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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the construction industry ranks #1 in the number of recorded suicide deaths and #2 in suicide rates in the U.S.

You may think you know all there is to know about renovating a wastewater treatment plant, but then again maybe not. Check out the ideas and approaches presented by the finalists in MCAA’s 2016-2017 Student Chapter Competition on March 7, at MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA.

The Mid-Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association has contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $8,800.

Check out the very latest Smart Solutions case studies that spotlight MCAA mechanical contractors who found their “smart solution” by partnering with members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Learn how these companies found innovative ways to meet their contractor clients’ needs by improving productivity, cutting costs and saving time on the job.
 
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MCAA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) to offer benchmarking data for the mechanical contracting industry. Our newest resource, 2016 Benchmarking Data for Mechanical Contractors (based on 2015 results), is now available to all MCAA members free as a benefit of membership.

Watch the fourth MCAA Tech Update, powered by BuiltWorlds, where we explore trending technology that impacts MCAA members. In this special episode, we focus on safety, where we explore the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, take a look at the new MCAA Technology Research Report on Safety Apps, and explore a growing trend of predictive analytics in safety apps.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! Hurry and sign up for a NEW MSCA WEBINAR: Plumbing Service Business Basics on Feb 28 at 1:00 pm EST!

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.

For a Limited Time Only – you can enroll in the highly regarded MSCA Sales Masters Training Program without taking the prerequisite Sales Leadership Symposium.

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 17 continues its four-year long tradition of early sell outs, closing out each course before March 1. A wait list will be started in case of cancellations.

Is your company eligible for an MCAA Safety Excellence Certificate of Commendation for its performance in 2016?

If you’re looking for a fabricator that will make consistent repeatable pipe cuts for a fraction of the cost of commercial cutters, check out the award-winning innovation created by Air Masters Corporation of Fenton, MO and described in a recently-released MCAA Management Methods Bulletin.

Several of OSHA’s recently released safety and health regulations have provisions that become enforceable sometime this year. The three that apply to the mechanical industry are silica, recordkeeping, and crane operator certification.

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!

If you’ve hired a college student as an intern or a co-op, apply for a $1,000 Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Hire another intern and apply for another grant. You can apply for up to two grants through the end of this year.

MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 participants. Attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and others. Topic experts from around the country presented fifteen educational sessions throughout the three-day conference.

The UA/MCAA Labor Relations Conference is returning this year! It will be at The Mirage in Las Vegas, November 14-15. The theme of this year’s Labor Relations Conference will be “Highlighting Best Practices.” We will provide you with further information on the conference after the MCAA convention. In the meantime, please mark your calendars and plan for your association to be well represented at this important MCAA/UA event. To maximize attendance there will be NO registration fee for this conference!

The 2017 Construction Employer’s of America National Issues Conference is now open for registration. This year’s conference will be held May 2 – 4 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and promises to be one of the best and most comprehensive held to date.

The California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (CPMCA) has contributed $7,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $262,500.

Looking for your next great employee to groom and help you push your company to the next level? Well there’s a “bulletin” for that and you already own it as a free MCAA member benefit! But, wait, there’s more…

Register for the MSCA Sales Basecamp for new or entry-level sales personnel. Classes fill up fast! The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.

The House of Representatives has approved a Resolution of Disapproval to turn back the Obama Administration’s Executive Order 13673 on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.” Congressional action on other industry issues remains unclear.

Registration for MSCA’s Insights into Field Service Software is now open! This webinar will feature a discussion of the recent findings of the MSCA Field Service Software Report and its analysis of the current state of service software. Register for the February 23rd webinar today!

This report by MCAA Technology Committee Member Britton Langdon gives the pros and cons of the most applicable technology from the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibit. It includes the latest in augmented reality, drones, cameras, sensors, mapping devices and scanners.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America is pleased to announce its much anticipated Plumbing Service 101 webinar series and workbooks! Each webinar and workbook module will focus on a key facet of operating a successful plumbing service business. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Thank you…two simple words, too infrequently used, arresting in their power. When a company’s culture revolves around saying “thank you” to its customers and employees alike, good things just seem to follow. Thank you, Jim Mooney, for reminding us!

MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 attendees. 2017 marks the 14th consecutive year that the conference has grown in attendance.

On January 23rd, President Trump held a White House meeting with UA General President Mark McManus and other leaders of the Building Trades. On January 24th, President Trump signed Executive Orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

At the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology, presented the findings from the latest MCAA Technology Research Series on Safety Applications. The new study, produced independently by JBK Labs, focuses in on apps that can be used by companies to document, report, organize and even predict future incidents.

If you have an iPad or iPhone, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to customize your MCAA.org experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or MSCA.org an app on your home screen.

MCAA is producing several new safety and health resources for members in 2017, including a variety of training materials and updates to the popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades and the Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a new rule on Beryllium. The rule does apply to the construction industry, but it will have little effect on mechanical construction employers.

An MSCA original – Sales Masters is the only service sales program available in our industry that is mechanical service industry specific. Sales Masters is now open for registration. Limited spaces available so don’t miss out and sign up today!

Are you struggling to find a solution to a nagging business, operations or project management challenge that’s unique to our industry and your company? You just might find the answer at MCAA 2017 during a session hosted by MCAA’s Management Methods Committee—the Hitchhikers Guide to the Management Methods Manual.

MCAA is widely known as the Education Association… and MCAA 2017 will confirm this measure of excellence. You’ll find a variety of educational offerings that are designed to advance your knowledge about new industry trends, technologies and practices. Whether you need to develop or hone your leadership abilities, learn new business growth strategies, explore new building technology applications, discover strategies and methods to attract new talent or take a step back and take stock, experts on these topics and much, much more will share their insights and experiences with you. Our goal is to help you and your company succeed. Here is a guide to planning your convention education experience.
 
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At MCAA 2017 in San Diego this March, roundtable discussions led by industry leaders will offer you the opportunity to talk about and share your ideas and insights — and hear the insights of others. These discussions will help you connect to a larger vision for your company.

The Management Methods Committee has been updating and revising bulletins to ensure they continue to help you solve problems and answer questions that will keep your business on track, growing and thriving. Whether it’s a general business issue, a project management challenge or a technology question, a Management Methods Bulletin just may have the answer.

Four years ago, ANVIL made a new pledge to the Foundation of $100,000…this on top of the $1.1 million it had already contributed. Year number four of that pledge just ended; the fourth $10,000 installment just arrived!

The future of multiemployer pension reform, enactment of composite plans, and implementation of the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 is hard to predict with the incoming Trump Administration and the 115th Congress. However the Heritage Foundation’s Blueprint for a New Administration, Priorities for the President provide some signals.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) is again making available Student Internship Grants to all MCAA members who hire college students majoring in a discipline related to mechanical contracting. The grants are for $1,000, and MCAA members are eligible to apply for up to two grants during 2017.

The House Freedom Caucus has produced a list of 226 rules, regulations and Executive Orders that it would nominate for examination, review and revocation in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration.

A Brand New Year – A Brand New Look for Dateline and MSCA CONNECT. Happy New Year to all our members, affiliates, UA partners, exhibitors/sponsors and community! Here’s to making 2017 another successful year for CONNECTING to your Business, Customers, Employees, Peers, The Future, Labor Resources, Manufacturers/ Suppliers and Community!

EPA makes changes to the National Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program regarding the handling, use and sale of ozone depleting substances.

New HVACR chiller training courses are now being offered by the United Association Training Department in conjunction with Carrier Corporation and Johnson Controls through the 2017 Regional Training System. These courses will be taught by authorized factory instructors, incorporating manufacturer specific curriculum, and have limited availability. Admittance into each course is subject to registration policies by each participating manufacturer.

In the latest PCA Podcast, Armand Kilijian from O’Brien Mechanical in San Francisco joined Sean McGuire to talk about water efficiency challenges that contractors face in California. The conversation explored the city’s infrastructure inefficiencies, the requirements of retention cisterns, purple pipe and onsite water treatment and reuse systems.

This guide provides mechanical construction employers with the information needed to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety and health, and assist them through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely.

