By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs
Earlier this month, PHCC members, state executives and staff were invited to the White House for an exclusive PHCC ceremony celebrating the association’s commitment to the Pledge to America’s Workers. PHCC enjoyed a private audience with the President’s senior advisors for an overview of our industry and the importance of registered apprenticeship to ensuring the continuity of the plumbing and HVAC trades.
PHCC government affairs staff have been laying the groundwork for this meeting since our 2019 Legislative Conference last May. With much of the policy discussion revolving around the need to improve our nation’s aging infrastructure, in addition to addressing the “skills gap” where the skills desired by U.S. employers are in short supply in our nation’s workforce, it is critical that PHCC inserts itself into the national dialogue on these issues. PHCC’s work equipping the next generation of p-h-c professionals via its registered apprenticeship programs, and the collective expertise our members command, allows our industry and our association to play a central role in the development of new policies that will improve our nation’s water infrastructure. Combined with PHCC’s work meeting with Congressional offices on a weekly basis, our meeting at the White House ensures that both the legislative and executive branches are getting a consistent message on the importance of our industry and our contributions to the health and safety of the American people.
While it is necessary for PHCC staff to represent the industry in Washington, D.C., before Congress, the White House, and regulatory agencies such as the Department of Energy or the Department of Labor, our message resonates much more effectively when it is supplemented by voices from the PHCC contractors who do the real work in terms of ensuring safe indoor air and water.
Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association