Forest Products Workers Visit Capitol Hill To Discuss Policies Jeopardizing Manufacturing Jobs, Environment
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80 American workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry descended on Washington, D.C., this week and made more than 530 visits with members of Congress. Their goal: to educate elected officials on the impacts of legislative and regulatory decisions on the environment, as well as the families and communities that depend on forest products manufacturing for their livelihood.
The group of workers from the Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council (PPRC), a grassroots organization of hourly employees in the forest products industry, are passionate about educating members of Congress and administrative officials at the EPA, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and other government agencies on the issues affecting American manufacturing jobs in their industry. They represented 55 mills across 22 states.
“Our annual ‘fly-in’ provides the PPRC with a wonderful opportunity to visit with Congressional and Administration leaders on environmental issues impacting our industry -- especially on topics like carbon neutrality of biomass, paper recycling and forest management,” said PPRC Chairman David Wise. “The importance of clear, common-sense legislation and regulatory policy cannot be understated, as that foundation is vital to supporting continued growth of manufacturing jobs in rural and urban communities and ensuring a competitive playing field for the American forest products industry in the global market.”
In addition to water and air permitting issues, regulatory reform and endangered species, the PPRC specifically discussed several issues with members of Congress, including:
The PPRC members also thanked members of Congress who have joined the Paper and Packaging Caucus and those members who attended the Caucus Congressional Reception on February 5.
The U.S. forest products industry is vitally important to our nation’s economy, employing about 900,000 people – many in small, rural communities. It ranks among the top 10 manufacturers in 45 states and represents four percent of U.S. manufacturing GDP. The PPRC is dedicated to conserving the environment while taking into account the economic stability of American manufacturing workers and their mills’ surrounding communities.
PULP & PAPERWORKERS’ RESOURCE COUNCIL
Representing members of: USW, AWPPW, IAM, IBEW, IBT, UBC, Firemen & Oilers and Forest Product Industry Workers. For more information, please visit www.thepprc.org.
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