Twenty-four MCAA student chapters took on MCAA’s 2016-2017 Student Chapter Competition with enthusiasm and crossed fingers that they’ll make the finals, which will be held March 7th at MCAA 2017 in San Diego.

The 39 graduates of MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 16 paid it forward in a big way. At least four of the class’ seven final project teams will have their projects memorialized as MCAA Management Methods Bulletins.

MCAA recently released an excellent safety resource… the MCAA Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers. This resource is similar in design to the association’s extremely popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades, and Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.

Arden Building Companies LLC have contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $5,200.

MCAA will continue to advocate on behalf of its members in 2017 in an effort to redeem that pledge in the 115th Congress.

JBKnowledge, MCAA’s technology research partner, just released its fifth annual report on construction technology practices. This year’s report saw a record number of responses from respondents across the construction industry, with over 700 MCAA members participating.
 
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Technology is making our world a better place in which to live and work, as well as transforming our industry. Find out how and why from the experts at MCAA 2017 (March 5-9, San Diego, CA).

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.

This year’s Industry Improvement Funds Conference featured speakers who educated the group on the various roles that industry funds play as well as proper uses for them. A record attendance of 130 participants took advantage of the two-day educational offerings.

The revised rule now allows service technicians to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.

Leading a successful company in these challenging times can be a daunting task even for the most experienced business executives. At MCAA 2017 (March 5-9, San Diego, CA) four leadership experts will help you fine-tune the skills that will keep your company growing and thriving.

Don’t miss the new short tech update videos developed jointly with BuiltWorlds for MCAA members. Stay ahead of the change curve!
 
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MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provides foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable. Act now while space is available.

The ARCA/MCA of Ontario, CA has contributed $1,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $11,000.

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute Course 16 saw the ALI’s largest class ever. More importantly, these graduates used their final team project competition to develop technology-oriented best practices aimed at advancing MCAA’s Technology Initiative!

Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Supervisors is one of six mechanical construction supervisor safety training videos that are available to you as a benefit of membership.

If you’re looking for a well-qualified student to hire as an intern or to fill a full-time professional position, MCAA has yet another resource to help you with your search—MCAA’s Student Chapter Contacts list.

OSHA recently released compliance guidelines addressing several provisions in its revised recordkeeping rule.

MCAA’s growing family of student chapters at colleges and universities around the country has increased by two—one at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and another at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in Fairbanks, AK.

Compliance is easy and cost effective for members with MCAA’s new Model Silica Exposure Control Plan for Mechanical Construction.

While nobody likes constant change, there usually comes a time for your company when you feel like you have to make a decision to stay with the same software or make a break. You owe it to your company to check out the new MSCA Field Service Software Report, released at the MSCA Conference as part of the ongoing MCAA Technology Series. It’s free to members!

A lot has changed in the 17 years since MCAA last visited San Diego, but one thing hasn’t—no other industry convention offers the highest level of education, world-class social events and exceptional networking opportunities.

Invest in your future…join your colleagues at MCAA 2017. Visit our Convention website and register now!

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.

If your experience at the 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit inspired you to organize an MCAA student chapter, “Starting an MCAA Student Chapter” can help.

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.

Four new silica safety resources are now available to MCAA members. The resources will help your workers protect themselves from overexposure to silica and help your company comply with OSHA’s new standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica. Affected employers must be in compliance with the standard by June 23, 2017.

MSCA 2016 Conference inspired all that attended with amazing speakers, big news, great camaraderie, an awesome exhibitor display and even fireworks!

MSCA releases a Field Service Software Report to help members evaluate, understand and select service software. The report is the fourth in the MCAA Technology Research Series developed by JBKnowledge.

For the seventh consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope work together to assist a local charitable organization in Phoenix during the recent MSCA conference thanks to our volunteers and donations from our members.

MCAA’s 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit drew a record number of MCAA student chapter members, faculty advisors, contractors and local association execs for a Mile-High experience. New technologies, career advice, Student Competition news, a new mini competition format and a fabulous tour of a local brewery made for an over-the-top Summit to remember.

Mechanical, Inc. of Freeport, IL has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $17,500.

MCAA PAC participated in a fundraiser with MCA of Eastern Pennsylvania and other construction groups on October 25 for New Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1-NJ), who is seeking re-election to a third term in the House.

