Metalcasters Speak Out for the Foundry Industry in Washington, D.C.In May, more than 200 foundrymen and women from 28 states met in our nation's capital for AFS' annual Metalcasting Industry Government Affairs Conference. This year's outstanding and informative lineup of speakers included: Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert (R-Ill); Syndicated Columnist Inc.com defines a syndicated columnist as, "[A] person hired by publications or broadcast organizations to produce written or spoken commentary about specific feature subjects. George will George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. Education and early career
Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Frederick L. Will and Louise Hendrickson Will. ; United Steelworkers' of America President George Becker George Becker (October 20, 1928 – February 3, 2007) was a steelworker, American labor leader and president of the United Steelworkers (USW) from 1993 to 2001. During his tenure as president of the Steelworkers, Becker also served as a vice president of the AFL-CIO. ; and Small Business Administration Chief Counsel for Advocacy Jere Glover, Conference participants heard about a series of upcoming regulations and legislation that will impact the foundry industry, including a briefing devoted to OSHA's development of a comprehensive silica regulation and the current ergonomics ergonomics, the engineering science concerned with the physical and psychological relationship between machines and the people who use them. The ergonomicist takes an empirical approach to the study of human-machine interactions. proposal. They also had the opportunity to interact with members of congress and participate in AFS' first-ever forum on whether or not to grant China permanent normalized trade relations. Metalcasters visited more than 150 legislators in an intensive day of meeti ngs dubbed dub 1
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3. "Metalcasting Day." The goal of the meetings was to speak out and raise awareness about the importance of our industry to the nation's economy and garner support for several important industry issues. Plan now for next year's conference to be held April 1-3 in Washington, D.C.