of Eastern PA
February Newsletter
February 2, 2018
2018 Winter Membership Meeting
Our 2018 Annual Winter Membership Meeting took place on Thursday, January 18. The evening included cocktails, dinner, 2 guest speakers - lobbyist Mike Oscar and MCAA President-Elect Mike Brandt, and a lively poker tournament. We would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the Casino Night benefitting the M&SCA PAC Fund. Your participation in these events is invaluable and makes all of our initiatives possible.
We'd like to extend a big thank you to all of the evening's sponsors. 
Without your generosity, events like these would not be possible. 
M&SCA Contractor Members invited to attend upcoming FREE Labor Management Conference
Coming up on Monday, February 12, the Signatory Contractors Association of the Greater Delaware Valley & Southern New Jersey will be hosting The BUILD Conference. Registration for the conference is free. This event will help bring the locals in the Philadelphia Building Trades and the Contractor Associations closer together.
The M&SCA of Eastern PA is participating as a Platinum Sponsor and we strongly urge all contractor members to attend. Click below for more information and the registration link.

2018 M&SCA Safety Awards
Did your company have a safe and productive year in 2017? If so, submit your stats and get recognized!

M&SCA of Eastern PA is now taking submissions for the 2018 Safety Awards. The Awards will be presented at the April 26, 2018 Spring Membership Meeting. Nominations close on Friday, March 31st. Get more information and nominate your company by clicking the link below.
Steamfitters LU 430 4th Annual Monte Carlo Night
Benefitting Make-a-Wish Foundation
Steamfitters LU 420 will be holding their 4th Annual Monte Carlo Night benefitting Make-a-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware, & Susquehanna Valley on Saturday April 7, 2018. The evening will include food, beer, wine, & casino games, and a poker tournament. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. See below for more information and sponsorship opportunities.
John Dugan
We regret to inform you of the passing of John Dugan. Mr. Dugan was a 40 year member of Steamfitters Local 420, and served as its Assistant Business Manager before becoming an International Representative for the United Association. John had most recently been the Director of Jurisdiction for the UA, retiring in 2011. He was a friend of our Association and its members. John will be missed by his friends, his family and the industry.

Services will be as follows:

A viewing will take place Thursday, February 8, from 6:00-8:00pm at Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home, located at 300 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428

A second viewing will be held on Friday morning, February 9, from 10:00-10:45am, prior to an 11:00am Funeral Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary church. The church is located at 819 Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, 19128

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Keystone House, 8765 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19038.

Flowers will be sent to the service by the M&SCA of Eastern PA on behalf of our members
Two Important Industry Bills Advance in the PA Senate
On Tuesday, January 30, two pieces of legislation important to our industry advanced in the PA State Senate. HB 566, also known as Prompt Pay, passed the Senate Labor & Industry Committee with a bipartisan majority of 9-3 and SB 234, also known as PACE, passed the full Senate with a bipartisan majority of 42-8.

Click below to read more about these important pieces of legislation, and stay tuned for further developments.
MCAA Continues to Press for
Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform
MCAA continues to lobby the Trump Administration for support of the impending Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act proposal. Under the proposed legislation, multiemployer pension plan trustees could consider a new type of plan design option that modernizes risk allocation, making the plan more sustainable for workers, retirees, and contributing employers alike. M&SCA of Eastern PA will be meeting with Senator Bob Casey (PA) on February 13 in Washington to discuss this important issue.
Want to Know More About the Impact
of Tax Reform on the Construction Industry?
The Tax Reform legislation just enacted by Congress and signed into law transforms the landscape for construction contractors. Check out this summary of provisions important to our industry, compiled by Withum Smith + Brown, PC construction tax experts. And for more detailed information, MCAA will have a workshop on this important topic in San Antonio, so stay tuned for more information to come!

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RECALL ALERT: MSA Gravity ®  Welder Harness
If your company is currently using the MSA Gravity® Welder Harness, Stop Use Immediately and download the full recall notice below. 
REMINDER: ACA Reporting Resources
Reporting Deadlines:
February 28, 2018 (Paper)
April 2, 2018 (Electronically)
As you may know, the size and structure of your workforce determines the way your business approaches ACA reporting. An employer’s size is determined by the number of its full-time employees, including full-time equivalents. Employers must determine their ALE (Applicable Large Employer) status each calendar year based on the average size of their workforce during the prior year. Use the link below to determine if you are an ALE.
If you are an ALE, the following link explains what is required for IRS Form 1095-C and 1094-C. Please consult your accountant, payroll provider or HR specialist for additional resources. 
Upcoming National Events
February 5 - 6, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

March 19 - March 22
Baltimore, MD

March 25 - 29
San Antonio, TX
MCAA 2018 Convention
Registration for the 2018 Annual MCAA Convention, taking place this coming March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas, is open!

Click below to access the Convention website, which includes all the information you need.
Where: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
Speakers: Malcolm Gladwell, Laura Bush, David Robinson, Mark McManus, Ted Koppel, and many more.
Entertainment: Concert by four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban
Activities: Golf Tournament, Fun Run/Walk, & Tennis Tournament

Plus so much more! Click below to see the full planning guide and list of speakers & events.
Tuesday, February 6
8 AM @ CM3 Building Solutions

Monday, February 12
7:30 AM @ Hilton Penn's Landing

Wednesday, February 14 -
Thursday, February 15
7:30 AM @ Chubb Conference Center

Tuesday, February 6
7:30 @ M&SCA Amenities Center

Wednesday, February 7
7:30 @ M&SCA Amenities Center

Friday, March 2
9 AM @ Local 690

Tuesday, March 6
12 PM @ M&SCA Office

Thursday, March 8
8 AM @ M&SCA Office

Monday, March 12
8 AM @ M&SCA Office
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