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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Considering Becoming a WECA Member Contractor in Arizona?

You Can Now Schedule a Tour of Our Phoenix Electrical Apprenticeship Training Facility to See the Benefits of Membership Firsthand! 





Arizona electrical contractors: want to see firsthand what association membership in WECA can offer you? Come meet us and tour our Phoenix electrical apprenticeship training facility! Bob Bartlett, WECA's Membership Director (in yellow polo in the pic above), would love to show you around.

Here are some of Bob's thoughts on why you should check us out:

WECA provides the nation’s best electrical apprenticeship training program…hands down! Some call it “world-class training.”

Question...What’s the secret ingredient for being the best?

Answer…"COMPETENCY-BASED" training, like WECA's.

No matter what you call it, the benefits are the following:

(1) Home-grown workforce. From new hire through apprenticeship training, then journeying out. This is the absolute best scenario for growth and profitability.

(2) Higher retention rates…less turnover

(3) Improved productivity

(4) Reduced accidents

(5) Happier, more satisfied workforce

(6) Fewer reworks…translates to higher profits

(7) Trained workers help improve work processes and cost reduction efforts

At WECA, we enthusiastically encourage facility tours because there is no better way to evaluate and judge the training program’s efficacy.  Our “open door” policy will continue forever. WELCOME!

Schedule a tour

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Course Spotlight: GetWired 104

Introducing The Next Self-Paced Online Option for Our GetWired Electrician Trainee Program Series: GetWired 104: Special Systems & Single-Phase Transformer Theory in Residential Electrical Applications

Your Employees Can Take It On Their Own Time, At Their Own Pace!




WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 104, the fourth class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 104 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101102, and 103! Students who might prefer this format include:

  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
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WECA's new GetWired 104 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 104 course which expands your skills and knowledge into a variety of special applications. Core competencies include:

  • Single-phase transformers
  • Special purpose outlets for electric heating and air conditioning
  • Gas and oil central heating systems
  • Installation of a twist-on coaxial connector
  • Television, telephone and low voltage signal systems
  • Heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire alarms and security systems
  • Arc flash protection
  • Service entrance equipment
  • Overcurrent protection-fuses and circuit breakers
  • Calculating residential loads
  • Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and hydro-massage baths
  • Wiring of home automation systems
  • Stand-by power systems

Practical applications that involve the interpretation of schematic wiring diagrams and/or accessing code requirements information are covered in this fast-paced course.

  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309


If all of this sounds like it would work for your employees,

encourage them to enroll in GetWired 104 Self-Paced Online today!

Think your employees would prefer being able to interact with an instructor and learn along with other students, on a schedule?

Encourage them to enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 104 here!

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Member Contractors: Participate in Our Sep. 22

RSVP today!

We are excited to host the "Jump Start Your Career" job fair at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters on September 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

But, your help is needed to make this event a success! This is a great opportunity for our member contractors to connect with apprentice applicants about career opportunities in the trades as an electrician or low voltage technician, and to share information about your company.

We will be providing information about the different pathways and programs we offer at WECA and some hands-on activities.

Please let us know if you want to be included in this fabulous event to showcase all the great things about careers as electricians or low voltage technicians. WECA will provide tables and chairs for the event booths, as well as meeting space, if you would like to conduct interviews at the event. 

To RSVP, please email Wendy Flanagan at wflanagan@goweca.com or Diane Trotter at dtrotter@goweca.com

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: Join CIE Foundation at upcoming Trades Day events!

WECA Member Contractors:

Are you located in or near: Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach, Riverside, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Tulare County, Nevada County, or Kings County?

Join CIE Foundation at an upcoming Trades Day events to reach out to the next generation of electricians and low voltage technicians in California!




 

Reach out to the next generation of electricians and low voltage technicians in California at one of CIE Foundation's Trades Day events.

Click on the event you're interested in below to learn more and register:

WECA is planning to be at the Sacramento event and may attend others as well. If you're a WECA member with strong workforce development needs in any of these regions and would like to join forces with WECA at the event, just say the word! (You can email Wendy Flanagan (wflanagan@goweca.com) or Diane Trotter (dtrotter@goweca.com) to plan that.)

Click here to learn more about CIE Foundation and its Trades Day events.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Have a Journeyperson You're Eyeing for Foreman?

GetWired 403: Jobsite Management Skills Teaches Leadership Skills, Project Management Concepts, Provides Training on Construction Management and Estimating Software, and More!

Do you have journeyperson employees you're considering promoting to a jobsite leadership position? Encourage them to enroll in GetWired 403: Jobsite Management Skills, a 32-hour online, instructor-led and project-based course that focuses on:

  • Providing an introduction to concepts, technology, and best practices for project management, electrical estimating in a software environment, jobsite leadership, and communications
  • Exposure to digital construction management platforms: Learn to use Procore's Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic estimating using in-class instruction and self-paced video training
  • Interpersonal skills and communications with internal and external stakeholders on the job, as well as those under their supervision
  • Using typical construction documentation and resources on construction management software to plan, manage, and record the electrical work processes of a typical residential/commercial construction project
  • The general leadership and foremanship skills required for profitable and successful project completion

A few seats remain in the next class starting the evening of September 6th, online.

Encourage them to learn more and enroll here.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022   WECA Political Update August 4, 2022

Travel Season — Lawmakers and interest group representatives spent part of the July recess in Montreal and Maine to learn about recycling for the latest California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy voyage. Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon), and Treasurer Fiona Ma joined officials from waste management companies, Google, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the American Forest and Paper Association, and others. The trip comes after Allen shepherded a landmark plastics recycling bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk after multiple failed attempts in the Legislature, averting what looked likely to be an expensive campaign battle over a ballot initiative to overhaul plastic waste and impose a new tax on producers. Such trips have become a tradition for lawmakers and groups with business before Sacramento. CFEE, whose board is a cross-section of political players like unions, utilities, business organizations, and local government groups, covers the costs. The Chairman is former State Building and Construction Trades Council boss Bob Balgenorth, and their President/CEO is Jay Hansen, former building trades lobbyist. Wieckowski is leaving office on August 31 – so that trip will undoubtedly help immensely for his last month in the Senate!

Working in Colorado? They Enacted Wage Theft Amendments, Increasing Employer Penalties, and Permitting Class-wide Demands Colorado has modified the state’s wage theft laws with Senate Bill 22-161. Among other things, the wide-ranging amendments increase penalties for employers that do not timely pay wages, allow employees to demand wages on behalf of a class of similarly situated employees, permit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (“Division”) to investigate such demands on a class-wide basis, and severely limit employers’ ability to recover attorney’s fees for successfully defending a claim. The amendments also impose additional requirements on employers to deduct the value of unreturned company equipment from an employee’s final payment. While some provisions take effect on August 10, 2022, the most significant changes are effective on January 1, 2023. Colorado has again modified the state’s wage theft laws by enacting Senate Bill 22-161. Among other things, the wide-ranging amendments increase penalties for employers that do not timely pay wages, allow employees to demand wages on behalf of a class of similarly situated employees, permit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (“Division”) to investigate such demands on a class-wide basis, and severely limit employers’ ability to recover attorney’s fees for successfully defending a claim. The amendments also impose additional requirements on employers to deduct the value of unreturned company equipment from an employee’s final payment. While some provisions take effect on August 10, 2022, the most significant changes are effective on January 1, 2023. More

Does the new California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) apply to employers? Yes. More

Former President Donald Trump's sway among Arizona Republicans appears intact as his picks for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Arizona Attorney General, and Secretary of State pull ahead. The most significant outstanding question mark from Tuesday’s primaries remains unanswered in the Arizona GOP gubernatorial race: Kari Lake (the Donald Trump-backed candidate) still leads Karrin Taylor Robson (the Mike Pence-backed pick) by two percentage points as of publishing time.
Lake led in every county but Maricopa.

Ruben Gallego's campaign teases Senate challenge to Kyrsten Sinema, raises money off idea Rep. Ruben Gallego is campaign fundraising off the prospect of his running against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona's 2024 Democratic primary. "Many people are asking Ruben if he will run against Senator Kyrsten Sinema," a promoted June 18 Facebook post says. "We know many of you hope he does, and he appreciates that fact. That’s one of the reasons he is asking you to contribute to his campaign today. Because if he is going to run against her, he’ll need to win his re-election campaign this November and build a strong grassroots movement." The Facebook ad says any contributions will go toward his House re-election effort this year. Story

The New York Times looked at the CHIPS+ bill and asked Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and NEC Director Brian Deese about it. “The legislation will hand significant power over the private sector to the Commerce Department (shudder), which will choose which companies qualify for the money. The department has already said it will prefer companies that invest in research, new facilities, and workforce training, rather than those that engage in the kind of share buybacks that have been prevalent in recent years.” However, the Times neglected to mention the requirements to pay local prevailing wages on construction projects receiving grants to aid semiconductor development. President Joe Biden said on July 26, "It was a top priority for me to ensure that incentives for semiconductors have a Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirement. And these semiconductor projects—there are billions of dollars and thousands of construction jobs in each of these sites." In addition, the bill contains $52 billion in subsidies and tax credits for any global chip manufacturer that chooses to set up new or expand existing operations in the United States, along with more than $200 billion toward scientific research in areas like artificial intelligence, robotics, and quantum computing. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law on Aug. 9.

One of my favorite maxims is "no good deed goes unpunished." And now the distillers and brewers who helped stave off hand sanitizer shortages during COVID are now being targeted by the FDA with threats of recalls and fines over harmless ingredients. Distillers across the U.S. are beginning to face the wrath of the health agency after promises that their cooperation in producing hand sanitizer to keep businesses, government agencies, and families stocked up would be met with leniency. For one Central Coast distiller, who produced hand sanitizer for Federal agencies, the FDA is applying intense pressure to institute a recall (or face fines) over the presence of a specific ingredient found in higher quantities in food and wines. Story

Inside the donor network reshaping CA politics Govern for California’s 18 chapters have so far donated more than $3 million to candidates across California in the 2022 election cycle. One of the top beneficiaries is Assemblymember Robert Rivas, a Salinas Democrat. Govern For California is funded mainly by a small group of tech leaders, financiers, and other wealthy donors from the Bay Area. Their goal: counter the sway of special interests, especially labor unions, in the state Capitol. The organization is the brainchild of Stanford lecturer David Crane. One of its longtime political advisors is Rick Rivas, Robert’s brother. Story
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   WECA Arizona Founding Member Corbins Named a 2022 Top Workplace in Arizona by The Arizona Republic

Have you heard the news? WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins was named a 2022 Top Workplace in Arizona by The Arizona Republic! Well done, everyone -- we're proud of our partnership and our work to advance fair and open competition and the rights of merit shop electrical contractors and their employees in the American West.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Rex Moore Group, Inc. and Sebastian Make Fresno Business Journal List

WECA Member Contractors Rex Moore Group, Inc. and Sebastian Named to Fresno Business Journal's 2022 Top Private Sector Employers in the San Joaquin Valley List

WECA Member Contractors are the best of the best in California's Central Valley! Please join us in congratulating our Member Contractors, Rex Moore Group, Inc. and Sebastian, for making the Fresno Business Journal's 2022 Top Private Sector Employers in the San Joaquin Valley List! 

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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Your Input Can Help Facilitate the Construction of 10,000 Miles of Fiber-Optic Infrastructure in CA

Member Contractors: Your Input Can Help Facilitate the Construction of 10,000 Route Miles of Middle-Mile Fiber-Optic Infrastructure in California

Provide Input by Participating in the California Department of Technology's Survey by August 5, 2022

The California Department of Technology Specifically Requests WECA Member Responses




Content courtesy of: California Department of Technology

Greetings All,
 
The California Department of Technology is seeking input from experienced telecommunications construction firms to help inform the planning and structuring of a competitive bid process that will facilitate the construction of approximately 10,000 route miles of middle-mile fiber-optic infrastructure. A primary objective of the planned bid process is to secure the construction labor resources necessary to complete the planned project, enabling the awarded firm(s) to begin their own internal planning and staging as soon as possible. 

Recognizing that detailed designs and permitting efforts will be ongoing in parallel to the construction, the envisioned approach will award contracts based on estimated quantities for unit-based bid items comprising the primary scope of work, with individual jobs issued to the contractor(s) against these contracts as the final designs and permits are secured by Caltrans. 
Your responses to the questions below and subsequent discussions will help us to determine the best path for the success of this project.

 
Please complete this survey by Friday, August 5, 2022.

Complete the survey here (responses are anonymous).

Select your meeting date preference here.

Any questions or inquiries can be sent directly to MMBI.PMO@state.ca.gov.
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Enforcement of Acceptance Test Requirements for Nonresidential Construction Permits

Content courtesy of: California Energy Commission



Enforcement Advisory

Scope: Permits issued for nonresidential construction projects and nonresidential spaces in multifamily projects that include the installation of mechanical systems, mechanical system controls, lighting systems, and lighting system controls.
 
Issue: Such construction projects require a certified acceptance test technician (ATT) to perform the acceptance testing required by the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) in sections 120.5 and 130.4.
 
Enforcement: The local jurisdiction can rely on the ATT who is required to perform and document the required acceptance tests on a certificate of acceptance issued by the acceptance test technician certification provider (ATTCP). The certificate of acceptance will be in PDF format for electronic submission to the authority having jurisdiction and will carry the logo of the issuing ATTCP. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has created an Inspector Field Sheet for local jurisdictions that includes the triggers for lighting controls and mechanical systems acceptance testing, as well as the ATTCP logos used on the certificates of acceptance.
 
Background: ATTs perform required tests for lighting controls and mechanical systems in high-rise residential, hotel/motel, and nonresidential buildings. CEC-approved ATTCPs train, certify, and oversee the technicians. All permit applications submitted for nonresidential construction projects on or after October 1, 2021, require mechanical systems acceptance tests in accordance with Title 24, Part 6, section 120.5 and must use an ATT to perform the acceptance test. All permit applications submitted for nonresidential construction projects on or after July 2014, require lighting controls acceptance tests in accordance with Title 24, Part 6, section 130.4 and must use an ATT to perform the acceptance test.
 
Educational Resources: ATTCPs are offering free training for inspectors and building officials for International Code Council continuing educational credit. The training will cover ways to verify the legitimacy of the forms and tests. The CEC also offers a Getting Started presentation as an introduction to the ATTCP program and how local jurisdictions can make the best use of it.
 
Additional information:

Please see the CEC’s ATTCP website or contact:
Energy Standards (Title 24) Hotline
916-654-5106
800-772-3300, toll-free in California
Title24@energy.ca.gov
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   GetWired Instructor Spotlight: Brian Ray

Brian Ray brings an impressive wealth of knowledge and skill to his position as a GetWired instructor.

Brian, a native of Redding, graduated from Sacramento State with a master’s degree in English and a certificate in teaching college composition before completing his electrical education with WECA’s Electrician Trainee program.

“I currently work as a full-time certified electrician [for WECA Member Contractor H & D Electric, Inc.],” says Brian. “I have also worked as a bicycle shop mechanic and manager, a high school teacher teaching students to work on bicycles, a college English teacher, an English writing tutor, an English as a second language teacher in Rome, and several part-time jobs while I was at Sacramento State.”

In his current role as a GetWired instructor, Brian brings six years of education and experience in the electrical field and many years of teaching experience to the classroom, where he helps students learn about the electrical trade and how to navigate the NEC.

“My goals for working at WECA are to help students learn about the electrical trade and pass the California electrical certification exam. What I love about my career is that as a foreman for H & D Electric, I am able to teach trainees in the field how to do hands-on, practical aspects of the electrical trade and as a WECA instructor I am able to teach trainees the theory behind what we do in the field,” says Brian.

Furthermore, Brian’s personal philosophy is evident in his dynamic career trajectory.

“Work hard in pursuit of your dreams, and you will meet with success,” says Brian.

In his personal time, Brian likes to spend time with his family, ride bicycles, and ride motorcycles.

Thank you, Brian, for being part of the WECA family! We love having well-rounded instructors, such as yourself, bring rich and diverse life experiences to our team and students. 
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Train the Trainer Recap: See What's New with WECA's GetWired Program and the People Who Deliver It!



WECA's GetWired online delivery and instructional teams convened virtually on Saturday, July 9th for the second semiannual meeting of the year.

Dan Bierly, Curriculum Development and GetWired Training Manager, reports a great turnout, noting that the GetWired team has welcomed five new instructors this calendar year in due part to the hard work of Galen Eckert, Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Online Manager.

"We talked about the interactive functions of GetWired's virtual classroom," says Dan. "And we listened and reacted to instructors' concerns about hard topics that students usually have trouble with, and created helpful crib sheets in response."

Rebecca Archer, Senior eLearning Specialist, added that the teams also discussed some upcoming 2020 curriculum changes, noting that beyond full Code updates to the 2020 NEC (coming to our online classrooms in January 2023, based as always on Code change timing from the State of California), most of them are "functionality changes."

Excellent work, everyone! We appreciate your dedication and commitment to ensuring that WECA's Electrician Trainees, Journeypersons, and Continuing Education students receive the most comprehensive, real-world electrical education possible both online and in the lab!
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   WECA Training Facility Spotlight: Fresno, CA

An Update on the First Year of WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program in Fresno

Insight from George Leach, Lead Electrician Apprenticeship Instructor in Fresno and Jaron Stroud, WECA Fresno Apprenticeship Program Instructor

How are things going in Fresno since opening?: "Since the Fresno branch has opened, the apprenticeship program has been multifaceted yet productive. With the many changes and challenges COVID brought, apprentices and instructors alike, had to keep on our toes to try to get the most out of every situation, often developing new strategies, ideas, techniques, etc., for both teaching online as well as the transition back to the classroom."

