2017 IEC National Policy Conference Recap
IEC members gathered from across the country in Washington, D.C. on May 16–17, 2017, for PolyCon17. Attendees heard from an array of political speakers and, after being briefed on IEC’s priority issues, headed to Capitol Hill for a day of visits with their legislators. Included in the conference’s events was Keynote Speaker Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. Nathan provided a non-partisan viewpoint of the current political landscape and what is looming with the upcoming mid-term elections in 2018.
Nathan was followed by Capitol Hill Staffer Marty Reiser, Deputy Policy Director for the Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). Marty gave attendees an inside look into how the Whip operation is run and how House Republicans were able to recently pass health care reform. He also touched on the possibility for comprehensive tax reform to be considered in the coming months.
On the final day of the conference, attendees mader their way to Capitol Hill and lobbied their representatives and senators on four issues: joint employer standard, ‘ambush' elections, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Perkins Act. Prior to heading to the Hill, members heard from two members of Congress.
The first, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), touched on the need for Congress to act quickly and reform two of IEC’s priority issues, namely the joint employer standard and ‘ambush’ elections. The second, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), was awarded IEC’s Rising Star Award for 2017. Rep. Byrne told attendees that Congress needs to fix the joint employer standard and how the Trump administration needs to fill the two vacancies on the NLRB immediately.
From political prognostication to politicians and policy, PolyCon17 proved to be a worthwhile endeavor for all.