By Mark Riso, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Members of the Trump Administration’s policy staff met at the White House this week with PHCC National (President-elect Laurie Crigler, PHCC EVP Michael Copp and VP of Legislative Affairs Mark Riso) and other plumbing industry leaders to discuss America’s workforce shortage and how our industry is part of the solution.
The meeting was co-hosted by the American Supply Association, and included top executives from Bradford White, Elkay, Emerson and WinSupply. The purpose of the meeting was to review and consider opportunities within President Trump’s Executive Order issued in June 2017 regarding apprenticeship programs.
The discussion was active, positive and truly productive. The discussion centered around apprenticeship programs and the potential benefits of educating high schools to adopt curriculum designed to provide students with a “Jump Start” on careers in the construction industry.
The White House staff also updated participants on current tax reform and infrastructure initiatives, acknowledging that infrastructure includes underground water systems and sewage as much as above ground highways, roads and bridges.
The meeting also included specific “point people” from the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, who are in positions of critical importance to PHCC.
Vice President of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association