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Recording of Cyber Security Webinar Now Available
Whether you missed it or want to share it with more people in your organization, MCAA has you covered! Thanks to our moderator, Steve Dawson of Harrell-Fish, Inc. and our panelists, Jim Wenninger of WennSoft and Paul Gouge of CNA, for helping our members understand this important and timely topic.

The E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation
Prestigious Recognition of Unique Management Ideas

Apply for the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation

The management idea that solved a problem in the office or in the field helped your company climb to the top of its market and it deserves recognition. One of MCAA's most distinguished awards, the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation, shines a light on a great idea and the company that created it. And, through the publicity generated by the award, that idea becomes part of our industry's culture; it may inspire and help other companies that are struggling with the same management problem that your idea solved. Nominate your idea for the E. Robert Kent Award to get the recognition you and your company deserve and pay forward your success.

Details on how to enter the competition and descriptions of previous award recipients' winning entries are available in the brochure in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

More for the Benefit of MCAA Members

Get the New Edition of Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime

The 2014 version of this very popular publication is now available!

Order your copy online today!

Expanded to include content that will show you how to estimate the effects of cumulative impact, it is the latest edition of an industry planning tool that assists construction contractors, their customers, and others involved in construction projects in determining the costs associated with unplanned events, circumstances, and factors that may impact outcome, productivity, and schedule of those projects. Note that this manual is intended to be a planning tool and not a source for absolute percentages or costs.

Read the Comprehensive Inventory of Construction Industry Multiemployer Pension Plans

Key findings will aid stakeholders in ensuring plans' futures

MCAA, in conjunction with Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC, has just released a new edition of its comprehensive inventory and analysis of construction industry multiemployer pension plans. The report summarizes and analyzes key trends in plan demographics, cash flows, investments, funding, costs, and expenses from 2002-2011. The result is a valuable tool that will assist the union sector of the construction industry in better understanding how multiemployer pension plans have evolved, and where they may be headed, to aid them in ensuring the plans' futures. With the release of this publication, MCAA is taking yet another step toward securing a stable future for the multiemployer defined benefit pension plans our workforce relies upon. That's why, at this time of crisis, MCAA is making this inventory available to the entire industry at no cost.

MCAA and the UA Urge Congress to Support Solutions Not Bailouts Multiemployer Pension Plan
Reform Proposal

MCAA and the UA sent a letter to Senate and House of Representatives leaders requesting their support of the multiemployer pension plan proposal developed by the Retirement Security Review Commission of the National Coordination Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP), Solutions Not Bailouts (SNB). In the letters, MCAA/UA emphasize that SNB would give multiemployer pension plans the new tools they need to ensure the long-term viability of reliable retirement benefits for participants and their families and at the same time improve the sustainability of these plans in the markets for sponsoring employers. The letters also assert that adopting the suggestions in SNB would not require changes to plans or to benefits. Rather, it would provide multiemployer defined benefit plans with additional tools to be used in strictly limited circumstances to meet the needs of individual plans. The SNB incudes three categories of proposals: (1) those proposals that will preserve and strengthen the current system; (2) innovative proposals for alternative plan design structures; and (3) measures designed to help deeply troubled plans. MCAA President Michael R. Cables noted in announcing the joint MCAA/UA statement of support, "The system is in growing jeopardy, as is the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation safety net insurance program." He warned, "Our industry and employees and pensioners cannot tolerate further Congressional delay or inaction this year." MCAA members are strongly urged to contact their House and Senate representatives while they are back home in their districts and urge their support of SNB.


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BIM Guide Provided to MCAA Members in Hard Copy and Online

The printed version of Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM - a Guide for Specialty Contractors was shipped to all MCAA member companies free as a benefit of MCAA membership.

The online version of the Guide, also free to MCAA members, is at www.mcaa.org/mepguide and www.mcerf.org. The Guide was developed by a task force led by MCAA, with financial support from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), to help MEP contractors incorporate and leverage leading edge technologies and processes into their projects' spatial coordination efforts. For more information, please contact Dennis Langley (dlangley@mcaa.org).

Download the Guide here for immediate use. If you are a member, your main MCAA contact received a copy as a benefit of membership!

 

MCERF Thanks Its Contributors

Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF)'s list of contributors is long. Without the generous support of our donors we would not be able to support such worthwhile endeavors as: MCAA's Funding Educational Excellence (FEE) program which provides support for students and student chapter activities such as student convention registrations, internships, chapter grants, the Educator of the Year Award, and faculty training conferences. Another landmark education resource MCERF has developed and maintains is the OPUS (Online Piping Usage and Specification) website. This tool is a go-to resource for students, faculty, and contractors alike. Take a look and see for yourself.

If you don't see your name among the list of MCERF Supporters, contact Dennis Langley at dlangley@mcaa.org to discuss options for becoming a contributors. A tax-deductible contribution, in any amount, goes a long way to support the Foundation's many industry education efforts.