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Labor Law Reform:

Labor Law Reform

Labor Law Reform Needed Now More Than Ever

While there has yet to be a labor law reform bill similar to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) introduced since the 114th Congress, EFCA-like legislation continues to be desperately needed to level the playing field between private sector workers who want to form unions, versus wealthy employers who all too often manipulate the current law to frustrate union organizing drives. Despite stagnant and, in some cases declining worker salaries in an era of steep worker productivity increases neither EFCA, nor any other labor law reform bill was ultimately passed into law.
2019 IFPTE Issue Brief

Trade:

Fair Trade

United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement falls short as a trade framework for workers, communities, and the environment

Some provisions in the USMCA reduce harm, but harm reduction does not reverse the accumulated damage caused by NAFTA's distorted, corporate-driven power relationships that encouraged the wholesale movement of production and jobs out of our domestic economy. In short, IFPTE believes that work will continue to shift to low-wage countries and workers careers and economic security remain at risk under the USMCA agreement as it currently stands.
2019 IFPTE Issue Brief

Immigration:

Visa Card

Fallacy of the high-tech labor shortage - reform the H-1B visa program

The design flaws in the H-1B program have shifted bargaining power in favor of employers and to the disadvantage of both U.S. workers and H-1B workers by suppressing wages and reducing job security. From its inception through present day, the policy justification for the H-1B program has been a purported shortage of skilled high-tech workers. On its face, this argument is highly dubious, given that the purported shortage has persisted unabated for almost 30 years. If the U.S. labor market does in fact have such a shortage, then the H-1B program has demonstrably failed to address it.

For over a decade, the bipartisan H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act has been a meaningful starting point and addresses many of the substantial shortcomings of and the harm caused by the H-1B and L-1 programs. IFPTE has long endorsed this legislation and believes it is the correct legislative approach.
2019 IFPTE Issue Brief

Globalization:

Globalization

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

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE):

Modernizing our inland water infrastructure requires prudent and reliable funding

Each year, Corps of Engineers (Corps) hydropower projects generate approximately $5 billion in gross revenues and, of that, return to the general fund of the U.S. Treasury approximately $1.5 billion in net revenues from the sale of hydropower generated at those projects. A relatively small portion of those revenues, 10% deposited each year into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund would be able to modernize the inland system in 20 years.
2019 IFPTE Issue Brief

Federal Employees:

Federal Employers

Federal Employee concerns in 2019

Since 2011 our nation's federal employees have sacrificed nearly $200 billion for our nation through years of pay freezes and pension cuts that went towards deficit reduction. Some of that lost pay and benefits was used to offset the 2012 extensions of the payroll tax cut and Unemployment Insurance (UI), as well as to help fund the bill to avoid sequestration through FY15. Government employees have also experienced furlough days and job insecurity due to the 2018-2019 and 2013 government shutdowns, threats of other shutdowns, and sequestration. Despite these huge sacrifices, some in Congress and in the Administration continue to push proposals that target federal employees and their unions.

  • Federal Employees are in the public interest - The merit system principals of due process and fairness are the critical foundation that guarantee taxpayers a federal government free of political patronage, with a workforce whose number one objective is to serve the best interest of the American public. In addition, official time is negotiated between management and federal labor unions and allows for elected federal employee union representatives to engage in representation responsibilities on behalf of employees in their agency collective bargaining units..
    2019 IFPTE Issue Brief
     
  • Federal Employee benefits, compensation - With the unfortunate expectation that the Trump Administration could propose a Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget that targets federal employee pay, benefits and pensions, IFPTE requests the Congress' consideration of legislative items protecting federal employee compensation, retirement and health care.
    2019 IFPTE Issue Brief

Public Sector Employees:

Tax

Boost State and Local governments while rebuilding our nation's Transportation infrastructure

Public servants in states, counties & cities all across America not only provide us with quality public services every day, they do so at the most efficient cost to the taxpayer. Unfortunately, some lawmakers have decided to ignore the services provided by these public servants and instead focus on damaging policies such as costly privatization, cutting or eliminating public pensions, and reducing pay and workforce size. However, the newly minted 116th Congress can inject a much-needed shot in the arm for our nation's public employees, and the economies they support by passing a robust transportation infrastructure bill that could maintain and create tens of thousands of public sector jobs.
2019 IFPTE Issue Brief

Veterans:

Tax

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.
2019 IFPTE Issue Brief
AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council (UVC) letter on Veterans Preference

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