There are issues that will be the primary focus of this year’s Capitol Hill visits. These are urgent issues that demand immediate action from Congress. This is also the time to let Members of Congress know about the impact of moving-related jobs and businesses in their districts and states. Fight for your business and your industry by joining AMSA for Moving Day on Capitol Hill.
Van Operator/Independent Contractor Classification Model Protection
The California Supreme Court ruling in Dynamex may make it nearly impossible to use independent contractors (IC’s) in our industry. Other states may follow suit. AMSA’s goal is to either push federal legislation to preempt the patchwork system of competing/unfavorable state IC standards with a uniform and favorable definition, or absent congressional support, push appropriate employee definition standards in various state legislatures through a multi-industry pro-IC coalition.
Household Goods Consumer Protection Working Group
The HHG Consumer Protection Working Group was formed to bring together federal agencies and industry stakeholders to produce recommendations that reduce the paperwork burden on consumers and legitimate movers as well as enhance shipper safety resources provided by the FMCSA. The Group’s work is done and its recommendations have been published. AMSA will now work with Congress to draft language implementing these suggested reforms.
Protecting Consumers’ Personally Identifiable Information
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires manifest documents for international HHG shipments and is also required to sell this information to third-party data brokers. Some of the manifest data sold to third parties inadvertently includes our customers Social Security numbers and passport information, which often leads to data theft and credit fraud that our companies are blamed for. AMSA is supporting federal legislation to solve this problem by forcing CBP to scrub our customers’ sensitive data before it is sold. In May 2019, H.R. 2521/S. 1303 was introduced by Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). AMSA will continue to build support for this legislation and push it towards becoming law.
National Defense Authorization Act Priorities
USTRANSCOM is pursuing a radical change to the Defense Personal Property Program (DP3), seeking to award a sole contract to a single move manager to administer the nearly $3 billion program. AMSA wants to ensure that the full spectrum of problems with the DP3 are carefully considered and addressed before USTC moves forward with this proposal. We have asked Congress to pause USTC’s proposal until a multi-stakeholder working group is formed and has a chance to issue recommendations that ensure this program provides the best possible service to our customers.
Increase Access to Temporary Peak-Season Labor
AMSA is part of the H-2B Workforce Coalition, a consortium of various industry associations that have joined together to advocate for reforms to the H-2B visa program designed to make this labor pool more accessible for peak season industries like ours. Recently, the coalition sought to increase the visa cap from 66,000 to 132,000. In response, the Secretary of DHS authorized the issuance of 30,000 additional H-2B visas through the end of this fiscal year for returning H-2B workers granted this visa in 2016, 2017m or 2018. This additional 30,000 extra visas are welcome, yet 69,320 short of our goal. AMSA will help broaden access to these programs for movers who find them a useful source of temporary labor.