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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 Supports Legislation to Help Solve Truck Driver Shortage

Many metalcasters are experiencing the effects of the truck driver shortage across the nation. AFS has been working with a coalition and recently joined on a congressional letter with over 80 organizations urging that the DRIVE Safe Act be included in the next highway bill. 

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AFS Announces 2020 Policy Priorities

AFS released its top policy priorities for 2020. This year’s policy priorities identify five areas where AFS will focus its advocacy efforts: infrastructure, trade, safety, tax, and energy/environment.

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AFS Offers Silica Compliance Help to Foundries

A recent news item demonstrates that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is serious about enforcing its crystalline silica rule which became effective on June 23, 2018. The American Foundry Society can help your metalcasting facility to work towards compliance and prepare for your next visit from OSHA.

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AFS, Industry Coalition Oppose Taxpayer Funding for Rail Purchases from China-Controlled Companies

AFS and an industry coalition are fighting for language in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will prevent the use of taxpayer dollars for purchases of rail equipment from companies controlled by China.

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Plan to Host a Plant Tour with Your Lawmakers over the August Recess!

Now is a great time to contact your lawmakers to invite them to tour your foundry! 

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Regulatory Notice: Some U.S. Foundries and Suppliers Must File New EEOC Form by Sept. 30

Many businesses, including some foundries and metalcasting suppliers, are required to submit additional employee data to the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Sept. 30, 2019.

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AFS Comments on OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Regulations

As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s process to determine whether to initiate rulemaking to revise its powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries, the American Foundry Society submitted comments. OSHA’s current regulations are “based on industry consensus standards from 1969,” the agency said in a press release.

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AFS announces 4 advocacy priorities for June 11-12 Fly-In

The American Foundry Society today announced its four top priorities for the June 11-12 Government Affairs Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. raises tariffs to 25%, China vows retaliation

President Trump on May 10 made good on his decision to increase tariffs from 10% to 20% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, following setbacks in ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and China. The new tariffs are expected to be met with retaliatory measures from China.

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