Monthly Edition (May 20, 2020)
MMTA NEWS
MMTA Resumes Seminar Schedule for June
May 20, 2020

On April 28th, Governor Mills announced her “Gradual Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy” that included a June 1st target to ease the limitation on gatherings to less than 50 people. In that spirit, MMTA has developed a plan to resume on-site compliance and safety trainings that protects members, staff and guests. The plan has been posted on our website and the details are below:

  • MMTA’s classroom facility will be sanitized after every class or meeting.
  • Effective June 1st class sizes will be limited to 20 persons to maximize social distancing.
  • All persons who feel ill, have a cough or fever, or have been exposed to anyone with COVID in the last 14 days are asked reschedule and will receive a full refund.
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to class and we encourage you to leave when class ends. Prior arrangements may be made to meet with staff members while here.
  • All persons entering the building will be asked to sanitize their hands and will be encouraged to wear face coverings during the class.
  • Please avoid congregating while here and respect social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Persons wishing to order supplies will be provided with an order form prior to the class and orders will be processed during or immediately after class and brought to you in the classroom.
  • For certification classes, participants will have a required form at their seat to fill out and sign. If this Certification of Attendance is not completed, any resulting proof of certification cannot be issued by MMTA.
  • An MMTA staff member will sign in each visitor so we know who is in the building.
  • Access will be limited to the lobby, classroom, bathrooms, and outdoor areas during breaks.
  • Refreshments, including coffee and water will not be served. Attendees may bring their own coffee or water.
  • We request all trash be deposited in container when finished. No items may be left on tables.
  • Everyone who registers for an on-site class agrees to have their temperature checked prior to entering the building.
  • Please note: we reserve the right to refuse entry and/or limit access.

If you have any questions about the plan or about registering for upcoming training classes, please let us know..

Premium Holiday from Northeast Delta Dental
Acadia Benefits, Kevin Kennedy

First and foremost, I hope this message finds you, your family and employees safe and healthy. MMTA Employee Benefits Program and Acadia Benefits, Inc. are happy to share some good news with you regarding a premium holiday from Northeast Delta Dental. Current MMTA EBP Dental Plan groups will be receiving additional information about this over the next few days however here is an overview of the details:

  • Due to recent low claims utilization, Northeast Delta Dental will be providing all group customers a one-month dental premium credit in July based on June’s billed amount.  
  • If you receive a paper bill, you will see the amount due for July, with the credit applied, in the “Current Month Billed” filed on the “Remittance Page” of your July bill.
  • If you receive an eBill and use the eBilling online portal, the amount due for July, with the credit applied, will be shown in the last “Balance” column on the Dashboard.
  • There will be no MMTA EBP dental admin fee for the month of July.

If you have any questions about the Premium Holiday or your July bill, feel free to reach out to Bob, Mary or myself at 207.761.2426 or Makala at MMTA at 207.623.4128. We are happy to help however we can. 

As a reminder, Acadia Benefits offers our customers a variety of resources to help manage employee benefits. This includes COVID-19 resources, which you can find on our website’s Customer Resource Center.  

Whether you currently provide benefits and want to compare pricing or if you want to learn more about the general cost of offering benefits to your employees, please reach out to discuss further. I would be happy to provide details about the solutions Acadia Benefits provides our customers and how we can help support your business. There is no cost for the services we provide MMTA members and their employees.  

Kevin Kennedy
Account Executive | Acadia Benefits
kkennedy@AcadiaBenefits.com | 207.615.0560
Maine Truck PAC Golf Tournament RESCHEDULED
May 20, 2020

Originally scheduled for June 10th, the Maine Truck PAC golf tournament has been RESCHEDULED to September 9, 2020. Below is updated information reflecting this change. If you have already registered/sponsored, your registration, sponsorship and player list will automatically be transferred to the new SEPTEMBER 9th date. If your schedule in September doesn’t allow you or your team to participate, please let Makala know and she will process your refund.

The Truck PAC golf tournament will again be played at Natanis Golf Course, located on the Webber Pond Road in Vassalboro, on September 9, 2020. Natanis features 36 great holes of golf and will serve as an excellent host for this year’s primary fundraising event for the Truck PAC.

The tournament is designed to be player friendly and will feature an on the course meal – likely a boxed lunch. After golf has concluded, awards and door prizes will be presented and light refreshments and a cash bar will be available if allowed.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available (Major Sponsors $500 or Hole Sponsors $150/hole)

All registrations must be received by September 4th. You can register online at www.mmta.com/golf. The cost is $500 per team or $125 per player.

Location: Natanis Golf Course, Vassalboro
Registration: 8:00 am
Shotgun Start: 9:00am
Lunch: On the course

We hope you consider supporting the PAC and registering a team of golfers and sponsoring the event. The Truck PAC funds are used to support business-friendly candidates to the Maine Legislature.
NATIONAL NEWS
April Tonnage Down 11.3% Year-Over-Year
Transport Topics

April truck tonnage declined 11.3% compared with year-ago levels, the steepest year-over-year decline since 2009, American Trucking Associations reported.

ATA on May 19 announced that its monthly, seasonally adjusted For-Hire-Truck Tonnage registered 104.9 in April, down from 118.4 a year ago. On a sequential basis, April was down 12.2% from March, when the index registered 119.5 (in calculating the index, 100 represents 2015 levels).

“April’s monthly decline was the largest in 26 years when there was a labor strike in April 1994,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said in a statement. “Considering that April factory output and retail sales plummeted, the large drop in truck freight is not surprising.”

How Fleets Can Mitigate Impact of Coronavirus
Transport Topics

Trucking companies have been uniquely impacted as the coronavirus reaches every corner of the economy. But being aware of critical information and taking proactive steps can help them.

“This might require carriers to take a leap of faith, become more flexible and creative, and perhaps even trade some future upside in margin for volumes and rate commitments that allow carriers to keep trucks rolling today,” FTR analyst Avery Vise told Transport Topics.

Vise said there have been many predictions about how trucking capacity will tighten severely and rates will soar later in the year.

CORONAVIRUS NEWS
PPP Forgiveness Guidelines and Application are Now Available
Murray, Plumb & Murray

This weekend, the SBA released the final Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness guidelines and application. The application outlines business expenses that are eligible for forgiveness and instructions to help borrowers with calculations.

We know there's been a lot of information to sort through over the past several weeks - and you'll likely be hearing a lot about this application in the days to come. If you need assistance completing the PPP loan forgiveness application, we're here to help.

Murray, Plumb & Murray
Katie Krakowka - (207)523-8215
John Lightbody - (207)776-0080
Irving Truck Stops Continue Free Breakfast and Coffee to Professional Truck Drivers
Irving Oil

Our Professional Drivers can continue to enjoy free breakfasts, coffees and showers until the end of June. Thousands of free breakfasts and coffees have been enjoyed so far and we look forward to serving many more. A free shower with any Irving fuel purchase also remains available. To see all participating locations, please visit irvingoil.com/thankyoudrivers.

Our Big Stop restaurant teams are hard at work getting ready to welcome you back to our dining rooms in Maine and New Brunswick. We plan on reopening within the next week – stay tuned to our social media channels for more updates.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
We will keep MMTA members posted as new information comes in. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email Tim, Randy or Brian if you have questions.
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