Category Archives: Government Relations

AWPA Govt Affairs Conference: Earlybird Deadline Is Approaching

The Earlybird Deadline is fast approaching. There are only 2 weeks left to get the best value for your company. The program is full of timely information to help your company navigate this chaotic time: an economic forecast, an update on the steel industry, and the latest on shipping and logistics, along with the inside … Continue reading AWPA Govt Affairs Conference: Earlybird Deadline Is Approaching

OSHA releases 2021 Regulatory Agenda

Agenda shows what’s on the horizon for OSHA Posted June 18, 2021 Summary by Reginald Whitaker, Oklahoma Steel & Wire, EHS Committee Chair for the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA) On June 11, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the Spring 2021 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda … Continue reading OSHA releases 2021 Regulatory Agenda

AWPA Joins Big Steel Associations in Support of Infrastructure Legislation

The AWPA has signed onto an association coalition letter of both big steel and downstream steel manufacturers in support of infrastructure legislation.  This issue remains a focus of the AWPA government relations agenda for 2021.  We hope that you have or will contact your legislators about the importance of this issue for your companies, the … Continue reading AWPA Joins Big Steel Associations in Support of Infrastructure Legislation

PRO Act Will Affect Your Company, Whether Unionized or Not

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, has passed the House of Representatives, and now waits for a vote in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated to labor leaders that the bill will get a vote when it has 50 co-sponsors. It currently has 47. Pressure from labor groups … Continue reading PRO Act Will Affect Your Company, Whether Unionized or Not

US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced in a joint statement (below) that the United States and European Union would enter into discussions on global steel and aluminum excess capacity. As part of the agreement, the EU will delay doubling … Continue reading US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

US Infrastructure Report Indicates $2.5 Trillion Underinvestment

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card for the US, and it shows that the US has drastically under-invested in infrastructure maintenance. A water main breaks in the US every 2 minutes, and 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost every day. 43% of roadways in the … Continue reading US Infrastructure Report Indicates $2.5 Trillion Underinvestment

New Legislation Proposes Dramatic Labor Law Changes

Legislation from 2019 has risen again in the House of Representatives – action is expected on this in the House, THIS WEEK, the week of March 8. This legislation includes the highly controversial requirement that employers turn over private employee information to union organizers without the employee’s permission. The AWPA will sign on to a … Continue reading New Legislation Proposes Dramatic Labor Law Changes

AWPA Announces Issue Agenda for September Conference

The AWPA’s Government Relations Advisory Committee has set the agenda for the upcoming Congressional Visits to be held on September 11, in conjunction with the 2019 Government Affairs Conference. We’ll provide the industry data that shows the value of the industry to the US economy. In addition, we’ll have topical material on the following issues: … Continue reading AWPA Announces Issue Agenda for September Conference

301 Tariff Exclusion Process Begins for Chinese Imports on List 3

On June 30, the Office of the US Trade Representative opened the process for requesting exclusions to Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products on List 3. The products on List 3 include Wire Products from Chapter 73 of the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). The process is very different than the exclusion … Continue reading 301 Tariff Exclusion Process Begins for Chinese Imports on List 3