Textile Rental Service Association
Textile Rental Services Association: Nov. 2008 - July 2009
Director, Federal Government Relations
Uniform & Textile Service Association (UTSA): June 2006 - Nov. 2008
Director, Environmental & Government Affairs
In November of 2008 the two associations merged. Since I was employed by UTSA at the time I transferred to the merged association, which kept the TRSA name. Between both UTSA and TRSA I've worked in the textile rental / industrial laundry industry for three years.
Implemented the Board of Directors' agenda on priority issues such as President Obama's "cap-and-trade" plan and pending bills in Congress on climate change, labor-related legislation, workplace safety and OSHA reform, conservation initiatives, and a wide range of environmental issues.
Managed the process to prepare a UTSA Witness for testifying before a House Subcommittee on the industry's workplace safety program. Coached the Witness, drafted testimony, developed talking points, and closely coordinated with Committee staff.
Developed a lobbying strategy related to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a House / Senate bill dealing with labor-related issues introduced in the both the 110th and 111th Congress.
Executed a legislative campaign aimed at preventing the EFCA from a Senate floor vote. Actively participated in the Steering and Lobbying Committees of an influential business group called the "Coalition for a Democratic Workplace." Engaged in coalition-building, actively participated in meetings with House and Senate staff, and developed and refined the association's legislative strategy.
Facilitated a "grass tops" / "grass roots" letter writing campaign in order to mobilize the TRSA membership to contact Members of the Senate to express opposition to the EFCA. Developed an "Action Kit" containing sample letters, a briefing document, and a sample op-ed. A website was also established to facilitate letter generation. Summary of the results of the two week campaign:
- 1,000 letters were sent to House and Senate members.
- 85% of Senators and 35% of Representatives received letters.
- 300 individuals participated - from front-line workers to CEOs.
Spearheaded an industry-wide effort to be "green" by eliminating a detergent from the industry's operations in favor of environmentally safer alternatives. This industry-wide action was recognized by EPA which presented the association with a "Champion" award.
Managed TRSA's Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program an industry-wide "green" initiative that promotes the conservation of water and energy as well as reducing the industry's carbon foot print and pollution discharges.
Developed two e-publications tailored to certain segments of the industry.
TRSA: "The Washington Advocacy Insider" a monthly e-newsletter which showcases one topic per issue.
UTSA: "The Leadership Advisor" a bi-weekly e-newsletter tailored to CEOs.
Developed a wide variety of advocacy-related materials such as: