Weekly Advocacy Recap—December 9, 2019
Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap! This is ISSA’s regular roundup of the latest public policy-related issues impacting the cleaning industry.
California’s Prop 65, which requires companies to put warning labels on products containing chemicals identified by the state as being toxic, has been around for more than 30 years. Proponents maintain it has pushed companies to reduce levels of toxic chemicals or eliminate them altogether, others argue it has desensitized consumers “It is a largely useless, ineffective, unimpactful form of warning and disclosure,” said Omri Ben-Shahar, a law professor at the University of Chicago. “It’s just another box of fine print that people are, by now, numb to seeing.”
More than 20 states and localities have increased their minimum wage laws in 2019 and more increases are slated to go into effect January 1, 2020. In late November, the cities of Chicago and Denver passed additional phased-in increases to their minimum wage laws. Both cities will eventually see their minimum wage laws tied to the Consumer Price Index. ISSA continues to monitor and report these increases so that the industry can plan and budget accordingly for the future.
President Donald Trump, while at the summit of NATO leaders, urged Congress to take action and pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a proposed trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. According to the Los Angeles Times, “We are on the 2½-yard line,” Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said about efforts to wrap up negotiations on the replacement for NAFTA and clear the way for approval in Congress. ISSA is a member of a broad coalition urging Congress to pass USMCA. Make your voice heard today!