MSCA announces a new era! MSCA CONNECT is now your go-to resource to build connections and valuable relationships within all facets of the service industry.

Frank Schaetzke has contributed $500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing his total contributions to the Foundation to $2,500.

MCAA has released the 2016-2017 edition of its Tool and Equipment Rental Guide. The guide puts the latest comprehensive cost recovery information for commonly used tools and equipment at your fingertips. The guide is free as a member benefit.

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.

MCAA is urging the Administration to implement changes regarding the types of assets individual sureties can pledge to support their surety bonds on federal construction contracts.

Don’t miss out on MCAA’s safety training resources for supervisors such as the video, Making It Work: Safety Conflict Resolution.

MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies–just updated to reflect current technologies, practices and laws–is now available for download at no charge as a benefit of MCAA membership.

MCAA is urging the Administration to implement changes regarding the types of assets individual sureties can pledge to support their surety bonds on federal construction contracts.

MCAA recently teamed up with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to help spread the word about the increasing number of suicides in the construction industry.

Sponsors of the GreatFutures 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit (October 13-15, Denver, CO) helped make this our best Summit ever. MCAA thanks host MCA of Colorado and these fine member companies for their generous contributions to this annual conference: CNA, NIBCO, Viega, Victaulic, Zurn, Murphy Company, U.S. Engineering and Milwaukee Tool.

Last chance to register for the MSCA Sales Basecamp for new or entry-level sales personnel. Only a FEW openings remain! The program will be held January 30 – 31 in Phoenix, AZ.

MCAA is calling on Congress to rescind the Obama Administration’s Labor Department regulations on EO13706 mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors.

Learn about Zika virus risk reduction and protective measures that you can pass on to your workers.

Week One of MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute Course 16 saw the ALI’s largest class ever. More importantly, this class will use its final project competition to develop technology-oriented best practices aimed at advancing MCAA’s Technology Initiative!

In our Tuesday TechTalk, @mcaageek Sean McGuire asks, “Are tablets replacing mobile phones on your jobsite?” What is becoming clear is that the importance of phones is diminishing. With a six-month payback period, more contractors are choosing to provide tablets to their workforce and explore their benefits and productivity.

MCAA recently negotiated an additional member discount for OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Construction Safety Standards Courses.

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).

A completely penetrated root pass using an “open root” joint design is the most challenging part of making that weld. Using a backing ring makes it easier to be sure there is full penetration. Check out NCPWB’s new Technical Bulletin.

Have you forgotten how awesome MCAA’s 2016 convention was? Here’s a reminder. We promise MCAA 2017 will be great too!

Subcontractors’ contracts may include provisions that impose fines or penalties for subcontractors’ safety violations. MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has released a Management Methods Bulletin that explains how such provisions could impact a subcontractor and how best to avoid them.

The UA and MCAA issued a joint statement strongly supporting Chairman John Kline’s proposal to create composite plans to update and strengthen the multiemployer pension plan system.

MSCA’s Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held March 27 – 30, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

Members now have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.

MCAA hosted a new webinar on Tuesday, August 23 featuring Josh Bone, JB Knowledge’s lead researcher on the BIM to Field Software report. The MCAA webinar provides further detail of the 24 softwares that were evaluated in the third report from the Construction Technology Research Series.

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 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.

To better serve our membership, the MCAA Construction Technology Initiative is launching a new feature, a video series on updates in the world of construction tech, powered by BuiltWorlds. View our first edition now!

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, free to members.

The effective/enforcement date for two provisions in OSHA’s recently revised Recordkeeping Rule — Employer requirements for “Employee Involvement” and “Prohibition Against Discrimination” — has been extended from August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

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.

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 — thank you!

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.

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.”

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.

If you’re seeing this page, then you know that the old mcaa.org has been replaced by a bright, shiny new family of websites to better serve our members. The sites you can see now are the publicly available sites. If you’re a member, you should have received an email on July 29th with new login information.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation recently received a $5,000 contribution from the Mid-Atlantic MCA — thank you!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $2,500 contribution from the Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, raising its total contributions to $12,750.

