Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / TRSA touts government outreach in latest Webinar
TRSA touts government outreach in latest Webinar
07
Nov '11
Textile Rental Services Association of America - TRSA's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill took center stage in a Nov. 3 webinar titled “Even Stronger Together: Industry Advocacy 2012” hosted by the association's Government Relations Director Kevin Schwalb. Schwalb was joined for the one-hour Internet broadcast by Kai Hirabayashi, labor counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

Schwalb kicked off the presentation to TRSA and CSC Network members with an overview of the current makeup of Washington, including a breakdown of both houses of Congress by party and a preview of the 2012 presidential and congressional races. He also highlighted the regulatory agencies that impact the textile services industry, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and how these agencies have been operating under the Obama administration.

“The theme of the administration has gone from a compliance first, help business owners deal with the regulatory burdens of the (George W.) Bush administration to we're going to enforce first and then ask questions later to help you,” Schwalb said. “We're going to enforce, we're going to penalize you and then we'll work to help you get into compliance. The focus has turned from compliance to enforcement, which is why OSHA and the EPA have grown these last couple of years.”

A few of the issues on the association's radar coming from these agencies include:
• Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) testing requests in Region I (New England)
• Ergonomics – OSHA's MSD column on the 300 Logs
• The Poster Rule and the Quick Elections Rule from the NLRB encouraging unionization

After discussing these key regulatory issues, Schwalb turned his attention toward legislative matters that will affect textile services companies and the efforts TRSA is making in Washington to ensure the industry's viewpoint is considered. Schwalb specifically highlighted the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, Fair Representations in Elections Act and the EPA Regulatory Relief Act.

After Schwalb gave an overview of these measures, he was joined by Hirabayashi, who provided an insider's viewpoint from the Senate on the current state of Washington. He focused on the key issues under consideration by the HELP Committee and the outlook on upcoming matters of importance. Hirabayashi also encouraged those in attendance to utilize TRSA's reach on Capitol Hill to put their issues in front of legislators.

“One thing I will mention is the importance of TRSA and Kevin, and all that he does,” Hirabayashi said. “Certainly if you see issues or have issues that come up, definitely use Kevin as a resource because when we're looking for issues and we want to hear what's going on out there in the world, we often reach out to folks like Kevin, who has a direct connection with his members.

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 28th Mar 2017

India may impose duty on elastomeric filament yarn

The Government of India is likely to impose anti-dumping duty on...

Courtesy: Kraig Laboratories

Textiles | On 28th Mar 2017

Kraig gets certificate for silk production in Vietnam

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., a leading biotechnology company...

Information Technology | On 28th Mar 2017

Intex Consulting signs partnership with Kawan Era Baru

Germany based Intex Consulting GmbH has entered into a strategic...

Interviews View All

Ghanshyam Ghoghari
Kimora Fashion

Bridalwear is not about reds and whites anymore

Hannah Lane
Redress

Encouragement from brands will motivate supply chains to become more...

Rajiv Sirohi
Shara

‘Portugal is taking away a major share of the mill made sector.’

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search