How are you and the apprentices enjoying teaching and learning there?: "Speaking for myself, I love that WECA has a Fresno branch. I grew up and went through the apprenticeship living in the Fresno area, so I know how hard it was commuting to and budgeting for school when Sacramento was the closest facility. The Fresno facility has a large lab area, with brand-new tools and equipment, plus the added benefit of being so close for many Central Valley apprentices. As for the apprentices, when asking them about the facility, I get unanimously positive remarks, mostly about how they are glad to be back in the classroom, and the fact that their commute is so much closer."









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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Military Recruiting: Transform Your Organization from Military-Friendly to Military-Ready



Content courtesy of: Hiring Our Heroes/U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

According to research by Indeed, more than 60% of military job seekers are currently employed and looking for new jobs and 45% are looking for work with critical or high urgency. Are you getting in front of these active job seekers with the right messaging?
Military Recruiting: Transform Your Organization from Military-Friendly to Military-Ready with Indeed

Tuesday, August 2 at 1 p.m. ET

Join Hiring Our Heroes and Indeed for thoughtful tactics to recruit and retain today’s top military talent. During this webinar, Indeed will cover:
•   Today’s military recruiting landscape
•   A deep dive into military talent job search behavior and preferences
•   Actionable steps taking your brand from military-friendly to military-ready
•   How Indeed for Military can help
•   Live Q&A 

REGISTER NOW →
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   It's Time to Come Together to Celebrate the WECA Graduating Classes of 2022!

There's Still Time to Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Events.



Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2022!


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
Help make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team


Reserve your sponsorship package
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022   WECA Training Facility Spotlight: Fresno, CA

An Update on the First Year of WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program in Fresno

Insight from George Leach, Lead Electrician Apprenticeship Instructor in Fresno and Jaron Stroud, WECA Fresno Apprenticeship Program Instructor


How are things going in Fresno since opening?: "Since the Fresno branch has opened, the apprenticeship program has been multifaceted yet productive. With the many changes and challenges COVID brought, apprentices and instructors alike, had to keep on our toes to try to get the most out of every situation, often developing new strategies, ideas, techniques, etc., for both teaching online as well as the transition back to the classroom."

How are you and the apprentices enjoying teaching and learning there?: "Speaking for myself, I love that WECA has a Fresno branch. I grew up and went through the apprenticeship living in the Fresno area, so I know how hard it was commuting to and budgeting for school when Sacramento was the closest facility. The Fresno facility has a large lab area, with brand-new tools and equipment, plus the added benefit of being so close for many Central Valley apprentices. As for the apprentices, when asking them about the facility, I get unanimously positive remarks, mostly about how they are glad to be back in the classroom, and the fact that their commute is so much closer."









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Wednesday, July 27, 2022   GetWired Instructor Spotlight: Brian Ray

Brian Ray brings an impressive wealth of knowledge and skill to his position as a GetWired instructor.

Brian, a native of Redding, graduated from Sacramento State with a master’s degree in English and a certificate in teaching college composition before completing his electrical education with WECA’s Electrician Trainee program.

“I currently work as a full-time certified electrician [for WECA Member Contractor H & D Electric, Inc.],” says Brian. “I have also worked as a bicycle shop mechanic and manager, a high school teacher teaching students to work on bicycles, a college English teacher, an English writing tutor, an English as a second language teacher in Rome, and several part-time jobs while I was at Sacramento State.”

In his current role as a GetWired instructor, Brian brings six years of education and experience in the electrical field and many years of teaching experience to the classroom, where he helps students learn about the electrical trade and how to navigate the NEC.

“My goals for working at WECA are to help students learn about the electrical trade and pass the California electrical certification exam. What I love about my career is that as a foreman for H & D Electric, I am able to teach trainees in the field how to do hands-on, practical aspects of the electrical trade and as a WECA instructor I am able to teach trainees the theory behind what we do in the field,” says Brian.

Furthermore, Brian’s personal philosophy is evident in his dynamic career trajectory.

“Work hard in pursuit of your dreams, and you will meet with success,” says Brian.

In his personal time, Brian likes to spend time with his family, ride bicycles, and ride motorcycles.

Thank you, Brian, for being part of the WECA family! We love having well-rounded instructors, such as yourself, bring rich and diverse life experiences to our team and students. 
Read more >>


Wednesday, July 27, 2022   Train the Trainer Recap: See What's New with WECA's GetWired Program and the People Who Deliver It!



WECA's GetWired online delivery and instructional teams convened virtually on Saturday, July 9th for the second semiannual meeting of the year.

Dan Bierly, Curriculum Development and GetWired Training Manager, reports a great turnout, noting that the GetWired team has welcomed five new instructors this calendar year in due part to the hard work of Galen Eckert, Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Online Manager.

"We talked about the interactive functions of GetWired's virtual classroom," says Dan. "And we listened and reacted to instructors' concerns about hard topics that students usually have trouble with, and created helpful crib sheets in response."

Rebecca Archer, Senior eLearning Specialist, added that the teams also discussed some upcoming 2020 curriculum changes, noting that beyond full Code updates to the 2020 NEC (coming to our online classrooms in January 2023, based as always on Code change timing from the State of California), most of them are "functionality changes."

Excellent work, everyone! We appreciate your dedication and commitment to ensuring that WECA's Electrician Trainees, Journeypersons, and Continuing Education students receive the most comprehensive, real-world electrical education possible both online and in the lab!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022   WECA's October - December Courses are Now Available for Enrollment Online. Enroll to Get Your Seat!



Attention Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education, and Project Engineer to Project Manager Program and General Students: Our Fall 2022 (October-December) course catalog is now available on our website, and GetWired instructor-led classes are already filling fast. Be sure to enroll ASAP to get your spot!

View the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

Jump to the Journeyman continuing education course catalog here.

View the Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) course catalog here

Enroll online, over the phone at (877) 444-9322, or by email at info@goweca.com.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022   Want a Self-Paced Alternative to WECA's GetWired Electrician Trainee Certificate Program?

Enroll in Self-Paced GetWired 101, 102, or 103 Today, and Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Self-Paced GetWired 104 Coming Soon!



Start your Electrician Trainee Program Certificate journey today with Self-Paced GetWired 101!

Self-Paced GetWired 101: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the National Electric Code (NEC), is the first course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.


This 40-hour course introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include: a refresher on basic math skills applied to electrical calculations, general information on electrical installations, an introduction to hand and power tools used in the field, and more.

Total class hours: 40
Standard Tuition Fee: $309

In this course, safety best practices are covered along with tips on study skills. In this course, math equations are applied to the safe and sound wiring and load choices for electrical installations, troubleshooting and maintenance. Theories are discussed and applied to on-the-job situations and tasks. An online, interactive, lab activity reinforces practical applications of key concepts.

Enroll in Self-Paced GetWired 101 today!

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So you've taken the Self-Paced GetWired 101 course, or even instructor-led GetWired 101. You can choose instructor-led GetWired 102, OR, keep going with the Self-Paced GetWired 102 course!

Self-Paced GetWired 102: Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits, is the second course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.


?This 42-hour course expands on the theories and applications taught in our 101 courses. Course competencies include: GFCI and AFCI; series circuits; parallel circuits, luminaries, fixtures, ballasts, and lamps, and more.
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course includes hands-on practice activities and labs, whether in-person or online interactive, to help ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.

Enroll in Self-Paced GetWired 102 today!

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You've taken the Instructor-Led or Self-Paced GetWired 101 and 102 courses. Keep going with your choice of the Instructor-Led or Self-Paced GetWired 103 course!

Self-Paced GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets, is the third course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.


This 42-hour course focuses on installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices. Core competencies include: conduction in liquid and gases, batteries and other sources of electricity, inrush current, voltage drop, use of Ohm's Law in calculating basic measurements, and more.

Total class hours available: 42
Standard Tuition Fee: $309

This course is loaded with interactive practice and an online lab to ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.

Enroll in Self-Paced GetWired 103 today!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022   Don't Forget to RSVP Today to Celebrate Your Hard Work and Achievements at Your Graduation!

Graduating This Year? Don't Forget to RSVP Today to Celebrate Your Hard Work and Achievements at Your Graduation! Check Your Email for the Ticketing Link!
Southern California: Celebrate on August 27, 2022 in Temecula
Northern California: Celebrate on September 17, 2022 at WECA's California HQ




Where: 
Falkner Winery
40620 Calle Contento
Temecula, CA 92591

When: 
Saturday, August 27, 2022
5:30 PM - 8:30PM

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:00 PM Arrive and Socialize (Appetizers & Beverages)
6:00 - 6:30 PM Group Photo of Graduates 
6:30 - 8:30 PM Graduation Ceremony

Registration deadline: August 19

Check your email for the ticketing link!


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Where: 
WECA California HQ
3695 Bleckely Street
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655

When: 
Saturday, September 17, 2022
4 PM - 7:30PM

Schedule:
4:00 - 5:00 PM Arrive and Socialize (Appetizers & Beverages)
5:00 - 5:30 PM Group Photo of Graduates 
5:30 - 7:30 PM Graduation Ceremony

Registration deadline: September 9

Check your email for the ticketing link!
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Thursday, July 21, 2022   WECA Political Update July 21, 2022

NLRB Reaffirms Regional Directors’ Discretion to Dismiss Election Petitions Absent a Hearing On June 15, 2022, in Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., 371 NLRB No. 109, the National Labor Relations Board reaffirmed that regional directors have the authority to dismiss representation and decertification petitions if the regional director determines there is merit to an unfair labor practice charge involving misconduct “that would irrevocably taint the petition and any related election.” This 3-2 decision illustrates a sharp division among Board members regarding the regional director’s discretion to administratively dismiss a timely filed decertification petition without first holding an evidentiary hearing on the impact of pending but unproven unfair labor practice allegations. More
 
November election news: In a sign that California could play a pivotal role in determining which party secures control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, five of the six candidates added Monday to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program are running in California. The candidates include Kermit Jones (running against Kevin Kiley in CA-03), Adam Gray (running against John Duarte in CA-13), Christy Smith (running for a third time against Mike Garcia CA-27), Asif Mahmood (running against Young Kim in CA-40), and Will Rollins (running against Ken Calvert in CA-41). They’ll receive fundraising, organizing, and other support from the committee as it seeks to flip GOP-held seats. Californians now account for more than one-fifth of the 33 candidates in the Red to Blue program, according to the Los Angeles Times. Two other candidates, Jay Chen, (running against Michelle Steel in CA-45) and Rudy Salas (running against David Valadao in CA-22), were already on the list. A similar program run by the National Republican Congressional Committee called “Young Guns” supports five California House candidates.
 
Fresno Council President Charged with Felony Over Alleged Extortion In allegations made by fellow city councilman Garry Bredefeld — and corroborated publicly by City Attorney Sloan – Fresno City Council President Nelson Esparza allegedly told Sloan to work only for a majority of four councilmembers or face termination.
 
Fresno Supervisors Move $7B Measure C Renewal One Step Closer to Ballot A projected $7 billion transportation tax that could shape road building, mass transit, and maintenance for a generation is one step closer to the ballot. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on July 12 to advance a spending plan on the renewal of Measure C, the half-cent transportation sales tax on the books since 1986. The current version expires in 2027. Measure C leaders have been pushing for a November 2022 renewal to take advantage of project costs they say will only go up. Boosters also want to avoid a 2024 presidential ballot they predict will be “divisive.” Story
 
San Francisco Ranked the World's Most Expensive City for Construction The city overtakes Tokyo as inflation and supply chain snarls affect global markets. A new report by Turner & Townsend quantifies what contractors who work in San Francisco already know: Doing business there is expensive. The report, published this week, found that construction in San Francisco costs $4,728.50 per square meter ($439.29 per square foot) due to a perfect storm of inflation, supply chain issues, and demand from tech companies such as Google, Apple, and more. Last year’s top city, Tokyo, fell to the No. 2 spot on the list, followed by Osaka, Japan, which was included on the list for the first time.

In total, North America had four markets in the top 10. Aside from San Francisco, New York City ranked fourth, Boston ranked eighth, and Los Angeles ranked ninth, per the report. According to a press release, significant shifts in North American markets were driven primarily by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, higher building material costs caused by supply chain disruptions, and high labor costs. A worldwide skilled labor shortage has bottlenecked development and forced contractors into delays and project disruptions. In this year’s survey, 79.6% of markets were experiencing skills shortages, and 15.9% were in balance. According to the release, only 4.5% of markets had a surplus in construction labor. The report comes as the U.S. construction industry battles wage and employment issues, with wages expected to beat projections even as hiring is slowing. More
 
Unions kill Amazon Hub in Newark, and Thousands of Jobs Love them or hate them, Amazon invests and creates jobs, but that didn’t stop a coalition of unions from helping to kill a planned airport cargo center in New Jersey, for which Amazon intended to hire 1,000 workers, and invest hundreds of millions of dollars over 20 years. The project, which hinged on a 20-year lease worth hundreds of millions of dollars, attracted opposition after the Port Authority disclosed it last summer. Story
 
Senate Retirement Tracker: Currently, six members (five Republicans and one Democrat) of the Senate have announced that they will not seek re-election in 2022. The Republicans are Pat Toomey (R-PA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The Democratic member is Pat Leahy (D-VT). There will also be a special election to finish the term of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). That special election will coincide with the regular Senate election in Oklahoma, similar to the Georgia Senate elections from the 2020 cycle.
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House Retirement Tracker: Currently, 51 House members (19 Republicans and 32 Democrats) have announced that they will not seek re-election to the House in 2022. The Republicans are Tom Reed (R-NY-23), Mo Brooks (R-AL-05), Jody Hice (R-GA-10), Kevin Brady (R-TX-08), Lee Zeldin (R-NY-01), Ted Budd (R-NC-13), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04), Billy Long (R-MO-07), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16), Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01), John Katko (R-NY-24), Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-09), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02), Fred Keller (R-PA-12), Van Taylor (R-TX-03), Fred Upton (R-MI-04), Bob Gibbs (R-OH-07), and Chris Jacobs (R-NY-23). The Democratic members not running for re-election to the House are Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02), Val Demings (D-FL-10), Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Conor Lamb (D-PA-17), Ron Kind (D-WI-03), Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), Karen Bass (D-CA-37), John Yarmuth (D-KY-03), David Price (D-NC-04), Anthony Brown (D-MD-04), Mike Boyle (D-PA-18), GK Butterfield (D-NC-01), Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Tom Souzzi (D-NY-03), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04), Peter Welch (D-VT-AL), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-07), Bobbie Rush (D-IL-01), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14), Albio Sires (D-NJ-08), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), Jerry McNerney (D-CA-09), Jim Langevin (D-RI-02), Earl Perlmutter (D-CO-07), Jim Cooper (D-TN-05), Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04), Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), and Kai Kahele (D-HI-02).
 
California Employers Soon May Be Subject to a Workplace Violence Safety Standard On May 17, 2022, Cal/OSHA released a draft regulation for workplace violence prevention that applies to all California employers, with only limited exceptions. Cal/OSHA is seeking input from interested parties by July 18, 2022. Currently, Cal/OSHA’s workplace violence regulations only apply to employers in the health care industry. For non-health-care industries, Cal/OSHA regulates workplace violence using the employer’s obligation to regularly identify and evaluate workplace hazards under Section 3203 of Cal/OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Standard. More
 
If Employers Test Union Certification and Lose, Will They Have to Pay? On June 24, 2022, the NLRB sought an order forcing an employer who refused to negotiate with a certified union to pay back wages and benefits to employees that they allegedly could have earned absent the delay in bargaining during the time the employer appealed the NLRB’s certification of the union as the exclusive bargaining representative in federal court. Story
 
Halfway through the primary calendar, the number of state legislative incumbents defeated in primaries is up 65% State legislative incumbents are losing to primary challengers at an increased rate this year compared to 2020. Across the 26 states that have held primaries, 132 incumbents — 27 Democrats and 105 Republicans — have lost. This represents a 65% increase from 2020 among these states at the same juncture in 2020. This increase has been driven by Republican losses, up 98% from 53 in 2020. For Democrats, the number defeated this year remains the same.



Here are five facts about state legislative incumbent primary losses:

·        In total, 5.0% of incumbents running for re-election this year have lost, up from defeat rates ranging from 2.4% to 3.4% since 2014.
·        Of the 26 states that have held primaries, 22 have had at least one state legislative incumbent lose in a primary.
·        The defeat rate is highest in Idaho, where 18 incumbents— all Republicans — lost to challengers. That represents 24% of all incumbents who filed for re-election.
·        Twenty-nine of the 132 incumbents defeated (22%) were guaranteed to lose because of redistricting (when states redraw legislative lines, incumbents can often end up in a new district with other incumbents leading to incumbent v. incumbent primaries or general elections). Twenty-three Republican incumbents lost in incumbent v. incumbent primaries, while six Democrats lost in incumbent v. incumbent primaries.
 
