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Management Methods Manual Revises Joint Ventures Bulletin

MCAA has revised its Management Methods Bulletin on joint ventures. The bulletin suggests several additional considerations before entering into a joint venture agreement, such as sharing capital costs, if needed, determining which party is responsible for accounting functions and ensuring that insurance, bonding and staffing issues are resolved. The manual is free to members in our online store, where it is also available for purchase by non-members.

MCAA Releases Expanded Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans

An expanded 2014 edition of the MCAA/Horizon Actuarial Services Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans is now available as a free download. According to the report, Form 5500 data show that long-term trends remain challenging for multiemployer defined benefit plans, documenting the urgent need for Congressional action to enact reforms - such as the Solutions Not Bailouts legislative reform proposal backed by MCAA and the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans' (NCCMP) legislative coalition. MCAA's commentary and analysis (independent of Horizon Actuarial Services' non-partisan objective analysis) highlights the urgent need for Congressional action by recognizing seven critical trends pointing to the need for expeditious reforms: 1) adverse plan demographics continue; 2) negative cash flow persists; 3) investment returns improve, but remain very volatile; 4) median plan funding levels are on the mend, but there is much ground to recover; 5) costs of paying for unfunded past benefits liability continue to mount; 6) employer contributions are rising inexorably; and 7) plan expenses and fees remain stable. Questions about the report should be addressed to John McNerney at jmcnerney@mcaa.org.

MCAA Toolbox Safety Talks for Fabrication Shops Provides Essential Shop Safety Information

MCAA has developed a unique volume of toolbox talks to help you remind fabrication workers of the importance of safety. MCAA Toolbox Safety Talks for Fabrication Shops includes 52 information-packed talks that can be presented by foremen or other supervisors. That’s enough for a full year of weekly safety training! Topics covered include: general fabrication shop safety, personal protection, respiratory hazards, material handling, welding/cutting/brazing, fire prevention and protection, power tools and specialized equipment used in fabrication shops. Members can download their free copy of the guide from MCAA’s online store, where it is also available for purchase by non-members.

Save Time with MCAA’s 2014-2015 Tool & Equipment Rental Guide

The brand new edition of MCAA’s Tool & Equipment Rental Guide puts comprehensive cost recovery information for mechanical construction, service and plumbing tools and equipment at your fingertips so you have time to focus on your business. The guide includes both the traditional PDF version and an Excel spreadsheet in one convenient “ZIP” file. Members can download their free copy of the guide through our online store, where the guide is also available for purchase by non-members.

Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime Offers Essential Planning Information

The 2014 version of this popular publication has been expanded to include content that will show you how to estimate the effects of cumulative impact, it is the latest edition of an industry planning tool that assists construction contractors, their customers, and others involved in construction projects in determining the costs associated with unplanned events, circumstances, and factors that may impact outcome, productivity, and schedule of those projects. Note that this manual is intended to be a planning tool and not a source for absolute percentages or costs. Order your copy online today!

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