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How AICC Advocates for You

By Eric Elgin

June 4, 2019

width=300Despite all the recent partisanship and excitement in Washington, D.C., lately, your AICC Government Affairs Subcommittee is quietly and effectively discussing, considering, and implementing ways to keep the voice of the independent converter heard in the corridors of power.

Advocacy is a core mission of AICC and is one of its founding tenets. The primary way this is accomplished is through AICC membership in organizations that have the size and the reach to effectively convey your needs to various political and regulatory bodies.

AICC has long been a member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) (www.nam.org) through its Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) (www.nam.org/alliances/council-of-manufacturing-associations). NAM has more than 14,000 manufacturing company members, and its access to and advocacy success with the White House and Congress is well known. They represent on any number of that are important to the broad domestic manufacturing community. AICC receives the NAM Update, which outlines important news, on a daily basis. AICC shares this document with membership through a link in inBox, AICC’s weekly e-newsletter. If you have not been opening inBox, this content should cause you to rethink.

The CMA is just what the name implies: It is a group of manufacturing associations that work together to advocate for their members’ needs through NAM. Because NAM’s regular membership includes individual manufacturing companies, ranging from small businesses to conglomerates, the CMA is the right mechanism for an organization such as AICC to be heard. Until this past January when his term ended, AICC President Steve Young was a very active member of the CMA board of directors.

In March of this year, AICC became a member of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) (www.sblc.org). SBLC members are trade and professional associations that share a common concern for the future of small business. The purpose of SBLC is twofold: to maximize the influence of business on legislative and federal policy of importance to the entire small business community; and secondly, to disseminate information on the impact of public policy on small business. AICC shares SBLC alerts through inBox. The first one we shared was on the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to overtime rules for salaried employees.

Perhaps the best-known example of AICC member advocacy is the Print & Packaging Legislative Summit, formerly known as the Washington Fly-In. AICC members go to Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives to discuss that are important to the printing and converting industry. This is done in partnership with the Fibre Box Association and Printing Industries of America. Be advised that because of the dysfunction in Washington and the fact that next year is an election year, the Government Affairs Subcommittee has decided to not hold a Legislative Summit in 2019. Rather, we’ll host the next Summit in 2020.

Finally, the most engaged form of advocacy is that which you do with your local and state governments and your federal representatives. I know many of you have close relationships with people at various levels and that you advocate for yourselves and the broader industry in very effective ways. If you are not engaged locally, please let me know, and we will work with your fellow AICC members to give you the assistance you need to get started.

AICC has a voice. We use it, and we are heard.


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Eric Elgin is owner of Oklahoma Interpak and Chair of AICC’s Government Affairs Subcommittee. He can be reached at 918-687-1681 or eric@okinterpak.com.