March 2019
"Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it."
- Lou Holtz

Lunch with Governor Evers, Construction Experts
A new Democratic governor has taken office. What does that mean for the construction industry and your business? How can you make money and how will his policies change the construction climate?  The Daily Reporter will host Governor Tony Evers for a construction roundtable event at Monona Terrace on Friday, March 29. Get the latest industry insight directly from the governor.  Click here to register for the roundtable.  Register by Friday, March 22.

Forklift Safety to Get Facelift on 50-Year-Old Mandates
Companies operating forklifts would no longer be expected to follow safety guidance written 50 years ago if the changes that Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering are put in place.  On March 8, OSHA proposed an update to the rule for forklifts and similar vehicles used to move material at factories, warehouses, and construction sites.  Click here to read the full article.

Labor Department Issues Proposed Regulations on Overtime
The Labor Department has issued a proposal that would raise the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime from $23,660 to $35,308.  The proposed rules are most likely to affect workers with jobs like shift supervisor or assistant manager at restaurants, retailers and manufacturing companies.  Click here to read the full article.

Local Right-to-Work Laws Could Get Supreme Court Review
An Illinois town of about 7,000 residents is asking the Supreme Court to settle a split in the federal appeals courts on whether labor law allows for local right-to-work ordinances.  The Supreme Court could decide whether to let this conflict play out at the local level or the state level.  Click here to read the full article.

Additional News Articles

Choice of Milwaukee for 2020 DNC to Bring Flurry of Work
The Democratic National Committee chose Milwaukee for their 2020 National Convention which will run July 13-16, 2020.  The Convention will take place in the Fiserv Forum, and will feature the party's standard-bearer accepting the presidential nomination.  This is the first time in more than a century that the Democrats will nominate their presidential candidate in a Midwest City other than Chicago.  With the convention coming to Milwaukee, there should be an advancement in a numbers of building projects over the next 18 months.  Click here to read the full article.

Governor Evers Budget
Governor Evers introduced the 2019-21 Budget on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Here are some items to note:

Prevailing Wage
The budget reverses many changes made over the past eight years.
  • Restoring prevailing wage law for state and local projects of public works
  • Eliminating the so-called "right-to-work" law, which prohibited labor unions and employers from entering into private agreements regarding the use of unionized workers on a project
  • Permitting project labor agreements for public works projects
  • Repealing preemption of local government ordinances regarding family and medical leave, wage claims, employee benefits, hours of work and overtime, and solicitation of prospective employees' salary histories
Minimum Wage
The budget would raise the minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour, to $10.50 an hour by 2023. A task force would develop a plan to eventually raise it to $15 an hour.

Significant changes in what the Governor calls his tax fairness proposal which may have a large impact on our MSC/MAPC members.

Other Items
  • Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by eliminating the penalty for possession, distribution or manufacture of 25 grams of marijuana or fewer
  • Additional staff will allow for faster case resolution, protecting the public from credential holders performing below the minimum standard of care, and decrease processing times for initial and renewal of professional licenses.

Steve Lindley Named Ninth President of Hooper Corporation
On January 24, 2019, Hooper Corporation announced that its board of directors appointed 
Steve Lindley  as President. Lindley previously held the position of Vice President of Operation for the Electric Power Division and served on the Board of Directors since 2012. Lindley succeeds Dave Orr who retired as president at the end of  December 2018 . Orr still remains active with the Hooper Foundation that supports various non-profits in the  Madison  community.  Click here for the full article.

J. F. Ahern Co. Earned MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award
Congratulations to J. F. Ahern Co. on winning the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award for Size Category 5, more than 1 Million Work Hours, at MCAA19 in Phoenix on March 6, 2019.  J. F. Ahern Co. was one of five companies to win a Safety Excellence Award, and they were judged on the quality of their safety programs, innovative safety initiatives, and overall safety performance in 2018.  Click here to read the full article.

1901, Inc. Promotes/Hires Three Project Managers
1901, Inc. promoted Ali Burke from Assistant Project Manager to Project Engineer, and they hired Tory Miller and Tim Mohrbacher as Project Managers.  Burke has been with the company for four years, and was promoted to Project Engineer in 2018.  She is running projects on her own and is involved in the engineering side of design build projects, as well as process improvement projects.  Miller joined the company in 2018 as a Plumbing Project Manager.  He joins 1901, Inc. with 18 years of experience.  Mohrbacher also joined the company in 2018, and has over 20 years of experience in the HVAC and Construction industry.  Click here to read more about 1901, Inc.'s employees.

