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December 28, 2017

 
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As 2017 comes to a close, the American Supply Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of ASA Insights a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 4. We look forward to serving the industry and our membership in 2018.


IAPMO UPC and UMC Official Results are Now Available
American Supply Association
From Sept. 7: The 2017 UPC and UMC Report on Comments (ROC) are now available for the public. The ROC contains the official results from the May1-4, 2017 Technical Committee meeting which met to generate the 2018 edition of the codes. The next stage of the process is the Association Technical Meeting which will take place in Anchorage Alaska on September 26, 2017 at the Hilton Anchorage. Anyone wishing to make a motion, please contact IAPMO or click here for instructions.
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ASA Comments on Overtime Rules
American Supply Association
From Sept. 28: While the courts have ruled and made the 2016 Overtime rules null and void, the Trump Administration has been moving ahead with re-writing the rules, making them more reasonable and less burdensome on employers. Seeking information from those impacted, the Department of Labor received nearly 200,000 comments, some in support of the current rules and many others in opposition. Included in ASA’s comments was thoughtful testimony from our members, such as “As an employer and worker myself, I can understand reasonable minimum wage laws. The problem I have with this regulation, is that it limits the opportunity for my employees to grow and learn as well as my ability to train and compensate my employees. I shouldn't be limited by or limited to what duties my employees are willing and able to do for their compensation. There is not a one size fits all solution.”
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Acquisition of Shurjoint Industries
Conbraco
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ASA Leads Effort in Recent Supreme Court Filing
American Supply Association
From Nov. 16: The American Supply Association (ASA) led several industry groups recently in filing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States. Joined by the American Lighting Association, the American Veterinary Association and other national associations, the brief was in support of a South Dakota case making its way to the high court. An amicus curiae brief is written to bring to the Court’s attention relevant matters not already brought to its attention by the parties in the case. ASA was asked to file a brief dealing with the burden placed on plumbing wholesalers known as showrooming. The ongoing trend of customers receiving the benefit of our members’ talented workforce, measuring and learning about products, only to make the purchase over the Internet.
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7 Key Players in the GOP's Border Tax Fight
The Hill
From Feb. 23: Republicans are fiercely divided over a key proposal in the House GOP tax reform plan, a measure that would hit imports with U.S. taxes while exempting exports. The border-adjusted tax was included in a tax blueprint House Republicans released in June, which is a starting point for upcoming legislation.
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EPA Proposing Revisions to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act
American Supply Association
From Feb. 2: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a revision to the existing Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA). The proposed revision will require labeling of plumbing products to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead free requirements. The intent of the proposed revision is to reduce the inadvertent use of non-lead free plumbing products in potable use applications and, consequently, reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and associated adverse health effects.
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Harvey's Wrath Will be Felt All Over
ASA Materials Market Digest©
From Sept. 14: Portions of the Texas Coast as well as western Louisiana remain in dire conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The storm completely and utterly inundated the region, and the long-term consequences are only now starting to be realized as companies continue to check in on staff, assess damage and prepare for recovery. On August 29th, The Wall Street Journal had reported up to 10.0 percent of the nation’s trucking capacity had been impacted, and overland shipping costs are expected to rise by more than 20.0 percent in some cases. On September 6th, Port Houston reported its facilities were fully operational and working normal business hours having closed nearly two weeks earlier. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.
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Senate Confirms Key Energy Nominees, Unlocking Billions in Energy Development
American Supply Association
From Aug. 10: Last week, as the Senate was preparing to get a head start on its August recess, dozens of Trump administration appointees received votes for confirmation. Among the many needed to help the administration govern are members of the lesser-known Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Like most federal commissions, FERC is made up of a bipartisan slate of commissioners, who are charged with approving permit requests for the construction of pipelines and gas exports. ASA joined with others in the energy community to demand Senate action before adjourning in August, stating “this situation has denied employment to over 50,000 construction workers, and the thousands more who manufacture and supply the steel and equipment these projects require…it has stranded hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of capital investment.”
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DOL Seeks Industry Input on Overtime Rule
American Supply Association
From Aug. 31: The Department of Labor is seeking information from stakeholders on how it should proceed with a new rulemaking to replace the Obama Administration's regulation on eligibility for overtime pay. Currently, the overtime rule is blocked from taking effect by a preliminary injunction issued last November. The Trump Administration has filed its final brief in the appeal of that ruling, and has argued that the Secretary of Labor has the legislative authority to issue a salary threshold, but that the salary threshold set by the Obama Administration was inappropriate. The DOL is seeking stakeholder input from the employer community to move forward with this regulation, in a way that is less burdensome or costly to small businesses. In particular, the Department seeks comment on and information relating to the questions in the survey we’ve prepared. Responses are due to the Department of Labor by September 25, so we're seeking employer input by September 15. Please take a few moments to answer a few questions on this topic to help craft ASA's response to the Dept. of Labor. To take survey, click here.
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ASA Leads Industry Delegation Asking White House Support for More Plumbers
American Supply Association
From Sept. 21:The American Supply Association spearheaded a select group of plumbing industry representatives who participated in a Sept. 14 meeting at the White House and discussed the importance of tax reform, infrastructure needs, and most importantly, workforce development. The group stressed that p-h-c industry leaders are eager to be an integral part of developing and implementing solutions. The meeting was a joint collaboration facilitated by the American Supply Association and PHCC — National Association.
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Education & Today's Labor Market Out of Sync
Imperial Consulting Corporation
From Aug. 3: We are witnessing the continued downward spiral of America's education-to-employment system that is so vital to increasing the nation's supply of talent. Wages will rise as employers chase a dwindling supply of skilled workers. The U.S. economy may also contract as employers turn to other countries that have been more successful at creating a better educated, 21st-century workforce. Today, the U.S. labor market is turned upside down by the spread of advanced technology in workplaces, and the current K-12 school system lags far behind the rate of change in the U.S. labor economy. America's education system is so drastically out of sync with the demands of a technology-driven economy as evidenced by our failure to grow a larger knowledge workforce. Major educational reform is needed in career information and preparation programs.
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