Advancing good public policy is a vital part of the Labor-Management Council’s mission to enhance collaboration and trust between labor and management and the community.
In its 35 years, the LMC has taken positions on more than 200 public issues including legislative and ballot measures. The LMC by-laws require that three-fourths of board members from both labor and from management must agree on each position. LMC members request consideration of issues, which are then studied by the Issues Committee and sometimes by the Construction Committee before consideration by the full Board.
The following 2015 Issues Agenda was adopted by the Board last week. Issues may be added or amended by the Board later, as events evolve.
Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions. We look forward to engaging with elected and appointed officials to discuss and advance these positions.
Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City Issues Agenda 2015
The following issues positions have been adopted by the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City by a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors:
•Support construction of the Keystone pipeline project.
Note: we also expressed support for a federal transportation bill, which was passed, based on past positions and current state positions. An interim bill was passed but a longer-term measure is still needed.
•Oppose a benefits tax in federal health care reform; Any future stimulus funds include significant vertical construction projects.
•The LMC supports reasonable and effective economic development incentives. While the LMC supports ensuring that tax credits and other incentives are cost effective, we want to preserve those tax credits crucial to economic development such as the historic tax credit, tax increment financing and enact an angel tax credit and data center incentives.
•The LMC opposes legislation to impose “right-to-work.”
•The LMC supports maintaining and increasing Medicaid eligibility and adequate provider reimbursement.
•The LMC supports state funding for a comprehensive transportation plan.
•The LMC supports Prevailing Wage in its present form.
•The LMC supports development of a statutory framework for public employee collective bargaining in Missouri to reduce uncertainty for workers and for public employers.
Watch: Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation, Utility Rates & Energy Capacity, Education/Kansas City School District.
•The LMC supports reasonable and effective economic development incentives.
•The LMC supports continued funding for the comprehensive transportation plan.
•The LMC opposes immigration reform proposals that would put the burden of I-9 verification on contractors for subcontractors. Verification responsibility should fall only on the direct employer of those workers.
Watch: Kansas “driveway” tax (proposed requirement for impact study if increasing user fees)
The LMC celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Labor-management relationships have played a critical role in the movement towards racial equality, and Dr. King strongly supported collective bargaining. In Kansas City, business and labor leaders joined to pass the city's public accommodations referendum in 1964 and continued to collaborate on programs for racial equality and to provide opportunity to all. Such collaborations have grown to include gender and religious equality of opportunity.
Attending: Sam Alpert, Jack Bainbridge, Bret Bonge, KC Borden, James Daley, Brian Dietz, Scott Hoisington, Michael Kitchen, Bob Jacobi.
•Thanks to Rockhurst University for hosting.
•M/S/C to approve the receipt of the financial report.
•M/S/C to adopt the 2015 Legislative Agenda (attached).
•The Board discussed a possible KCMO ordinance to mandate energy efficiency standards. The City Energy Project Advisory Committee meets Jan. 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Kauffman Foundation, to discuss. The meeting is open to the public. Note correction: The proposed KCMO draft ordinance initially would only mandate current energy consumption benchmarking, labeling (denoting winners and losers), reporting and publicizing results for public consumption. Our fear is that it will lead to more onerous mandates for higher performance standards.
•The Board reviewed the participation list and projections for the 2015 Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner April 16 at Argosy Casino. Board members are encouraged to promote participation.
•The 2015 Craig Whitaker Memorial Golf Tournament is set for July 20 at Oakwood Country Club.
•The Public Officials Reception will next be held (pending confirmation) Oct. 15 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Oct. 22 is the next choice.
•The Board discussed ideas for promoting consistency in regulation and enforcement among KCMO economic development agencies, and the importance of consistency on codes and similar standards across the metro area.
•M/S/C to elect Joe Hudson, Carpenters District Council, to the Board, filing the vacant spot expiring this year.
•M/S/C to renominate officers and board members eligible for reelection to be voted on at the April 16 annual meeting during the Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner at Argosy Casino. The list includes: Secretary, Alise Martiny; Treasurer, Don Greenwell; Board members Jack Bainbridge, Bret Bonge, Lindsey Walker, Michael Kitchen, Dave Lovetere and Joe Hudson.
•Jack Bainbridge announced that Jay Hodges, recently with Mayor Sly James’ office, will become the new director of LECET (Laborers-Employers Cooperation Education Trust).