Arizona Business Groups Announce Opposition to Labor Union-Backed Debt Collection Initiative Two of the state’s leading business groups have announced their opposition to an initiative that would decimate Arizonans’ ability to secure credit and financing. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Greater Phoenix Chamber said they oppose what proponents have dubbed the “Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act.” Story
 
Hello From a New Citizens Initiative Voice of San Diego reported that former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer “is not just playing pundit on KUSI these days. He’s also making calls to gauge support for a new citizen initiative he wants to get on the ballot in November 2024. We are not entirely sure what the measure will be. Still, it would likely fall along the lines of one that voters in Sacramento will consider, which would make it illegal for unsheltered residents to camp on the street once there are enough city shelters and safe camping options.
 
UI Tax increases We mentioned last time that California mainly ignored the debt it incurred to pay the enhanced UI benefits during COVID. It turns out California is not alone. Connecticut, Illinois, and New York — all Democratic-led states with budget surpluses — have decided “not to fully repay the federal government for money borrowed to fund unemployment benefits,” according to the Wall Street Journal, “a move that will impose increased charges on businesses to help make up the difference.” What happens next: “If the debts aren’t fully repaid by Nov. 10, as officials in the four states envision, the federal government will start charging $21 per employee annually on all businesses in the states next year. In addition, state taxes on businesses to fund their unemployment programs will increase by varying amounts.” Story



Sinema’s vote critical as Senate Democrats attempt to pass slimmer Build Back Better The Biden White House and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer are negotiating with West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to pass a slimmed-down version of the failed Build Back Better bill, a sweeping multi-trillion-dollar domestic policy and spending package that collapsed last December. Ariz. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will determine whether a revised bill gains traction. Story
 
Calling Mulder and Scully The House voted last week to create a secure government system to report UFOs and to compel current and former officials to reveal what they might know about the mysterious phenomena by promising to protect them from reprisal. It was a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and passed without debate. I’ll post the link if you have something to report.
 
‘A very dangerous situation’ The most advanced category of mass-produced semiconductors — used in smartphones, military technology, and much more — is known as 5 nm. A single company in Taiwan, known as TSMC, makes about 90 percent of them. U.S. factories make none. The situation can potentially cause a national security crisis: If China were to invade Taiwan and cut off exports of semiconductors, the American military would be at risk of being overmatched by its main rival for global supremacy. One vocal opponent of the bill is the Chinese government. Its state media has criticized the idea as “bullying” and part of a “Cold War mentality.” No country’s share of semiconductor manufacturing has recently increased as rapidly as China’s. Story
 
Lawmakers Jet Around the World What exactly do state lawmakers do when they aren’t in Sacramento? A common activity is embarking on trips funded not by taxpayers but by special interests that lobby the Legislature — typically a combination of labor unions, corporations, and trade associations. For example, after finishing the legislative session last year, groups of lawmakers jetted off to Portugal and Maui on trips sponsored by various interest groups. Another delegation of lawmakers went to Iceland this spring. Story
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Top Five Labor Law Developments for June 2022
·        The National Labor Relations Board modified its electronic notice posting requirements for workplaces impacted by COVID-19.
·        The NLRB issued its spring rulemaking agenda, which focuses on the joint-employer status and its Election Protection Rule.
·        The NLRB’s General Counsel (GC) issued a memorandum updating the make-whole remedies that regional offices can seek in settlement agreements, including the cost of baby formula.
·        The NLRB’s Buffalo regional office filed a petition in district court for a nationwide cease and desist order against Starbucks.
·        Workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Augusta, Maine, filed an NLRB election petition, trying to become the first unionized location for the restaurant chain.

Madame Ambassador: Republican business executive and former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman will be the Biden administration’s ambassador to Kenya after winning Senate approval. It’s a full-circle moment for Whitman, who lost an expensive contest — much of it her own money — to Democrat Jerry Brown back in 2010. Fast-forward to 2020: Brown had left office as the state’s longest-serving governor, and Whitman had aligned with Democrats by endorsing Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention. That support helped Whitman secure a nomination. She has ironically fared better than Los Angeles Mayor Democrat Eric Garcetti, a top Biden campaign surrogate. Garcetti's India ambassadorship nomination has stalled allegations that the mayor knew of a former prominent aide’s alleged sexual misconduct. Garcetti's parents hired a top lobbying firm to help him secure the nomination. The firm, McGuireWoods Consulting, registered to lobby on behalf of Sukey and Gil Garcetti for “Outreach Related to Confirmation for Ambassadorship Nomination.” [Politico]
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   Is It Time to Update Your Recruiting Strategy?

By Nat Peniston, Vice President of The Contractors Plan (a WECA Industry Partner)

The number one challenge contractors face nationally, by far, is an inability to hire and retain an adequate number of skilled craft workers. While businesses are having problems finding and retaining qualified employees in today's post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the construction labor market has been tightening for years, and contractors are uniquely affected. According to ABC analysis, there is a shortage of over 500,000 skilled workers in the United States. There are various reasons for this labor shortage, but false perceptions of a career in construction are a primary cause. Many Gen Y and Z workers perceive construction as dangerous work, with poor income potential and limited career opportunities.

The fact that these negative perceptions are demonstrably false is not enough;  
successful contractors must intentionally and forcefully dispel them. Fortunately, contractors have many tools at their disposal, but it will take time and effort.

Another factor frequently overlooked is an employee benefits program. Many contractors do not have any employee benefits at all. When it comes to hiring and retaining good employees, benefits work. Why does every Fortune 500 company have a robust benefits offering? In a word, outcomes. Contractors not only compete against other contractors for the next generation of talent, but Amazon, Starbucks, and other leading employers too. These corporate behemoths shower benefits on recruits and offer retirement, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance plans, hiring bonuses, paid-time-off (PTO), and attractive career advancement opportunities. Contractors who offer these benefit programs will compete more effectively, and these programs do not have to be expensive and hard to administer.

If contractors want to find and hire people with unique talents and vital skillsets, they are going to have to tackle what corporate staffing executives call “talent branding.” Most construction job descriptions haven’t changed in 30 years and possess a “must-have” approach instead of a “we need you and recognize you have a choice” mindset. Take a look at the “Typical Job Description” versus the “Impactful Job Description” examples, which were customized from current job descriptions on Indeed. Which company would you want to work for?

If you have trouble hiring and keeping employees, ask yourself one question: "Am I recruiting and retaining employees the same way contractors did a decade ago?" If so, that's likely a problem. A skilled craft worker can enjoy a life-long career of excellent opportunities for advancement and significant compensation while enjoying exciting challenges using advanced technology while being healthful and uninjured. However, this scenario will only occur if contractors meet employee expectations for training, career advancement, employee benefits, and health and safety.

Written by Nat Peniston, The Contractors Plan
Nat Peniston is vice president of The Contractors Plan, a WECA Industry Partner, and author of The Contractor’s Guide to the Davis-Bacon Act: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs. 
Contact Info: (512) 827-5359, npeniston@fbg.com

 
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   Member Contractor Barnum & Celillo Electric Inc. Makes SBJ's Top Employers -- Private Sector List

We love seeing WECA Member Contractors' excellence recognized! Please join us in congratulating Barnum & Celillo Electric Inc. for making Sacramento Business Journal's Top Employers - Private Sector List!

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Thursday, July 14, 2022   WECA Makes First Appearance on Sacramento Business Journal's Top Business Advocacy Groups List

WECA made its first appearance this year on the Sacramento Business Journal's Top Business Advocacy Groups List.

WECA focuses exclusively on the needs of electrical and low voltage contractors and their employees, and we're proud to represent thousands of electricians and low voltage technicians and hundreds of contractors across the West.

Our members believe that fair and open competition is the key to a robust and growing economy. WECA Advocacy is always hard at work to protect the rights of merit shop business owners and their employees.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: The 2022 Labor Law Book Is In Your Mailboxes Now!



WECA Member Contractors, check your mailboxes: your complimentary copy, which is one of your annual member benefits, should have arrived!

The 2022 edition of WECA's "Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors" is here. It's an important reference guide -- for members, the industry, and the general public -- to the latest new and amended laws that could affect your business.

Topics covered in this publication include:
  • Wage and Hour laws
  • Apprenticeship regulations
  • Prevailing Wage laws
  • Electrician Certification
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • And more!
Not yet a WECA Member Contractor? Get your copy of the 2022 edition of "Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors" on Amazon!
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   Behind the Scenes: WECA Staff Convene at Long-Awaited In-Person TopGolf Team Building Event

WECA staff from across California and Arizona were finally able to get together for some in-person fun at TopGolf in Roseville, CA on July 7. Staff enjoyed an afternoon of competitive but good-natured golf and delicious food and drinks. Employees participated in two raffles as well, and WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury rounded out the afternoon with a rousing speech of gratitude that focused on our triumphs over the past two years, and a mini ice-breaker session where new and newer employees introduced themselves to the greater team. It was wonderful to finally get everyone together, and reflect on the diligent individuals that contribute to WECA's continued success serving electrical and low voltage contractors and their employees in the West.



Instructors Neil Pesarillo (left) and Jaron Stroud (right) get a couple of good practice shots in.



Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director Don Black (left), Instructor Randy Rivera (middle), and Workforce Development Assistant Kierra Day (right) smile for the camera as they cheer on their teammates.



Human Resources Generalist Kim Delaney (left), Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan (middle), and Instructor John Arias (right) hang out while taking a break from golfing.



Workforce Development Specialist Jeanette Santos (left) and Education Technology Specialist Maris Kaplan (right) keep cool in the shade.



All together now! From left to right: Don Black and Randy Rivera join Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs, Membership Director Bob Bartlett, Membership Manager Jeff Van de Moere, and Client Services ET/CE Specialist Ralph Williams for an impromptu picture.



And last, but not least, WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury (left) takes a moment to reflect on the competition with ET/CE Online Education Manager Galen Eckert (right).
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   It's Time to Come Together to Celebrate the WECA Graduating Classes of 2022!

Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Events.



Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2022!


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
Help make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

*COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards: What Employers Need to Know About the December 16 (2021) Standards
Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, July 7, 2022   WECA Political Update July 7, 2022

A Troubling Trend for Public Works in California Until recently, the State Building and Construction Trades Council required authors of prevailing wage legislation to incorporate one or more of the following “boilerplate” provisions:

·        A mandate for a Skilled and Trained Workforce. But if a PLA is in place, the contractor is not required to report monthly of its compliance, and instead of the $10,000 per month penalties levied by DLSE, an arbitration alternative to solve the issue,
·        A waiver for contractors to keep and submit certified payroll records,
·        A prohibition of DLSE enforcement wage and hour violations on PLA projects,
·        A definition of “safe contractor” that includes all union contractors, regardless of their experience or safety record,
·        And a general requirement to pay prevailing wages, even on 100% private work.

However, in 2021, Assembly Member Burke – who authored AB 680 – started a trend when she renounced her elected position and abruptly quit her job on January 31, citing the “challenges of a post-COVID-19 landscape and wanting to spend more time with her family” and become a lobbyist. Burke announced via Twitter that she joined Axiom Advisors, “a full-service government affairs firm that provides strategic consulting to clients in Sacramento and throughout California, as a principal consultant.” Axiom is the brainchild of Jason Kinney. CalMatters noted after the 2018 election, referring to Kinney, “As the revolving door turns, a Capitol fixer is poised to ascend with Gavin Newsom—and legal weed.”

But back to the trend. AB 680 was the first bill to link State funds to a PLA. AB 680 established the California Jobs Plan Act of 2021, which requires the State Air Resources Board (CARB) to work with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) to update, by July 1, 2025, the funding guidelines for administering agencies to ensure that all applicants to grant programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) meet fair and responsible employer standards and provide inclusive procurement policies. So, what did the State Legislature and Gavin Newsom define as “inclusive?” First, proponents shall provide evidence of a community workforce agreement for construction projects over one million dollars ($1,000,000) in funding. The bill defines a “community workforce agreement” as a project labor agreement that includes a targeted hire plan.

The passage of AB 680 and its enactment established that the Democratic leadership in California had zero concern about linking PLAs to state funding. As a result, in 2022, language similar to that in AB 680 is showing up in many bills:

·        AB 1161 (Garcia, Eduardo-D) Electricity: eligible renewable energy and zero-carbon resources: state agencies: procurement. Requires the Department of Water Resources to only purchase power from projects constructed using project labor agreements.
·        AB 2419 (Bryan-D) Environmental justice: federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Justice40 Advisory Committee. For a construction project that will cost $5,000,000 or more, IIJA funds may be allocated only if the construction project will be performed under a PLA.
·        SB 22 (Glazer-D) Education finance: school facilities: Public Preschool, K–12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2022. It requires the Department of General Services to prioritize projects for funding, including using a project labor agreement (PLA).
·        SB 162 Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review establishes the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program, administered by the Workforce Services Branch at the Employment Development Department. The program shall be overseen by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Office of Planning and Research, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development referred to as the Inter-Agency Leadership Team. Projects funded by CERF must “support labor standards where applicable, such as prevailing wage, project labor agreements, or community workforce agreements.”
·        SB 1020 (Laird-D) Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act of 2022. This bill establishes interim targets to reach SB 100 clean energy goals and requires state agencies to purchase 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2030 to serve their load. Requires new procurement commitments made on behalf of a state agency to be constructed with contractors using multi-craft project labor agreements. Requires new procurements made for the State Water Project after February 1, 2022, to use multi-craft project labor agreements for construction.
·        SB 1105 (Hueso-D) San Diego Regional Equitable and Environmentally Friendly Affordable Housing Agency. Creates the San Diego Regional Equitable and Environmentally Friendly Affordable Housing Finance Agency and grants it the authority to impose taxes and fees. The bill would also require the agency to execute a PLA with the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council and the San Diego Housing Federation before placing a measure on the ballot to raise revenue for the agency.

From one bill in 2021 to six in 2022 is a troubling trend!
 
Why Does IBEW Hate Rooftop Solar? Our brothers and sisters at the IBEW are trying their best to put proverbial nails into the coffin of rooftop solar. Why and how?

First is their long-term effort to prohibit C-46 solar contractors from installing anything bigger than the rough equivalent of a “D cell” battery in any rooftop PV they install. They want all C-46 to become C-10 and hire only certified electricians. While many of you C-10s will agree this idea makes sense, it is another example of how the IBEW controls the industry – and how the government is a willing contributor. CSLB recently decided to open the regulatory process to cap the size of BESS a C-46 can install.

Second, for years IBEW has led an effort to revise the tariff for net-energy metering (NEM), which would drastically cut the payments rooftop solar owners receive from utilities for the energy they feed back into the system.

Third, and perhaps best is AB 2143 (Carrillo), which will require that prevailing wage be paid on renewable energy installation projects with a generating capacity of more than 15 kilowatts (kWs) and which receive service under an electric utility’s NEM tariff. The bill's sponsors, the California State Association of Electrical Workers and the Coalition of California Utility Employees, explained in their support letter that “AB 2143 addresses two critical issues surrounding the rooftop solar. First, it addresses the exclusion of lower-income communities from participating in rooftop solar.” (So, assuming a PW requirement raises the cost of rooftop solar, higher costs improve things for “lower-income communities”!) Second, “AB 2143 would require the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to submit an annual report to the Legislature documenting the progress of rooftop solar deployment by zip code and census track to fix rooftop solar inequities in communities facing the largest cost shifts.” Ah, that explains it!

Now, the why. IBEW represents both the employee electricians of signatory C-10 contractors AND utility employees! The union C-10s will, arguably, already be paying PW as part of the CBA, so it won’t make them any less competitive (and perhaps more competitive if every installer is now paying PW) and, more importantly, if this makes rooftop PV unaffordable, utilities will be left as the only supplier of solar power – a double win for IBEW.

Concerns about the impact on clean energy didn’t stop Democrats Dave Cortese, Maria Elena Durazo, and Josh Newman from passing the bill out of committee but Democrat (and frequent target of construction union animosity Scott Wiener) joined the only Republican on the Labor Committee, Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, in voting no. After that, the bill goes to the Appropriations Committee, then to the floor in August.
 
U.I. Loan California will pay down a fraction of its U.I. debt - only $1 billion over two years – toward the $17.8-billion federal loan that the state used to fill a hole left by a surge in unemployment claims during the worst of the pandemic. This is despite an almost $100 billion windfall budget surplus in 2021-22! “Why so little when the State could have paid all the debt it incurred with the budget surplus?”, you ask. A power play of public employee unions. They want to blow open the Jarvis-Gann Limit (Prop 13) and expect influential (and wealthy) groups, the realtors, the apartment owners, and other business groups to oppose it. Unions will bargain with these groups to remove or soften their opposition, or the unions will prohibit (through their control of Democrats) the State from repaying the loan, which will trigger massive increases in U.I. premiums on California employers. These premium jumps are required when a state borrows money but chooses not to repay it.
 
City of Phoenix forgoes more water from Lake Mead due to declining levels. The city of Phoenix said Friday that it would forfeit delivery of an additional 14,000 acre-feet, or 4.5 billion gallons, of Colorado River water to shore up Lake Mead. Story
 
Fresno lawmakers back off hefty pay raises: This proposal would reorient how Fresno's City Council is paid, tying their salaries to the hefty compensation offered to Fresno County Superior Court judges and Fresno County Supervisors isn't going to happen. Instead, lawmakers agreed to a more modest, scaled pay bump over the next three years to bring their pay closer to the city councils of the state's largest cities. The pay proposal, introduced amid Fresno's oft-contentious budget process, overshadowed record-spending for the fiscal year 2022-2023.
 
