Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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legislative update

Get the latest news from MUCA's Government Relations team

Day of the Dozers
Sept. 30, 2017
ERX Motor Park

Get ready for a fantastic opportunity to share the joy of construction with kids from across the region!

Day of the Dozers is a unique opportunity for the contracting community to share safety messages and instill the wonder of construction in our future workforce.

The best part is all proceeds go to Children’s Hospitals & Clinics!

To learn more, get involved, volunteer or sponsor, click here.



Let’s Talk Funding!

The Clean Water Construction Coalition (MUCA is a Steering Committee Member) reports the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Safe Drinking Water SRF Reauthorization.

H.R. 3387 is a reauthorization measure that substantially increases the annual funding for the Drinking Water SRF program. The bill authorizes $8 billion over a five-year period.

It has been almost two decades since the Drinking Water SRF program has been reauthorized.

Read more about this and other infrastructure proposals in CWCC’s August Report.

- Stephanie

MUCA Member Update

Contractor Call to Action 1: MS216D Stakeholder Review Meeting

Tuesday, August 22, 10 AM-3:30 PM
MnDOT, 3725 12th St N, St. Cloud

For those contractors that have experienced issues in the field with utility hits, mis-marked, no-locate, or abandoned lines, or damage claims from contracted collectors going directly to your insurance, this meeting is for you.

MUCA has been working with Duininck, Inc. to add contractor protections and recourse into the MS216D Law. Last session, we got House File 2719 introduced (see language here). A Senate version is in the works. For our efforts to be successful, we must have a strong showing of contractor unity and dedication on this effort.

We need contractors willing to work with the MS216D Stakeholder Review group to find solutions to our common problems. One contractor is not enough! They need to hear from all of us!

Please email Stephanie to confirm your availability to attend or send a representative to the next MS216D meeting in St. Cloud. Failure to support this effort will continue to cost you tens of thousands annually in dealing with these issues for years to come. Now is the time to act!

Contractor Call to Action 2: MnDOT DBE/Workforce Collaborative Meeting

Wednesday, August 16, 9-11:30 AM
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis

TWO MAJOR TOPICS:

The Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights will speak to the newly released goals for women and minority workforce participation on state construction projects. As reported here two weeks ago, they have significantly increased goals in many areas. Make your voice heard on these unrealistic goals — THIS IS THE PLACE!

They’re also going to introduce the contractors selected for the 35W/Lake Street pilot project — with special attention to their plan for engagement and participation for DBE and minority/women workforce.

Welcome New Member!

MUCA is pleased to welcome Kusske Construction as a new Contractor Member. We look forward to their continued active participation in MUCA! To learn more about the team at Kusske, visit their website here.

Labor and Employment Update

August 15, 2017, 7:30-9:15 AM
Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport/MOA

Join Seaton|Peters|Revenew Attorney Greg Peters to discuss recent labor and employment updates including recent court decisions, Federal agency updates and practical advice for audits from the U.S. Department Homeland Security, DOL, OSHA, EEOC, and OFCCP, Minnesota agency updates and the recent legislation on health care reform, paid sick leave, wage theft, and prevailing wage changes. Cost is $25 per attendee. Learn more and register here.

Membership Visit Thanks

Thanks to Scott at Schumacher Excavating in Zumbrota for the quick visit (they’re very busy!). Thanks also to Laura Anderson at Akkerman, Inc. in Brownsdale for committing to support Project Build!

If you would like a Member Visit, please contact me at (651) 735-3908 or stephaniem@muca.org.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Clay Shoot Classic — Register Here

  • MUCA Family Picnic Day at The Saints — Registration Closed

  • 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
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