Welcome to 2019, a new year, and hopefully a happy and prosperous one, at your business and at IEC. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be elected by my peers to serve our Association in another capacity; that of National President.
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The Apprenticeship & Training (A&T) Committee welcomed several new members in January. Three members cycled off the committee: Joe Chandler of IEC Dallas, Brian Haines of Pyramid Electric, and Dale Weis of Encore Electric. Their replacements are Kathy Gurba of IEC Southern Colorado, Jake Jackson of IEC Rocky Mountain, and Cesar Ramirez of Precision Power Solutions.
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In June, IEC held its third Certified Professional Electrician (CPE) exam of 2018, this time at host chapter IEC of Greater Cincinnati. Three of the chapter’s apprentices passed the exam and Training Director Kevin Collins could not be prouder. In addition, one apprentice from Dayton IEC/MECA also passed.
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Attend IEC’s Legislative Fly-in, scheduled for May 22 & 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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PEF sponsors helped raise nearly $40,000 for PRIDE PAC, funded professionally crafted comments on critical regulatory proposals, and enabled participation in important amicus briefs before the National Labor Relations Board.
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Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions favorably reported the nomination of John P. Pallasch to be Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the Department of Labor.
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The National Labor Relations Board recently extended the deadline for comments on the proposed revision to the Obama-era joint employer rule by an additional month.
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Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor rescinded a policy put in place in the last days of the Obama administration known as “Guidelines for Reviewing Apprentice to Journeyworker Ratio Requests.”
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IEC National’s annual Apprentice of the Year (AoY) competition is the biggest event IEC apprentices prepare for all year. It’s a grueling three-day competition involving early mornings, long days, and timed events judged with watchful eyes. If that doesn’t sound stressful enough, it takes two and a half days and about 60 volunteers to prepare the competition area.
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While the economy has been expanding for the last nine years, some economists predict a slow-down or the next recession to begin around 2019 and onwards. Here at MCA Inc. working with our contractors we believe, based on the collective backlog and barring any major catastrophic events both naturally and socially that we may see the next slow down around 2022-2023.
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