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IFPTE Issues

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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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Creating a trade framework that works for all workers

As a union representing workers in manufacturing sectors, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) was pleased that the Trump Administration agreed with our position that the United States reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). IFPTE therefore supported the Executive Order that withdrew the U.S. from the reckless and damaging TPP. With 20 years of lived experience under the failed NAFTA trade model, IFPTE strongly supports replacing our NAFTA style trade deals like the TPP with a 21st century policy that actually delivers on the promises we have heard since NAFTA.

TPP follows the failed NAFTA template that has damaged our manufacturing base, increased inequality and weakened social stability in the US, Canada, and other countries. IFPTE supports rethinking our approach to globalization to reindustrialize our economy, and address the two defining problems of our time - inequality and climate change.
Do You Know What TPP Is - You Should. It's Going to Affect You (AFL-CIO)
2017 IFPTE Issue Brief

Immigration:

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Fallacy of the High Tech labor shortage - reform the H-1B visa program versus expand it

There is little doubt that reform of the program is desperately needed. For example, in 2015 Disney World laid off 250 IT workers and replaced them with H-1B workers. In order to receive their severance pay and have a chance of being rehired elsewhere by Disney, the workers were forced to train their replacements, and as one worker said, "to make sure they were doing my job correctly." Southern Cal Edison replaced 500 of their workers with H-1B visa holders in 2015 as well, and other employers have done the same.

Senators Durbin (D-IL), Grassley (R-IA) and Sessions (R-AL) took a more positive approach, introducing S. 2266 in the 114th Congress, which would have, among other things, raised the wage requirements for H-1B workers, added more transparency to the program, and provided for stiffer penalties for employers who abuse the program. IFPTE believes this is the correct legislative approach.
2017 IFPTE Issue Brief

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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Retirement Security - Important Now More Than Ever

If national lawmakers do nothing to fix our retirement crisis, more than half of workers today will fall short of maintaining an adequate standard of living come retirement. In fact, according to a March, 2015 report from the National Institute on Retirement Security, "the typical working household still has virtually no retirement savings." The report, entitled The Continuing Retirement Savings Crisis, found that, "the median retirement account balance is $2,500 for all working-age households, and $14,500 for near-retirement households," and that nearly four out of five households have less than one time their annual income in retirement savings. As long as Congress fails to address these causes of our retirement crisis workers will find it increasingly difficult to properly plan for retirement.
2017 IFPTE Issue Brief

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE):

USACE Mission Essential Functions and Critical Infrastructure Needs

While the 114th Congress passed a bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill which was signed into law by President Obama, it unfortunately fell short in providing the funding necessary to modernize and build new critical U.S. navigational infrastructures that are overseen and run by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Indeed, adequate funding and strategy for important economic engines such as marine & navigational transportation systems, locks and dams, and hydroelectric dams have been ignored for decades. WRRDA bills passed in recent years have also been silent on ensuring that the essential functions and missions that support the USACE are designated as essential federal functions ? despite language being in both the Senate and House legislative versions. Given that there is not likely to be another WRDA bill before 2018, IFPTE has made several legislative recommendations to Congress in relation to the USACE and their workforce. See the IFPTE 2017 issue briefs;
Protect, Build and Modernize Waterway and Critical U.S. Infrastructures through Transportation Infrastructure
United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) infrastructures and their missions are Essential Federal Functions

Federal Employees:

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Key Issues of importance to Federal Workers in 2016

Since 2011 federal employees have sacrificed $159 billion, mostly through years of pay freezes and pension cuts. Government employees have also experienced furlough days and job insecurity due to the 2013 government shutdown, threats of other shutdowns, and sequestration. Despite these large recent sacrifices, many legislative proposals before Congress continue to scapegoat them for budget deficits caused largely by sweetheart corporate tax loop holes, health-care profiteering, and the pilfering of tax dollars by the run-away corrupt outsourcing of federal functions to campaign donors. The following IFPTE issue briefs address the concerns facing our federal workers:

  • Federal employee benefits - IFPTE calls on House and Senate lawmakers to reject any attempts to diminish Federal Employee compensation and benefits. Over the past decade, America's federal public servants have lost more than 10% of the salary to inflation and have endured significant reductions to their benefits already. Any further erosion would undermine the government's ability to recruit and retain its fair share of the best and brightest talent and would seriously compromise government efficiency, productivity, safety, and national security.
    2017 IFPTE Issue Brief
     
  • DOD Workers - IFPTE calls on House and Senate lawmakers to reject any attempt to further burden the DoD civilian workforce by unfairly shifting legitimate government costs onto them. Furthermore, the moratorium and re-evaluation of contracting out must continue to protect taxpayers from the rampant and inefficient practice of outsourcing inherently and appropriately governmental work. The bottom line is our military readiness and national security depend on honoring our commitments to the civil service workforce that keeps our military the best and most prepared in the world.
    2017 IFPTE Issue Brief
     
  • Official Time is in the public interest - Official time under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute is a longstanding, honored, non-partisan tool that gives agencies and their employees the means to expeditiously and effectively harness employee innovation and know-how into mission-related challenges of an agency, as well as to bring closure to conflicts that arise in all workplaces. It has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. Overseen by the agencies themselves on a day-to-day basis and by the Office of Personnel Management in an aggregated way, official time is efficiently used as provided by law, and exclusively for the purposes specified in statute.
    2017 IFPTE Issue Brief

Public Sector Employees:

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State and Local government worker issues have huge economic impact

Public servants in states, counties and cities all across America provide not only provide us with quality public services each and 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 like costly privatization of public services, cutting or eliminating public pensions, and cutting pay and workforce size. However, Congress and the Trump Administration 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 thousands of public sector jobs, pass the Marketplace Fairness Act which will give States the mechanism necessary to collect existing sales and use tax on goods and services sold over the internet, and put in place a Supreme Court Justice that will respect the constitutional rights of public sector employees to collectively bargain.
2017 IFPTE Issue Brief

Veterans:

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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.
2017 IFPTE Issue Brief
AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council (UVC) letter on Veterans Preference

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