Later this month, a record 400 or more SHRM volunteer leaders and members of the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) will spread across Capitol Hill for meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.
In conjunction with SHRM’s Leadership Conference in nearby Arlington, Virginia, volunteers will hit the Hill on Nov. 17. They’ll discuss recent regulatory activity by the Obama administration that affects union organizing activities in the workplace and will urge Congress to maintain the tax-free status of employer-provided health care and retirement benefits.
Some members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction are rumored to be weighing altering the tax-free status of various employer-provided benefits, in order to raise revenue and pay down the federal deficit.
By Nov. 23, the 12-member bipartisan committee must recommend to Congress how to cull $1.5 trillion in spending over the next decade—or risk invoking automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion, divided equally between defense and entitlement spending.
This strong showing of member participation in SHRM’s advocacy efforts demonstrates the growth in awareness of the A-Team initiative, as well as the role member involvement plays in helping to develop effective workplace policy.
Through SHRM’s direct outreach efforts with members, more and more legislators are hearing directly from HR professionals about the issues in today’s workplaces. Through its A-Team initiative, SHRM has identified volunteer advocates in over 200 congressional districts and over 2,200 SHRM members have participated in hands-on advocacy training activities during the past 14 months.
To learn more about the SHRM Advocacy Team, click HERE.