GLGA News: Call for Action: Paper and Supply Chain Shortages

January 25, 2022 – It’s one of the hottest discussion topics in our industry: why is paper so scarce?

GLGA president Joe Lyman and the leaders of the other regional Print Affiliates around the country have been working to address this issue. They have contacted members of the House and Senate to address the supply chain shortages.

Now, GLGA is asking for your help. Please contact your representatives in Congress and let them know how the supply chain troubles are affecting your business.

Please copy and paste the language below (please feel to edit for your own situation) and email it to your representative and senators. You can find your representative‚Äôs contact information by clicking on the following button and then enter your zip code in the “Find your member by address:” box. From there, click on their name to visit their website. You will find a “Contact” button on each of their websites.


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Language to your senator:

I call on you to expeditiously take action to resolve supply shortages, especially paper. As an industry that contributes more than $165B a year to the American Economy and employs more than 750,000 employees nationwide, the supplies we use to create printed materials and packaging are vital to our businesses, as well as the economy.

First, please pass the Ocean Shipping Reform Act which will modernize provisions of the law to reflect best practices in the global shipping industry. This provision has passed the House in bipartisan fashion and awaits approval by the Senate.

Second, continue working with the surface trucking industry to enact measures that will address the ongoing driver shortage. The supply chain issue will not be resolved without acting here.

Third, act to increase the labor pool by implementing targeted financial incentives to recruit additional truck drivers, grant temporary visas to workers willing to fill the employment gap in key sectors, and increase regulatory flexibility to make the delivery of goods and materials easier.

The print industry is not alone in feeling the effects that the supply chain woes have created. It is a significant impediment to the recovery of the American economy and we need our elected leaders to take immediate action to fix the problem.

Language to your representative:

I call on you to expeditiously take action to resolve supply shortages, especially paper. As an industry that contributes more than $165B a year to the American Economy and employs more than 750,000 employees nationwide, the supplies we use to create printed materials and packaging are vital to our businesses, as well as the economy.

First, continue working with the surface trucking industry to enact measures that will address the ongoing driver shortage. The supply chain issue will not be resolved without acting here.

Second, act to increase the labor pool by implementing targeted financial incentives to recruit additional truck drivers, grant temporary visas to workers willing to fill the employment gap in key sectors, and increase regulatory flexibility to make the delivery of goods and materials easier.

The print industry is not alone in feeling the effects that the supply chain woes have created. It is a significant impediment to the recovery of the American economy and we need our elected leaders to take immediate action to fix the problem.