In October, more than 100 NRCA members attended NRCA's 2015 Fall Committee Meetings and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The event provided an opportunity for members to visit Capitol Hill to advance NRCA's government relations agenda, discuss topics of interest to roofing professionals and continue the work of NRCA's committees.
The meetings kicked off Oct. 20 with a presentation explaining the Hiring Our Heroes program operated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Hiring Our Heroes provides employers with resources and connections that enable them to hire military veterans who are transitioning to civilian life. Numerous NRCA members expressed interest in using the program to help address their workforce needs.
NRCA's Government Relations Committee met to discuss the association's work on federal legislative and regulatory issues that affect the roofing industry. Committee members and staff discussed NRCA's advocacy efforts toward regulatory and immigration reform legislation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, tax policy, workforce development legislation and other issues relevant to the roofing industry. There was consensus that NRCA should continue to push for regulatory reform legislation that provides relief from burdensome regulations, as well as immigration reform and other policies to help contractors address workforce challenges.