Residential Cleaners Take to D.C. to Represent Industry
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Residential Cleaners Take to D.C. to Represent Industry

07 Apr Residential Cleaners Take to D.C. to Represent Industry

By Gosia Baran and RJ Patel

The Clean Advocacy Summit is an annual event where cleaning industry professionals meet with lawmakers to discuss issues such as labor shortages, tariffs, and job creation. The event took place as part of National Cleaning Week, in Washington D.C., where a contingent of ISSA member cleaning business representatives met with the politicians to discuss their concerns with their legislators.

During the meetings, cleaning industry representatives raised concerns about the labor shortages in the cleaning industry, including considering creating a training facility and making this a trade like electricians and plumbers for ease of entry into the industry. They highlighted that due to the current economic climate, it is becoming difficult to attract and retain employees, which has impacted businesses’ ability to operate. We are passionate about our cleaning industry, and it is vital for us to voice our concerns.

The representatives also discussed the tariffs and how they are impacting businesses. Many of the tools, equipment, and supplies come from overseas and the tariffs are making it challenging to remain cost-competitive for long periods of time.

The Senators’ offices in attendance listened to these concerns and expressed their willingness to help the industry. They acknowledged that labor shortages and tariffs are complex issues that require long-term solutions. However, they emphasized that they are committed to working with businesses to find solutions that will benefit everyone.

Overall, the meetings were a success. It provided an opportunity for cleaning industry representatives to raise their concerns and for lawmakers to respond. The Clean Advocacy Summit is an important event that allows business owners to engage with policymakers and have their voices heard. It is hoped that these discussions will result in long-term solutions that will benefit both businesses and the broader economy. It is our pleasure to represent the ARCSI, a division of ISSA.