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The parental adage about the squeaky wheel getting the oil is really true - it's why organized labor has such influence. Union members utilize a constant "in your face" presence in statehouses and Capitol Hill.
10 legislative update By Vicki R. Keenan Time To Reap an Industry Field of Political Sustainability s this column is being written, sonalize a pre-written letter on various key ered by New York City Council. A Tri-state area voters are readying to go to the polls and cast their choices for a Garden State governor, New bills that impact your firm. It will only take two minutes out of your day—and hope- fully result in much-needed ROI. A greenhouse gas emissions proposal is under consideration in Pennsylvania. Various tax, labor and environmental bills York City mayor, and many new (or incum- span the New Jersey docket, along with bent) legislators. Want to help ensure that pro-business hotly contested internal leadership selec- candidates get elected? Contribute to tions of a new assembly speaker and pos- Their decisions in large parts will be PrintPac, Printing Industries of America’s sibly different (and not business-friendly) impacted more this year than in any political action committee. Some of you Senate president. previous ones with a more discerning may bemoan “special interests,” but in eye aimed toward the economy. New York this case, it’s your own. None of this is meant to lecture, but rather State lost 18,300 private sector jobs in to strongly encourage personal involve- September alone (3 percent of its work- While federal health care legislation has ment in the political process. We reap force), keeping the state’s unemployment taken center stage, the Employee Free what we sow. Working together, let’s go for rate steady at 8.9 percent. New Jersey’s Choice Act and climate change bills that a field that offers self-sustaining crops by jobless rate hit 9.8 percent, a 32-year high will impact how your presses run are in making our collective voices heard—and with a job loss of 12,000. Layoffs within line immediately behind it. heard loudly! printing, publishing and advertising firms, as well as our supplier sectors, have been At the state levels, New York Gov. Pater- Vicki R. Keenan is vice president of themselves significant. son is calling state officials back into a Printing Industries Alliance (PIA), a Nov. 10 special session to deal with the regional trade association representing But no matter the election outcomes, the budget and a “Do Not Mail” bill that the the interests of the $20 billion printing time has never been more critical for print- alliance has been able to keep on a back and graphic communications industry ers and other Printing News readers to burner to date may see renewed momen- throughout New York State, northern New get involved in making their individual and tum. Mandated sick leave is being consid- Jersey and northwestern Pennsylvania. industry-collective voices heard. The parental adage about the squeaky PIA Member Testifies Before House Committee wh
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