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9-15-22 - Michigan Chemistry Council Welcomes News of Agreement to Keep Freight Rail Moving

September 15, 2022 – The Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) today welcomed news of a tentative national labor agreement that would avoid a potential rail shutdown this week.

“This agreement helps keep important goods – like water treatment chemicals, fertilizers, fuels, and grains – on track to sustain our economy,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes. “Freight rail is indispensable to our industry and a prolonged shutdown would’ve been disastrous for supply chains, public health, and our basic way of life. We are thankful for the work by the Biden administration and all parties to reach this agreement, especially given the impacts already seen this week on certain cargoes.”

“The possibility of a rail strike is another reminder – along with port issues and the closure of the Ambassador Bridge earlier this year – of the fragility of our supply chains and the need to ensure more reliable and resilient infrastructure. It’s also important for policymakers to recognize the chronic decline in freight rail service in recent years and to work for long-overdue reforms to correct these issues."

Background:

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is one of Michigan’s largest manufacturing sectors, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods. Chemical products are one of the leading categories of freight rail moved in Michigan.

On September 13th, the MCC sent a letter urging members of Michigan's Congressional delegation to help resolve a potential breakdown to the rail network due to a labor strike.

 For more information, please visit www.MichiganChemistry.com

 
9-13-22 - MCC Urges Congressional Action on Potential Rail Strike

On September 13th, the Michigan Chemistry Council urged members of Michigan's Congressional delegation to help resolve a potential breakdown to the rail network due to a labor strike. Please see below for a copy of the letter.


On behalf of the Michigan Chemistry Council, I am writing to express concern about the threat of increased rail service disruptions if the railroad industry and labor are not able to reach a contract agreement. Congress must act to avoid potentially devastating consequences to Michigan businesses and consumers.

Over the past few years, the quality and reliability of rail service has eroded significantly due to deep cuts to the freight rail network, which has prolonged the supply chain crisis and hurt many businesses. If railroads and rail workers fail to reach agreement on a new contract, a strike could begin as soon as September 16, shutting down freight rail service across the country. 

In advance of this new potential crisis, railroads are halting shipments of essential products, and rail customers are being forced to implement contingency plans to prepare for further disruptions.

Our companies support more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and generate $370 million in state and local taxes. 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry, making our industry essential to every facet of Michigan’s economy.

Any further interruption in rail service to our members would have significant economic and societal consequences, including putting public health at risk. Water treatment facilities that rely on routine delivery of chlorine and other treatment chemicals would be at risk of service interruptions, impacting the quality of the water we drink and the wastewater we return to the environment.

A prolonged strike could create more supply chain issues including empty shelves in stores, temporary closures at factories, and higher prices of various consumer goods.

I urge you to support legislation to help both parties reach a mutually agreeable solution to resolve this situation and prevent a complete breakdown to the rail network.

Sincerely,
John Dulmes, Executive Director

 
3-9-22 - Michigan Chemistry Prioritizes Jobs, Safety and Sustainability in 2022 Policies

LANSING, MI, March 9th, 2022 – In a list of 2022 policy priorities announced today by the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC), the industry emphasized the need for policies to grow jobs, to ensure safety, and to achieve sustainability goals.

“The business of chemistry is dedicated to providing solutions to our world and advocates for making Michigan a stronger, safer, and more sustainable place to do business,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes. “As we look to the future, there are numerous bipartisan opportunities to promote these policies, and we will be actively engaged in the legislative and regulatory arenas to get things done.”

For 2022, the MCC expects action specifically on the following:

  • Tax reforms and workforce and economic development policies to improve competitiveness for manufacturers throughout the supply chain
  • New state investments in emergency response resources
  • Legislation to provide for the development of advanced recycling facilities to move towards a more circular economy for plastics
  • Recommendations from the Council on Climate Solutions and actions to update our state’s energy efficient building codes

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is one of Michigan’s largest manufacturing sectors, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

For more information, please visit www.MichiganChemistry.com

 
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