ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced that more than 75 cleaning industry leaders are in Washington D.C. participating in the 2023 ISSA Clean Advocacy Summit, the premier Capitol Hill fly-in event for the cleaning industry.
To kick off National Cleaning Week, these advocates will meet with more than 80 congressional offices in support of tariff relief, ending period poverty, and an expansion of the workforce by calling for the creation of a new temporary visa program on March 29.
Attendees include manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products, equipment, and supplies, as well as service providers and staff responsible for ensuring clean and healthy schools, homes, hospitals, hotels, workplaces, and other spaces.
“With a new Congress and many new faces, it is more important than ever for ISSA and the cleaning industry to be at the table,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “Our industry proved essential during the pandemic and the industry’s leaders want to reinforce that healthy and safe workplaces and spaces are an important contributor to the economy and public health.”
These leaders will ask Congress to create a new temporary worker program for essential workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “About 335,500 openings for janitors and building cleaners are projected each year, on average, over the decade,” which includes a 4% annual projected growth. Summit attendees will advocate that the cleaning industry needs a predictable, reliable, and legal source of supplemental labor to continue to provide healthy workplaces, schools, hospitals, homes, hotels, and other spaces.
Additionally, industry representatives will ask for the removal of the China Section 301 tariffs on important raw materials, intermediate inputs, and other cleaning and hygiene-related products and equipment. At a minimum, advocates will request the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to implement a fair, transparent, and robust exclusion process.
Participants will also ask Congress to support federal and state efforts to address the issue of period poverty. The association has been working with governments, schools, and other facilities to encourage them to ensure menstrual care products are available for free in bathrooms. More than a dozen states have already passed laws requiring schools, colleges, or prisons to provide these products free of charge in bathrooms just as they already do with paper towels, toilet paper, and hand soap. ISSA is also encouraging support of Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-NY) Menstrual Equity for All Act once it is reintroduced.
Attendees will hear from Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), and Carol Miller (R-WV). Additionally, the group has meetings scheduled with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI), and Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-TX).