Tuesday, August 30, 2016


legislative update

Get the latest news from MUCA's Government Relations team

MUCA Minute

MN CGA Best Practices

Welcome to this new segment where MUCA will feature a Common Ground Alliance Best Practice each issue.

Best Practice 5-15: Facility Avoidance

Practice Statement: The excavator uses reasonable care to avoid damaging underground facilities. The excavator plans the excavation so as to avoid damage or to minimize interference with the underground facilities in or near the work area.

Practice Description: Foremost on any construction project is safety. Excavators using caution around underground facilities significantly contribute to safe excavation of existing facilities.

The Legislature: Honestly, Why Bother?

It's supposed to be a government "Of the People, By the People and For the People," but after these past two years of accomplishing nothing, why does the Legislature even bother to meet?

The governor is intent on getting the Southwest Light Rail funding by attempting an "end run" around the Legislature and the people of Minnesota, who are now desperately seeking funding for infrastructure and transit.

Jeff Johnson has an interesting video on the topic and the Chamber of Commerce issued this statement this past week.

Even the Special Session discussions, both this session and last, were boiled down to three people making decisions for the rest of state, without an opportunity for input by the public.

This is not how government is supposed to be run, and certainly demonstrates a lack of leadership by all parties.




MUCA Member Update

Clay Shoot Classic Is October 7!

Horse & Hunt Club, Prior Lake

Time to get the gun clean and ready to go for hunting. Gather your team of 4 or 5 shooters and join us for MUCA’s 5th Annual Clay Shoot Classic, Friday, October 7 at the Horse & Hunt Club in Prior Lake.

Sponsorships Are Requested! Promote your company and support MUCA through several Sponsorship opportunities at the Clay Shoot Classic. Donate a Raffle Item, Sponsor the Social Hour or become a Station Sponsor, where you get to see all 70+ attendees!

Register to attend or sponsor.

Breakfast Briefing: 2016 Wage and Hour Update

Hosted by Seaton | Peters | Revnew
Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport/MOA
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, 55437
Thursday, September 29, 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Join Seaton|Peters|Revnew Attorney Greg Peters to discuss the following hour and wage topics:

  • New Overtime Regulations

  • Mandatory Overtime and the FMLA

  • DOL Civil Penalty Increases

  • Important Upcoming Wage and Hour Changes:
    • Minimum Wage Increase
    • EEO-1 Pay Data Collection
    • Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

  • 2016 Case Law Update

Cost is $25 per attendee. Get more information and register, or call the firm at (952) 896-1700.

FINAL Call for Ads and Articles

The fall edition of the Underground Press magazine is in the works and we want you to be a part of the story! Here’s how:

  • Advertise! Promote your products and services.
  • Share Your Wisdom! Submit an article on an industry topic, a regulatory compliance issue, or a best practice in safety & training.
  • Schedule a Site Visit! We’d love to highlight your company’s project or successful solution to a challenging problem. Contact Stephanie for a visit at (651) 735-3908.

Visit MUCA’s website to sign up for advertising or submit an article.

Annual Meeting Date: November 10

Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW, Prior Lake

This is your Invitation to Innovation at our 2016 Annual Meeting! We'll gather with industry friends, colleagues and family for look back, noting our accomplishments, and a look ahead to what the future holds.

We'll review our legislative efforts, vote for your new Board leadership and share our plans for continued growth and value for your membership in MUCA.

We have a superb keynote speaker, John Sweeney, whose program (Innovation at the Speed of Laughter) will provoke thought, spark laughter, and help you live and work better through discovery and innovation.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities are available! Register today!

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Day of the Dozers, September 24 – Register Here
  • Clay Shoot Classic Tournament, October 7 – Register Here
  • Annual Meeting, November 10 – Register Here
  • Pipelayers Certification Training – Register for the Online Pipe Layers Certification course — available 365 days, 24/7

Stephanie Menning, Executive Director
Phone: 651-735-3908 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email: info@muca.org