Masonry Position Papers

Crystalline Silica

Issue

The construction industry is concerned that OSHA continues to designate its silica regulation as a top agency priority at a time when silica Personal Exposure Limits (PELs) are already in place and OSHA has failed to make the case for new regulations.

Position

The masonry industry urges Congress to ensure that OSHA’s regulatory focus is not swayed by bad science on the matter of workplace exposure to crystalline silica.


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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

Issue

Urge your Senators to pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

Position

The MCAA fully supports the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act and asks you to contact your federal Senators and ask them to quickly pass the bill as well.


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Workforce Development

Issue

The masonry industry aims to to engage students and parents to reduce the stigma associated with career and technical education.

Position

The masonry industry urges Congress moves to reauthorize the Perkins Act and include incentives for high schools that participate in vocational programs.


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Timber Innovation Act (H.R. 1380/S. 538)

Issue

The MCAA believes that Congress should not be providing federal funds to support an industry, especially an industry that has the resources to do this research on their own using their industry backed check-off program.

Position

The MCAA opposes H.R. 1380 and S. 538 and would ask Members of Congress to oppose this legislation as well.


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Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Issue

Some contractors in the construction industry are deliberately misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid payroll taxes, insurance premiums and other employment expenses in order to boost company profits.

Position

Congress should direct the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service to work together to improve enforcement mechanisms and protocols.


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Guest Worker Program

Issue

For the past 5 years, the masonry industry has been working as the American economy has recovered from the recession to highlight the need for a qualified workforce in the construction and masonry industries.

Position

The MCAA supports a broad based, comprehensive immigration reform approach that creates a temporary guest worker program that meets the demand for labor, and creates a process for addressing the undocumented currently employed in the U.S.


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Concrete Masonry Checkoff (H.R. 1046/S. 374)

Issue

The Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act of 2017 (H.R. 1046/S. 374), would provide congressional authorization to allow concrete block manufacturers the opportunity to create a commodity check-off program.

Position

The MCAA supports H.R. 1046/S. 374 and urges Congress to pass the legislation to help this industry by enabling it to effectively invest in itself (without government financial assistance), reinvigorate the economy and expand American jobs.


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Estate Tax

Issue

Businesses, both large corporations and small family owned businesses, which employ the majority of the American workers, deserve a realistic and reasonable chance of continuing in business after the estates of deceased owners are settled.

Position

The masonry industry supports permanent repeal of the federal estate tax, and urges the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to pass a permanent repeal of the estate tax.


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Estate Tax Rule Change

Issue

The proposed regulations eliminate or greatly reduce the discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability for “family related entities” and will discourage families from continuing to operate and build their family businesses.

Position

The masonry industry opposes the rule as the proposed regulations will harm the American economy.


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Pension Reform

Issue

Multi-Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans have become a crushing burden on those industries that are involved.

Position

The masonry industry supports reform that will allow for transition away from the Defined Benefit Plans, ultimately de-risking these plans by paying down the unfunded liabilities while transitioning to alternative type plans.


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Rebounding the Highly Skilled Workforce

Issue

A spike in mason retirements in the next decade which will create a labor shortage. Insufficient numbers of new masons will not offset retirements, much less keep pace with demands for new houses, industrial facilities, schools, hospitals and offices.

Position

The masonry industry strongly encourages support of full budget allocations and appropriations for Perkins Act vocational and technical training programs, with special emphasis on investment in trades in greatest need for new workers.


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Regulation/Agency Rulemaking

Issue

House Republicans, specifically the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spent much of 2011 attacking the federal agencies for their overbearing and unnecessary rulemaking and regulations.

Position

MCAA representatives have played a role in some of these committee hearings and this will continue to be a great opportunity for MCAA to testify on harmful DOL/OSHA regulations and rulemakings.


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Bid Shopping

Issue

Bid shopping is a questionable practice that takes place when a general contractor attempts to pad his profit margin for shopping for lower-priced subcontractors than those listed in the original bid.

Position

The masonry industry believes it is time to end deceptive practices that cheat the taxpayer and supports legislation requiring general contractors bidding on federal projects to list the subcontractors and their bids, and justify any subsequent changes.


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