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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

Offshoring:

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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

Trade:

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TPP trade deal - shaping up to be another bad deal for American workers

While business continues to promote the effectiveness of the NAFTA trade model, the number one metric, our trade balance, tells another story. Since passage of NAFTA in 1994, through passage of KORUS in 2011, the U.S. trade deficit has ballooned from $75 billion in 1993 to $540 billion today. Yet, this is the same model that the USTR is pursuing for TPP and TAFTA.
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief
IFPTE TradePolicy Listening SessionNotes
Dr. Robert Scott, Listening Session Powerpoint presentation of July 31, 2013
Dr. Robert Scott, Listening Session Powerpoint presentation of August 14, 2013
Do You Know What TPP Is - You Should. It's Going to Affect You (AFL-CIO)

Immigration:

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

The 113th Congress is moving closer toward approving a massive expansion of high-tech foreign guest worker programs. The most alarming move in this direction was last year's Senate passage of S. 744, a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill that included legislative language championed by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and supported by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that drastically expands the H-1B high tech visa program. There is also an almost identical bill in the House (HR 15) which will do the same.
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief
Ph.D. Employment at Graduation
Flooding the STEM labor market

Globalization:

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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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Strengthen Social Security and Pensions

While IFPTE continues to believe in robust defined pension benefit programs provided by employers, the fact of the matter is that more and more workers are facing a retirement crisis because of unfair corporate bankruptcy laws and an unjust pivot by many employers to force their way out of providing defined pensions. As long as Congress fails to address these root causes of our nation's retirement crisis more and more Americans will find it increasingly difficult as they enter retirement age.
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief
BLS statistics on worker participation in defined benefit pension plans

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 Development Act (WRDA):

Protect Critical U.S. Infrastructures and their workers as a part of the Water Resources and Reform Development Act (WRRDA)

As IFPTE has contended for years, passage of a robust WRDA/WRRDA bill will recognize 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.
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief

Federal Employees:

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Federal workers have sacrificed $138B for the nation

Thus far, middle-income federal workers (less than 1% of the population distribution) have sacrificed $138 billion. Most of 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. Even with the meager 1% COLA in 2013, these same federal employees, like most working Americans, saw their payroll taxes go up, reducing their take-home pay by up to 2%. In other words, federal workers saw a net decrease in effective pay even when the freeze ended. Indeed, over the past 4 years federal employees have seen their salaries lose ground to inflation by nearly 10% - clearly middle-class federal workers belong to the wrong 1%!
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief

Require the Pentagon to comply regarding costly 'at risk' contracting

The FY08 NDAA required the Department of Defense (DOD) to take action on "at risk" contracts, i.e., those contracts which left taxpayers vulnerable to waste, fraud, and abuse. Under Section 808 of that bill, DOD was required to eliminate any unauthorized personal services contracts, contracts for the performance of inherently governmental functions, and to reduce the number of contracts for the performance of closely associated with inherently governmental functions to the "maximum extent practicable". However, last year GAO reported that DOD has made little progress towards identifying "at risk" contracts, let alone correcting them.
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief

Public Sector Employees:

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Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act critical to State and Local Governments

In response to the fiscal challenges facing the States and localities, Congress is moving forward with legislation that is long overdue - The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (S. 743, HR 684) - to give States the tools necessary to collect tax on the sale of goods and services over the internet. After the Senate passed S. 743 in May, IFPTE is hopeful that the House will act this year as well, and eventually lead to a final legislative product being sent to the President for his signature.
2014 IFPTE Issue Brief

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