When We Speak With ONE Voice, Together We Succeed Capitol Hill Legislative Appointments to Highlight NetworkASA 2013 Schedule of Events October 2-4 in Washington, D.C. It's been said "bad science makes for bad policy." As suppliers specializing in plumbing products are learning as they grapple with the looming "lead in plumbing" deadline, only when all stakeholders' views are taken into account will good public policy be possible. That was the unfortunate reality as the Reduction of Lead in Plumbing Act quickly was passing both chambers of Congress. With the majority Democrats losing control of the House, they sought to ram through as much as they could prior to adjourning in 2010. And as we've learned by meeting with committee staffers this spring, they were looking for voices of opposition. By not having a full-time voice in Washington at that time, we're now living under bad policy passed because of bad science. Fast forward to today. ASA is an active participant in the tax reform discussions taking place right now. Working alongside other employer-based associations in the S Corp Association, we regularly meet with staffers handling tax issues and remind them of the dangers of corporate-only tax reform. With the retirement of one Senate chairman and the term-limiting of the chairman in the House, many are growing confident of forthcoming tax reform. We are repeatedly being told staff has only been hearing from Fortune 500 employers that would stand to benefit from a reduction of the corporate Tax rate. Time and again, they are telling us they have not heard from those organized as S corps or pass-through entities, which is why we need to redouble our efforts to ensure tax reform doesn't leave small business behind. Having a voice in Washington is just one part of the equation. Equally as important is the true stakeholders, specifically members of trade associations, using their voices and speaking up when necessary. The successful advance of the Marketplace Fairness Act can be attributed to our peer groups such as the National Retail Federation representing the local, main street retailers and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, representing many nationally known stores across the country. While their outsized Washington presence aided in this process, it also was the thousands of retailers and millions of employees at the grassroots level across America that spoke out and let their elected officials know how this impacted their businesses. With the support of our own members, ASA also has joined this effort, speaking up for the many members who are at risk of losing a customer to the Internet. Once again, this is another Washington example of politics making strange bedfellows. Smaller, independent suppliers might compete against larger retailers, but there is little sunlight between wholesalers and retailers when the Internet rears its ugly head. This fall at NetworkASA 2013, our members will have the opportunity to visit with their elected officials and their staffs to share the challenges and opportunities their companies face. If your business is repeatedly being robbed or shortchanged of your copper, then you need to educate your legislators on the Metal Theft Reduction Act. If you are a PVF supply house reliant on energy exploration, how the Keystone XL issue plays out would surely interest your elected officials. Finally, members of Congress must hear from you on how your business is managing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The constitutions of third-world countries and dictatorships limit the power of the people; Americans are blessed with a constitution that limits the power of the government. Each day, we wake up in a nation that allows us to freely dissent and speak up when we believe our government is wrong. At NetworkASA 2013, our members will have the opportunity to be part of this process firsthand. Partnering with competitors and regional peers alike, members will spend the afternoon sharing their experiences with their elected officials and reminding them of a simple fact: when including the mechanical segment, plumbing, heating, cooling and piping makes up nearly 60% of what goes into that member of Congress' home. Speaking with ONE voice, ASA's members will achieve tangible results, network with peers, connect with their lawmakers and take part in our governing process. For full NetworkASA 2013 details, including online registration, visit www.asa.net and click on the ONE INDUSTRY, ONE VOICE, ONE FUTURE button in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Hank Darlington to Repeat 7-Part Showroom Training Webinar Series Like every other business, wholesale distribution is driven by the ability to grow sales. And while wholesalers recognize showrooms provide a tremendous potential for increased sales and profits, they may not fully embrace the retail model that will generate profits. All showroom personnel are invited to join Hank Darlington, author of "Essentials of Profitable Showroom Sales," as he shares his knowledge on performing as a top-notch sales consultant. Hank also facilitates a Q&A period during each session. During this 7-part webinar series, attendees will also learn the important role that showrooms play in the overall operations of the wholesale distribution business. Selling is an art and a skill that is made up of various techniques that must be continually practiced and worked on. For those who missed the May session, plan to join us in July as Hank repeats this well-received program. For more information, visit www.asa.net/education or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Recognize Safety Excellence at Your Company Nominations for ASA's 2012 Member Safety Recognition Awards, to be presented during NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D.C., will be accepted through Thursday, Aug. 1. Six awards will be presented with three in the distributor category and three in the manufacturer category. The awards are based on the number of safe hours worked throughout 2012. The award program was created to elevate awareness in all aspects of the PHCP and PVF industry and to recognize ASA members who had the lowest incident rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses throughout the previous year. For an award application, click on the orange "Safety Resources" button at www.asa.net and follow the links. Please contact Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs at email@example.com for further details. July 10 Webinar to Address Workplace Violence Do you have questions regarding your rights and responsibilities if a violent workplace incident occurs? What about if a fight breaks out between two coworkers? What does the law, specifically the Occupational Safety and Health Administration require of you? Are you allowed, required or precluded from sharing this information with others? Join former OSHA attorney Michael Taylor (Jackson Lewis LLP) on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST for a FREE WEBINAR entitled OSHA and Workplace Violence - What You Need to Know. Mr. Taylor has litigated hundreds of OSHA citations at the federal and state levels and has managed more than 50 cases involving fatalities. He has provided assistance to defense counsel in civil and criminal cases where OSHA inspections and citations are at issue. To register, please visit the homepage of www.asa.net, click on the orange "Safety Resources" button and follow the OSHA and Workplace Violence - What You Need to Know webinar link. Contact Dan Hilton, Director of Government Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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