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MCAA joined 379 other associations across the country in signing a letter urging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to make consideration of the “Regulatory Accountability Act,” an early priority for the 115th Congress.
MCAA’s Collective Bargaining Seminar aimed at improving bargaining relations, the effectiveness of terms and conditions to improve project performance and achieving the ultimate goal of improving MCAA and UA market share.
Following a multi-year tradition, board of directors’ members for the MCA of Connecticut and the MCA of New England all donated generously to the MCAA PAC. Both associations are among the most consistent supporters of MCAA’s PAC and legislative policy initiatives.
Flat rate premiums for multiemployer pension plans increased by 3.7 percent, rising from $27 to $28, for plan years beginning in 2017.
For the eighth consecutive year, 100% of ARCA/MCA’s Board members have contributed to the MCAA PAC. Increasingly, MCA local affiliates’ boards are supporting the MCAA PAC, allowing MCAA to better meet the legislative challenges facing our industry.
United Association Executive Vice President Rick Terven testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee on September 22nd on Chairman John Kline’s proposals to modernize multiemployer pensions.
The UA’s Director of Training Chris Haslinger and MCAA General Counsel John McNerney gave a 90-minute presentation to the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
MCAA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Albanese and Committee member Jim Gaffney joined in support of the Foundation for Fair Contracting’s (FFC) challenge of an over-broad Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shield by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to withhold certified payrolls in a prevailing wage audit on a NASA job in Greenbelt, MD.
The latest regulatory notice affecting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) provides 11 changes to the small business subcontracting plan procedures required of prime contractors on covered prime contracts ($1.5 million or more), the most significant of which is the subcontractor listing and payment protections. MCAA had testified in favor of protections.
The annual round of MCAA local affiliated association summer board meetings continues to bring strong support for the national MCAA Political Action Committee (MCAA-PAC). Lend your support to MCAA advocacy efforts by contributing to the MCAA-PAC by making a contribution today.
Timothy G. Wentz, associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, winner of MCAA’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award – and a three-time winner of MCAA’s Educator of the Year Award, became the 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during its annual conference in St. Louis, MO last June.
MCAA is honored that President Wentz will participate in MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA!
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently issued two reports underscoring its multiemployer plan insurance fund’s precarious position, predicting that complete insolvency is more likely than not by 2025, if not sooner.
Last week, the Construction Employers of America (CEA), of which MCAA is a member, submitted a list of construction industry policies to the national Democrat and Republican Parties to consider for inclusion in their platforms during their upcoming conventions.
The Department of Labor (DoL) issued new rules pertaining to reporting by labor relations consultants and counsel relative to “persuader” activity, which were to take effect on July 1, 2016 but were stayed by court action.
Bob Bolton, a member of the MCAA Board of Directors and the MCAA Government Affairs Committee, discussed the recent Treasury Department decision to veto the Teamster Central States remedial benefit suspension proposal with Labor Secretary Tom Perez at a recent Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce event in Providence, RI.
A long list of House and Senate representatives covered a wide range of issues affecting MCAA and allied association members’ business concerns. Issues discussed included a new bill to stem payroll fraud stemming from misclassifying employees as independent contractors from lead Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and federal Infrastructure funding measures by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Representative John Delaney (D-MD). The program concluded with an address by Sean McGarvey, president of the North America Building Trades Unions.
Former Congressman George Miller took charge of the pension reform segment of the program. He led an expert discussion of the alternate/composite plan proposal that MCAA and the Quality Construction Alliance are hoping to move through Congress this year. Mr. Miller and Randy DeFrehn of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP)
The Treasury Department’s Special Master, Kenneth Feinberg, rejected the remedial application of the Teamsters Central States’ pension plan to cut benefits in order to save the plan from even greater cuts due under the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation insolvency status. Feinberg said the remedial plan actuarial and participant age assumptions were unreasonable, the benefits cuts
During the United Association’s Eighth Annual Tripartite Conference in Chicago April 26, MCAA President Tom Stone highlighted the best-value proposition MCAA employers and UA labor present for construction owners nationwide.
MCAA members met with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on pension reform on April 21, pressing for positive action by Congress that would allow plan trustees the option to consider adopting new pension plan designs, if appropriate for their area.
An MCAA-led industry group provided analyses to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Analysis (OIRA), and the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Wage and Hour Division as part of its efforts to obtain an industry exemption from President Obama’s Executive Order 13706-requiring paid sick leave accrual for those working on federal contracts-for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are working on direct federal construction and federal facility HVAC service contracts.
Leading on the Issues
Congress should act quickly to provide employers and employees participating in collectively bargained, multiemployer benefit plans more choices in retirement plan models. We are supporting Composite Plan design, a hybrid model, to bridge the gap between the existing options of traditional defined benefit plans and the defined contribution model. The Composite Plan model would enable multiemployer pension plans to voluntarily adopt more flexible plan structures that would reduce risks for contributing employers but still provide reliable, lifetime income for secure retirement for workers.
Congress should reform Section 530 of the 1978 Revenue Act, which is overly permissive in providing a safe harbor for misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The Treasury Department should be given more authority under Section 530 to increase efforts to identify and reduce misclassification, to address tax evasion and increase tax compliance. Misclassification is rampant in the construction industry and costs the government and taxpayers, at all levels, substantial uncollected revenues.
We support increasing Federal investment in the Nation’s transportation infrastructure to levels necessary to ensure that the transportation network meets the demands of the 21st Century. Congress should also enact policies to allow state departments of transportation, local governments, public transportation providers, and airports to leverage limited pubic resources through provisions that enhance innovative financing mechanisms and attract additional private investment in infrastructure.
Congress should not repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, in whole or in part to protect local workers and local economies. We support prevailing wage provisions in innovative financing, and believe that Congress needs to actively work to increase funding for infrastructure improvements. Our nation’s infrastructure will continue to deteriorate until Congress begins to fund these projects. The improvement of America’s infrastructure demands the highest quality and safest work product. To ensure this high quality construction, job-site safety, and to encourage apprenticeship and training, Davis-Bacon prevailing wages should be applied to these projects.