PCA Chairman and MCAA Board of Directors member Armand Kilijian joined the Plumbing Podcast to discuss the importance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plumbing contractors. Don’t miss episode 6!

MCAA’s Board of Directors met July 15-16 to consider the association’s program and financial priorities for the coming year. The Board of Directors will next meet in conjunction with MCAA’s 2017 convention in San Diego, CA.

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.

MCAA’s latest management resource—Employee Reviews—provides information about how to prepare for and conduct employee reviews effectively so that supervisors and employees benefit from the experience.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $2,500 contribution from the MCA of New York, raising its total contributions to $135,000.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $1,000 contribution from the West Michigan MCA. Thank you!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $5,000 contribution from FitzGerald Contractors (Shreveport, LA), toward its pledge of $100,000.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to take into account inflation since penalties were last set. The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.

MCAA’s technology partner BuiltWorlds summarized the hot topics presented at the 2016 Construction Technology Conference.

Josh Bone, of JBKnowledge, principal author of our Construction Technology BIM Software Analysis Research Report, conducted a webinar on its findings. If you missed it, check out the archived webinar.

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.

MCERF thanks the JF Ahern Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for its generous $25,000 contribution in support of its education and research programs, bringing their total contribution to $125,000. To see how you can help, visit MCERF.org.

If a unique management idea helped your company overcome a challenge and improve your bottom line, consider nominating that innovation for the next prestigious E. Robert Kent Award! You and your innovation will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence program at MCAA 2017 in San Diego.

If you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s career website, MCAAGreatFutures.org. Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.

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!

OMB Memorandum documents support small business subcontracting payment protections already in place in the Federal Prompt Payment Acts of 1982 and 1988 for construction subcontractors.

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.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $10,000 contribution from the New England Mechanical Contractors Association, raising its total contributions to $220,800. Thank you!

Sixteen faculty members from as many universities came to the P1 Group, Inc. in Lenexa, KS in June for a very successful three-day crash course in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (M-E-P) – the 2016 Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium’s (MEAC) Faculty Training Camp. Thanks to MCERF for their financial support.

Construction Technology Conference gets underway in Indianapolis.

MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key

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)

A Technical Bulletin just issued by the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) concerns failures in seamless carbon steel pipe, fittings and flanges during hydrostatic testing due to changes in steelmaking practices by certain mills over the last five years.

As anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – is final and was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Federal Register.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $10,000 contribution from the MCA of Kansas City, raising its total contributions  to $295,000. The Foundation Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous contribution which will help support MCERF’s continuing industry education and research activities. Find out more about how MCERF is assuring

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

About 180 MCAA members traveled to central Texas in early May for MCAA’s 2016 Fabrication Conference. Hosted by Dynamic Systems, Inc. (Austin, TX), the tour of the company’s fabrication operation gave attendees an appreciation of the company’s focus on process and productivity plus much, much more.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $5,000 donation from the Mid-Atlantic MCA, raising its total contributions to $41,000. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the contribution and the support of its ongoing education and research programs. Find out more about MCERF’s programs.

If keeping your plumbing service trucks stocked with the right equipment for the right jobs has proven to be more challenging than it should, then check out this week’s Plumbing Pod podcast. Ed Gormley of Gormley Plumbing & Heating (McMinnville, OR) shares tips for inventory management, standardized tools, and software that can be used to

As part of 2016’s Safety Week celebration, MCAA is presenting a webinar on Building Safety Engagement: How to Get Everything You Want at Work (and in Life) on May 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Led by Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized coach of business leaders on safety and human performance, the webinar will

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.

If your answer is “yes,” then plan to participate in MCAA’s next Construction Technology Webinar on May 12, Optimizing Fabrication with BIM, at 1:00 p.m. Led by Josh Bone, BIM Services Manager with JB Knowledge, you will learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can help streamline your fabrication operation workflows for those willing to make

If you missed Courtney France’s webinar on April 14 about how our industry is responding to the water crisis, check out the Plumbing Contractors of America’s (PCA) latest podcast, Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation. France of France Sustainable Solutions and Sean McGuire of MCAA discuss the PCA webinar she led that

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.

