correctly seek to reform the H-1B program by providing better protections for both U.S. and foreign workers. For example, Senators Durbin (D-IL), Grassley (R-IA) and Sessions (R-AL) introduced S. 2266, which will, among other things, raise the wage requirements for H-1B workers, add more transparency to the program, and provide for stiffer penalties for employers who abuse the program. Read IFPTE's 2016 issue brief here.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief



Domestic Content Requirement for Export-Import Bank Assistance

The U.S. Export-Import Bank was created in 1934 with the explicit mission of creating and sustaining U.S. jobs by increasing U.S. exports. It is a self-sustaining federal agency that provides export financing products to fill gaps in available private financing. The impact of the Export-Import Bank on the U.S. economy and domestic workers and communities is directly tied to the 85% domestic content requirement for mid- to long-term financing. This high standard guarantees demand for U.S. suppliers, products and workers. Reducing the domestic content requirement would shift our public investment from supporting domestic workers to promoting foreign suppliers, products and workers.
SPEEA Issue Brief

Retirement Security:

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Retirement Security - Important Now More Than Ever

With the decline of defined pension benefit plans and many years of stagnant and reduced wages, it is challenging for workers to contribute adequate amounts to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) type defined contribution accounts. The once reliable 'three legged stool' approach to retirement - a defined benefit pension, Social Security and personal savings, is no longer a practical strategy for most workers to meet their retirement needs. For these reasons IFPTE believes that strong Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs are important now more than ever.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

President Obama put forth a new progressive path for NASA

In February, 2010 President Obama put forth a new progressive path for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), reemphasizing its world leadership role in aerospace Research and Development as the basis for enabling ambitious future human space exploration beyond Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). Despite the controversy it created, including false accusations that the President was cancelling Constellation, and the many twists and turns that have occurred on Capitol Hill, IFPTE continues to support the Obama Administration’s vision for NASA.
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Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA):

Protect Critical U.S. Infrastructures and their Mission Essential Federal Functions within the Water Resources and Reform Development Act

As the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) has contended for years, passage of a robust Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA) recognizes the value of our nation's water resources infrastructure by authorizing many new projects that are important to the American public. These projects represent all United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) primary mission areas, including flood risk and storm damage reduction, navigation, and ecosystem restoration. They will protect life and property for thousands of people, restore significant ecosystems, and promote commerce at our nation's ports and waterways. In urging Congress to pass a robust WRRDA bill, IFPTE is also advocating that assure the American people that in good times and bad — including natural disasters or homeland issue — our nation's water and navigational locks and dams will continue to be controlled and operated daily by on-site federal authorities.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief

Federal Employees:

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Key Issues of importance to Federal Workers in 2016

Since 2011 our nation's federal employees have sacrificed $159 billion for our nation, mostly through years of pay freezes and pension cuts that went towards deficit reduction, while some was used to offset the 2012 extensions of the payroll tax cut and Unemployment Insurance (UI), as well as to help pay the bill to avoid sequestration through FY15. Government employees have also experienced furlough days and job insecurity due to the 2013 government shutdown, threats of other shutdowns, and sequestration. Most recently, the Department of Defense (DOD) unilaterally implemented a policy calling for significant cuts for employee travel that is slated to be in excess of thirty days. Despite these huge sacrifices, several legislative proposals before Congress continue to target federal employees. As the Congress crafts the FY17 appropriations bills, as well as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), IFPTE requests that lawmakers consider the following legislative requests.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief

Public Sector Employees:


Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) critical to governments and business

Public sector workers in state and local governments continue to be impacted by shrinking revenues and budgets due to several factors, including the Congress' inability to properly appropriate monies for vital public services, and transportation & other infrastructure projects across the country. Pink slips, hasty and irresponsible privatization efforts, drastic cuts to worker pay, pensions and health care, and reduced vital services for taxpayers are systematic in many states and localities throughout the nation. Public sector services, particularly Medicaid, are also vulnerable to deep cuts as a part of potential efforts lawmakers are pursuing to address the national debt. Fortunately the Congress is pursuing the Marketplace Fairness Act, to allow states to collect existing tax on the sale of good and services over the internet. There are other bills before Congress as well that impact public sector governments and their workers.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief

Labor Law Reform:


The Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act - A First Step in Restoring Workers' Right to Organize

Since 1967, when the unionization decline began, the share of middle class income has decreased right along with union density (see chart on reverse side of this paper). So, it is no surprise that in 2016 politicians and presidential candidates from all political stripes are trying to figure out how to deal with the worst income inequality the nation has faced since the New Deal. Sadly, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) that is supposed to allow workers to collectively bargain with their employers for wages and benefits, is failing workers. Where it once helped the economy avoid income inequality through a fair and open way, it is now failing workers. The time has come for labor law reform.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief



Protecting our nation's Veterans - it is the least we can do

If there is one issue before Congress that should be bipartisan it is protecting the interests of our Veterans. From providing quality Veterans health care through the Veterans Administration (VA), to protecting the benefits that come with the GI bill, to ensuring that Veterans preference hiring and retention protections stay in place in the federal government, all of these matters and others that impact the lives of our Veterans should be addressed fairly and without partisanship. However, there have been some Veterans concerns, such as efforts to privatize the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), attack worker protections for VA employees, and erode Veterans Preference, that have unfortunately put Veterans in the middle of partisan Hill battles.
2016 IFPTE Issue Brief
AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council (UVC) letter on Veterans Preference

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