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President Signs New Trade Agreement with Mexico And Canada To Replace NAFTA

President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30.

The agreement provides increased requirements for automotive components to be produced in North America and follows more than a year of talks to update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which supports about $1.2 trillion in annual trade among the three countries in the USMCA. 

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AFS Seeking Members for Lead Rule Working Group

AFS is in the process of forming a working group to seek input from foundries and suppliers using lead in their facilities. AFS will be formally commenting on the ANPRM. 

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AFS to Host Webinar on OSHA’s Revisions to Lead Standards on July 28

OSHA has begun the process of revising its standards for occupational exposure to lead, a move which will affect some non-ferrous foundries. To help metalcasters stay informed about these proposed changes to the standards, AFS will host a Members-Only Webinar at 1 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 28.

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AFS Report Details Ways to Prevent Heat Stress in Foundries

A comprehensive report from the AFS Safety & Health Committee which provided the basis for an ASTM Standard details how metalcasters can prevent and manage heat-related illness during hot weather and other situations that can cause heat stress.

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AFS, Industry Coalition Score Victory on Ocean Shipping Reform

President Biden on Thursday will sign into law the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which passed the House in June and the Senate in March. The AFS-backed bill will boost the investigatory authority of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to probe ocean common carriers' business practices.

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New Benefit Unveiled for AFS Corporate Members: Employment Law Updates

AFS Corporate Members will have full access to up-to-date information on actions from OSHA and other regulatory agencies as part of a new benefit from AFS.

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Infrastructure Package Benefits U.S. Metalcasters, Includes Historic Investments in Transportation and Water

A bipartisan infrastructure package supported by AFS was signed into law on Nov. 15 by President Biden.

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Take Action on Crucial Supply Chain Problems, AFS Urges President

Solving the truck driver shortage would help to ease the nation’s supply chain challenges, and so the American Foundry Society has joined with more than 100 organizations calling on the Biden Administration to act on this crucial issue.

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AFS Calls on Congress to Reject Tax Hikes on Main Street Businesses

The American Foundry Society is urging lawmakers to reject a plan from the Biden Administration to fund the Build Back Better initiative by burdening Main Street businesses.

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AFS to Lawmakers: Tax Hikes Will Hurt Manufacturers, Cost Jobs

AFS is warning federal lawmakers against rolling back pro-growth tax reforms, saying proposed tax hikes on businesses and families will stymie job growth and hurt American manufacturers.

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