Most years, The Voice for Trees Political Action Committee selects a member of Congress as the TCIA Legislator of the Year. This recognition is given to a legislator who extols the virtues, and is supportive of legislative and regulatory measures, that advance the commercial tree care industry.
In addition, the Legislator will have worked closely with state and local officials and TCIA staff to introduce or support legislation or amendments that advance the Tree Care Industry Association's legislative goals.
Tim Walberg named Legislator of the Year for 2011
For 2011, the TCIA Board recognized Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) as Legislator of the Year. Walberg is the Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. He also sits on the Homeland Security and the Oversight and Government Reform Committees. As Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, he has been a staunch ally of the tree care industry. In June, he invited TCIA to testify at a hearing on how OSHA is undermining state efforts to promote workplace safety. Peter Gerstenberger testified on behalf of TCIA and was able to share about the work we have done to increase workplace safety across the country and OSHA’s failure to promulgate a proper safety standard for the tree care industry. Rep. Walberg provided a valuable platform for TCIA to raise the profile of the issues impacting the industry, and has continued to be supportive.
In his role as a Member of the Education and Workforce Full Committee, he has opposed the efforts by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to deny employees crucial information about union representation, limit free speech communication by employers, and create legal pitfalls for small business owners facing union organizing drives. He has also shown support for H-2B visas as a co-sponsor of the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act. Congressman Walberg and his staff deserve to be honored for the contributions and support they have provided TCIA on both our legislative and regulatory agenda.
Review our archive of past Legislator of the Year winners.