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At St. Joe Valley PHCC/MCAI we work to provide the most up to date news on a local, state and national level. Being informed strengthens our reputations as the best choice when customers are seeking out reliable products and knowledgeable service. Please see below to learn more.

From the Desk of Chris Quinn, EVP, MCA of Indiana

Hey folks we’re starting something new – a statewide MCAI e-newsletter.  All of the details have not been worked out yet, but the plan is to get news out to MCAI members around the first of the month.
While I’ve met many of you, there are quite a few I haven’t met yet.  I’m Chris Quinn, and I took over as MCAI Executive Vice President on August 2nd.  I’ve been out travelling the state trying to visit and meet as many of the members as possible.  If we haven’t met yet, I hope we meet soon.  

I am returning back to my hometown neighborhood after a little over 20 years working in Louisville Kentucky.  I ran a building material supply association there and raised four kids as well.  I’m excited to be back in Indy, close to family and friends, and I am enjoying learning about the mechanical contracting industry and the various elements that make up the MCAI.  

Since I’ve been here, I’ve been to chapter meetings, golf outings, Board meetings, union halls, JATC meetings, travelled to visit other contractor associations and I’ve visited quite a few member locations.  The Board held a strategic planning session a month ago, and we are looking at ways to improve the operation and structure of the organization.
The plan for the newsletter is to get important information out to the membership in a timely manner.  This will include news from the chapters, news about the NCPWB, SCA and the Drug Testing program.

Speaking of the Drug Testing program, some members have raised concerns.  As I hope you are aware there was a change in TPA’s effective July 1, DISA is out and ITI is in.  There have been changes to testing facilities and the color of envelopes and not all of the data DISA had collected transferred to ITI.   The halls have transferred their roster information to ITI, but some contractors who test non-bargaining employees may find that the names have not been received by ITI.  

The Board of Trustees for the program will meet November 4th in our office, and updates on the results of the meeting will be included in future communications.  In the meantime, you can contact ITI directly by emailing Cynthia Able at Cynthia.able@itihq.com, or by phone at 317-271-2611.  You can also call the MCAI office.  Either Cindy or myself will work with you, and if we can’t help, we’ll get ITI involved.

Golf outings are in our rear-view mirror and Christmas parties are right around the corner. If you aren’t sure of the date or location of your chapter Christmas Party, call and let us know.  The MCAI party will be held Tuesday, December 7, at Ruth’s Chris northside in Indianapolis. 

In closing, I could not be more excited about working with and for the members of MCAI.  I look forward to meeting and getting to know the members all around the state.  If I can ever help or answer any questions, please email (cquinn@mcai.com) or call 317-255-4126.  Have a great November!

MCAA 2022 Safety Directors Conference

According to National MCAA, they are "‘ALL IN’ for our 19th annual Safety Directors’ Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2022. This conference brings together hundreds of occupational safety and health professionals, MCAA local affiliate executives, United Association safety instructors, principals, owners, and others who have safety and health responsibility. 
Additionally, this conference is open to our partners at NECA, TAUC, and SMACNA to attend and participate in. Over the three days you will hear from subject matter experts on safety, health, risk management, legal, and other topics. Also, Captain Richard Phillips will be presenting on the Hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. We can't wait to go ALL IN in 2022!"
Registration opened Monday, November 1, click here to register! 

MCAA MEP Innovation Conference

Lesley Ravas with National MCAA, "is pleased to announce that the newly remastered MEP Innnovation Conference is open for registration!!!
Hosted by MCAA, NECA and SMACNA, we will jointly bring you over 60 of the most innovative contractors to present in January 2022, at the Marriott Tampa Water Street hotel. The MEP Conference will provide a comprehensive view of the solutions digitizing our processes, using VDC software, fabricating all trades, coordinating projects with new software and using new tools to improve productivity. Sessions will be geared toward Operations Managers, VDC teams, Project Managers and Fabrication Managers."
January 24 – 26, 2022
Marriott Tampa Water Street
Read more, visit the MEP Innovation Conference Website and register HERE!

