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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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Teamster Pipeline Locals Vote to Approve New Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following news release:

By an overwhelming majority, Teamster local unions representing workers in the growing pipeline construction industry have voted to accept and approve the recently negotiated Teamsters National Pipeline Agreement. The agreement covers more than 4,500 workers nationwide, and will soon be engaged in building several large projects such as Atlantic Coast, Keystone XL, Buckeye Express, Line 3, among others.

This three-year agreement represents a total economic package increase of nearly 12 percent, ... Show Full Article

NEA: Alabama State University Professor Honored as 2020 Higher Educator of the Year
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The National Education Association issued the following news release on July 3:

Elizabeth Davenport, a professor at Alabama State University's Department of Educational Leadership, was honored Friday as the 2020 Higher Educator of the Year at the NEA Representative Assembly.

The Higher Educator of the Year honor, sponsored by the NEA Foundation, recognizes a postsecondary education professional who has demonstrated outstanding service to students, excellence in teaching or working with students, and state or local labor-based advocacy.

In her speech to RA delegates, Davenport, ... Show Full Article

Greta Thunberg Receives NEA's Friend of Education Award for Climate Change Activism
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The National Education Association issued the following news release:

The National Education Association awarded its highest honor, the Friend of Education Award, to 17-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg during NEA's virtual Representative Assembly.

Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who gained international recognition for her efforts to alert humanity to the existential crisis caused by climate change. Known for both her youth and straightforward speaking manner, she has criticized world leaders for their failure to take sufficient action to address ... Show Full Article

American Society of Landscape Architects Issues Op-Ed to The Hill
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The American Society of Landscape Architects issued the following op-ed by President Wendy Miller on the importance of rigorous professional licensure, published in The Hill:

From Juneau to Tallahassee, the issue of licensing reform is once again coming to the fore in statehouses across America as lawmakers weigh a range of measures to reverse the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

While licensing reform is predominately a state issue, the Trump administration has issued federal reports to guide state legislators on the difficult, delicate task of revising ... Show Full Article

American Society of Landscape Architects Issue Op-Ed to Metropolis Magazine
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- The American Society of Landscape Architects issued the following op-ed by President Wendy Miller on the importance of public open spaces in the civic realm, published in Metropolis Magazine:

"Public space, broadly defined, is where the First Amendment moves from parchment to pavement. Parks, plazas, streets, city squares, the grounds of capitol buildings, and city halls: These are the great stages upon which civic life, democratic values, and constitutional rights play out. The right to free expression. The right to redress grievances. The right to peaceably assemble. Without ... Show Full Article

American Public Health Association Reminds Residents, Officials to Ready for Extreme Heat Without Increasing COVID-19 Risks
SAN DIEGO, California, July 4 -- The American Public Health Association issued the following news release:

As the summer days get hotter, it's a good time to remember that heat-related deaths and illnesses are entirely preventable.

"Even though we need to stay home to avoid COVID-19, finding ways to spend time outside has a number of positive health benefits and there are a number of simple steps you can take to stay safe, even when the heat can be deadly," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "Remember to drink plenty of water, limit your ... Show Full Article

American Academy of Family Physicians Supports Legislation to Build on Successes of Affordable Care Act
LEAWOOD, Kansas, July 4 -- The American Academy of Family Physicians issued the following statement by President Gary L. LeRoy:

"The American Academy of Family Physicians is discouraged by the Administration's continued interest in undermining the Affordable Care Act, especially during a pandemic.

"In effect for a decade, the Affordable Care Act has provided needed patient protections and access to care. The return to pre-existing condition exclusions, annual and lifetime limits, and young adults without access to coverage on their parents' health insurance plans represents a major step backwards ... Show Full Article