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May 2016 SMACNews
Inside this issue: SMACNA cheers energy policy. Safety SmartMarket report reveals dynamic changes. Senate approves airport infrastructure bill. College of Fellows welcomes new members.
SMACNA cheers: Energy policy nears passage
After nearly a decade of discussion and gridlock, the U.S. Senate finally passed a bill with residential, commercial, industrial, and public energy efficiency provisions that would stimulate construction activity and upgrade the power grid supporting our economy for years to come.
Safety SmartMarket report reveals dynamic changes
The findings of the latest SmartMarket Report on safety management show that a higher number of general contractors and trade contractors report that they are experiencing benefits from their safety investments. As the ability to retain and attract staff is becoming more important to remain competitive, a safe workplace is a requirement for all business owners.
SMACNA donates to ASHRAE research
SMACNA is proud to support ASHRAE’s 2016 Research Promotion Campaign. Continuing its annual support, SMACNA contributed to the ASHRAE research project “Additional testing of duct fittings to determine loss coefficients.”
Senate approves airport infrastructure bill
In a positive—and long-awaited—development for airport construction, the U.S. Senate recently approved, by an overwhelming 95-3 vote, legislation that would extend the federal airport program. The bill features a big increase in construction grants.
Construction among occupations at risk for a labor shortage
Construction is one of the U.S. occupations at greatest risk of a labor shortage, according to a Conference Board report released in April. In its analysis, the corporate research organization ranked 457 occupations including railroad engineers, machinists, mathematicians, occupational therapists, and other workers.
Contractors invited to become SMOHIT Safety Champions
Designed to help improve your safety culture, the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute (SMOHIT) is sponsoring a Safety Champions Conference on Sept. 11-13 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The conference will focus on safety cultures in the sheet metal industry.
Take action and meet with your lawmakers
Your members of Congress need to hear your opinions about the industry. Meet your legislators when they are in your home district during recess. Educate them and help them pass the legislation that’s good for the industry and your business
CEA Issues Statement on Central States Decision
The Construction Employers of America is deeply concerned by the Treasury Department’s decision to reject the hard choice the Central States joint labor and management trustees made that would have ensured long-term solvency of the Central States Pension Fund. Mr. Feinberg’s decision creates greater uncertainty for the Trustees, an even more precarious situation for pension recipients, and a very real possibility that deeper cuts will be necessary.