April 15, 2021

Washington Wire: House to Consider Labor Wishlist Bill; Contact Congress to Oppose the PRO Act!

03/09/2021

House to Consider Labor Wishlist Bill; Contact your Member of Congress to Oppose the PRO Act!  

 
The House of Representatives is voting any minute on legislation that drastically changes our nation’s workplace and employment laws by limiting workers’ rights and expanding national unions. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842) is now scheduled for consideration on the House TODAY.
 
The bill would abolish Right-to-Work laws, enacted in 28 states, and compel workers to pay union dues regardless of their desires to join a union. It would also eliminate the right to a secret ballot in union elections and institute a “card check” system which would force workers to vote in front of union organizers. Finally, the bill would require employers to provide personal information of their employees to union organizers, including home addresses and phone numbers, a substantial infringement of workers’ rights to privacy.
 
Act now and ask your Representative to support the rights of American employers by opposing H.R. 842, the PRO Act. Click here to contact your member of Congress today and make your voice heard!

 

 

 
Commerce Department Imposes Duties up to 242% on Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet
 
The U.S. Department of Commerce issued affirmative final determinations in the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of common alloy aluminum sheet. Commerce found that exporters have dumped common alloy aluminum sheet in the United States from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey as well as aluminum sheet producers in from Bahrain, India, and Turkey are benefitting from unfair government subsidies. Commerce affixed the final dumping rates up to 242.8% including 242% on Germany; 79% India; 137% Brazil and subsidy rates up to 35.25%.
 
The investigations now await final determinations by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Should ITC also make final affirmative determination, Commerce will issue AD and/or CVD orders. The ITC is currently scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about April 15, 2021.

 

 

 
U.S. & EU Suspend Tariffs in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute
 
The United States and the European Union have agreed to suspend the tariffs related to the enforcement of U.S. WTO rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute, commonly known as the Boeing-Airbus Section 301 dispute. The move follows a similar deal reached with the U.K to suspend tariffs on U.K. products caught up in the aircraft-subsidy dispute prior to Brexit. The four-month suspension aims to give negotiators time to come to a long-term settlement.
 
The fight over subsidies provided to Airbus and Boeing has resulted in duties authorized by the World Trade Organization that target a combined $11.5 billion in products, $7.5 billion imposed by the U.S. and $4 billion imposed by the EU. One Voice lobbied successfully to prevent the imposition of tariffs on carbon-based alloys, which remain on the watch list as part of the investigation.

 

 

 
PPP Application Deadline Nears
 
The deadline to apply for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP) is approaching on March 31, 2021. Although plenty of funds remain, neither the House nor the Senate versions of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package include an extension of the program. One Voice sent a letter along with coalition partners asking Congress to extend the deadline through December 31, 2021 to ensure that qualified small businesses continue to have access to these critical loans.
 
Extending the application period for the loan program especially is important given the recent actions of the Biden administration. An exclusion window for businesses with less than 20 employees is just coming to an end on March 10 after two weeks. The administration also adjusted the rules beginning on March 3 to permit independent contractors and sole proprietors to use gross income rather than net profit for their PPP loan.

 

 

 
Biden Might Set First NAAQs for Carbon Dioxide
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn the Trump administration’s denial of a Clean Air Act petition asking the agency to set a first-time national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for carbon dioxide. In 2009, the Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org petitioned the EPA to establish a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for carbon dioxide (CO2) at no greater than 350 ppm.
 
The Trump administration denied the petition right before leaving office. The withdrawal of the petition opens the door to reconsidering the request and potentially setting a national pollution limit for carbon dioxide.