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Council (NSC) to express the association’s strong support for improved trade movement of goods and company personnel between the U.S. and Canada. The ICPI letter to the White House NSC included comments from several ICPI members who offered real-world testimonials how current problems with cross-border security checks are inhibiting their operations and making it unnecessarily difficult for U.S.-Canada trade in the interlocking con- crete paver industry.  Silica regulation ICPI opposes a silica regulation that would lower the existing PELs (Personal Exposure Limits) for crystalline silica by a factor of 10 or more, or that would require unreasonably expensive ancillary requirements and extraordinary plant-level engineering changes in order to comply. ICPI has informed Capitol Hill staff that a silica regulation would have large significant on ICPI and the business community, and could seek focused Hill oversight and hearings. ICPI is closely monitoring the situation with regard to a silica proposal. Labor Issues ICPI opposes proposed action by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to ease the requirements for unionization efforts in plants that are currently open shops, including provisions to allow “ambush” union- ization elections. Additionally, ICPI opposes efforts to increase labor costs by expanding the application of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates, or the use of Proj- ect Labor Agreements in government contracts and the Employee Free Choice Act. PaverPAC The ICPI PaverPAC provides the opportunity for members interested in the future of the interlocking concrete pavement industry to contribute to the support of select Members of Congress. PaverPAC is the political voice, and the political asset, of ICPI members in advancing their legislative and regulatory agenda in Washington DC. PaverPAC solicits and accepts voluntary personal con- tributions for expenditures that influence the selection, nomination, or election of such representatives. During its short existence, PaverPAC has already achieved federal “qualified” status while building its coffers and contributing to a growing list of political candidates who demonstrate leadership, support business and construction, show an interest in transportation issues that impact ICPI members, and share views of ICPI members. Looking Ahead…2012 Election and Impact on ICPI Government Relations Strategy 2012 will bring a Presidential election, along with 33 seats in the Senate and all the seats in the House up for election/reelection. Factors that will have a macro impact on the elections will be 1) the relative strength of President Obama versus his Republican challenger, and 2) the overall health of the economy and jobs. ICPI plans to continue using Paver-PAC in its targeted, leveraged efforts to develop and maintain relationships among key Commit- tee chairmen (foremost on Transportation, Science, Energy & Commerce) for ICPI-specific interests. The continued growth and application of PaverPAC as the political component of ICPI’s Hill presence remains a priority. ICPI Annual Report 2011 11