Did You Miss Our Webinar on BIM to Field Software?

In August, MCAA released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report on BIM to Field Software.  The research, provided by our technology partners at JB Knowledge, evaluated over 24 different types of software that leverage the data from the BIM model and use it in other parts of your operations like the field or in the fabrication shop.

On Tuesday, August 23, the lead researcher on the project, Josh Bone, joined Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology for a companion webinar that provided more explanation and detail into the project.  If you missed it, the webinar can be viewed by clicking the image below.

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As more installments of the Construction Technology Research Series are released, additional companion webinars will be developed.  Upcoming reports will focus on Mechanical Service Software, Robotic Total Stations and Safety Hardware and Software.

Check Out MSCA Conference Speaker Kyle Maynard’s New Endeavor

You have to see this to believe it!  Come hear Kyle Maynard’s inspiring story during MSCA 2016!  He will be featured during a special session on Wednesday morning,  October 26th.  Kyle’s remarkable attitude and perseverance in spite of his handicaps will amaze you and teach you that, no matter what, there are “No Excuses.”  For additional conference information, go to our conference website.

Latest Industry Podcast Features MCAA Member Andy Egan Co.

MCAA Member Chris Weaver from Andy Egan Co. Interviewed on latest Con Tech Trio Podcast

James Benham, Josh Bone and Rob McKinney, otherwise known as the Con Tech Trio, interviewed Chris Weaver, Andy Egan Company’s Director of Technology on Friday, August 12.

The podcast, which always includes the latest news on construction technology, also dove into the perspective of a mechanical contractor on virtual design and coordination (VDC) and the evolution of BIM adoption in the construction industry.

All three members of the ConTech Trio participated in this year’s MCAA Convention, spoke at the 2016 MCAA Construction Technology Conference, and James Benham is scheduled to join us again at the 2017 MCAA Convention in San Diego.

Listen to the podcast here and follow them on twitter at @ConTechTrio.

Affiliated Association Execs Share Best Practices in Association Management

The 2016 conference of MCAA’s Association Executives Council (AEC) was a three day in-depth examination of best practices in association management.  Conference attendees examined and shared highly useful information and strategies on key topics ranging from building board relationships to unique new educational initiatives.

At the conference MCAA CEO John Gentille unveiled a new national program in support of affiliated local associations.  Former MCA of Chicago Executive VP Steve Lamb will now serve as MCAA’s Best Practices Mentor.  In this new role, Lamb will be available to all MCAA affiliates for consultation and mentoring on all aspects of association operations, such as administrative processes, personnel matters, labor relations and member services. Lamb will be available for consultation via phone and email, and will personally travel to meet with a local association exec in cases needing more in-depth consulting. MCAA is underwriting all costs associated with this new program.

The conference concluded with current AEC Chair, Robert Looman (MCA of Kansas City) stepping down and the introduction of Dave Davia (MCA of Colorado) as the new AEC Chair, Frank Wall (PMCA of Oregon) as the new Vice Chair and Tony Saporito (MCA of New York) as the AEC’s new Program Chair.

The objective of the annual AEC Best Practices Conference is to further the professionalism of the staff executives of MCAA’s affiliated associations, empowering them to better serve and represent their contractor members. By all accounts this year’s conference achieved that objective.

MCAA’s Board of Directors benefits from the direct input of the affiliated association execs as the AEC Chair and Vice Chair attend and actively participate in all national Board meetings.

BIM to Field Software Research Released — Part 3 of the Construction Technology Research Series

MCAA has now released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report produced by JB Knowledge Labs on BIM to Field Software.  

This report analyzes and compares software that links information from the office to the field by utilizing tablets, smartphones and laptops.  Products like Autodesk’s BIM 360 Glue, Bluebeam Revu, Trimble Field Link and Fuzor are just a few of the two dozen softwares that were comparatively analyzed for the study.

The report is a complimentary benefit of MCAA membership and can be downloaded here.

And Josh Bone, the lead author of the report will also be providing a companion webinar on August 23 to flesh out more detail from the research.  As with all MCAA webinars, registration is complimentary as part of your MCAA membership.

Fine-tune Your Negotiating Skills at MCAA’s Collective Bargaining Seminar — Registration Open!

If labor negotiations are coming up in your area, you will want to be sure to attend MCAA’s Collective Bargaining Seminar this November 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

The seminar will provide you with negotiating techniques and constructive approaches to labor negotiations that will improve workforce performance along with contractor and industry competitiveness.

You will also gain greater insight and understanding of the bargaining process to help you prepare properly for negotiations and to make bargaining a constructive event for management and labor.

