of Eastern PA
July Newsletter
July 3, 2018
M&SCA Board of Governors Bids
Farewell to Longtime Member &
Committee Chairman Pat Kelly
At the June 6th MCA/SCA Combined Board of Governors Meeting, members of the board said goodbye to SCA Treasurer and M&SCA Marketing and Education Committee Chairman Pat Kelly, who will be moving to North Carolina to be closer to his family. Over the years, Pat has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to the local Association and to improving our industry as a whole. His time spent serving in various roles with M&SCA of Eastern PA and with HT Lyons as Building Services VP, has made an incredible impact on those who were fortunate enough to work with him.

We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors, and owe him a debt of gratitude for his service to our industry.
M&SCA Co-President Add Anderson & Pat Kelly
Upcoming M&SCA Education
This year the M&SCA of Eastern PA is focusing on leadership. From Owners and Safety Managers to Foremen and Service Techs, everyone in your company can benefit from perfecting their leadership skills. Check out the offerings below featuring renowned instructors and see which classes can take your performance to the next level. Click here to view the full 2018 Education lineup, and click here to view additional details and registration links on our website.
Wednesday, July 17
Lunch & Learn Webinar:
Thriving as a Contractor
12:00 PM
FREE for M&SCA Members

Is your business prepared for the changes facing the construction industry? Trends like shrinking margins and more complex jobs with less time to complete them can make just surviving an almost impossible challenge. This program will help you to establish goals and strategies to keep pace with the lightning-fast changes in the market, enabling you to not just survive, but also succeed. 
Tuesday, July 24 or Tuesday, August 7
Lunch & Learn Webinar:
Application of the New Prompt Pay Law
12:00 PM
FREE for M&SCA Members

The new Prompt Pay Amendments to CASPA will go into effect on October 11, 2018. In the meantime, M&SCA of Eastern PA is offering members two FREE webinars about how best to utilize this new law. During these sessions, attorneys  Chris McCabe  and  Liam Braber  of Charlson Braber McCabe & Denmark will explain in greater detail how the amendments will impact the way contractors do business. Attendees will will learn the general procedure regarding their right to suspend work as well as the qualifications that must be met prior to suspension . This is a vital workshop for all contractors looking to protect their business and their right to be paid for work performed.  
Philadelphia Energy Solutions Adopts
NCPWB Welder Certification
PES has adopted the NCPWB certification procedures and standards. Any welder with a NCPWB JPQT61, 61, 62, 63 will be granted access, can start welding, and will bypass the traditional welder certification process, which can take up to three days. PES is no longer paying for the traditional welder certification process for these certifications. Certification for specialty welding will still be handled by PES in the traditional fashion. Only contractors who are members of the NCPWB will have access to these certifications and corresponding procedures. For more information regarding joining the NCPWB or about certification testing, please contact Tim Brink at tbrink@mcaepa.org.
Advocacy Updates
HB 566 Becomes a Law
On Tuesday, June 13, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 566. The legislative language, drafted by Reps. James R. Santora (R-Delaware) and Michael Driscoll (D-Philadelphia), permits contractors to suspend their work if they are not paid per contract terms. 
Before reaching the Governor’s desk, the PA State Senate had passed HB 566 by a vote of 43-5. The bill was amended while in the Senate, and therefore was sent back to the House for concurrence. On Wednesday, May 23, the full PA House of Representatives voted to concur on HB 566 with a vote of 175-16.
Mariner East 1 Pipeline Resumes Service
On Thursday, June 14, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to allow Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 1 pipeline to return to service. In a unanimous decision, the PUC Commissioners agreed that ME1 showed no substantive danger and no credible or immediate harm to the communities or the workers. Click here to read the letter in support of ME1 and ME 2 submitted by M&SCA of Eastern PA.
In addition to the ME1 decision, the PUC also voted to uphold at the temporary halt on construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline. At the hearing, Chairwoman Brown requested additional materials from Sunoco before making a final decision.
The Mariner East pipelines along with several more throughout the Commonwealth are consistently under attack To learn more about advocating for these projects and battling the misinformation surrounding them, check out this Energy Citizens Advocacy Toolkit.
Philadelphia City Council Approves Construction Tax;
Heads to Mayor Kenney's Desk
On Thursday, June 21, Philadelphia City Council voted 9-8 to implement a 1% tax on construction projects. The controversial proposal would help finance the city’s Housing Trust Fund, whose revenues could be used by developers to build housing for those households earning up to $105,000 a year. The M&SCA of Eastern PA, along with the Philadelphia Building Trades, opposes this legislation. Mayor Kenney has announced he will take the summer to review the proposal and decide whether to sign it into law. Should the Mayor sign it, the tax will likely go into effect in early 2019. Click here to download the full legislation text .
Schneider Electric Safety Switch
Schneider Electric has identified a potential nonconformance with certain Square D Brand General Duty, 120/240 volt, 30 and 60 amperes, safety switches manufactured from January 1, 2014-January 18, 2018, built to UL 98 standard. This issue was discovered during analysis of a returned device. Use the link below to view the full recall.
Philadelphia Plumbing Advisory Board Update:
Agreement for Expanded Use of Plastic Pipe
in Residential Construction
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Plumbing Industry and the BIA/Development Community was signed and presented to the L+I Commissioner David Perri on June 12. The MOU specifies what both sides agreed would be recommended to L+I in terms of the expanded use of plastic pipe in residential construction. The intention is that the agreement will be carried out by incorporating it into the new code, but the authority to move forward and the timing of implementation lies with L+I.
New M&SCA of Eastern PA Members
The following companies have become M&SCA of Eastern PA members in the recent months. Click on the links below to find out more about each member.
2018 M&SCA Golf Classic
Monday, September 10, 2018

11 AM Lunch • 12 PM Shotgun Start
6 PM Dinner

Huntingdon Valley Country Club
2295 Country Club Drive
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Local 420 Apprentice Evaluations Due
Apprentice evaluations for both Steamfitters LU 420 Service and BTJ are due from M&SCA member contractors. Use the links below to fill out the evaluation forms.
Upcoming National Events
July 29 - August 1
Nashville, TN

September 12 - 14
Houston, TX

September 27-29
Anaheim, CA

October 21-24
Huntington Beach, CA
MSCA 2018 Registration Now Open
The MSCA educational conference is scheduled for October 21 – 24 at the oceanfront Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA. Registration now open!

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M&SCA Members in good standing are eligible to receive a stipend for attending this conference. Click here to view the reimbursement policy.

Check out the link below to view the conference website and access registration links. Early bird registration ends July 21.
Tuesday, July 10
7:30 AM @ M&SCA Office

Friday, July 13
8:00 AM @ M&SCA Office

Monday, July 16
12:00 PM @ M&SCA Office

Thursday, July 26
9:00 AM @ LU 420
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