Upcoming PHCC Webinars

PHCC Legislative and Regulatory Webinar: 2021 Wrap Up and 2022 Update

January 12, 2022
2pm ET
Duration: 60 minutes

Join PHCC's Chuck White and Mark Valentini for a wrap up of 2021 legislative and regulatory activities and the effects on small business. They will do their best to predict the future activities of Congress and the agencies and describe their efforts to support or oppose the Washington D.C. agenda. Mark will also provide an update on the coming election season with insights from a business perspective.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand the regulatory changes in the Plumbing & HVAC arena.
2. Learn the projected benefits for small business and the Congressional representatives responsible for those changes.
3. Get acquainted with the legislative process and the candidates for election in 2020.
Charles “Chuck” R. White serves as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for PHCC—National Association. White works closely with government regulatory bodies, such as the DOE, and serves on a number of councils and coalitions including NSPC, PERC, ABPA and IAPMO as a representative of PHCC’s contractors. 
Mark Valentini is the Director of Legislative Affairs for PHCC—National Association. A politcally savvy, results-oriented professional with more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and with several national trade associations, Valentini applies his expertise in public policy matters related to workforce and training, infrastructure, and financial services to advocate on behalf of all PHCC members.

This webinar is free to PHCC members and $29 for non-members.  Click here to register.
2022 OSHA’s Update on Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Activities
February 16, 2022
2pm ET
Duration: 60 minutes  

Hear it here ... straight from the source!
During this crucial session led by an OSHA representative, you’ll learn about the most impactful compliance assistance outreach events that OSHA has every fiscal year, encouraging employers, workers, and stakeholders to participate and share safety and health information at their jobsites. Come and get the latest enforcement updates and requirements as well as other available resources. The safety and health of your workers and customers depends on it!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Raising awareness of all of the 2022 OSHA’s campaigns and how employers, workers, unions, and associations can participate and access information and training resources.
  2. Provide an update on enforcement requirements on: falls, heat, trenching, and excavations, ladders, walking & working surfaces, silica, and COVID-19.
  3. Share additional available resources.

Mrs. Elizabeth Morales has been the Compliance Assistance Specialist in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in Kansas City, Missouri for the last four years. She started working for OSHA-Region VII in June of 2002. Since then Mrs. Morales has worked in different positions, such as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (Industrial Hygienist); Voluntary Protection Recertification Manager, and as an Industrial Safety and Health Supervisor. All of these previous opportunities within OSHA have helped Morales to develop her passion, which is to develop strong relationships with employers, workers, stakeholders, and organizations at the local, regional, national level. Mrs. Morales enjoys to provide information to small, medium and large sized employers regarding how to promote best practices in the workplace. She has worked extensively to assist employers to develop “Safe and Sound” management systems during her entire carrier. She firmly believes that OSHA’s mission of saving lives is 100% attainable. Actually, Morales is an active member of the Region VII- Suicide Prevention Task Force, National Fall Prevention Rask Force Team, and the National Heat Illness Prevention Task Force. These Task Force groups were created to increase the awareness on Suicide in Construction, Fall Prevention, and Heat Illness Prevention in construction and in general industry. This year, Mrs. Morales have participated in different Hispanic radio virtual “live shows” to keep sharing information on how to control and eliminate safety hazards in the workplace. Also, Mrs. Morales is the OSHA Officer of the Greater Kansas City Field Federal Safety and Health Council, where she provides training, technical guidance and information to more than 20,000 federal workers within the Kansas City Metro Area. As a result of her leadership, in 2018 and 2019, this council received for the last two consecutive years the “Superior Performance Award from the Secretary of Labor”. 

This webinar is free to PHCC members and $29 for non-members.  Click here to register.

MCAA22 Reunite

The MCAA22 annual convention will be March 13-17, 2022 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.  Registration is now open, click here to register.



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December Membership Meeting

Our December membership meeting will be Wednesday, December 15, at 6:30 at Morris Park Country Club in South Bend, Indiana.  Please RSVP to Jerilyn.