Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

SMACNA Western Washington Discusses Top Priorities with Rep. Newhouse

Newhouse_Reynolds_IMG_6010Members of the SMACNA Western Washington chapter talked about workforce and infrastructure concerns with Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-4th-Washington) during an issues forum co-hosted by SMAC PAC and the Western Washington chapter in Olympia, Washington, in March.

Julie Muller-Neff, chapter executive of SMACNA Western Washington, and Jim Reynolds, a member of SMACNA’s SMAC PAC and Legislative Affairs Committees, led the state, local and national issues roundtable, which was attended by SMACNA members and state and local officials.

A wide-ranging issues forum focused on SMACNA’s top congressional priorities, including infrastructure improvements, workforce development and energy efficiency as well as other key issues in the state of Washington.

Muller-Newhouse-Reynolds_IMG_6015A construction industry advocate, Rep. Newhouse requested a tour of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center (JATC) in Seattle. He expressed interest in meeting first-hand with JATC officials and apprentices and learning how the industry is boosting the number of skilled workers in the HVAC workforce.

Rep. Newhouse is a GOP supporter of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage enforcement in Congress. He also supports Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers, which are monitored and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, as centers for first-rate apprenticeship training.