Category: Managing Your Business

Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform Policy Issues

This report, which was released jointly by MCAA, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), and Horizon Actuarial Services analyzes how the impact of the lingering pension reform impasse in Congress adversely affects active participants in MCAA/UA pension plans and highlights inequities in benefit levels.

Career Development Initiative Podcast

In the Management Methods Committee’s latest podcast, Host Bob Lindbloom talks with MCAA’s Director, Career Development Harlee Gallo Mooney about our industry-leading career development program. This special pop-up edition of the podcast is available exclusively via the iTunes or Google Play stores. Have questions or need support? Contact us.

Scheduling Best Practices

This bulletin looks at how contractors can adapt and improve skill and competency at scheduling, which is necessary to deliver the value that customers expect on time. Prefer to listen? Check out the podcast!

Developing Improved Labor-Management Relations Podcast

Host Bob Lindbloom and co-host Brodie Arndt discuss various collective bargaining approaches with C. Richard Barnes, an internationally recognized mediator, facilitator, skills trainer and speaker specializing in dispute resolution, workforce training, and leadership coaching. This podcast complements the Management Methods Bulletin on the same topic. Play the podcast directly from the WebBook, or listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play.

Guide to Safety Incentive Programs

Encourage your employees to practice sound safety procedures by establishing an effective safety incentive program. This publication offers tips from those who have developed successful programs.

MCAA Robotic Total Station Report

This sixth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series was written by our partners at JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. When used in concert with BIM, robotic total stations have the potential to drastically improve productivity. A companion webinar is also available.

2017 Construction Technology Report Webinar

This webinar offers additional insights into the 7th Annual Construction Technology Report written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA’s Technology Research Series. James Benham, the CEO of JBKnowledge, joined Sean McGuire to discuss the findings from the study.

The Next Generation of Data Security

Anything related to technology or cyber security can no longer be taken on faith. It should be protected like any other company asset, but with different tools and strategies. This article is intended to provide guidance and insight of current tools and techniques to protect your data and operations.

Concurrent Delay

This bulletin provides an overview on the subject of concurrent delay. In some instances, contractors or subcontractors may be able to recover extended performance costs. They may also receive an extension of their performance time and as such, relief from liquidated damages.

2017 Tax Reform: Considerations for Mechanical Contractors

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, representing the most dramatic overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code in 31 years. This bulletin provides a targeted discussion of the provisions in the law that will most impact construction businesses and their customers.

Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry

This planning tool helps you determine the costs associated with unplanned events, circumstances and factors that may impact the outcome, productivity and schedule of construction projects. The 2018 Edition features new material that clarifies the process of selecting labor inefficiency factors. It also includes a new chapter on concurrent delay.

Value Engineering

This bulletin explains the Value Engineering approach to optimizing value for each dollar spent.

Retention of Professional Staff

This bulletin outlines specific strategies that contractors can implement to increase their ability to retain employees as well as metrics that can be used to measure the effectiveness of these initiatives.