How many U.S. House incumbents lost re-election on June 28?

Election season is in full swing, and three U.S. House primaries incumbents — one Democrat and two Republicans — lost. Research suggests that the total number of incumbents defeated so far in 2022 is above the average decade. How many U.S. House incumbents lost in primaries, on average, between 2012 and 2020? 7? 14? 9? 4? I'll discuss the answer in a future bulletin.

And if things were not bad enough, Scientists predict a ketchup shortage by 2050. Scientists have a new concern about climate change... running out of ketchup. Story

Fifth Circuit Rules that COVID-19 Pandemic Did Not Trigger the “Natural Disaster” Exception to WARN Notice Requirements In the first such decision from a federal appellate court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled the COVID-19 pandemic is not a “natural disaster” that exempts employers from providing advance notice of mass layoffs and plant closures under the WARN Act. The court also opined that the natural-disaster exception requires proof of proximate causation, not but-for causation. Story

Unions protest $600M De Niro NYC Studio Project New York City union chapters took a united stance against Robert De Niro’s $600 million movie studio project on the Astoria waterfront that has broken ground and will primarily use non-union labor. The unions — including Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, Steamfitters Local 638, and Laborers’ Local 79 — protested the project on June 17, criticizing the actor for making outspoken pro-union comments publicly, but choosing to use non-union labor to build his Wildflower Studios building. Story

Transportation, Labor, Business, Environmental Groups Object to Biden Gas Tax Holiday Proposal; But At-Risk Democratic Members of Congress Applaud. Biden’s “gimmick” (Mitch McConnell’s words, not mine) has already received pushback from both sides of the aisle and prominent non-governmental organizations. In a letter sent to the White House, the Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition and the Transportation Construction Coalition expressed their opposition as well. “Suspending the gas tax will not provide meaningful relief for consumers — it will instead subsidize the largest and most profitable industry on the planet,” the National Association of City Transportation Officials said in an emailed statement. Okay, I don’t have any photo of at-risk Democrats (or anyone, for that matter) applauding. Story

House Appropriations Subcommittee Advances Labor Spending Bill The House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee approved a bill funding the Labor Department for fiscal year 2023. Some of the labor policy provisions include a prohibition on the privatization of job search functions offered through the employment service system and a block on Trump-era apprenticeship programs overseen by the private sector. In addition, the measure would appropriate $319 million to the National Labor Relations Board — including $1 million to create a system for the agency to hold union elections electronically, a years-long push by Democrats. It would also spend $3.2 billion on unemployment insurance, which matches the White House’s request of $334 million more than fiscal year 2022. That does not include additional contingency funding to states if benefit claims spike. Lawmakers advanced the legislation by voice vote. But Republicans made clear they did not support the measure, which subcommittee ranking member Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said contained “poison-pill policy riders” that move the U.S. “toward a leftist agenda that is out of step with the American people.” Packaged alongside spending for the Education and Health and Human Services departments, the legislation proposes $15 billion in discretionary funds for DOL — a boost of $1.9 billion above what it had in fiscal year 2022 and $125 million more than President Joe Biden requested. That’s enough for sizable increases for the Employment and Training Administration ($1.3 billion more than fiscal year 2022) and OSHA ($100 million more than fiscal year 2022), among other agencies.

November Ballot

The Secretary of State's Office certified five initiatives for the November ballot recently, in addition to SCA 10, the Legislature's abortion constitutional amendment, which will appear on the ballot as Proposition 1 (specified by the passage of the SB 131 budget trailer bill), and the flavored tobacco referendum. Californians will not vote in November on raising the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour after a proposed ballot initiative fell just short of the ballot. Counties did not finish certifying that the measure had enough signatures before a June 30 deadline. The miss removes a high-profile — and likely expensive – fight from the ballot chessboard.

Legislative Calendar:

·        July 1 Summer Recess begins upon adjournment, provided Budget Bill has been passed
·        July 4 Independence Day / State holiday
·        Aug. 1 Legislature reconvenes from Summer Recess
·        Aug. 12 Last Day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills to the Floor
·        Aug. 15 - 31 Floor Session only. No committees, other than conference and Rules, may meet for any purpose
·        Aug. 25 Last Day to amend bills on the Floor
·        Aug. 31 Last Day for each house to pass bills
·        Final Recess begins at end of this day's session

And finally, a note from our friend and frequent collaborator, Eric Christen at CFEC.

Much is happening on the CEQA reform front:

ICON Lawsuit Against Union Extortion Notches Another Victory! In April, the ICON Company in Los Angeles had an appeals court unanimously reverse a lower court's decision on their project. Labor unions had used greenmail on the project to force ICON into “agreeing” to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). This was great news as ICON was now back to being fully entitled. BUT, then the unions filed a petition for review with the State Supreme Court. Ten amicus briefs were filed on the unions’ behalf requesting the review, including one from California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta! Well, the Supreme Court just denied their petition for review, which means that the published opinion is now and forever citable. ICON’s entitlements have been fully reinstated, and they should have smooth sailing in federal court with their antitrust case. Great news!

San Francisco Chronicle Opinion Piece Regarding Union CEQA Abuse: If you have not had a chance to read this op-ed by Robert Selna that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday regarding CEQA abuse by big labor special interests, here it is: Union CEQA Abuse Must Stop. Mr. Selna does an excellent job highlighting what we have been discussing and how reform is needed – now.
 
California Court Decries CEQA Abuse: In its stunning opinion delivered on May 12 in Tiburon Open Space Committee v. County of Marin, the First District of the California Court of Appeal upheld Marin County's approval of a 43-unit residential project following decades of "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) obstruction, governmental recalcitrance, and multiple court challenges. In so holding, the Court zealously denounced "official hostility" from "two levels of local government" and NIMBY litigation tactics aimed at preventing the construction of much-needed housing during a statewide housing crisis. The ultimate impact of the Tiburon Open Space Committee remains to be seen, but it has the potential to cast a long shadow. As acknowledged by the Court, "CEQA lawsuit abuse is worsening California's housing crisis. … Something is very wrong with this picture." Hopefully, the Court's forceful affirmation that CEQA is subordinate to state laws limiting the discretionary authority of local agencies to deny or pare the density of compliant housing projects will reduce opportunities to leverage CEQA as an "instrument for the oppression and delay" that has "become its own reward for project opponents." After all, as this important case makes clear, "CEQA is not meant to cause paralysis." Read the story here
 
Next Steps:
 
If your company is interested in CEQA reform and you want to join the next Zoom meeting, contact Eric Christen, Executive Director, Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction.
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   Stay safe on the jobsite with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.



Summer is here, and so are heat waves.

Keep yourself and your employees safe on the jobsite by refreshing your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.

Stay safe, cool, and hydrated on the jobsite, everyone!
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   Reach out to the next generation of the electrical workforce at SDUSD's Construction Expo July 13

San Diego Member Contractors: reach out to the next generation of the electrical workforce at the San Diego Unified School District's Construction Expo on July 13!



Register to attend here!
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

*COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards: What Employers Need to Know About the December 16 (2021) Standards
Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets

Introducing the next self-paced online option for our GetWired Electrician Trainee Program series: GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets. Your employees can take it on their own time, at their own pace!



WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 103, the third class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 103 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101 since last fall! Students who might prefer this format include:
  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
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WECA's new GetWired 103 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 103 course which focuses on installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices. Core competencies include:
  • Conduction in liquid and gases
  • Batteries and other sources of electricity
  • Inrush current, voltage drop and use of Ohm’s Law in calculating basic measurements
  • Sizing junction boxes, box fill and conduit layout
  • Water heater, water pump circuit calculations
  • Calculate overcurrent protection
  • Special purpose outlets
  • NEMA receptacle plug configuration
  • Selection of wiring devices
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course expands your employees' electrical skills and knowledge in the areas listed above through a series of online, interactive lesson, lab, and practice activities.

If all of this sounds like it would work for your employees,
encourage them to enroll in GetWired 103 Self-Paced Online today!

Think your employees would prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Encourage them to enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 103 here!

 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.

It's time to come together to celebrate the WECA California Graduating Classes of 2022!
Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.




WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters:

WECA is proud to announce the California Graduating Classes of 2022!

Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the California Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. California graduation sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the California graduation sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Note: A commencement ceremony for the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will take place in the Phoenix area this winter. Please stay tuned for further details about the event. We look forward to celebrating our Arizona graduates' hard work and achievements together!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your California graduation sponsorship package
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Pics of Apprentices in their final semesters of their programs, completing their capstone labs

Pics from Instructor Zach Wallace's fifth year, second semester Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship class at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ in June, 2022



It's that time of year! Before graduating, WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentices must complete assessments (AKA "capstones") to demonstrate their knowledge of myriad real-world, on-the-job scenarios. The apprentice pictured here is working on Commercial Capstone Exercise 2: Commercial Miser Control, which requires apprentices to design a motor control circuit for a commercial bakery mixer from scratch and then install the circuit on the lab wall.



The apprentice pictured above is installing the conduit for the commercial mixer control circuit in the bakery.







Celebrating a job well done! As part of their final semester capstone projects, the apprentices in this class received a request in the form of a change order to add a mixer control circuit to the larger bakery project they were working on. This bakery project is used as a foundation to assess key competencies within the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program. Students are given instructions stating the circuit requirements, and then they design the circuit in our simulation software. Once this is complete, they then install the entire circuit, including boxes, conductors, and equipment.

?Well done, everyone!

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Pics from Instructor John Arias' third year, second semester Low Voltage Apprenticeship class at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ in May, 2022









The third year, second semester Low Voltage Apprentices pictured above are working on a hands-on assessment of a data/phone system. This system is one of six systems that make up their program capstone. In their final semester, WECA assesses apprentices' complete system knowledge including designing, estimating, documenting, installing, and commissioning.

Students are also pictured installing the cable and terminations for a building network system. This system includes all wiring and connections typically found in a copper Structured Cabling System within a commercial building -- from the modem, through the cross-contacts, and all the way to the data and phone jacks found in an office work area. Students are then assessed on a comprehensive list of criteria to ensure mastery of this type of system, and others, before they are able to graduate.

Fun fact: the six systems that make up their program capstone are CCTV, data/phone, fire alarm, intrusion, audio, and access control!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets

Introducing the next self-paced online option for our GetWired Electrician Trainee Program series: GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets. Take it on your own time, at your own pace!



WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 103, the third class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 103 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101 since last fall! Students who might prefer this format include:
  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

WECA's new GetWired 103 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 103 course which focuses on installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices. Core competencies include:
  • Conduction in liquid and gases
  • Batteries and other sources of electricity
  • Inrush current, voltage drop and use of Ohm’s Law in calculating basic measurements
  • Sizing junction boxes, box fill and conduit layout
  • Water heater, water pump circuit calculations
  • Calculate overcurrent protection
  • Special purpose outlets
  • NEMA receptacle plug configuration
  • Selection of wiring devices
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course expands your electrical skills and knowledge in the areas listed above through a series of online, interactive lesson, lab, and practice activities.
?
If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
enroll in GetWired 103 Self-Paced Online today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 103 here!

 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Employee Spotlight: Bob Bartlett, Membership Director, celebrates 20 years with WECA!



Bob Bartlett – WECA’s diligent and enthusiastic Membership Director, who celebrated his 20th working anniversary with WECA this June – is a huge driver of WECA’s continued success and expansion across the American West.

When Bob joined the team in 2002, WECA was on the precipice of change and contending with significant challenges spurred by unions and the California Apprenticeship Council.

“Times were difficult and challenging for a span of about eight years because the unions and the California Apprenticeship Council were collaborating to disenfranchise WECA’s ability to offer an apprenticeship program,” says Bob. “WECA rose to each challenge with a strong resistance and fought back legally, intelligently, and strategically to finally prove that we do indeed deserve the right to offer an exceptional apprenticeship program.”

WECA persevered and emerged as the victor, thanks to the concerted efforts of WECA’s Board of Directors and leadership team. Bob, however, muses that “WECA might never have built the ‘world-class’ curriculum and programs being offered today” had it not been for these challenges.

The challenges have been plenty – but Bob has risen to each of them with his cheerful tenacity.

“Initially, my primary role was strictly to build statewide membership. As membership numbers grew throughout the years, the ‘boss’ [Terry Seabury, WECA’s Executive Director and CEO] enthusiastically found more and more non-member, ancillary ‘fun’ projects for me to do,” says Bob. “Eventually, anything that touched membership within the next decade was assigned to me. After hiring and training the ‘new guy’ [Jeff van de Moere, WECA’s Membership Manager in California], I was able to finally reassign those projects … only to pack up and move to Phoenix to face my current challenge, which is to build statewide membership in Arizona. Beyond membership, a smattering of my additional responsibilities in Phoenix includes indenturing apprentices, attending political events and socializing with Richard’s [WECA Government Affairs advocate Richard Markuson] political cohorts, attending outreach events at high schools, and doing whatever is possible to assist Keith [Smart, Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor] in managing the Phoenix facility,” says Bob.

Though Bob has quite the workload in Phoenix, we cannot imagine having anyone better to help build the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in Arizona. And knowing Bob, he’s just getting started – his foremost goal in Arizona is to accomplish “increasing Arizona membership sufficiently, so that, financially, it can stand on its own [as an entity].”

Bob continues, saying that the “Electrical industry is interesting, and every day offers unique challenges. I enjoy and thrive on interfacing with the contractors and convincing them that their membership will indeed elevate their prestige and profitability. Every new member that comes on board, whether I signed them up or someone else did, is a sign that WECA is indeed a hot commodity, and we should all take pride in that.”

In his personal time, Bob enjoys staying active, working out, and eating a healthy diet, among other pursuits.

“Hiking is my number one thrill. Then comes exercising with weights or machines, then riding my bike. Watching sports like football and baseball is enjoyable when the bod needs a rest. And, sharing laughs and telling stories regarding our younger years with my long-time fraternity brothers and recently with my new neighbors never gets old.”

In reflecting upon his two decades with WECA, Bob says that “Just about everyone I have worked with at WECA deserves recognition for helping me thrive, but a couple of names that float to the top are Terry, Richard, Don, Michelle, and Jeff.”

Bob, we cannot thank you enough for your twenty years of excellence at WECA. WECA would not be as successful or dynamic as it is today without your guidance and perseverance. Cheers to twenty years – but we all know you’re just getting started! 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Industry Partner Spotlight: Talent Corps



Are you an Arizona Member Contractor looking for new talent? Look no further than WECA’s newest Industry Partner, Talent Corps.

Talent Corps, a Dallas-based skilled staffing company with a Phoenix-based Arizona branch, was founded in 2017 by Jared DeRuby, who is a fourth-generation electrician, construction staffing expert, and Marine Corps veteran.

“Talent Corps tailors its recruitment by learning first what the client is truly looking for,” says Mike McBride, Talent Corps’ National Account Manager. “Talent Corps specializes in tailoring unique staffing solutions for each client. We know each job is unique, so we don’t use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Our sales team will meet with you and cultivate a deep understanding of the type of candidates you are looking for and then pass those parameters on to our recruiting team, who will find and vet candidates before submitting them to you for final approval.”

To find and vet suitable candidates, Talent Corps sources electricians through job boards, job fairs, trade school visits, and leads generated from referrals. Suitable candidates are invited to come into the office for face-to-face interviews, electrical skill tests, reference follow-ups, and license checks. When clients put in staffing requests, Talent Corps’ recruiters sort through their candidate database to create call lists, decide on applicable pre-screening questions and tests, and call and dispatch candidates to jobs.

“Talent Corps is different from other staffing companies because we are on a mission to strengthen America’s workforce. We have three different divisions: Construction Talent, Light Industrial Talent, and Medical Talent. [We’re also unique in that we are] veteran-owned and veteran-friendly. Our CEO is a former Marine and understands the challenges of navigating newly civilian life. We make it easy to transition into a skilled trade and jumpstart your career as a tradesman,” says McBride.

Additionally, Talent Corps’ strength lies in its commitment to providing excellent contractor support through their local and national branch teams, and helping contractors accept more business by expanding their workforce. To that end, Talent Corps provides “very competitive pricing” that is “customized to meet the needs of each client” and makes a strong effort to never allow pricing to “deter any contractor from utilizing our services.”

“We are looking forward to partnering with WECA,” says McBride.

Phoenix-based Member Contractors may contact Brett Elliott, Account Manager at Talent Corps’ Phoenix office, via phone at (480) 482-7195 or via email at belliott@talent-corps.com. Member Contractors based outside of Phoenix or Arizona may contact Mike McBride, National Account Manager, via phone at (858) 229-0130 or via email at mmcbride@talent-corps.com
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Summer (and solar!) are heating up!

Want California continuing education or trainee hours plus NABCEP hours at the same time? Browse WECA's online solar course catalog in partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), and enroll.



PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)(60 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to learn the fundamentals and gain a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems. Successful completion of this course results in State of California Journeyman Continuing Education or Electrician Trainee hours, and also counts as one of the two courses required to qualify students to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. (Solar Energy International highly recommends completion of their free, online RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy course before enrolling in PVOL101.)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) (60 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to take a deep dive into National Electrical Code 2020 standards as well as other best practices that pertain to designing grid-direct PV systems. (Prerequisite: Completion of PVOL101)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) (40 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to focus on the fundamentals of battery-based PV systems. Components such as batteries, charge controllers, and battery-based inverters are covered in detail, along with safety and maintenance considerations unique to battery-based systems, load analysis, battery bank configuration, and the electrical integration of the system. ( Before participating in the PVOL203 course, students are required to complete PVOL101, an equivalent course from another organization, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact sei@solarenergy.org if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PVOL203; they will notify WECA of your equivalency if granted.)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL350: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance (40 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is an advanced online training targeted towards solar professionals who want to take their technical skills to the next level. This course is geared towards training PV technicians to safely and effectively perform operations and maintenance (O&M) tasks including inspections, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting. (Before participating in the PVOL350 course, students are required to complete PVOL101, AND PVOL202)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) Spanish (60 Hour Course)

Este es un curso fundamental para cualquier persona que quiera iniciar una carrera en energía fotovoltaica (FV) y/o comprender los pormenores de la generación de electricidad con base en el efecto fotoeléctrico. La plataforma del curso FV101 le permitirá continuar desarrollándose en áreas como: diseño, inspección, instalación, mantenimiento, ventas técnicas y soporte técnico; todo basado en los más rigurosos códigos eléctricos y en prácticas recomendadas por profesionales con décadas de trayectoria en la industria. (Solar Energy International recomienda enfáticamente que se complete su curso gratuito en línea, RE100 Introducción a la energía removable antes de inscribirse en el FVOL101.)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) Spanish (60 Hour Course)

Sumérjase en los detalles avanzados de diseño y buenas prácticas relacionadas con sistemas fotovoltaicos (FV). Con un enfoque altamente técnico, este curso se diseñó para apoyar a diseñadores, instaladores, inspectores e ingenieros que quieren entender los detalles intrínsecos del diseño de sistemas FV, y los requerimientos para instalarlos correctamente. El curso ofrece una mirada profunda a los estándares del Código Eléctrico Nacional (NEC® 2014), así como a prácticas recomendadas de la industria de sistemas FV interactivos con la red. (Prerequisitos: FV101)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) Spanish (40 Hour Course)

Este curso le proporcionará al estudiante una comprensión de los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para trabajar de forma segura en sistemas FV basados en baterías; estos incluyen los sistemas FV aislados (o autónomos) y los sistemas FV conectados a la red con respaldo de baterías. Se estudia el propósito, las aplicaciones y los criterios de diseño requeridos para los diferentes componentes que se deben seleccionar e integrar como: controladores de carga, baterías, arreglo FV e inversores basados en baterías (sumamente distintos a los inversores conectados a la red). La información en este curso le proveerá una comprensión teórica de los sistemas FV basados en baterías que podrá aplicar en instalaciones reales y aplicaciones prácticas. (Prerequisitos: FV101)

Learn more and enroll here!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Save the date to celebrate the WECA Class of 2022!



WECA's 2022 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2022 will be held on the above dates, and our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will be held in the Winter, so stay tuned for that date!

?Grads: watch your inboxes for more details as these events draw closer. We look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments with you!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   WECA's Student Referral Service: Are you out of work? Connect with a great employer today!



WECA's Student Referral Service is a conduit to introduce our current Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and WECA grads to our Member Contractors. It's meant for students or grads who are currently out of work; to help them find a great new position.

There is no charge to student or member to use our Student Referral Service. WECA's Student Referral Service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.  

This is a free, no-obligation service. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need. 

Electrician Trainees and Journeypersons are in high demand now. If you're out of work, don't miss out on your next great opportunity! Act today!

Three ways to sign up for the Student Referral Service today!
  1. Contact Trisha Hughes, Client Services ET/CE Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com.
  2. Or call our office and ask to speak with her at 1-877-444-9322.
  3. Or fill out the SRS sign-up form on our website.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Refresh your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.

Summer's here. Beat the heat and stay safe on the jobsite by refreshing your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.



Summer is here, and so are heat waves.

Stay safe on the jobsite and refresh your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.

Stay safe, cool, and hydrated on the jobsite, everyone!
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Thursday, June 23, 2022   WECA Political Update June 23, 2022

US Supreme Court Overrules Key Holding of Iskanian Regarding Arbitrability of PAGA Claims

Key Points
  • On June 15, 2022, in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts a California state law rule holding that PAGA claims cannot be compelled to individual arbitration. Instead, PAGA permits private plaintiffs to sue their employers on behalf of the state of California and collect civil penalties for Labor Code violations committed against themselves and other aggrieved employees.
  • Explaining that PAGA allows aggregation of the named plaintiff’s claims and the claims of other employees, Viking River Cruises distinguished between the “individual” and “non-individual” claims brought in a PAGA action. Accordingly, it held that the “individual” claim might be compelled to arbitration but left in place the state law rule against forced arbitration of the “non-individual” claims.
  • The Court also held that under its reading of state law, the “non-individual” claims could not proceed in Court if the individual claims have been compelled to arbitration. Concurring opinions regarding the majority’s application of state law and the potential for legislative responses suggest that litigation over arbitration issues in PAGA cases may continue.
You can read the opinion here: 20-1573 Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana (06/15/2022)

And because the left-hand doesn’t know what the right decided…
CA Appellate Court Rejects Uber’s Arbitration Agreement for PAGA Claims
 A California appellate court has upheld the decision of a trial court to deny Uber’s petition to compel arbitration in a case involving the worker misclassification of a former Uber Eats driver. According to the Court, an agreement that the driver signed waiving the right to bring a claim under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) is unenforceable since such claims belong to the state, not the individual. Story

Newly elected Assembly Member Isaac Bryan is the author of AB 2419 to invest 40 percent of IIJA funding to low-income, Indigenous, and rural communities and communities of color, and union construction unions, who, despite their prevailing wages, are, obviously, part of the disadvantaged and low-income communities by requiring that to receive IIJA funds, any project costing more than five million dollars must be carried out under a project labor agreement that includes provisions to encourage apprenticeship training and the hiring of disadvantaged workers. WECA was the lone opponent when it was approved in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Stern (a co-author), who replied to WECA’s opposition by incorrectly saying (some might call it “fake news”), “The building trades only want prevailing wages and not a PLA."

SB 1020 Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act of 2022 State Senator John Laird is the author of a bill to establish interim targets for the statewide 100 percent clean energy policy and requires state agencies to accelerate their 100 percent clean energy goal by 15 years. It also establishes a California Affordable Decarbonization Authority as a nonprofit public benefit organization as a mechanism to help fund various electric utility-related programs and activities. It requires each state agency, except the State Water Resources Development System (State Water Project), to ensure that zero-carbon resources and eligible renewable energy resources supply 100 percent of electricity procured on its behalf by December 31, 2030, by either: installing zero-carbon resources or eligible renewable energy resources on state-owned or state-leased buildings to serve the state agency’s onsite load; or procuring zero-carbon resources or eligible renewable energy resources through the local publicly owned electric utility (POU) or load-serving entity (LSE) providing retail service to the state agency. But, but, but. Because the State Building and Construction Trades Council controls votes, it requires new procurement commitments made on behalf of a state agency by its LSE or POU after June 1, 2022, to be constructed with contractors using multicraft project labor agreements. The bill passed its muster in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy chaired by Eduardo Garcia (who is very close with the trades). It passed party line with Chad Mayes (I) joining his demo colleagues. WECA was the lone opponent to the mandatory PLA language.

Because the war in Ukraine isn’t F’d up enough, now the lobbyists are involved (and not in the war zone) SCM Consulting Limited, an affiliate of the company that owns the steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, that became the site of a standoff between Russian and Ukrainian militaries in a battle for control of the strategic port city, has hired Qorvis on a $60,000-per-month contract (!) to provide public relations services, according to documents filed recently with the DOJ. Qorvis will highlight the “operations and humanitarian efforts” of the steel plant’s parent company, System Capital Management, which reportedly employs more than 200,000 people, and its owner, Rinat Akhmetov. Akhmetov, who the filings say has “held an important role in political parties in Ukraine,” is the country’s richest man. He told Ukrainian media that he planned to sue Russia for as much as $20 billion in damages to his steel plants. Qorvis will work to win the company-earned media coverage and “assist with securing media interviews and proactive media engagement regarding events and projects as requested by the client,” according to the filings. SCM’s Azovstal steel plant was one of Ukraine’s last holdouts in Mariupol, with hundreds of Ukrainian fighters who had been “holed up in the facility for weeks under an intense Russian assault” finally evacuating the plant earlier this month, The Washington Post reported, calling the showdown “a desperate symbol of Ukrainians’ will to fight and die for their land, a key factor in Ukraine’s military successes against Russia’s larger, more powerful army.”

Hardball Diplomacy (The best kind). People close to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti reportedly privately pressured Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly to support Garcetti’s ambassadorial nomination, according to a story in POLITICO. As part of the push, they left the strong impression that the Arizona Democrat could be cut off from donor networks should he refuse to back the beleaguered nominee to be U.S. ambassador to India. The outreach infuriated Kelly, who vented to associates that he felt like he was being strong-armed over his refusal to relent on Garcetti’s nomination, two of the people with direct knowledge said. Kelly, up for reelection this year, is a top Senate fundraiser and frequently draws from Southern California as part of his campaign’s national reach. One person familiar with the advocacy said they were surprised that allies in Garcetti’s orbit believed Kelly, a retired astronaut (and fighter pilot) who prides himself on his independent streak, could be swayed by appeals from significant donors and luminaries. The person added that they believed the appeals were part of a coordinated campaign involving several Garcetti supporters. “These kinds of tactics backfire,” a second person familiar with the effort told POLITICO. “It’s hard to believe Garcetti didn’t have knowledge or didn’t push for these donors to call.”

IRS Raises Standard Mileage Rate for July to December 2022 On June 9, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2022-13, increasing the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022 from 58.5 cents per mile to 62.5 cents per mile. The new rate will be effective for travel from July 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. The old rate of 58.5 cents per mile will remain effective through June 30, 2022. Learn more

Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry inks agreement with Israeli counterpart Arizona’s business advocacy organization signed a deal with Israel’s leading business group to collaborate on areas of shared interest. The signing between the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce was part of an Arizona delegation to Israel last week led by Gov. Doug Ducey. Story

Inflation costs you… according to NBC’s Charlie Herman, an American household now has to pay an additional $460 monthly to buy the same things they did a year ago. So how many families have an extra McKinley lying around? (Yes, there is (was) a $500 bill).



November State Ballot Four ballot measures have already qualified, with another six awaiting confirmation they’ve secured enough signatures by the June 30 deadline. But a few high-profile issues have recently cropped up in the Legislature and could show up in November, along with a deal that could remove one proposition — if they clear both houses by the end of the month.

Abortion: Legislative leaders had said they were considering enshrining the right to an abortion before POLITICO published the early draft majority opinion by the Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade. (Yeah, right). But the revelation put that action into high gear, prompting Sen. Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to introduce SCA 10, which would protect the right to abortion as well as contraception. An easy path to the ballot is anticipated, considering the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature and how swiftly SCA 10 cleared three Senate committees last week. On Monday, the bill cleared the Senate and now moves on to the Assembly.

Involuntary servitude: Another proposed state constitutional amendment is in play: ACA3, introduced last year by Sen. Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), would ban involuntary servitude in California. The bill cleared the Assembly months ago and proposed an amendment to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude “except to punish crime.” Depending on how that is defined, it could increase pay for inmate labor. It now faces a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Kamlager is on the fast track to higher office. In 2010 Kamlager worked on the campaign to elect Holly Mitchell to the California State Assembly, becoming District Director after Mitchell's victory. In 2015 she won a seat on the Los Angeles Community College Board. After Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced his resignation from the State Assembly on December 27, 2017, Kamlager entered the race to serve the remainder of his term. She won the April 3, 2018, special election to represent California's 54th State Assembly district. Then on November 10, 2020, Kamlager announced that she would be a candidate for the California State Senate to succeed her former boss Holly Mitchell, who was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On March 2, 2021, Kamlager was elected to the California State Senate with a 67.67 percent vote. Then, she became a candidate to replace Karen Bass, following her mayoral bid, for California's 37th congressional district. Whew, four races in seven years.

Plastics: Voters are slated to decide on a November plastics proposition that would ban Styrofoam, place a fee on single-use plastics, and start the clock on making these products compostable and recyclable by 2030. But that measure could be replaced by a deal in the form of SB54 by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), which legislative leaders and environmental groups say doesn’t go far enough. Atkins, Rendon, and other opponents have described the timeline to negotiate the bill and get it passed and signed by the governor by June 30 as “impossibly short."

Dan Walters covered a couple of other measures we’ll see (maybe) in November:

With the scarcity of drama in statewide office campaigns, the November election’s major focus will be on ballot measures, topped by a high-dollar duel over who, if anyone, will control gambling on sports events.

Tribes that now dominate casino gambling in the state are divided over whether to pursue a tribal measure to limit sports wagering to their casinos, which has already qualified for the ballot or concentrate resources on defeating a rival measure proposed by a coalition of online gambling companies.

Tribes committed to an opposition strategy are already broadcasting and streaming ads aimed at the online betting measure, alleging that it will cause gambling addiction. The opposition coalition plans to place its online measure on the 2024 ballot if it can defeat the corporate proposal.

However, sports wagering is not the only issue facing voters. Others likely to make the ballot include two measures that would raise income taxes on high-income Californians, one for pandemic preparedness, and the other to subsidize electric vehicle purchases.

Lyft, a major rideshare corporation, primarily sponsors the latter. It has been criticized as a corporate effort to make taxpayers underwrite a state requirement that Lyft and other companies, such as Uber, electrify their fleets.

Other pending initiatives would guarantee state funding for arts and music in the schools, reduce single-use plastic packaging and impose new staffing requirements on dialysis clinics. Previous union-backed dialysis measures have failed.

A measure to raise the state’s minimum wage to $18 per hour, sponsored by wealthy Los Angeles investor Joe Sanberg, might make the ballot, but only if it meets the signature requirements by the June 30 deadline.

Finally, a referendum would overturn a state ban on flavored tobacco products— the latest example of corporate interests turning to the ballot to escape new regulations imposed by the Legislature.

The initiative and referendum processes were brought to California more than a century ago as a way for voters to assert their will over a Legislature then dominated by corporate interests. However, they have largely evolved — or devolved — into ways for corporate and other special interests to have their way, as this year’s crop of ballot measures proves anew.
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   Employee Spotlight: Christine Hall, Director of Operations, celebrates 25 years with WECA!





There is nobody at WECA with quite the pedigree of Christine Hall, WECA’s Director of Operations, with whom we're now celebrating 25 years with the organization! 
 
Christine started working at WECA as a receptionist in 1997. Over the quarter century that she’s been with the organization, she’s tried her hand at pretty much everything in every department– past roles and responsibilities have included overseeing the IT department, working in human resources and payroll, assisting with the administration of Apprentice health and welfare benefits, doing membership sales and support for Northern California and consulting on California’s prevailing wage, creating WECA’s existing internal database and its first basic website, helping to form the Electrician Trainee program, publishing the early years of the WECA newsletter, helping organize various events and golf tournaments, and so much more!  
 
Currently, Christine oversees the operations and administration of the Arizona and California Apprenticeship programs and Electrician Trainee programs, as well as directing the Client Services and Database Programming departments. She is also involved with special projects as needed, such as Apprenticeship programs expansions.  
 
“Many of my opportunities have come about because of my desire to learn and grow, and I’d love to continue to learn new things – whatever those opportunities might be and to continue to strive to be the best leader I can be. I really enjoy both personal growth and expanding my knowledge, and it brings me joy to share what I have learned if it can help someone else be better,” says Christine. 
 
With 25 years under her multi-talented toolbelt, it’s safe to say that Christine possesses unique insights regarding WECA. 
 
“The people [make WECA a premier merit shop electrical contractors association],” says Christine. “We have the most dedicated Board and Trustees committee, who are committed to WECA’s success and never allow for WECA to be the status quo. We also have a great staff team – every person cares about WECA’s success and is committed to making WECA the best, from customer service to education. And Terry Seabury [WECA’s Executive Director and CEO] is the reason why WECA has such a great team.”  
 
Christine says that there have been too many favorite memories or moments she’s been proud of WECA during her career, but one event that was most impactful for her and brought her the most growth personally and professionally were trainings that WECA sponsored her for – Leading from the Center and Going Deeper – both held by the Authentic Leadership Center in Rancho Cordova, CA. 
 
“These experiences were truly life changing for me and I will be forever grateful to Greg Anderson [Director of Human Resources at Rex Moore Group, Inc., and President of WECA’s Board of Directors and Chair of WECA’s Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees/Apprenticeship Training Committee] for taking the time to mentor me and introduce me to the Authentic Leadership Center,” says Christine. 
 
Christine further credits her success at WECA to her coworkers and mentors – such as former boss Diana Titus and current boss, Terry Seabury. 
 
“There are too many people to name [who contributed to my success]; I have been fortunate to have some great people in my life. There are two women who have been the most influential – my former boss Diana Titus, who was just an amazing example of a boss and human and is still a friend of mine, and Terry Seabury, who has been such a great leader and influence and who has challenged and supported me for the last 20 years,” says Christine. 
 
Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the mountains around where she lives, and just enjoying life. 
 
