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  • News February 2017 SMACNews

    Inside this issue: January Board actions: Watch for these new products. New SmartMarket research shows collaboration reduces construction risk. Major tax reform is starting in Congress. PLAs and Davis Bacon are under attack. Control costs with SMACNA’s new “Material and Inventory Management Guide.”

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  • News Capitol Hill Update: Major tax reform starting in Congress

    Leaders in the House and Senate have outlined an ambitious tax reform agenda for the first nine months of the 115th Congress and it appears to require two separate reform packages.

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  • News SMACNA January Board actions and highlights

    During the coming year, watch for the following products that were reviewed and approved by the Board at their January meeting.

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  • News SmartMarket report: Collaboration reduces risk

    Three quarters of building owners and contractors have experienced a dispute or claim in the last three years, and nine in ten say increased collaboration can be used to mitigate future risk, according to a new SmartMarket report “Managing Risk in the Construction Industry” from Dodge Data and Analytics. SMACNA served as a research partner on the report.

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  • News SMACNA’s new “Materials and Inventory Management Guide”

    The new SMACNA “Materials and Inventory Management Guide” provides member contractors with a resource on purchasing and inventory management systems. Whether simple or complex, these systems are a set of rules for deciding when to purchase materials and services and how much to purchase.

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  • News Meet the Board: Scott Vidimos of East Chicago, Ind.

    New SMACNA Board member Scott Vidimos, president of Vidimos Inc., East Chicago, Ind., has been actively involved in the industry and in helping children in his community for years.

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  • Specialty Construction Employment Grew in January

    Construction employment continued to grow, posting an increase of 36,000 jobs in January, while specialty trade contractor jobs rose by 11,000.

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  • News 2017 Safety Survey Available

    A good safety record makes your company more competitive in the marketplace and more attractive to clients. The SMACNA annual Safety Excellence Awards Program (SSEAP) allows SMACNA to recognize members for their outstanding safety performance and collect significant safety and health data.

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  • “TIRE” Act Falls Flat; Threatens American Workers

    The Construction Employers of America and the 15,000 employers CEA represents today condemned the introduction of Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) “Transportation Investment Recalibration to Equality (TIRE) Act”, which would eliminate important prevailing wage protections for federal highway construction contracts. For over 80 years, Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements have ensured that companies pay fair wages and labor receives fair compensation for work based on local prevailing wages.

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  • News January 2017 SMACNews

    Inside this issue: Important issues await in 2017—from tax reforms to energy incentives. Don’t forget—submit your OSHA records electronically in 2017. Become a mentor. Improve your IT decision-making with SMACNA’s new “Guideline to Information Technology.” SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention heads to Hawaii. SMACNA’s 2016 Year in Review—bringing the best to you.

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  • SMACNA urges support for PLAs on federal construction projects

    In a recent letter to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, SMACNA urged support for sustaining Executive Order 13502, which allows for the consideration of construction project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects. The Executive Order does not mandate the use of PLAs, union workforces, or union contractors on federal construction as has too often been falsely claimed.

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  • News Many important SMACNA issues await 2017

    Pension reform - While the odds appeared favorable for including the Composite Plan Design proposal as part of the Continuing Resolution (CR) process after the election, the U.S. Congress did not act before adjourning in 2016.

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  • News President’s Column: Mentoring is a win-win opportunity for everyone

    Over the years, I’ve had quite a few mentors—my dad, a former employer, a SMACNA chapter executive, and former SMACNA President Phil Meyers. They all played invaluable roles in my life and career. Now is my opportunity to focus on the importance of mentoring and encourage the growth of this life-changing support system.

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