Women in Construction Week
MSC/MAPC participated in Women in Construction week with featured articles on the women of  1901, Inc., All Comfort Services, General Heating and Air Conditioning, Hooper Corporation, H.J. Pertzborn Plumbing and Fire Protection, J. F. Ahern Co., and Monona Plumbing and Fire Protection from March 3-9, 2019.

Women of MSC/MAPC Happy Hour Events
The Madison Association began a Women of MSC/MAPC Happy Hour event that will happen quarterly.  The first event was held on Thursday, February 21, 2019.  We had 25 women join us for our inaugural event, and found it to be a successful evening of networking and empowering each other.  In addition to the initial purpose of bringing our women together, these events will promote community service, education, outreach, and social initiatives.  The next event will be in May 2019.  This is open to all women affiliated with MSC/MAPC.  If you are interested in attending, please email Julie Walsh or Kim Chacos.

Celebrating Ferguson's Yvette Gerl
It is with deep sadness that we morn the passing of Yvette Gerl, a 14-year veteran of Ferguson Plumbing Supply.  Yvette's family and friends are celebrating her life at Village Lanes in Monona from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.  Click here for more information on the event.

MSOE Wins MCAA Student Chapter Competition
MSOE students won the Mechanical Contractors Association of America Student Chapter competition and brought home a $10,000 prize, MSOE announced on March 6, 2019.  This is the third time MSOE took first place in the annual competition.  Click here for the full article.

Looking to hire young, talented members of MCAA?  Check out MCAA Student Resumes.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
-- Benjamin Franklin

We continue to look for events and speakers that will keep our members up-to-date and educated on the latest information pertaining to our industry.

Leading And Developing Relationships Training With Steve McClatchy

Steve McClatchy, a Nationally 
Acclaimed Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author, was the keynote speaker for our Leading Relationships Workshop and Developing Relationships Workshop on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  Both workshops showed ways to improve performance and achieve outstanding results in leadership, personal growth, work/life balance, communication, and customer service.  Steve also discussed ways to resolve conflict without slowing down business, hold others accountable without losing trust, and defuse emotional situations in order to restore communication. 

Nic Bittle Trained Our Foremen To Develop Our Workforce
Nic Bittle returned with a deeper explanation of 'A Foreman's Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce' Part II Workshop on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
 Nic further discussed the 4 Core Competencies the next generation needs to know to be successful in the construction industry, how to effectively manage criticism, how to deal with conflict as a leader, how much time do you lose due to communication issues, and much, much more!

Dale Carnegie Leadership Development 
Dale Carnegie has several courses and training sessions available throughout the year.  Whether you are looking for Sales Training, Leadership Development, or Management Training, you can find it with Dale Carnegie. If you register for a program, mention you are a member of MSC/MAPC, and receive a 10% discount.  Click here for more information.

April 5, 2019
UW Construction Club Banquet
April 28-30, 2019
May 1, 2019 MCAW/SMACCA Legislative Day - Madison Club
May 1-3, 2019
June 12-15, 2019
MCAW Summer Outing at Egg Harbor
June 18, 2019
MSC/MAPC Summer Outing - Wisconsin Brewing Company
August 26, 2019
MSC/MAPC Golf Outing - Bishops Bay Country Club
October 8, 2019
MSC/MAPC - Field & PM Training by John Koontz
October 19, 2019 32nd Annual Heat's On Program
October 20-23, 2019 SMACNA Annual Convention - Austin, TX
December 3, 2019 MSC/MAPC Christmas Dinner - Nakoma Golf Club
December 12, 2019 MSC/MAPC Christmas Party - Thirsty Goat

How to Motivate Your Construction Team
  • Celebrate big (and small) wins
  • Reward them after a day of hard work
  • Stay engaged with your team
  • Don't take advantage of your team
  • Keep a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere
  • Remember, your employees are people, too
  • Lead by example
  • Allow your team to grow
"Give them enough power to do their job, enough training and mentorship to improve at it, and enough leash to make their own mistakes and successes."  -- Greg Cashen

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