The winner of the 2015 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation – PIPES (Process Information Portal Enabling Success) – developed by The BP Group (Glendale, N.Y.) and ATX Advisory Services – is now available for MCAA members. PIPES is an innovative tool that allows a company to easily view the entire workflow of its

Samuel A. Shuman of Speer Mechanical (Columbus, OH) and MCAA Past President passed away on April 12. He was 89. Shuman, a graduate of Penn State University, joined Speer Mechanical in 1957 and built it into one of the leading mechanical contracting businesses in Ohio. He was active locally in the MCA of Central Ohio,

MCAA’s new safety bulletin on OSHA’s new silica rule is now available. The bulletin describes the key compliance requirements and also summarizes the entire standard, which was published in the Federal Register on March 25. The new standard becomes effective on June 23, but does not become enforceable in the construction industry until June 23, 2017.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) thanks its generous contributors who have given to the Foundation this year.

The memories of MCAA’s best convention ever are now available on our photo site, mcaa.smugmug.com. You can view, download and share photos from special events or special moments with family and friends…for free as an MCAA membership benefit. To access the photos, go to the link below, click on the MCAA 2016 folder and then choose

James Benham presented the results of an MCAA – JBK Labs research comparative analysis of 3D scanning technology in the first of a multi-part webinar series on construction technology on April 7, 2016.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a 3D scanning system to your operations, be sure to check out MCAA’s report, 3D Scanning Technology – A Comparative Analysis.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $500 contribution from BP Mechanical (Glendale, N.Y.), winner of the 2015 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation.

MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors program (April 28-29 – Brookfield, WI) will help supervisors understand how to coach, mentor, manage, and motivate their technicians. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual containing more than 100 forms and worksheets to use for day-to-day responsibilities in areas such as safety, operations, training, tools, and vehicles. Sorry,

Tom Stone of Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc. (Englewood, CO) became MCAA’s new president at the closing session of MCAA 2016.

Outstanding MCAA student chapters, an educator and students’ achievements were celebrated at the Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23.

The Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23, 2016 honored members’ sports achievements, exceptional safety performance, innovation and generous contributions to MCERF. Following the announcement of the winners of the golf tournament, tennis tournament, and Fun Run/Walk, MCAA President Steve Dawson announced the winners of the 2015 MCAA-CNA Safety Excellence Awards: Southwest Town Mechanical (Orland Park,

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has received a $5,000 donation from the MCA of Houston, raising its total contribution to $102,500. The Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the contribution which helps fund MCERF’s education and research activities that keep our industry growing and thriving. Find out more about MCERF activities by clicking

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $2,500 contribution from Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating (Chicago, IL). The Foundation Board of Trustees greatly appreciates this support which helps ensure the continuation of our education and research programs. Learn more about how MCERF is helping our industry grow and thrive by clicking on

MCAA President-Elect Tom Stone attended a social and dinner gathering with faculty and student members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of MCAA at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) on March 8. Read the complete article posted on the MCAAGreatFutures.org website. Just click on the button below. Read More

The OSHA standards courses listed on our website are now available online at a 20% discount, as a benefit of MCAA/MSCA membership. MCAA teamed up with ClickSafety to provide these top quality online courses. Learn More

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 16 is sold out with 38 accepted into the course.

The Department of Labor (DoL) has released proposed rules on Executive Order 13706 requiring direct federal contractors, prime contractors and subcontractors to provide accrued paid sick leave for workers on federal contracts at the rate of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, with no caps below 56 hours per year permitted.

“Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better.” MCAA 2016 will celebrate the fact that, together, we have made MCAA better than ever. Can you think of a more appropriate speaker at our Opening Session (just two weeks from today) other than Peyton Manning? We can’t.

MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors program (April 28-29, Brookfield, WI) will help supervisors understand how to coach, mentor, manage, and motivate their technicians. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual containing more than 100 forms and worksheets to use for day-to-day responsibilities in areas such as safety, operations, training, tools, and vehicles. Sign-up for

The Piping & Service Coalition, a Western New York partnership of more than 50 contractors and nearly 1,000 highly-skilled union craftspeople represented by Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 22, has made a $25,000 pledge to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), a first-ever labor-management contribution.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $5,000 contribution from Indoor Environmental Services, Inc. (Sacramento, CA). The MCERF Board of Trustees is very grateful for the contribution, which helps the Foundation continue its education and research programs that help our industry thrive and grow.