Topics covered will include: collective bargaining innovative terms; labor law; work conditions and productivity improvements; labor contract cost/benefit analysis; and planning successful approaches in the bargaining relationship.

Click here to download the brochure and registration form or register with our new online registration process. We hope you can attend!

OSHA Delays Effective Date for Enforcing Employees’ Rights to Report Workplace Injuries, Illnesses

The effective/enforcement date for two provisions in OSHA’s recently revised Recordkeeping Rule has been extended from August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

The two provisions postponed address:

  • Employer requirements for “Employee Involvement,” and
  • “Prohibition Against Discrimination.”

The deadlines for submitting injury and illness reports remains the same.

For more information on these recent rule changes, see MCAA’s Safety Bulletin – Subject: OSHA’s Revised Recordkeeping Rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. 

 

 

 

MCAA Pushes Against Any Unreasonable PBGC Premium Increase

On August 10, MCAA and other employer associations advised the PBGC, Treasury and Labor Department officials that any proposed unreasonable PBGC premium increase, especially when combined with a not yet defined “exit fee,” would most likely be opposed by groups representing employers who contribute to multiemployer plans. These additional costs would add destabilizing pressure on contributing employers and impact their competitive position in the construction market.

On August 8, MCAA and the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) Retirement Income Security Commission worked to craft  a response to the recent Congressional Budget Office report and a previous Administration budget proposal to increase Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums significantly.

Adding to the pension reform discussion is a planned Senate Finance Committee mark-up of a measure to provide Surface Mine Reclamation funds to help avert the pending insolvency of the national Mineworker health and pension plans by the end of the year. This issue is complicated by being a general election issue in many states with active and retired mineworker populations. The same holds true for several Teamster pension plan proposals either pending or rejected by the Treasury Department under the 2014 Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act.

MCAA Continues to Press for CBA Exemption from Federal Paid Sick and Family Leave Regulations

MCAA met for the second time with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Labor Department officials on August 11 to explain why regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 should include a collective bargaining exemption for direct federal construction project employers whose workers are covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

MCAA Board member Gary Grandchamp of Kirlin Mid-Atlantic LLC, Chip Mitchell, General Counsel and Secretary of The Kirlin Group, and John McNerney of MCAA staff presented MCAA’s previous comments and statements from the initial meeting with OMB on February 11.

They reiterated that the rationale for EO13706—that employers providing paid sick/family leave perform better on federal contracts because they will be able to compete with other employers that provide paid time off for competent workers—does not apply to the construction workforce of signatory employers.

MCAA explained that paid sick/family leave is very uncommon in construction CBA’s where a pay premium is included for that type of leave. MCAA’s position also lays out the imperative of tight prime contractor and subcontractor project performance and schedule sequencing requirements, which will be impaired significantly by adding incentives for construction project personnel to take paid time off, disrupting crew mixes and productivity and significantly impairing overall project performance.

MCAA also explained:

  • the potential for conflicts with the direct dealing proscriptions of the National Labor Relations Act for union-represented employees in the bargaining unit who accrue federal project sick/family leave credits, and those that do not;
  • the failure of the proposed regulations to adopt the Davis Bacon site of work rules for federal contractor fabrication shops;
  • the potential for double payment of paid leave on layoff and reinstatement to employment within a year; and
  • several other flaws.

MCAA’s position is that federal construction contract performance should be addressed in better procurement and contract administration practices, not by meddling in private sector employment administration and CBA negotiations with a highly derivative and speculative rationale to supposedly address contract performance requirements.

The final regulations will be published by September 30.  A lawsuit is expected challenging whether the procurement rationale is merely a pretext for an employment/workplace policy initiative that is more properly addressed by legislation rather than regulations.

MSCA Sales Leadership Symposium Now Open for Registration

The popular MSCA Sales Leadership Symposium class is now open for registration.  The program will be held December 1 – 2, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This class is a MUST for anyone who manages sales personnel.  Presented by in-the-field industry experts, the Sales Leadership Symposium will teach leaders how to drive revenue growth and enhance profitability through a structured sales approach as well as enhance sales team productivity and ensure employee retention.  Topics include recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, training, compensating, coaching and more!  For additional information and to download a brochure, click here.

Pat Lynch Contributes to MCERF

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation recently received a $1,000 contribution from MCAA Board of Directors member Pat Lynch of CCI Mechanical, Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT.

The MCERF Board of Trustees appreciates this contribution and the support it brings to the Foundation’s initiatives.

Find out more about MCERF and its programs and then contribute.

