Legislative advocacy groups seek input on vaccine mandate 

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WASHINGTON — After President Biden announced that continued efforts to eliminate the COVID-19 virus included a plan that would require businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly, LBM industry lobbying groups took to email to gather member opinions on the vaccine mandate. 

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) told its contingency that it had already contact senior staff members at OSHA to discuss how the vaccine mandate or testing would be implemented and to “ensure LBM dealers do not face unreasonable burdens and costs.” In effort to best advocate for its membership, NLBMD is asking members to complete a survey, found here by Tuesday, Sept. 14. 

Recently-formed American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) also reached out to members, adding that OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to introduce the requirements for the vaccine mandate and testing, and “Companies that fail to comply could face fines of $14,000 per violation.” The ABMA asks that its members complete this survey by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13. 

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According to the White House, OSHA’s Emergency Training Standard would impact more than 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.

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