NSSGA, Producers Talk to U.S. Labor Secretary
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 21 –U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez invited a select group of aggregates executives including KCSA's Ron Gray for a frank dialogue on the key issues facing the industry. At the Oct. 20 meeting, representatives from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and state aggregates associations stressed the need for increased infrastructure investment to grow the economy and create jobs and continued collaboration to improve mine safety.
Michael W. Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA stressed the need for a long-term, well-funded federal highway bill.
"We cannot fully recover the aggregates industry jobs lost during the recession or maximize our contribution to a stronger American economy until our biggest customer—the federal government—gets back into the game,” said Johnson. He urged the Secretary to push senators for action during the upcoming
NSSGA also recognized the efforts of Mine Safety and Health Administrator (MSHA) Joe Main, also present at the meeting, who is working collaboratively with producers to better workplace conditions.
"Improved communication and consistency from MSHA inspectors is pushing us toward a common goal: to reduce accidents and fatalities,” Johnson added
Perez said he would like the group to meet again in six months.
Executive attending the meeting included: