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NRCA Wraps Up Roofing Day in DC

Monday, April 8, 2019

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The National Roofing Contractors Association wrapped up its annual Roofing Day activities on April 3 by meeting with officials at the White House to discuss workforce issues.

NRCA Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect Nick Sabino and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble met with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney last week to discuss the roofing industry's workforce needs, including immigration reform and worker training incentives.

The leadership explained that the shortage of qualified workers is the most significant limitation on the ability of roofing industry employers to grow their businesses, according to the NRCA, which noted that this problem will become even more acute in the future because of an aging workforce, educational trends and ongoing rebuilding efforts resulting from recent hurricanes and other natural disasters throughout the U.S.

In addition to focusing on changes that will attract U.S.-based workers to the industry, the NRCA is also pushing to address immigration.

“NRCA believes the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy,” the organization said.

“NRCA is asking Congress to establish a visa system, such as the system proposed in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, that meets the workforce needs of roofing and similar industries. This system should be governed by market forces, ensure employers undertake vigorous recruitment to hire U.S. workers first, and enable job creators to obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses.”

The NRCA also notes that it supports legislation that allows Temporary Protected Status to workers who have a demonstrated track record of working legally in the U.S. with the opportunity to apply for permanent legal resident status.

"I appreciate that the president's chief of staff took the time to meet with us and am pleased with our conversation," Schwickert said.

"It's important to discuss these vital issues for our industry, and he was attentive and asked insightful questions as we discussed the roofing industry and our concerns. Although the political environment in Washington, D.C., remains challenging for solving the workforce issues facing our nation, we will continue working to solve them."

   

Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Government; NA; National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA); North America; Roofing contractors; Roofing materials

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