Christine, congratulations on a quarter century with WECA! We are inspired by your “Jill of all trades” status and mentality, and look forward to the next quarter century of advancing WECA in the American West with you! 
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   US Department of Labor to Offer Virtual Prevailing Wage Seminars



Content courtesy of U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers, and other stakeholders to provide information on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.

The virtual prevailing wage seminars will include video trainings on a variety of Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act topics that participants can view at their convenience, followed by corresponding virtual Question & Answer sessions, which will be offered live on multiple dates throughout the year to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Sessions on Davis-Bacon compliance are scheduled for:
  • June 14, and
  • September 13
Sessions on SCA compliance are scheduled for:
  • June 15, and
  • September 14
The training is a component of WHD’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve compliance with federal prevailing wage requirements.

?While seminar attendance is free, registration is required. More information, including the links to video trainings and virtual Q&A session dates, will be provided to registrants in the near future.

Register now!
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   It's time to come together to celebrate the WECA California Graduating Classes of 2022!

Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.



WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters:

WECA is proud to announce the California Graduating Classes of 2022!


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the California Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. California graduation sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the California graduation sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Note: A commencement ceremony for the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will take place in the Phoenix area this winter. Please stay tuned for further details about the event. We look forward to celebrating our Arizona graduates' hard work and achievements together!


Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team


Reserve your California graduation sponsorship package
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   Need California continuing education with NABCEP hours for your journeyperson electricians?

Browse WECA's online solar course catalog in partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), and encourage your journeypersons to enroll.




PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)(60 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to learn the fundamentals and gain a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems. Successful completion of this course results in State of California Journeyman Continuing Education or Electrician Trainee hours, and also counts as one of the two courses required to qualify students to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. (Solar Energy International highly recommends completion of their free, online RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy course before enrolling in PVOL101.)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) (60 Hour Course)


This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to take a deep dive into National Electrical Code 2020 standards as well as other best practices that pertain to designing grid-direct PV systems. (Prerequisite: Completion of PVOL101)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) (40 Hour Course)


This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to focus on the fundamentals of battery-based PV systems. Components such as batteries, charge controllers, and battery-based inverters are covered in detail, along with safety and maintenance considerations unique to battery-based systems, load analysis, battery bank configuration, and the electrical integration of the system. ( Before participating in the PVOL203 course, students are required to complete PVOL101, an equivalent course from another organization, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact sei@solarenergy.org if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PVOL203; they will notify WECA of your equivalency if granted.)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL350: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance (40 Hour Course)


This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is an advanced online training targeted towards solar professionals who want to take their technical skills to the next level. This course is geared towards training PV technicians to safely and effectively perform operations and maintenance (O&M) tasks including inspections, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting. (Before participating in the PVOL350 course, students are required to complete PVOL101, AND PVOL202)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) Spanish (60 Hour Course)


Este es un curso fundamental para cualquier persona que quiera iniciar una carrera en energía fotovoltaica (FV) y/o comprender los pormenores de la generación de electricidad con base en el efecto fotoeléctrico. La plataforma del curso FV101 le permitirá continuar desarrollándose en áreas como: diseño, inspección, instalación, mantenimiento, ventas técnicas y soporte técnico; todo basado en los más rigurosos códigos eléctricos y en prácticas recomendadas por profesionales con décadas de trayectoria en la industria. (Solar Energy International recomienda enfáticamente que se complete su curso gratuito en línea, RE100 Introducción a la energía removable antes de inscribirse en el FVOL101.)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) Spanish (60 Hour Course)


Sumérjase en los detalles avanzados de diseño y buenas prácticas relacionadas con sistemas fotovoltaicos (FV). Con un enfoque altamente técnico, este curso se diseñó para apoyar a diseñadores, instaladores, inspectores e ingenieros que quieren entender los detalles intrínsecos del diseño de sistemas FV, y los requerimientos para instalarlos correctamente. El curso ofrece una mirada profunda a los estándares del Código Eléctrico Nacional (NEC® 2014), así como a prácticas recomendadas de la industria de sistemas FV interactivos con la red. (Prerequisitos: FV101)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) Spanish (40 Hour Course)


Este curso le proporcionará al estudiante una comprensión de los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para trabajar de forma segura en sistemas FV basados en baterías; estos incluyen los sistemas FV aislados (o autónomos) y los sistemas FV conectados a la red con respaldo de baterías. Se estudia el propósito, las aplicaciones y los criterios de diseño requeridos para los diferentes componentes que se deben seleccionar e integrar como: controladores de carga, baterías, arreglo FV e inversores basados en baterías (sumamente distintos a los inversores conectados a la red). La información en este curso le proveerá una comprensión teórica de los sistemas FV basados en baterías que podrá aplicar en instalaciones reales y aplicaciones prácticas. (Prerequisitos: FV101)

Learn more and enroll here!
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

*COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards: What Employers Need to Know About the December 16 (2021) Standards
Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, June 9, 2022   WECA Political Update, 6-9-22: Special Election Edition of Preliminary Results

Special Election Edition of Preliminary Results

We’ll focus this edition exclusively on this week’s preliminary election results. I didn’t cover all 152 district races – but more interesting ones.

State election results are updated as often as county elections offices submit new data. Ballots continue to be counted after election day during the canvass period; county elections officials must report the final official results to the Secretary of State by July 8, 2022. The Secretary of State will certify the results on July 15, 2022.

As of Wednesday morning, 3.5 million votes have been counted, which equates to a turnout of 16%. With the caveat that there are still many more votes to count, it seems safe to say that turnout in yesterday's primary will not be a shining example of citizen civic engagement. Several explanations are circulating, including a lack of statewide ballot measures.

The June top-two primary is when California voters choose their two favorites for governor and other constitutional offices. Ditto for each of the 80 Assembly districts, 20 state Senate races, and 52 congressional districts where 160, 40, and 104 candidates will emerge after all the ballots are counted.

In some races, this is the election that counts. There will be overwhelmingly blue or decisively red districts where only one member of the dominant party will secure one of the two spots for November, ensuring their victory. But in others, the contests will create Democrat versus Democrat battles or, to a lesser extent, Republican versus Republican fights.

Governor Gov. Gavin Newsom is poised for reelection after crushing a crowded field of scarcely known challengers in California’s statewide primary. He will face off against Northern California Republican State Senator Brian Dahle.

Newsom’s dominance comes nine months after he prevailed in a recall attempt. The one-two punch showed just how formidable he remains in California politics even after a first term in which he was tested by the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic, six of the largest wildfires in state history, and an ever-worsening homelessness crisis. Moreover, many believe he will be poised to engage in a presidential run in 2024 if the Biden/Harris administration continues to suffer from low approval ratings.

U.S. Senate Two primaries for United States Senate were on the California ballot on Tuesday. Sen. Alex Padilla and Republican attorney Mark Meuser both won and advanced to the November elections. Padilla, a Democrat, had to run in both a special and general election to keep the seat through January 2029. The special election is for the last two months of the current term; the general election is for a full, six-year term that starts in January 2023.

Attorney General Incumbent Rob Bonta will beat Nathan Hochman or Eric Early in November. As the Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board explains: “It didn’t matter that [NPP Anne-Marie] Schubert had more relevant experience and greater credibility than her Republican opponents to serve as California’s attorney general. Her support from law enforcement leaders, unions, and crime victims wasn’t enough. Her office’s prosecution of the Golden State Killer case, her lawsuit against the state over the early release of inmates, her leadership on the unemployment fraud task force — the first wave of primary results made it clear that not identifying as a Republican was an obstacle she struggled to overcome.”

Controller “Lanhee Chen is either the great Republican hope to win statewide in California, or he's 'fool's gold,'” said Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle: “State controller candidate Lanhee Chen is giving Republicans hope that he can do something the GOP hasn’t done since 2006: win statewide office in California.” He will face Malia M. Cohen, one of four Democrats in this race.

Treasurer Numerous allegations of sexual and financial impropriety didn’t keep voters from overwhelmingly picking Fiona Ma for a second term. The race for second is close.

Insurance Commissioner Accepting campaign contributions from the insurance industry he regulates didn’t seem to bother voters who gave incumbent Ricardo Lara 37% of the vote in a crowded race. Despite numerous endorsements by newspapers statewide (you remember those, right?) Democrat Marc Levine is ending up out of the mix; Lara will beat whichever Republican finishes second.

Northern California

Sacramento Supervisor The race to replace left-moderate Don Nottoli pitted two former Elk Grove Councilmen against a labor-backed local district board member. While votes are still being counted, it looks like right center Pat Hume will face far-left, PLA-loving Jacklyn Moreno in November. Hume - 8, 388, 41.9%; Moreno - 6,095, 30.8%; Steve Ly - 3,808; 19.2% and Alex Joe - 1,562, 9.9%. The big question is, where will Ly and Joe's voters go in November?

Contra Costa County BART Board member and former ABC Northern California chair Deborah Allen is in second place, but only by 389 votes, a very tight margin that could change in the coming days.

AD 10 (Open, D-Cooper) - Democrat Stephanie Nguyen, an Elk Grove city councilmember, is comfortably ahead in the top spot, with Sacramento city councilmember Eric Guerra running 50 votes ahead of Republican Eric Rigard. Supporters of Guerra had spent money boosting Rigard to block Nguyen from the top two, although that move may very well backfire once all the votes are in.

AD 27 (Open, D-Gray) - Democrat Esmeralda Soria, a Fresno city councilmember, and Republican Mark Pazin, the former Merced County Sheriff, will advance to a November runoff. Democratic candidates combine for 51.6% of the vote, portending a potentially competitive race in November.

AD 30 (Open, R-Cunningham) - Democrat Dawn Addis, a Morro Bay city councilmember who received independent expenditure support from the California Farm Bureau, charter school advocates, and the correctional officer’s union, advances to a runoff with perennial, Republican Vicki Nohrden. Addis is not expected to face a competitive challenge.

CD 03 (NEW, Placer/Sacramento) - Democrat Kermit Jones leads with 39.4%, with Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley in second with 36.5%. The Republican candidates are currently leading the Democratic candidates 53.5% to 46.5% in a race where Republicans are favored in November.

CD 09 (D-Harder) - Incumbent Josh Harder leads with 36.5%, and Republican San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti is in second with 28.9%. The Republican candidates are at 49.54%, and the Democrats are at 49.49%.

CD 13 (NEW, Central Valley) - Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray appears poised to advance to a runoff with farmer/businessman Republican John Duarte. Gray leads with 33.2% to Duarte's 30.8%. The Democratic candidates are at a combined 52.2% to the GOP candidates' 47.8% in a Biden 11% district that is certain to be a top target in November.

CD 21 (D-Costa) - Incumbent Democrat Jim Costa easily beat back a challenge from progressive Democrat Eric Garcia, receiving 50.5% of the vote and advancing to November with Republican Micahel Maher, who received 23.7%.

Old CD 22 (R-Nunes) Connie Conway, a former GOP state assemblymember, won the special election for the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Devin Nunes. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, once she’s sworn into office, a record 146 women will be serving in Congress, making up a little more than 27% of the body. But she’ll only have about six months in office: in 2023, Nunes’ seat will cease to exist in its current form due to redistricting.

CD 22 (R-Valadao) - Democratic Assemblyman Rudy Salas leads incumbent Republican David Valadao 47.1% to 25.7% in the current returns, with two pro-Trump Republicans splitting the rest of the GOP vote. Fewer than 20,000 votes have been counted at this stage, though the GOP candidates are still combining for 52.9% in this Biden 13% district. Valadao's primary campaign faced a last-minute dose of chaos when Super PACs aligned with Speaker Nancy Pelosi pumped six-figure sums to promote former Fresno City Councilman Chris Mathys as a preferable option for GOP voters, despite being perceived as a weaker candidate against Salas in the fall.

SD 04 (Open, R-Borgeas) – In yet another example of a Republican circular firing squad, two weak Democratic candidates evenly divided the minority of the vote while the six Republicans battled it out for the other 56% of the vote – thus locking themselves out of the November ballot – that a Republican should have won! Labor leader Tim Robertson leads with 23.4%, Democrat Marie Alvarado-Gil, whose campaign spent nothing, is taking 20.1%, and Republicans George Radanovich, Steven Bailey, and Jeff McKay are evenly splitting the vote for third, receiving 17%, 14.93%, and 14.89%, respectively. One more lost Republican seat – great move, guys!

SD 06 (Open, R-Nielsen) - Former GOP Assemblyman Roger Niello took the number two spot over Republican physician Michael Huang. Paula Villescaz, the only Democrat on the ballot, received 46%. The race is expected to be competitive, albeit Republican-leaning.

SD 08 (Open, D-Pan) - Democrat Dave Jones leads Angelique Ashby 45.8%/42.1%. Both will advance to November when the torrent of I.E. spending that defined the primary is expected to flare back up with even more intensity.

SD 16 (D-Hurtado) - Republican David Shepard took the top spot with 42.1% of the vote, while incumbent Democrat Melissa Hurtado easily beat former Assemblymember Nicole Parra and progressive Bryan Osorio. The race is expected to be competitive. The two Republican candidates are currently at 50.3% of the vote, with the three Democrats at 49.7%.

Southern California

LA Mayor Rick Caruso is ahead of Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) by 5.1 points in the Los Angeles mayoral race, though barely a third of the results are in. Caruso held a narrow but widening lead over Bass in partial returns early Wednesday. With more than one-third of the expected votes counted, Caruso was ahead with 42% to Bass’ 37%. Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León was third, far behind the leaders, with progressive activist Gina Viola fourth.

Chula Vista Mayor John McCann, who has always been a friend of the merit shop, came in first in his Chula Vista mayor’s race. First, however, he will face Ammar Campa-Najar, who lost a house seat to Issa in 2020.

Orange County Supervisor D4 Surprisingly, two Democrats made it to the runoff for Orange County Supervisor District 4.

Orange County Supervisor D2 Two Democrats made it to the runoff for Orange County Supervisor District 2. Both candidates come from cities that have recently enacted PLAs.

Orange County Supervisor D5 State Senator Pat Bates will probably face Democrat-labor lawyer Katrina Foley in the November election.

San Bernardino Mayor Merit Shop supporter John Valdivia lost his reelection bid.

Riverside County Supervisor D5 Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt made the top two runoffs with PLA supporter Yxstian Gutierrez, the mayor of Moreno Valley.

AD 34 (R-Lackey / R-Smith) - Tom Lackey holds a narrow lead in the redistricted A.D. 34, currently running 41 votes ahead of Assemblyman Thurston 'Smitty' Smith. Democrat Rita Ramirez-Dean is a close third, 2% behind Smith.

AD 40 (R-Valladeres) - Despite her district shifting sharply to the left, incumbent Republican Suzette Martinez Valladares is currently logging 51% of the vote in this Biden 16% district. Labor-backed Democrat Pilar Schiavo is handily beating third-place 2020 candidate Annie Cho.

AD 47 (Open, NPP-Mayes) - There are warning signs for Republicans looking to hold onto the Riverside/San Bernardino County district being vacated by independent Chad Mayes. Democrat Christy Holstege, a Palm Springs city councilmember, leads Mayes' district director Greg Wallis 50.1% to 30.9%. A second Democrat is receiving another 8% of the vote, while the GOP vote share is currently under 42%.

AD 63 (Open, R-Seyarto) - With Fauzia Rizvi as the only Democrat on the ballot, the race between Republicans Bill Essayli and Clint Lorimore for the second spot remains tight, with Essayli leading Lorimore 29.8% to 27.6%. Whichever Republican advances is expected to prevail in November.

AD 70 (Open, R-Nguyen) - In what was expected to be a somewhat competitive race, the Republican candidates are currently at 61.5% of the vote. However, 2020 candidate and Garden Grove city councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen is in the top spot with 38.5% of the vote as the only Democrat on the ballot, with Republican Tri Ta, the mayor of Westminster, outpacing the other four GOP candidates on the ballot to take the second spot.

AD 71 (NEW, Orange County/Riverside) - It's a close race in the safely Republican AD 71 in the two-person race, with Temecula mayor Matt Rahn leading former Darrell Issa aide Kate Sanchez 52.2%/47.8%. Both will advance to a same-party GOP runoff.

AD 73 (D-Petrie-Norris / R-Choi) - While the redrawn district remains incredibly hostile territory to Republican candidates, as of this morning, Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris is leading Republican Steven Choi by single digits in a district that voted for Biden by nearly 26%. Choi faces a tough race in November.

AD 74 (R-Davies) - Incumbent Republican Laurie Davies narrowly leads Democrat Chris Duncan, a San Clemente city councilmember, 52.9%/47.1%. The race is almost assured to be a top battleground in November.

AD 75 (R-Waldron / R-Voepel) - The edge in the incumbent-on-incumbent Republican race goes to Marie Waldron, who is crushing Voepel 62.6%/37.4%.

AD 80 (Open, D-Gonzalez) - While progressive Georgette Gomez is leading David Alvarez 35%/32% in the four-way race for the entire term, Alvarez is currently far ahead of Gomez in the two-person runoff for the remainder of Lorena Gonzalez' current term, receiving 56.1% to her 43.9%. The San Diego County Republican Party provided some modest spending in support of Alvarez during the runoff. As with the runoff, Alvarez appears to have much more room to grow in November as the comparatively moderate candidate in the democrat-on-democrat race.

