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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:33

CAWA Expands Advocacy Reach through Coalitions Involvement

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association of California, Nevada, and Arizona (CAWA) government relations advocacy efforts on behalf of its members is a top priority for CAWA leaders and members alike. To help further expand the reach of advocating on behalf of a strong and vibrant aftermarket parts distribution and repair industry, CAWA has joined a number of coalitions committed to furthering important legislative and regulatory goals.

CAWA works in collaboration with the following coalitions:

  • Car Care Council—The Car Care Council is the information source for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign, providing information on the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.
  • California Coalition on Workers Compensation—Works to repair California's high-cost and litigious workers' compensation system. CCWC is a statewide coalition of public and private employers, both large and small, representing more than 250 employers and numerous trade associations.
  • California Employers Coalition—Comprised of employers and employer association representatives, CEC reviews and comments directly on issues that affect the employer/employee relationship. This coalition is the consensus voice of California employers to the state Legislature and state agency boards regarding the impact of proposed laws and regulations on businesses.
  • Regulatory Oversight and Accountability Reform (ROAR) Coalition
  • Focuses on legislation that will help improve California’s business climate so as to attract new investment and grow jobs. A crucial first step in achieving that goal is fixing our burdensome, inefficient and uncertain regulatory environment. The coalition seeks more oversight of government bureaucracies, credible economic impact analyses of regulations, and the streamlining or elimination of outdated or inefficient regulations.
  • Coalition for California Jobs—Protecting and creating jobs in California through economic growth and job creation.
  • Green Chemistry Alliance—A collection of trade associations and businesses that are working to ensure effective implementation of the California Green Chemistry Program.  The goal of the alliance is to ensure that the Green Chemistry Program is implemented in a way that allows for maximum environmental benefit and minimizes the economic impacts.
  • Get Real California—Advocates that California schools should provide a balanced education that includes challenging academic studies and career technical education for “hands on” learning.
  • Right to Repair Coalition—The Right to Repair Coalition is committed to legislation that would require automakers to provide the same service information and tools to independent auto and maintenance shops, as well as to consumers, that the automaker dealership service centers receive.
  • Quality Parts Coalition—Committed to developing and securing a permanent legislative change to U.S. design patent law to preserve competition and to ensure the availability of quality, lower-cost alternative collision repair parts for consumers.

“There are so many issues that the CAWA government affairs team tracks and advocates for on behalf of our members, it’s imperative we are working with the right people in Sacramento, CA, Carson City, NV, Phoenix, AZ, and Washington DC to make sure our voice is heard,” stated CAWA president and CEO Rodney K. Pierini.  “Participation in important coalitions helps us achieve our legislative and regulatory goals and ensures we are at the forefront of issues impacting CAWA members.”

CAWA is a regional automotive aftermarket trade association that represents auto parts jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, and program groups. CAWA provides education, legislative, regulatory, and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.

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