Become a Gifted Boss at MSCA 2016

Do you want to gain insights on how the best leaders in our country think, work and communicate outside the box to keep their creative energies thriving, their staffs motivated and productive and their organizations improving? Then plan to attend Dale Dauten’s session during MSCA 2016 October 24-27 in Scottsdale, AZ. The founder of The Innovator’s Lab™ searched nationally for leaders who are known for a new and surprising management style that makes a difference. You’ll leave the session equipped with new insights and perspectives that you can put to work immediately.

Check out our conference website for additional details and to register.

MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference

Mark Your Calendars for MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference! The conference will be presented January 24 – 26, 2017 in Clearwater Beach, Florida at the Hilton Clearwater Beach.

Learn how to become much more effective at training and education with the engaging and very funny keynote presenter Dr. John Medina, author of the book Brain Rules. His topic… The Learning Brain.

Other educational session topics include OSHA’s new silica standard and current legal status, legal/medical marijuana issues, nanomaterial hazards in mechanical construction, service tech skin cancer awareness, new ladder safety technology, safety leadership, OSHA’s new recordkeeping rule, protecting workers from prescription pain killer abuse, and much, much more.

Registration opens in October. Please watch for updates to this post.

MCAA Supports Challenge to NASA FOIA Shield on Prevailing Wage Audit

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.

FFC requested certified payroll information on two firms performing on the NASA job. NASA redacted the wage rate information on the certified payroll records, citing an FOIA exemption that permits agencies to refuse disclosure of information or documents that would reveal trade secrets and commercial or financial information considered privileged and confidential.

NASA’s rationale was that revealing actual wages paid to contractor employees on prevailing wage jobs could be used by competitors to predict future bids and estimates and, therefore, undercut that firm’s future competitive position.

MCAA members Albanese and Gaffney filed affidavits in conjunction with FFC’s administrative appeal explaining why the certified payroll information could not be used to predict future project labor estimates and bidding.

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinar is August 18, 2016

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements, best practices, and real-world accident information.

The next two webinars are being held on August 18, at

August 18, 2016, 7-9 am or 10 am – 12 noon, EDT  Register for this date.

If you can’t make it, no worries. The webinar will also be taught on four more   dates this year:

September 22, 2016, 7-9 am or 10 am – 12 noon, EDT  Register for this date.

October 13, 2016, 7-9 am or 10 am – 12 noon, EDT  Register for this date.

November 17, 2016, 7-9 am or 10 am – 12 noon, EDT  Register for this date.

December 15, 2016, 7-9 am or 10 am – 12 noon, EDT  Register for this date.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

President Tom Stone Addresses UA General Convention

MCAA President Tom Stone did a terrific job representing all MCAA members in his address August 2nd to the UA General Convention in San Diego. Interrupted a number of times by applause, President Stone started strong by telling the delegates that “We are proud to be a union contractor and have been for 110 years since our founding in 1906.” He recognized that what all of us — MCAA contractors and UA members — have in common is our shared interest in the future of this, the very best industry in America!

President Stone thanked General President Bill Hite for his leadership over the last twelve years. He told General President-Elect Mark McManus “Every member of the MCAA congratulates you and looks forward to continuing this great partnership — and working with you and your team in the future.”

New Management Methods Bulletin on Fabrication Shops

Planning to build or renovate a fabrication shop for your business? You may want to read through MCAA’s latest management resource, Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop.

Developed by an Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) team as a Class 15 project, this Management Methods Bulletin takes you through all the considerations that affect your decision to establish a fabrication shop, design issues, equipment needed, and operating and maintenance concerns as well.

The bulletin contains drawings and photos to help you plan your facility. This is an excellent resource that may help you avoid costly design, operating and maintenance mistakes.

This resource is free as an MCAA member benefit. Download your copy now.

Spots Remain for This Year’s Field Leaders Conference!

MCAA’s newest training opportunity is our highly-rated Field Leaders Conference. Don’t miss this chance to give your project supervisors the chance to learn some new skills that could make the difference on your jobs!

The success of your projects depends on the ability of your field leaders to bring them in on time and on budget. Effective field leaders need the skills and knowledge to understand the tasks that must be accomplished, how to motivate staff and labor to work productively, solve project challenges quickly and effectively, relate positively with customers, suppliers and colleagues and to use strategies that will increase productivity and profits.

The conference will be held September 28-30 in Los Angeles, CA. Participants will acquire skills needed to be business and results-oriented managers focused on growing your company’s profits and brand.

Your employees will learn how to communicate and plan more effectively and be proactive jobsite leaders. Only a few spots remain so learn more, download a registration form or register your field leaders online!