TRSA held its Hill Day on 25 March 25 to close its 11th Annual Legislative Conference. The meetings were a resounding success, according to TRSA, with a total of 96 linen, uniform and facility services industry executives taking part in 110 meetings with members of Congress and key staff members. TRSA staff joined members on the calls, the majority of which took place via Zoom video conference.
For non-USA readers, The Hill most frequently refers to Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, home of the United States Congress. There is also a well-respected political US newspaper and website called The Hill.
TRSA member executives met with congressional representatives from 27 states as well as the territory of Puerto Rico. This year’s meetings took place virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic suspending in-person meetings at the U.S. Capitol building.
The executives had three key issues to discuss during the meetings, including:
- FEMA Designation for Timely Restoration of Laundry Operations Issue Paper
- Increase Healthcare Worker and Public Health & Safety (Reusable PPE) Issue Paper
- Industrial Laundering of Scrubs Issue Paper
“I thought that TRSA did a great job spelling out exactly what was expected of members to do in order to help push the legislative agenda in favour of our industry,” said Kelly Johnson, a regional manager at Alsco based in Phoenix. “I would definitely be involved again and look forward to seeing if our efforts result in any substantial change.”
As a result of the meetings, TRSA has several action items to follow up on with legislators on behalf of the industry. For more information on TRSA’s Hill Day meetings and industry advocacy efforts, contact vice president of government relations Kevin Schwalb at [email protected].
The virtual Hill Day was part of TRSA’s 11th Annual Legislative Conference & Industry Awards Dinner, a two-day in-person and virtual event. Sponsors include Alliant Systems, Kannegiesser ETECH, Jensen USA Inc., Lavatec Laundry Technology and Pellerin Milnor.