Capitol Connection: July
Capitol Connections_7.6.22

July 13, 2022

Administration Proposes Rule to Limit Merit Shop Federal EV Installations

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program and projects for the construction of publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers funded by the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Included in the NPRM is a requirement that states use electricians certified by the Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), a union-run continuing education program that provides little additional or necessary information needed to install and service EV charging stations. Alternatively, states can use electricians that have gone through a registered apprenticeship program that provides EVSE-specific training. IEC will urge that this unnecessary requirement designed to keep merit shop from installing EV charging stations funded by the infrastructure bill be rejected. Comments are due on August 22. 


Department of Energy Announces Formation of EV Working Group

In June, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced the formation of an Electric Vehicle Working Group. The Working Group “advises DOE and DOT points-of-contact with respect to the electric vehicle deployment strategy” and is to issue no fewer than three reports that describe “barriers and opportunities to scaling up electric vehicle adoption throughout the United States.”  The reports will be used, among other things, to help the federal government expand electric vehicle and charging infrastructure. IEC will be nominating a member for a position on the Working Group.


IEC Joins Comment Letter on OSHA Electronic Reporting Proposal

IEC and its partners in the Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS) submitted a letter on OSHA’s Proposed Rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The proposal would require electronic submission of data (OSHA Forms 300, 301 and 300A) for establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries, like construction. The letter raises concerns with the agency’s attempt to require electronic submission of employer summary data and individual employee injury and illness data that is also intended to be posted online by OSHA. 


Senate “Anti-Union” Tax Bill  Introduced

Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) recently introduced legislation that would alter the tax code to prohibit companies from writing off “anti-union” activities as business expenses. The “No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act” would classify even lawful activities, such as so-called captive audience meetings, as political speech, thereby making it ineligible for tax deductions. While this bill will not advance on its own, it may be indicative of efforts to include the labor policy in future legislation.


Webinar: #MainStreetMeritShop – Advocacy in Your Backyard

The August recess is just around the corner, and members of Congress are making plans to spend it visiting with constituents. This is the perfect opportunity local representatives to tour your apprenticeship program and visit with IEC members to discuss the ins and outs of the electrical industry and its workforce challenges. Click the link below to hear last month’s webinar that included a panel of executive directors discussing their experiences with hosting a member of Congress at their chapter to assist with your efforts. 

Watch the June #MainStreetMerit Shopby using the password: CapitolConnection22 

Become an IEC Freedom Fund Sponsor Today!

Our industry is under attack more than ever in Washington, DC. Project labor agreements, pro-union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board, and changes to Davis-Bacon all threaten IEC’s contractor members. To continue to champion and protect the merit shop philosophy, IEC has rebranded its Political Education Fund as the IEC Freedom Fund. This fund is designed to give IEC more firepower in Washington to help protect its merit shop electrical contractors.


The IEC Freedom Fund has already had great successes recently, having helped the IEC:

  • Defeat the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate.
  • Produce educational resources to address union activity, like The Manager’s Practical Guide to Union Organizing.
  • Stop tax increases in the Build Back Better Act with pro-business advertisements in key battleground states.


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