Capitol Connection: January
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January 13, 2022

IEC Scores Victory Before Supreme Court on 'Vax-or-Test' Mandate

This afternoon, the United States Supreme Court sided with IEC and blocked the vaccine-or-test mandate for employers with 100 or more workers. The Court voted 6-3 that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) “lacked authority to impose the mandate,” and that the decision should be left up to Congress. IEC members impacted by the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) are now free from having to comply with this rule which also means OSHA will not be able to promulgate the ETS's requirements through regular rule-making against all employers. This is a major victory for IEC and all of its merit shop electrical contractors since it was still possible for the final rule to be expanded to all employers, regardless of size.

IEC Government Affairs – Year in Review

Following the political shift that took place this year, with a new president and Congress, it’s no wonder that 2021 was an extremely active one for the IEC government affairs program. IEC’s advocacy efforts proved successful in removing onerous labor policies and mandates from the final versions of the Infrastructure Bill and the National Defense Authorization Act that passed Congress. It also fought off the Protecting Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the Reconciliation Bill (a.k.a. Build Back Better Act) through direct lobbying and funding of two separate public relations and grassroots campaigns. In addition, IEC filed suit against the vaccine-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard that is currently before the Supreme Court. Below is a list of additional highlights from last year.

  • 1,108 Advocates sent 2,613 Communications across 13 Campaigns to Congress
  • Sent more than 50 letters to Capitol Hill and the Administration
  • Raised over $60,000 for the Political Action Committee
  • Raised over $53,000 for the Political Education Fund
  • Produced The Manager’s Practical Guide to Union Organizing
  • Launched Text-to-Phone Action Alerts
  • Unveiled the IEC Government Affairs Twitter Account @IECGovAffairs
IEC Insider – Sample Podcast

Beginning in 2022, the IEC PAC newsletter, IEC Insider, will include a brief podcast that will provide additional insight into the politics of the day. Only those IEC members who are PAC-authorized have access to this benefit. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve included a sample podcast here. In this episode, we provide an overview of 2022 midterms, detailing the impact congressional retirements and redistricting will have on the election.


Download the IEC PAC authorization form, sign and complete it for each year and return to Alex Ayers at and become an IEC Insider today! 


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