IEC Issue Outlook 2021
President Biden has taken control of the executive branch and Democrats have taken over Congress with slim majorities in both chambers. Given these new political dynamics, IEC has provided an overview of its issues based on the new political reality in Washington.
President Biden Signs E.O. COVID-19 Standard
On his first full day in office, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety that requires OSHA to issue revised guidance to employers on workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic within the next two weeks. It also asks OSHA to consider whether any emergency temporary standard is needed and, if it is, issue it by March 15. In an amicus brief last year, IEC opposed union efforts to have a court coerce OSHA to issue such a standard. IEC and its partners in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition will be working with the Biden administration to inform it of the steps the industry has already taken to address COVID-19 safety issues.
House Democrats Introduce Apprenticeship Legislation
The Committee on Education and Labor yesterday announcedthe introduction of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 and appears to be skipping the committee process altogether. Building off similar legislation that passed the House last year, H.R. 447 includes the same provisions that caused IEC to oppose it. The bill once again includes language that prevents merit shop contractors from accessing certain grant funding and codifying the ratio exemption for unions. Contactyour representative today and tell them to oppose H.R. 447.
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