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What's Happening at MCAA?


Deadline to Register for MCAA's Collective Bargaining Seminar Coming Soon...Have You Signed Up Yet?

Join us September 8-10 in Washington, DC to learn about basic negotiation strategies; preparation tools, information and advice; current collective bargaining topics, including multiemployer pension issues; equal employment/affirmative action rules and collective bargaining issues and much more. Register Online or Get More Information.


How Can One Webinar Save a Life?

When it's a NFPA 70E Qualified-Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinar, it can! Employees who are potentially exposed to live conductors of 50 volts of electricity or more during their workday and mechanical service technicians who work on units that generate 480 volts or less will learn safe practices on July 29 at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. Contact The Hilgeman Group at ahilgeman@frontier.com to register.


Give Your Senior Project Managers a Second Wind at AIPM!

Just when they thought they couldn't learn another new thing, along comes MCAA's Advanced Institute for Project Management (AIPM). Specially designed for those who've been managing projects for several years, it's got what you need them to have for the next phase of their career! Get more information...


Any Changes in Your Membership Information?

If your company's main office has moved or the phone, fax, cell number or email address has changed or personnel contact information is different, please contact Jan Grillo at jgrillo@mcaa.org as soon as possible and we'll keep the information flowing!


Enhance Sales Team Productivity through the MSCA 2014 One-Day Bonus Program The Sales Leadership Symposium

Sunday, September 28, just before the MSCA 2014 conference, take part in a Bonus Program designed exclusively for sales leaders responsible for any aspect of team development. It is the first step to giving your service sales team access to MSCA Sales Institute programs and will also equip you with the tools needed to support your team throughout their journey through these programs. Details on the program and how to register are in the MCAA 2014 brochure. Seats are filling up quickly, so register today! Contact Barbara Dolim at bdolim@mcaa.org with registration questions.


Build Momentum at MSCA 2014 with Fun Optional Events

MSCA 2014 (September 28-October 1, Huntington Beach, CA) will not be all work and no play. Relaxation and rejuvenation are critical to becoming a stronger business leader, so options for September 30 include the MSCA Golf Experience at the prestigious championship Pelican Hill Golf Club, a luncheon cruise off Newport Beach aboard John Wayne's Wild Goose luxury yacht, a tour of several prestigious fine art galleries in Laguna Beach or an exploration of Newport Back Bay via kayak, paddleboard or outrigger canoe. Other fun events include the Fitness & Fun on the Beach circuit-style training for spouses on September 29 and the 2nd Annual MSCA/Bradford White Sun Run on October 1. Space is limited for these events, so register soon at www.msca.org/msca2014.


Make Cyber Security a Company Priority

Whether you missed it or want to share it with more people in your organization, MCAA has you covered! Thanks to our moderator, Steve Dawson of Harrell-Fish, Inc. and our panelists, Jim Wenninger of WennSoft and Paul Gouge of CNA, for helping our members understand this important and timely topic.


The E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation
Prestigious Recognition of Unique Management Ideas

Apply for the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation

The management idea that solved a problem in the office or in the field helped your company climb to the top of its market and it deserves recognition. One of MCAA's most distinguished awards, the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation, shines a light on a great idea and the company that created it. And, through the publicity generated by the award, that idea becomes part of our industry's culture; it may inspire and help other companies that are struggling with the same management problem that your idea solved. Nominate your idea for the E. Robert Kent Award to get the recognition you and your company deserve and pay forward your success. Details on how to enter the competition and descriptions of previous award recipients' winning entries are available in the brochure in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


Read the Comprehensive Inventory of Construction Industry Multiemployer Pension Plans

Key findings will aid stakeholders in ensuring plans' futures

MCAA, in conjunction with Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC, has just released a new edition of its comprehensive inventory and analysis of construction industry multiemployer pension plans. The report summarizes and analyzes key trends in plan demographics, cash flows, investments, funding, costs, and expenses from 2002-2011. The result is a valuable tool that will assist the union sector of the construction industry in better understanding how multiemployer pension plans have evolved, and where they may be headed, to aid them in ensuring the plans' futures. With the release of this publication, MCAA is taking yet another step toward securing a stable future for the multiemployer defined benefit pension plans our workforce relies upon. That's why, at this time of crisis, MCAA is making this inventory available to the entire industry at no cost.


MCAA and the UA Urge Congress to Support Solutions Not Bailouts Multiemployer Pension Plan
Reform Proposal

MCAA and the UA sent a letter to Senate and House of Representatives leaders requesting their support of the multiemployer pension plan proposal developed by the Retirement Security Review Commission of the National Coordination Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP), Solutions Not Bailouts (SNB). In the letters, MCAA/UA emphasize that SNB would give multiemployer pension plans the new tools they need to ensure the long-term viability of reliable retirement benefits for participants and their families and at the same time improve the sustainability of these plans in the markets for sponsoring employers. The letters also assert that adopting the suggestions in SNB would not require changes to plans or to benefits. Rather, it would provide multiemployer defined benefit plans with additional tools to be used in strictly limited circumstances to meet the needs of individual plans. The SNB incudes three categories of proposals: (1) those proposals that will preserve and strengthen the current system; (2) innovative proposals for alternative plan design structures; and (3) measures designed to help deeply troubled plans. MCAA President Michael R. Cables noted in announcing the joint MCAA/UA statement of support, "The system is in growing jeopardy, as is the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation safety net insurance program." He warned, "Our industry and employees and pensioners cannot tolerate further Congressional delay or inaction this year." MCAA members are strongly urged to contact their House and Senate representatives while they are back home in their districts and urge their support of SNB.

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MCERF Thanks Its Contributors

Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF)'s list of contributors is long. Without the generous support of our donors we would not be able to support such worthwhile endeavors as: MCAA's Funding Educational Excellence (FEE) program which provides support for students and student chapter activities such as student convention registrations, internships, chapter grants, the Educator of the Year Award, and faculty training conferences. Another landmark education resource MCERF has developed and maintains is the OPUS (Online Piping Usage and Specification) website. This tool is a go-to resource for students, faculty, and contractors alike. Take a look and see for yourself.

If you don't see your name among the list of MCERF Supporters, contact Dennis Langley at dlangley@mcaa.org to discuss options for becoming a contributors. A tax-deductible contribution, in any amount, goes a long way to support the Foundation's many industry education efforts.