Industry Reps Speak Out on Obama’s Order
to Review Federal Regulations
January 21, 2011
Federal regulations can pose both opportunities and challenges
for many businesses, including glass industry companies. In an
effort to support economic growth and job creation, earlier this
week President Obama ordered a review of federal regulations.
As part of the immediate implementation, the President issued
a memorandum to the heads of Executive Agencies and Departments
calling for more transparency and accountability in regulatory
compliance, as well as a memorandum emphasizing the need to reduce
burdens on small businesses whenever possible. The executive order
requires Federal agencies to design cost-effective, evidence-based
regulations that are compatible with economic growth, job creation
Several in the glass industry say there are a number of areas
surrounding energy and the environment they think should be reviewed.
"I applaud [the Presidents] efforts to help create
jobs and get this economy moving in the right direction. I would
go a step further and give tax credits to help stimulate the public
to buy these energy products, says Tom Wright with Sound
Glass Sales in Tacoma, Wash. In 2009 and 2010 we had in
place a $1,500.00 tax credit; it is now back at the 2008 level
of $200. Overall the increased exposure that green products receive
is great for the industry. It will create growth, which in turn
will create jobs. We need to have a reason for the public to remodel
their homes to drive this recovery and energy savings is one way
to drive this growth.
Wright adds that he would also figure out a way to get the cash
"The money needs to be available to the consumer. Currently
loans are difficult to come by. The public wants to be able to
lower their energy consumption but the banks are not loaning the
money, says Wright.
Organizations such as the Glass Association of North America
(GANA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are
also in favor of these efforts
Aric Newhouse, NAM senior vice president for Government Relations
and Policy issued the following statement regarding President
Obamas executive order:
Manufacturers appreciate President Obamas call for
a government-wide review of regulations and rules. Manufacturers
have been saying for some time that overregulation is harming
job creation and stifling economic growth. This is an opportunity
for the President to demonstrate results by eliminating unnecessary
regulations already in the pipeline or delaying poorly thought-out
proposals that are costing jobs. For example, the Environmental
Protection Agencys proposals [such as] regulating greenhouse
are a real threat to Americas job creators.
We stand ready to assist in the Presidents efforts to address
an escalating problem and meaningfully reduce unnecessary burdens
on manufacturers in America so they can get back to creating jobs.
Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president, adds, "GANA is
working in concert with the NAM in providing the committee with
information relating to EPA regulation of carbon emissions. Any
spotlight Congress can shine on regulations enacted without regard
to job destruction is welcome."
Another concern for some is the Employee Free Choice Act, also
known as Card Check. Bill Stone, president of Louisville
Plate Glass in Louisville, Ky., says if card check became law
it would almost be impossible for some glazing contractors and
glass fabricators to avoid unionization.
Current law provides that, in cases where a union receives
more than 50 percent of an employee group's signatures on cards,
it requires a government supervised secret ballot election. The
record shows that in the vast majority of cases the union loses
these secret ballot representation elections. Using traditional
intimidation tactics, unions have little difficulty getting enough
cards signed to force a National Labor Relations Board regulated
election, says Stone. When employees are protected
by their right to a secret ballot they, in most cases, reject
the union. Card Check eliminates the secret ballot. The mere presentation
to an employer of 51 percent of its employees signatures
on cards causes automatic unionization of the company. There are
other hideous aspects such as mandated government arbitration,
which gives a bureaucrat the power to set wages, benefits, and
work rules without recourse. This is an invitation to move millions
of jobs out of our country.
Which regulations do you think are important to the glass industry?
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