Legislative and Policy Action
The legislative action federal, state, and local lawmakers take impacts UWUA members’ working lives every single day. From drafting comments about various policy impacts to fighting for stronger workplace protections or veteran health benefits, UWUA works hard to ensure our members’ voices are heard, wherever these decisions are made.
Every day lawmakers make decisions about what they think is best for working families on collective bargaining rights, workplace safety, right-to-work laws, labor law, utility system investments, and more. These decisions impact all aspects of our members’ working lives and that’s why it’s important for UWUA to have a seat at the table as these decisions are made. Elected officials can only be influenced by those constituents willing to engage with them — make your voice heard!
UWUA seeks to advocate for members where necessary, before local, state, and federal governments. If you are looking for support to further your local’s legislative and policy priorities, reach out to UWUA Government Affairs Director Lee Anderson at email@example.com.
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Public Comments, Letters, and Testimony
- COMMENTS | August 9, 2022: UWUA response to the Energy Communities Interagency Working Group’s economic revitalization efforts.
- COMMENTS | July 29, 2022: UWUA offers comments regarding the Massachusetts geothermal pilot program’s decarbonization goals.
- COMMENTS | June 25, 2022: Response to request for comments regarding interconnection and distributed connection standards in Michigan.
- COMMENTS | June 13, 2022: UWUA urges decarbonization efforts optimize ways to support and create good-paying union jobs as the Biden Administration implements the Transmission Facilitation Program.
- LETTER | May 5, 2022: Request for an extension to comment on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decommissioning rule to evaluate and provide adequate feedback on the workforce impact.
- LETTER | April 13, 2022: UWUA letter to the California State Senate Committee on Energy in support of SB 1109 and California’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for bioenergy projects.
- LETTER | March 21, 2022: UWUA letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Granholm offers input on the implementation of the Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) program.
- LETTER | February 18, 2022: UWUA letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo urges support for the Coalfield Development’s ACT Now Coalition’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge funding.
- LETTER | November 17, 2021: Letter to the New York City Council regarding the electrification feasibility study and concerns about policy implementation.
- LETTER | August 19, 2021: UWUA calls on local unions and employers to assist Afghan families immigrating to the United States.
- COMMENTS | August 13, 2021: Comments to the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management regarding wind power leases in the New York bight.
- TESTIMONY | May, 2021: UWUA provides testimony to Michigan House Committee on Regulatory Reform regarding the benefits of affordable energy in Michigan.
- REPORT | April, 2021: UWUA and Union of Concerned Scientists report identifies necessary policies to support individuals impacted by coal closures and urges federal investment in coal workers.
- APPENDIX | April, 2021: Technical appendix to the report, “Supporting the Nation’s Coal Workers and Communities in a Changing Energy Landscape“.
- COMMENTS | March 22, 2021: UWUA urges worker- and safety-centered policies be considered Massachusetts implements the Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030.
- LETTER | December 1, 2020: Letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020.
- COMMENTS | September 4, 2020: UWUA offers input regarding improvements to Oregon OSHA’s COVID-19 temporary standard.
- LETTER | May 7, 2020: Letter to Congressional leadership urging important considerations for the utility workforce and utility customers as lawmakers consider COVID-19 assistance.
- COMMENTS | April 27, 2020: UWUA offers comments to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in support of Workplace Supported Recovery Programs providing a path to recovery from opioid and substance abuse disorders.
- COMMENT | November 22, 2019: UWUA responds to the House Select Committee on Climate Crisis’ request for information regarding worker and community inclusive climate policy.
- COMMENT | September 28, 2018: Comments regarding OSHA’s proposed rule on recordkeeping requirements for establishments over 250 employees.