CD 27 (R-Garcia) - Despite losing the conservative Simi Valley portion of his district, Mike Garcia is currently at 49.6%, with two other GOP candidates bumping the Republican vote share to 53.4%. Repeat Democratic candidate Christy Smith easily dispatched newcomer Quaye Quartey for the second spot by a 6% margin. This will be Smith’s third race against Garcia. She gave up a safe Assembly seat to run for Congress. In 2020, Garcia defeated Smith in the general election by 333 votes, making it the third-closest U.S. House race that year. Three independent election forecasters rated the general election as a toss-up.

CD 40 (R-Kim) - Incumbent Republican Young Kim fought off a challenge from her right from serial candidate Greg Raths, outpolling him 34.3% to 24.6%. Physician Asif Mahmood currently receives 39.8% as the only Democratic candidate on the ballot.

CD 41 (R-Calvert) - Incumbent Republican Ken Calvert is currently in first place, with just 43.6% of the vote. Democrat Will Rollins is a lock for the second spot with 35.6%. The two Democratic candidates are currently polling at 50.5% to the GOP candidates' 48.3%, which will no doubt set off alarms at the NRCC.

CD 42 (Open, D-Lowenthal / D-Roybal-Allard) - Democratic Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is expected to cruise to an easy win in November, with perennial Republican candidate John Briscoe claiming the second spot with 28.7% of the vote and Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia a distant third with 12.7%.

CD 45 (R-Steel) - Incumbent Republican Michelle Steel is leading Democrat Jay Chen 49.3% to 41.2%, with perennial Republican candidate Long Pham claiming another 9.5%. Steel appears to be in a strong position for November.

CD 47 (D-Porter) - Incumbent Democrat Katie Porter will need to dip into her enormous war chest if current trends hold. The second-term Democrat is currently winning a narrow majority of the vote with just under 51%. Former Assembly GOP leader Scott Baugh took the second spot with 30.8% and advances to November.

CD 49 (D-Levin) - Incumbent Democrat Mike Levin will advance to a runoff with third-time Republican candidate Brian Maryott, comfortably leading Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett 18.5% to 10.5% for the second spot.

SD 20 (Open, D-Hertzberg) - While early returns had the race as a same-party Democratic runoff between Bob Hertzberg's adult son (hotel employee Daniel) and Democrat Caroline Menjivar, a former East Valley Area Representative in Los Angeles mayor Garcetti's office, late returns pushed the sole Republican on the ballot, realtor Ely De La Cruz Ayao, into the second spot and he now leads Menjivar 29.5%/24.9%.

SD 36 (NEW, Coastal Orange County) - Republican Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen leads Democratic Huntington Beach city councilmember Kim Carr 56.9%/43.1% and is favored to win in November.

SD 38 (Open, R-Bates) - Republican businessman Matt Gunderson is currently in the top spot with 45.3%, with Democratic Encinitas mayor Catherine Blakespear crushing retired fire captain Joe Kerr 43.9%/10.8% for the second spot. The redrawn district voted for Biden by 16%, and Blakespear is favored in November.

SD 40 (R-Jones) - Incumbent Republican Brian Jones leads Democrat Joe Rocha 53.9%/46.1%. The area is trending blue and should be one of the marquee races in November.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022   Pictorial spotlight on your Low Voltage apprentices in the lab

Pictorial spotlight on your Low Voltage apprentices in the lab: apprentices in their final semester of WECA's program work on one of the six systems in their program capstone









The 3rd year, 2nd semester low voltage apprentices pictured above are working on a hands-on assessment of a data/phone system. This system is one of six systems that make up their program capstone. In their final semester, WECA assesses apprentices' complete system knowledge including designing, estimating, documenting, installing, and commissioning.

Students are also pictured installing the cable and terminations for a building network system. This system includes all wiring and connections typically found in a copper Structured Cabling System within a commercial building -- from the modem, through the cross-contacts, and all the way to the data and phone jacks found in an office work area. Students are then assessed on a comprehensive list of criteria to ensure mastery of this type of system, and others, before they are able to graduate.

Fun fact: the six systems that make up their program capstone are CCTV, data/phone, fire alarm, intrusion, audio, and access control!
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Thursday, June 2, 2022   Building the next generation of the electrical sustainability industry

WECA's Apprenticeship Outreach team joined Imperial Electric Service (owned by WECA alumni Windell Pascascio, Jr.!) at Imperial Youth Skill Day in Fresno on May 26 to promote exciting career paths in the electrical sustainability industry!



WECA Fresno Apprenticeship Instructor Jaron Stroud (second from left, in the blue shirt) poses with Imperial Electric Service owner Windell Pascascio, Jr. (far left) and current WECA Apprentices/Imperial Electric Service employees at the event.

Apprenticeship outreach is always exciting and gratifying -- but especially more so when we get to do it with WECA member contractors (who also happen to be alumni!) and their employees, at a special outreach event of their creation!

We had a great time reaching out to Fresno-area high school seniors and college students exploring careers in the electrical sustainability industry at Imperial Electric Service's Imperial Youth Skills Day on May 26 in Fresno.

?The event encouraged individuals, especially high school seniors and other youth, to consider a career path not only in sustainable energy but in the construction industry as a whole. Imperial Electric Service owner Windell Pascascio, Jr. believes it’s his organization's duty to perform industry outreach in their community, and WECA appreciated the invitation to join in their workforce development efforts in the Central Valley.

Scroll down below to see some more snaps of the event!









 
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Thursday, June 2, 2022   Klein Tools visits WECA's Phoenix training facility; donates and installs shadow box of tools



Richard Adinolfi, Manager of Klein's End User Division (left) and Tristan Lotz, Klein's End User Sales Representative (right) pose in front of the shadow box of tools they donated and installed.

Richard Adinolfi and Tristan Lotz of Klein Tools visited WECA's Phoenix training facility on Friday, April 29 to donate and install a shadow box of Klein tools.

During their visit, WECA Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor Keith Smart discussed the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program with our visitors from Klein Tools.

"My overall impression of the WECA program is that it's a great career starter for people who are aspiring to be electricians," said Tristan. "I believe this program takes great pride in how they train and develop their apprentices to become valuable craftsmen. I foresee the Phoenix facility being able to keep up with the local workforce and sustain growth for years to come."

Tristan also said that he is interested in helping the WECA program succeed because "I know what it is like to work in the trades; having good quality tools makes the job easier and more efficient. I am also an advocate for blue collar tradesmen, and have seen firsthand what the trades can do for hardworking individuals and their families."

Speaking more broadly, Tristan also said that he and Klein Tools "Plan to work closely with WECA by introducing programs to help apprentices get started in their careers. Out of the several beneficial programs, the Klein Tools Metal Card program allows companies to partner with the distributor of their choice to receive Klein Tools at the counter of their distributors at a discounted price."

Thank you, Richard and Tristan, for visiting our Phoenix training facility. We appreciate your dedication to our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and look forward to partnering with you and Klein Tools in Arizona for years to come.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022   Save the date to celebrate your graduates in the WECA Class of 2022!



WECA's 2022 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2022 will be held on the above dates, and our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will be held in the Winter, so stay tuned for that date!

?Make their graduation memorable. Your attendance is especially meaningful for them if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Please mark your calendars now, and watch your inbox for ticketing and sponsorship opportunities, coming soon!

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating our graduates' achievements together!
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Thursday, June 2, 2022   Navigate CA's prevailing wage laws; prevailing wage contracting in CA w/ WECA Prevailing Wage eBook

Navigate California's prevailing wage laws and prevailing wage contracting in California with WECA's downloadable eBook, "Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide"





Are you grappling with California's prevailing wage laws, or simply want to learn more about prevailing wage contracting in California? Perhaps you're taking this time to study up. WECA has you covered with the second edition of our downloadable eBook, Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide. 

Current WECA member contractors receive a complimentary copy of this publication as a member benefit. It's easy to get your eBook today and have this useful resource at your fingertips - just log in to your member dashboard to download an interactive PDF.  

Compliance requires understanding and applying a complex set of legal statutes that are ever-changing, and California is often singled out as having the most complicated set of prevailing wage requirements in the nation. 

Our 2nd edition is updated with the latest changes to California law.

Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide guides readers through California prevailing wage compliance beginning with basic introductions, up through advanced wage calculations. This updated eBook is intended for audiences at all levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Anyone from the novice to the experienced professional, contractors to office staff, can benefit from this eBook.

Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide is unlike any other prevailing wage text. Learning is made as painless as possible, and is facilitated throughout by a rich visual presentation, engaging infographics, and an interactive design. Instead of quoting the inaccessible language of case law, we bring the law to life through a graphic-rich presentation-helping readers to more easily learn and retain information about their prevailing wage obligations. Topics include: new registration laws, debiting already paid benefits, calculating predetermined increases, footnotes, holiday pay, and much more.

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Thursday, June 2, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

*COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards: What Employers Need to Know About the December 16 (2021) Standards
Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Klein Tools visits WECA's Phoenix training facility; donates and installs shadow box of tools



Richard Adinolfi, Manager of Klein's End User Division (left) and Tristan Lotz, Klein's End User Sales Representative (right) pose in front of the shadow box of tools they donated and installed.

Richard Adinolfi and Tristan Lotz of Klein Tools visited WECA's Phoenix training facility on Friday, April 29 to donate and install a shadow box of Klein tools.

During their visit, WECA Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor Keith Smart discussed the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program with our visitors from Klein Tools.

"My overall impression of the WECA program is that it's a great career starter for people who are aspiring to be electricians," said Tristan. "I believe this program takes great pride in how they train and develop their apprentices to become valuable craftsmen. I foresee the Phoenix facility being able to keep up with the local workforce and sustain growth for years to come."

Tristan also said that he is interested in helping the WECA program succeed because "I know what it is like to work in the trades; having good quality tools makes the job easier and more efficient. I am also an advocate for blue collar tradesmen, and have seen firsthand what the trades can do for hardworking individuals and their families."

Speaking more broadly, Tristan also said that he and Klein Tools "Plan to work closely with WECA by introducing programs to help apprentices get started in their careers. Out of the several beneficial programs, the Klein Tools Metal Card program allows companies to partner with the distributor of their choice to receive Klein Tools at the counter of their distributors at a discounted price."

Thank you, Richard and Tristan, for visiting our Phoenix training facility. We appreciate your dedication to our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and look forward to partnering with you and Klein Tools in Arizona for years to come.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Milwaukee Tool offers GRID Program for Apprentices

Get connected to the industry, and enjoy exploring a content hub, exclusive access to promotions, contests, and swag!



Get the most out of your WECA Apprenticeship with MILWAUKEE GRID!

Andrew Spleth, the Territory Manager for Milwaukee Tool in Arizona, lays it out below, as described to Arizona Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor Keith Smart:

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MILWAUKEE GRID™ is a first of its kind apprentice-only community, giving members a unique connection to their industry and one another. Designed to add value to their education and future careers, by jumping on the MILWAUKEE GRID apprentices will be able to learn from industry experts and network with one another, all while have exclusive access to promotions, contests and swag.

Key Program Components
  • Content Hub
  • Videos, Articles, Podcasts, Supplemental Learnings
  • Quarterly Promotions
  • Contests and Raffles
  • Social Engagement
  • Network with Apprentices across the country
  • Partnership with 3rd Party Trade Influencers
Apprentices: Get started here!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   You're one click away from a great new career!

WECA's seeking Low Voltage Apprentices throughout California -- learn more and apply below.









Get paid to start a new career as a Low Voltage Technician with WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program. Get hands-on learning and real-world skills in the classroom and on-the-job, and get paid while doing it. We currently have high need for Low Voltage apprentice applicants from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Joaquin County, San Diego County, and Kern County, so click below to apply, or share this with someone looking to get trained for a well-paid career with no student debt.

Learn more about WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program below.

WECA's apprenticeship programs have been called the best in the West. High graduation rates; great reviews from apprentices and contractors alike; to-the-point, up-to-date curriculum and on-the-job training, and a dedicated, experienced teaching staff and administration all contribute to the success of these programs.

Each apprentice enrolled in the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program works under the supervision of a journeyperson technician installing and testing, servicing and maintaining systems utilizing the transmission and/or transference of voice, sound, video and digital signals for commercial, educational, security and entertainment purposes, as well as for fire, life and safety purposes.

A WECA apprentice's tuition costs are paid for by the WECA member contractors who employ them. WECA apprentices attend classes in an accelerated and intensive format consisting of full-time classroom training and hands-on labs for consecutive weeks every five to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester of classroom instruction. The rest of the time, apprentices are learning on the job and getting paid to do it! No college debt here. This is the alternative path to a rewarding and well-paying career.

WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program is a three-year commitment to classroom and paid on-the-job training. We're actively seeking apprentices for our member contractors throughout California -- especially in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Joaquin County, San Diego County, and Kern County. Right now, there's little to no wait time for qualified applicants, so what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more and apply today!

Not for you? Please forward this email to someone who might be interested -- especially if they also live in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Joaquin County, San Diego County, or Kern County!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Save the date to celebrate the WECA Class of 2022!



WECA's 2022 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2022 will be held on the above dates, and our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will be held in the Winter, so stay tuned for that date!

?Grads: watch your inboxes for more details as these events draw closer. We look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments with you!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   WECA Apprenticeship Outreach/Imperial Youth Skill Day Recap

WECA's Apprenticeship Outreach team joined Imperial Electric Service (owned by WECA alumni Windell Pascascio, Jr.!) at Imperial Youth Skill Day in Fresno on May 26 to promote exciting career paths in the electrical sustainable industry!



WECA Fresno Apprenticeship Instructor Jaron Stroud (second from left, in the blue shirt) poses with Imperial Electric Service owner Windell Pascascio, Jr. (far left) and current WECA Apprentices/Imperial Electric Service employees at the event.

Apprenticeship outreach is always exciting and gratifying -- but especially more so when we get to do it with WECA member contractors (who also happen to be alumni!) and their employees!

We had a great time reaching out to Fresno-area high school seniors and college students exploring careers in the electrical sustainable industry at Imperial Electric Service's Imperial Youth Skills Day on May 26 in Fresno.

?The event encouraged individuals, especially high school seniors and other youth, to consider a career path not only in sustainable energy but in the construction industry as a whole. Imperial Electric Service owner Windell Pascascio, Jr. believes it’s his organization's duty to perform industry outreach in their community, and WECA appreciated the invitation to join in their workforce development efforts in the Central Valley.

Scroll down below to see some more snaps of the event!







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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Put safety first year-round with WECA's safety courses in partnership with ClickSafety!

National Electrical Safety Month is coming to an end. But you can put safety first year-round with WECA's comprehensive suite of online safety courses in partnership with WECA educational partner ClickSafety!





OSHA 10 Construction

?This 10 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It covers fewer topics than OSHA 30. Learn more and enroll here.



OSHA 10 Construction Spanish

Este curso de 10 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA, cubriendo menos temas que el OSHA 30. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo. Obtenga más información e inscríbase aquí.



California OSHA 10-Hour Construction

?This 10-hour online California OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It is specially designed to help keep California workers safe while obtaining their OSHA 10-Hour Card. Learn more and enroll here.



OSHA 30 Construction

This 30 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. Learn more and enroll here.



OSHA 30 Construction Spanish

?Este curso de 30 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo. Obtenga más información e inscríbase aquí.



Health and Safety Leadership with NFPA 70E

Develop "competent person" skills in excavation and fall prevention, expand your knowledge of NFPA 70E for Supervisors and Managers, and hone your safety and leadership skills in conducting tailgate meetings, OSHA compliance basics, heat illness prevention, and more, in this course WECA offers in partnership with ClickSafety. Learn more and enroll here.
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Thursday, May 26, 2022   WECA Political Update May 26, 2022

California/OSHA – Updates for Employers The linked article summarizes recent updates from California/OSHA that employers should understand, monitor, and follow, as applicable. Story
1.     Revised COVID-19 ETS (Effective until December 31, 2022)
2.     Protect Employees from Outdoor Heat
3.     SB 606 Has Expanded OSHA’s Enforcement Authority (Effective January 1, 2022)
4.     Proposed Workplace Violence Prevention Standard for All Industries

And because it is just too easy to be a California employer, California Supreme Court Allows Employees to Seek Derivative Penalties for Meal and Rest Break Violations On May 23, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion that will drastically increase the potential exposure for employers facing meal and rest break class actions. The court, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc., ruled that employees who are entitled to meal or rest period premiums for denial of compliant meal or rest breaks may now recover derivative waiting time penalties and wage statement penalties previously reserved for nonpayment of traditional wages, such as minimum wage or overtime wages. The article includes some key takeaways from the court’s decision. Story

California Court Decries CEQA Abuse: "Something Is Very Wrong with This Picture" In its stunning opinion delivered on May 12 in Tiburon Open Space Committee v. County of Marin the First District of the California Court of Appeal upheld Marin County's approval of a 43-unit residential project following decades of "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) obstruction, governmental recalcitrance, and multiple court challenges. In so holding, the Court zealously denounced "official hostility" from "two levels of local government" and NIMBY litigation tactics aimed at preventing construction of much-needed housing during a statewide housing crisis. The ultimate impact of Tiburon Open Space Committee remains to be seen, but it has the potential to cast a long shadow. As acknowledged by the Court, "CEQA lawsuit abuse is worsening California's housing crisis. … Something is very wrong with this picture." Hopefully, the Court's forceful affirmation that CEQA is subordinate to state laws limiting the discretionary authority of local agencies to deny or pare the density of compliant housing projects will reduce opportunities to leverage CEQA as an "instrument for the oppression and delay" that has "become its own reward for project opponents." After all, as this important case makes clear, "CEQA is not meant to cause paralysis." Story

California technology company Sendoso to relocate HQ to Phoenix, bring 1,000 jobs A direct mail software startup is investing more than $40 million to relocate its headquarters to the Phoenix area from San Francisco. Last year, Sendoso signed a lease for nearly 60,000 square feet at The Grove, which is located at 4300 E. Camelback Road in the Arcadia area in Phoenix. (Story)

For the first time since 1964, there's no statewide initiative on California's primary ballot The June 7 California primary ballot won’t feature any state ballot measures for the first time since 1964. This year's lack of measures follows a decline in primary ballot initiatives—last year, one proposition was on the primary ballot. Based on decades, the average has declined over time, with an average of 11 on primary ballots in the 1970s and 1980s, 10 in the 1990s, seven in the 2000s, and three in the 2010s. One contributing factor to the decline could be Senate Bill 202, which California lawmakers approved in 2011. SB 202 required citizen-initiated ballot measures be placed only on the November general election ballot. Since SB 202's passage, only legislatively referred ballot measures can appear on primary ballots. The state legislature did not place any such measures on the June primary ballot. However, there are several local measures to be decided on primary day—90 to be exact. There are currently four citizen-initiated measures that qualified for the statewide ballot in November and several more are expected to file signatures ahead of the June 30 signature verification deadline. Legislators also have until June 30 to refer measures to the November ballot. Since 2010, there have been an average of 10 measures decided at the general election—nine citizen-initiated measures and two legislative referrals.