•The next Board meeting will be April 30, 2015, 8:30 a.m., location TBA.
The LMC is saddened to learn of the death of Pat Gray, longtime political consultant. Pat, in addition to being a great friend and mentor, always valued the role of the LMC in public issues. He will be greatly missed.
The LMC congratulates past Co-Chair Mike Sanders, Jackson County Executive, and the nine Jackson County legislators sworn in last night. Returning legislators include new legislature chair Dan Tarwater, Crystal Williams, Scott Burnett, Dennis Waits and Greg Grounds, and new members Frank White, Tony Miller, Alfred Jordan and Theresa Galvin. Theresa is the wife of Bill Galvin, Mid-Level Leadership graduate and recently installed as president of Fire Fighters Local 42. And we thank the four outgoing legislators for their service, particularly Theresa Garza-Ruiz, who serves on our Construction Industry Committee.
Construction Industry Steering Team Summary of Minutes
8 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, Mark One Electric Co., Inc.
Attending: Sam Alpert, Greg Chastian, Brian Dietz, Jerry Helmick, Scott Hoisington, Matt Johnson, Dennis Joyce, Greg Lever, Joe Mabin, Alise Martiny, Jon Thompson, Colleen White, Brian Wood, Bob Jacobi.
•Thanks to Rosana Privitera Biondo and Mark One Electric Co., Inc. for hosting.
•The Missouri General Assembly opened its 2015 session yesterday. With a new House speaker, committee structures have been changed and assignments yet to be announced. A Labor and Industrial Relations Committee will consider legislation from Employment Security and Workforce Development Committees, among other changes. See attached. Also, the new House Speaker was more philosophical in his opening remarks, calling for accountable, smaller government.
•In Kansas transportation funding is threatened thanks to the large budget deficit.
•Concerns were raised about economic development agencies in KCMO and the need for consistency among them as well as stability. The Committee will continue discussions on ways to help implement such consistency. Successful projects such as the East Patrol station should be highlighted particularly for the labor-management cooperation making them successful.
•Wage reports are due soon to the state of Missouri for prevailing wage enforcement.
•The Midland Theater project will be prevailing wage, and begun after the One-Light apartment project is completed; a second One Light project is likely.
•Registration for iBuild booths, sponsorships and volunteers is now available. The showcase will be April 14 at Bartle Hall with a reception 5-7 p.m. April 13. NICE is also reaching out for expanded membership and other support.
*Inauguration for Jackson County Executive and Legislature, today, 6-7 p.m., Truman Library
*Kansas legislative session begins, Jan. 12
*LMC Board of Directors 8:30 a.m., Jan. 15
*Media forum on KCMO Elections, Jan. 21, Downtown KCMO Library, 6 p.m.
*Health care value-based purchasing conference, Jan. 26-27, Kauffman Foundation
*Project Management Impact on Financial Outcomes, 7:30 a.m., Jan. 29, Overland Park
Sheraton (contact MCA-KC)
*Midwest Safety Conference, March 5, Adams Pointe Conference Center
*iBuild Showcase, April 14, 2015, Bartle Hall
*LMC Anniversary & Awards Dinner, April 16, Argosy Casino
*Mid-America Labor/Management Conference, July 5-8, 2015, Camden on the Lake
*LMC Craig Whitaker Memorial Golf Tournament, July 20, Oakwood Country Club
For details on the above events, please contact the sponsoring group or the LMC
•Next Meeting: 8 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, Mark One Electric Co., Inc.
Congratulations to Missouri legislators about to be sworn in for 2015-16 terms in Jefferson City. And especially to those representing the Kansas City metro are and those elected for the first time. The LMC stands ready to help legislators serve the state.
We hope you aren’t reading this the day it's posted--hopefully you are enjoying the week off! If you are working we appreciate your dedication.
The Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City thanks you for helping 2014 to be a successful year for our mission of enhancing collaboration and trust between labor and management. And we look forward to 2015. If you didn't get our email with our 2015 calendar and list of leaders and members, contact email@example.com.
We particularly thank our leadership, our member organizations, volunteers and other supporters who are critical to serving our mission.
As always, we value your input and questions. Please let me know whenever we can be helpful.
Have a great New Year’s celebration and see you in 2015! Thanks.