PPAI Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) 2021
PPAI’s annual Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) is a legislative fly-in where volunteers from the promotional products industry hold meetings with legislators and their staffers to discuss issues that are important to the industry. This year, the congressional meetings will occur virtually and the conversation topics will include small business concerns, labor rights issues, trade policy and more. There will also be opportunities forthcoming for PPAI members to participate in this event without taking meetings with Congress.
Current Topics To Send Prewritten Emails To Your Legislators
All members of the industry can help participate in this program. You can support the efforts of L.E.A.D. by participating in our virtual fly-ins below June 16-17. Your help is vital to the preservation and growth of our industry, so please make sure to follow the links provided and let your voice be heard.
Support The Promotional Products Industry
The promotional products industry plays an important role in the U.S. economy, comprised primarily of small business owners. Sharing the importance of the promotional products industry helps ensure that our message about this useful and dynamic industry is protected.
Independent Contractor Status Being Threatened in Washington, D.C.
The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act amends the National Labor Relations Act to establish a new definition of employees which expressly eliminates independent contractors in the U.S. The legislation also makes a broad presumption that all workers in the U.S. are employees unless each element of a newly established “ABC” test can be demonstrated.
Please reach out to your House representative to educate them about why independent contractors in the promotional products industry do not want to be forced to reclassify as employees.
Listen to the Promo Talks podcast "Why The PRO Act Is Detrimental To the Promotional Products Industry".
Global Value Chains
The promotional products industry relies on global supply chains. Although most promotional products are manufactured overseas, once in the U.S., these products are decorated by U.S. workers. They are sold by U.S. workers. They are used to promote U.S. goods and services.
Global value chains operate more broadly than supply chains. Global value chains encompass the full range of activities that firms and workers are involved in to bring a product or service from its conception to its end use and beyond. The shift among many globally competitive companies to focus on core competencies and outsource other activities has led to the creation of global value chains that cross professional and national boundaries.
Indeed, the promotional products industry contributes significant economic benefit throughout the U.S. economy. In doing so, this industry also contributes to a vibrant and diverse eco-system of international coalitions that serve the United States well.
Write your member of Congress to educate them about the benefits of global value chains.
Please contact Maurice Norris if you need more information on the program and topics.