The 8 largest OSHA fines of Q1 2022 The eight contractors who faced the heftiest OSHA fines in the first quarter of 2022 received citations worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, with one eclipsing $1 million. For violations ranging from fall hazards to unsafe trenches, read here about the largest fines OSHA issued in Q1 2022. Obviously, states like Arizona and California who have delegated authority are not in this list, but it illustrates where OSHA is focused.

On a related note… Feds may strip Arizona of OSHA delegation The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced recently that it is considering revoking Arizona’s ability to regulate its own workplace safety rules, saying the state has “routinely failed” to protect workers in the past decade. OSHA released a proposal outlining its reasons for stripping oversight authority from the Industrial Commission of Arizona, which oversees the state’s safety plan. OSHA said Arizona has failed to adopt adequate maximum penalty levels and occupational safety and health standards, among other deficiencies. I recently chatted with Douglas L. Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health about the move. Parker previously served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and was a member of the Biden-Harris transition team focused on worker health and safety issues. He said the state would be given an opportunity to address OSHA’s concerns and improve their enforcement efforts. Story

Judge strikes down California corporate gender diversity law A Los Angeles judge struck down the California law requiring more women on corporate boards in the latest legal blow to the state's efforts to mandate more diversity in the business world. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis rejected the law in a case brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch who sued to block SB 826, which the state Legislature passed in 2018, arguing its enforcement would be an unconstitutional use of taxpayer funds. Courts have repeatedly thwarted California's efforts to reshape who wields power in corporate America. Last month a judge struck down a similar law that directed publicly traded companies to have more board members from underrepresented groups like people of color or LGBTQ people. Lawmakers pushed the bill requiring publicly held corporations headquartered in California to include more women on their boards to diversify a male-dominated sphere of executives. California estimated in March only a fraction of the companies that fell under the measure's purview had reported complying with the law. And the measure was widely expected to face court challenges — a hurdle that then-Gov. Jerry Brown pointed to when he signed the bill in 2018 despite what he called serious legal concerns. “I don’t minimize the potential flaws that indeed may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation,” Brown wrote at the time. But, he added, “recent events in Washington, D.C. make it crystal clear that many are not getting the message” — an apparent reference to the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. [Politico] The California Secretary of State has announced that she has directed counsel to file an appeal of the May 13 verdict of the Los Angeles Superior Court in Crest v. Padilla, which ruled unconstitutional SB 826, California’s board gender diversity statute. [Cooley LLP]

The COVID-19 Regulation’s Final Re-Adoption – What Does it Mean Going Forward? It has been almost a month since the third (and final) readoption of the COVID-19 Workplace Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) was adopted at Cal/OSHA’s April meeting. Now that the third re-adoption is done, there are three big picture things to keep in mind as we look to the future of COVID-19 workplace safety. Story

California public unions pump $1.2 million into Tony Thurmond’s campaign in May. California teachers and school employees’ unions have pumped $1.2 million into State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond’s re-election campaign since the beginning of May, including:
·        $500,000 donated by the California Teachers Association
·        $200,000 donated by the California Federation of Teachers
·        $500,000 donated by the California School Employees Association

?Read Edward Ring’s article, Tony Thurmond - Public Sector Union Operative.

'Any Person' May File Unfair Labor Practice Charges with the NLRB Some good, some bad… In a recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied enforcement of an order of the NLRB and held that an employer’s tweet to employees during a union election campaign did not constitute an unfair labor practice. But the court rejected an employer claim and reaffirmed that the Act does not require the party filing the charge to show that it was aggrieved by the alleged unfair labor practice. Story

Lithium resources in the top 5 states could satisfy worldwide California is in top 5! That’s why IBEW wants PLAs on lithium production.



New data from The Nature Conservancy shows the U.S. would be able to make serious inroads in obtaining lithium to achieve energy goals and weaning off foreign dependency by extracting the mineral within our own borders. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Nevada alone has 8.5 million metric tons of lithium – enough to meet global demand for 85 years. California has another million tons. Lithium resources in the top five states – Nevada, California, Arkansas, North Carolina and Utah – would meet the world’s needs for more than a century based on current global demand and market conditions. And it may be needed as the energy transition accelerates. Global demand for lithium is projected to skyrocket to up to 40 times what it is today by 2040. [Politico]

Contractors' group says it will sue UC Davis over project labor agreements A coalition of non-union contractors is planning to sue the University of California Davis over the use of project labor agreements for some of its recent high-profile projects. A group called the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction held a news conference Wednesday announcing its intention to file suit against UC Davis over its use of project labor agreements for major projects like the $1.2 billion Aggie Square, its $3.8 billion California Tower hospital tower replacement and its new $579 million ambulatory surgical center. Non-union contractors argue that, in effect, project labor agreements exclude them from competitively bidding on projects by requiring they use union labor. Story

Fourth time isn't the charm in attempt to create Calif. gas tax holiday: For the fourth time in as many months, California Republicans in the state legislature sought to force a vote on perhaps the sole version of gas tax relief eschewed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders: a one-year gas tax holiday. The argument against suspending the gas tax, as laid out by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D–Paramount) and even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–San Francisco) can be summed up as centering on distrust that the paused gas tax cost savings would not be passed down to the consumer. Wednesday, however, GOPers in the legislature tried a different tactic by forcing a vote on a Democratic-led bill (Assembly Bill 2457) that would not only halt the gas tax for a year, but also levy hefty penalties to oil firms that failed to pass along savings. Story

Interest Costs Rise Sharply in Latest CBO Report The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its first set of budget and economic projections since July 2021. This is the first report since the Federal Reserve began a period of monetary tightening to curb inflation, and it shows sharply higher interest cost projections in the budget outlook. While this year’s deficit looks much better primarily due to the expiration of pandemic relief programs, CBO projects that the deficit will soon begin to climb again. Overall, the report indicates that the nation remains on an unsustainable fiscal trajectory due to a structural mismatch between spending and revenues. The report includes some key takeaways. Story

Signatures have been submitted and are pending verification for six initiatives in California: And just in case you were thinking a new plant in the yard would look great, Stealing a Joshua tree could now cost you $20,000 in San Bernardino County Illegally removing a Joshua tree in San Bernardino County could now mean a five-figure fine. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance Tuesday that increases the fine for unlawfully taking a tree to up to $20,000 for a third conviction and up to six months in jail. Story
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Fight against PLA threats on the Central Coast of California in June with WECA Industry Partner CFEC

Fight against PLA threats on the Central Coast of California
Join WECA Industry Partner the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC) at any of three anti-PLA events in June



Content courtesy of Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction

Thanks to the help of key contractors along the Central Coast and due to the increasing threats union-only Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) pose to work along the Central Coast we will be holding three events on three different days in June to help raise awareness and funds to help fight PLAs.

We will have key elected officials there to hear what PLAs are and we will let everyone know what the threats are and what we are doing about them.

BUT WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!

SAVE THE DATES:


Monday, June 27th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Ventura County (site TBD)

Tuesday, June 28th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cushman Contracting in Santa Barbara

Thursday, June 30th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapin Companies in Monterey

More to follow but please mark your calendar for one of them at least and let me know if you can help sponsor!

Yours in the fight for freedom,

Eric Christen
Executive Director
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction
858-431-6337
ericdchristen@gmail.com
www.opencompca.com
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Check out what fourth year, second semester Commercial Electrical Apprentices are up to in the lab

Commercial Electrical Apprentices in Instructor Jimmie Slemp’s recent 4th year, second semester lab connect devices and set up some basic parameters on Allen Bradley PowerFlex Drives.














 
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Reap the benefits of WECA Membership in CA and AZ with discounted tax and accounting services

Reap the benefits of WECA Contractor Membership in California and Arizona with discounted tax and accounting services from WECA Industry Partner Scott & Baldwin, CPAs



WECA Member Contractor Membership in California and Arizona comes with many perks -- like 25% off for WECA Members for tax and accounting services for the first year from Scott & Baldwin, CPAs. This exclusive benefit includes:
  • confidential review and feedback on prior year tax returns
  • specialized uncommon knowledge tax strategies for Capital Gains
  • comparative analysis of your company financials against industry peers/benchmarks

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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Recap: WECA hosts and judges competitions at SkillsUSA CA State Conference on April 23

Recap: WECA hosts and judges electrical wiring and industrial motor controls competitions at SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition on April 23











On April 23, WECA proudly sponsored and ran the electrical wiring competition and the industrial motor control competition at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition in Ontario, California. SkillsUSA is an organization which serves students, especially high school students, preparing for technical, skilled and service careers.

The conference had approximately 2,400 students in attendance. WECA instructors Jaron Stroud, Fernando Castro, and Neil Pesarillo ran the competitions, while Don Black, WECA Director of Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilties, and also a SkillsUSA California Board member, served as a judge for some competitions. Prior to this competition, instructors Jaron and Fernando also ran all six of the virtual regional electrical competitions in California.

“We had 15 high school students competing and two post-secondary students competing,” says Don. “The competition started early on Saturday morning with an electrical test, where each student is judged on their resume, uniform, and PPE preparedness. Neil, Jaron, and Fernando then held a brief orientation, and by 9 a.m. the contest was running. Each student is handed the same electrical diagram that they must build. The competition ended at 3 p.m. and the judging began. Fernando, Jaron, and Neil did a wonderful job representing WECA and the electrical trade while running and judging the competitions. We extend a huge thank you to our three stellar instructors for giving a significant amount of time to run these competitions.”

WECA and its instructors also received praise from a participant’s parent, with the parent stating that “I really appreciate you and the rest of the WECA staff (and the WECA resources) for making the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition happen! It was so great to see the young people competing in the event. I’m honored and blessed that my son received gold in the competition. He is going to the National SkillsUSA conference in Atlanta in June.”

Instructor Neil Pesarillo also praised the program, saying “I was able to talk to a few parents and coaches/teachers of the contestants. They were very excited to have a contest, and their students were very professional and respectful. It inspires me to get involved each year. I would encourage others to research SkillsUSA and, if possible, volunteer some time for it.”

Great job Jaron, Fernando, Neil, and Don for representing WECA at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition and for investing time and expertise in developing the next generation of electricians!
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Protect your business with free cybersecurity services and tools

Protect your business with free cybersecurity services and tools from the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency



Content courtesy of: U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

As part of our continuing mission to reduce cybersecurity risk across U.S. critical infrastructure partners and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, CISA has compiled a list of free cybersecurity tools and services to help organizations further advance their security capabilities. This living repository includes cybersecurity services provided by CISA, widely used open source tools, and free tools and services offered by private and public sector organizations across the cybersecurity community. CISA will implement a process for organizations to submit additional free tools and services for inclusion on this list in the future.

Free Services and Tools

Organizations can use the free services and tools listed below to mature their cybersecurity risk management. These resources are categorized according to the four goals outlined in CISA Insights: Implement Cybersecurity Measures Now to Protect Against Critical Threats:
  1. Reducing the likelihood of a damaging cyber incident;
  2. Detecting malicious activity quickly;
  3. Responding effectively to confirmed incidents; and
  4. Maximizing resilience.
Access the free services and tools here.
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   WECA's Project Engineer to Project Manager Program Certificate

WECA's Project Engineer to Project Manager Program Certificate
Helping your non-electrician construction professional employees gain electrical job site fundamentals



Our contractors asked, and WECA delivered.

Essential training for non-electrician construction professionals:

The WECA Project Engineer to Project Manager
(PE to PM) Program

Get acquainted with a quick video:


The WECA Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Program is here.

And now learn a whole lot more:

The WECA Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Program


Providing training in electrical concepts, code, and best practices for non-electrician construction professionals, WECA's PE to PM Program was designed and developed in close consultation with our contractors. It's designed to give construction professionals--including Project Engineers who have a background in construction but little or no electrician-specific training--the electrical fundamentals and crucial concepts they need to talk the talk and walk the walk on your projects. 

The PE to PM Training Path is made up of five online courses which should be taken in the following order:

1. Practical Electrical Theory is an online, self-paced introduction to electrical theory, laws, and circuits. Course topics include:
  • Atomic Theory
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
Learn more and enroll here.

2. Subject Indexing and Code is an online, self-paced course in which students will learn how to effectively navigate and answer code-related questions in the National Electrical Code (NEC 2017) book and complete the calculations needed for electrical installations. Course topics include:
  • NEC Subject Indexing
  • Conductor Sizing and Protection
  • Raceway, Box Fill, and Conduit Fill Calculations
  • Service Sizing, Clearances, and Terminations
  • Wiring Methods, Special Equipment and Occupancies
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Motors
  • General Equipment, Lighting and Panelboards
Learn more and enroll here.

3. Electrical Wiring Methods and Installations is an online, self-paced introduction to the most used wiring methods with emphasis on proper installation and correctly applying electrical code. Course topics include:
  • Installation basics
  • National electrical code
  • Workmanship standards
  • Identification of methods
Learn more and enroll here.

4. Job Costs and Estimating Basics is an online hybrid (a scheduled instructor-led introduction and otherwise self-paced) course which introduces estimating job costs, material and labor for electrical installations. Course topics include:
  • Material estimations
  • Labor estimations
  • Voltage drop as applied to installation
  • Total job cost analysis
Learn more and enroll here.
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5. Commercial Electrical Blueprint Reading is an online, scheduled, instructor-led course in which students learn how to coordinate cut sheets, submittals, the NEC and more with digital blueprints to plan electrical installation for commercial construction from the ground up. 

Learn more and enroll here.
 
FAQs
 
Q: Is the PE to PM Program for Project Engineers only?
A: Nope! Any construction industry professional (for instance, General Contractors, Construction Managers, etc.) who requires a grounding in electrical concepts, the National Electric Code, and best practices on the electrical job site can benefit from this program. 

Q: Does the WECA discount structure for Member Contractors and their employees apply to the PE to PM program?
A: 
Yes, discounts on these classes are available to WECA Member Contractors and their employees as a WECA membership benefit. Members: Please log in to your secured member dashboard to download the PE to PM program discount rate sheet, or call our office for more information. Member employees: Please speak to your contractor about accessing a discount.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: 
The program is modularized and was designed to accommodate individual choice in the intensity and speed of completion. Motivated students might complete it in as little as 6 months. A student who would like to integrate the concepts more slowly, or who is combining this program with other on-the-job training, might prefer to enroll in only one course per quarter, taking approximately 18 months to complete the program.

Q: Will the timing of the classes interfere with job duties?
A:
 The program has been designed for busy working professionals and should not interfere with full-time job duties. All of the courses are fully online. Three of the courses are entirely self-paced. One of the courses has an instructor-led introduction, which is held online in the evening, and then the remainder is self-paced. The final course is scheduled, online, instructor-led, but classes occur on weeknight evenings and one Saturday.

Q: I'm a construction professional who has had some electrical training already. Can I skip a class? 
A:
 WECA recommends the full program, taken in the order outlined above. However, if you've had previous electrical training (for instance, by taking some WECA GetWired! classes), we recommend you review the course outlines closely, and then enroll in whatever is most appropriate for you. Call WECA and talk to one of our client services specialists if you're not sure what to take.

Q: Does WECA provide a certificate of completion at the end of this program?
A:
 Yes, a student who successfully completes all five courses in the PE to PM Program Path with be granted a certificate of completion from WECA. (Credit towards the certificate for alternative courses previously taken at WECA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

Q: I'm ready to get started (or to get my employees started) in this program! What do I do next?
A:
 Enroll online through our PE to PM Course Catalog, or call our office at 1-877-444-9322 for enrollment guidance.

Enroll your employees (and be sure to utilize WECA's member training discounts) today!
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

*COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards: What Employers Need to Know About the December 16 (2021) Standards
Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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