Glad you asked and it’s easy to find out. We’ve captured the MCERF story and the highlights of the Foundation’s programs and accomplishments in a series of entertaining videos.

The John W. Danforth Company (Tonawanda, NY) has donated $50,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) for a memorial scholarship established to honor the Reilly Family. The Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in $5,000 annual increments to a worthy student for the next 10 years. The MCERF Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous gift in support of future industry professionals. Find out more about the MCERF program, its activities and the support it continues to provide to advance the industry through education and research.

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.

The 2016 NCPWB Technical Committee Meeting (April 24-25, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra, FL)  featured presentations about the latest developments in welding technologies, materials, equipment and processes. Brandon Boyd and Josh Wilson of Mathey Dearman, Inc., a manufacturer of pipe fabrication tools, explained how modern technology is affecting the productivity, quality and safety

MCAA, in conjunction with Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC, has released the Fourth Edition (February 2016) of its comprehensive inventory and analysis of construction industry multiemployer defined benefit pension plans for all 790 construction industry plans covering the 2004 through the 2013 plan years.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently receives a $5,000 contribution from Mechanical Inc. (Freeport, IL), raising its total contributions to $12,500.

If the building your company is helping construct may face a water crisis, this Green Webinar – Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation is for you.

No worries! You can view it by clicking on the link below.

Labor Department Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil released a new Administrator’s Interpretation 2016-1: Joint Employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

The MCA of Chicago has recently completed its $375,000 pledge to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) with a final $10,000 contribution. But the association’s generosity isn’t stopping there. Recently, the MCA Board of Directors decided to renew its pledge for another ten years, beginning in 2017…in the amount of $125,000, raising its total contributions to $500,000!

MCAA’s 2016 advocacy efforts need your help. Donate to MCAA PAC, a critical factor to our success in moving forward legislation that positively affects your business.

UA General President Bill Hite and MCAA President Steve Dawson submitted joint UA/MCAA comments on the Department of Labor’s new broad non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements for federal and state registered joint apprenticeship and training programs.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $5,000 contribution from the MCA of Houston, raising its total contributions to $102,000.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania (MCA of EPA) has made a $10,000 contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $160,000.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $50,000 contribution from Mueller Industries, Inc. (Memphis, TN), the final payment on its $100,000 pledge. Mueller is MCERF’s latest Partnership Enterprise member (those who have contributed at least $100,000)! The MCERF Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the generous support which will allow the Foundation to continue funding programs that help our industry grow and thrive. Still thinking about making a donation? Click on the link below for more reasons to write the check.

MCAA’s 2015 Student Chapter Summit, which brought together more than 200 future industry professionals, faculty advisors, MCAA contractor members and local association executives in Cleveland, OH last October, made BuiltWorlds’ top 10 videos of the year. BuiltWorlds, a Chicago-based organization that promotes companies that develop technologies for the construction industry, organized an exhibit of vendors that displayed a variety of technologies that contractors are…or will…use on the jobsite and in the office. MCAA student chapter members were filmed testing the new technologies and discussing their features and applications with the vendors.

MCAA filed comments on the Administration’s Paid Sick Leave Executive Order (EO) 13706, which also is under an expedited path for final publication for mid-2016 and implementation in 2017. The EO would require direct federal prime contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave (one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked) on a covered federal contract or subcontract of $2,000 or more. The minimum annual amount of leave is 56 hours, which can be carried over on an annual basis and reinstated after breaks in service of less than a year.

As the last year of the Obama Administration begins, regulatory activity is intensifying to get long-delayed initiatives off the regulatory docket and into regulations before the end of the legislative year to avoid Congressional suspension and review of midnight regulations. One issue concerns new and much more comprehensive affirmative action and non-discrimination regulations proposed for registered apprenticeship programs.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $250 contribution from the Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company (Englewood, CO). The MCERF Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the support which helps the Foundation continue its education and research programs that keep our industry thriving and advancing.