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Thursday, February 22, 2024   Video Member Contractor Spotlight: Windell Pascascio of Imperial Electric Service

Please enjoy our new video release spotlighting Imperial Electric Service, a WECA Member Contractor based in Fresno and serving California's Central Valley, and its Founder and President Windell Pascascio.

Windell graduated from WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in 2013 and currently serves as a Trustee on the WECA Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees.

Imperial Electric Service is a growing firm specializing in commercial and residential electric. Services provided by Imperial Electric Service include remodels, solar energy, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, design-build tenant improvements, service work, facility maintenance, retrofits, site and utility work such as underground power utility infrastructure, site lighting, distribution, excavation, directional boring, and new installations.

Thank you, Windell and Imperial Electric Service, for being a WECA Member Contractor serving Fresno and the Central Valley!

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Thursday, February 22, 2024   Women in Construction Week 2024 is March 3rd-9th!

Any Women On Your Team Considering WECA Apprenticeship?

Encourage Them to Attend WECA's Open House in Celebration of Women in Construction Week on March 7th at 3 PM




 

This March, WECA is celebrating Women in Construction Week 2024 with an Open House event at our Sacramento/Rancho Cordova training facility and California HQ.

We are inviting women considering careers as electricians or low voltage technicians to join us on March 7th at 3 p.m. to learn how to get involved in WECA's electrical apprenticeship and training programs, get a tour of WECA's training facility and labs while meeting the WECA team and networking with other women in the field, and celebrate women in the electrical workforce.

If there are women on your team considering apprenticeship with WECA, please encourage them to attend the open house. Attendees can pre-register for the event to secure their spots, though we will accept walk-ins on the day of the event. Please share with your employees, however, that pre-registration will allow them to receive event reminders and updated event information.

Your employees can register here for the Women in Construction Week 2024 Open House
 



Download a WECA WIC Week 2024 Open House flyer

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Thursday, February 22, 2024   Focus on Safety for Spanish-Speaking Employees

WECA with Educational Partner ClickSafety Offers OSHA 10 Construction Spanish and

OSHA 30 Construction Spanish

These OSHA courses are an excellent way to help your employees receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. WECA, with educational partner ClickSafety, has a variety of safety and OSHA offerings in both English and Spanish available for your Trainees and as Continuing Education for your Journeyperson employees. (WECA Apprentices get OSHA10 and OSHA30 during their program with us.)



Learn more about OSHA 10 Construction Spanish



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Thursday, February 8, 2024   U.S. Congressman Blake Moore (Utah 01) Visits WECA; Tours Salt Lake City Region Training Center


Left to Right: WECA Government Relations Director Rex Hime; U.S. Congressman Blake Moore (Utah 01); WECA Utah Apprenticeship Manager and Lead Instructor Talon Pobuda; and Cody Eaton of Utah Member Hunt Electric and Trustee on the WECA Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees

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U.S. Congressman Blake Moore (Utah 01) and his staff toured WECA’s Utah Training Facility on Thursday, January 25. Elected in 2021, Moore is the first-ever Republican from Utah to serve on the influential House Committee on Ways and Means.

Moore was joined by WECA’s Government Relations Director Rex Hime; Cody Eaton of Utah Member Contractor Hunt Electric and Trustee on the WECA Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees; and Utah Apprenticeship Manager and Lead Instructor Talon Pobuda, who was teaching a cohort of second-year apprentices during the visit.

Moore was impressed with WECA’s practical approach to education, with the books and the hands-on training steps away from each other. He even got to talk to some of our apprentices and learn about their favorite subjects to learn about through their classwork so far. Providing as many professional pathways as possible for his constituents is a priority, and he noticed exactly the value WECA provided in that space.

Eaton took the opportunity to explain how critical competency-based training was for workforce development in Utah. With over 90 apprentices in the program, he explained that no one can prepare Hunt Electric’s employees for the field like WECA can.

Thank you to Representative Blake Moore and his team for learning about how WECA is helping develop Utah’s workforce.














 
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Thursday, February 8, 2024   California Member Contractors: Need Electrician Trainees? Try WECA's Student Referral Service.

Current County Availability Below.


 

WECA's Student Referral Service is a free job referral service that introduces our current ET, Journeymen, and WECA Graduate job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help meet their staffing needs. At this time, WECA's student referral service is only available in California.

This service is meant to help and benefit all involved. WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And WECA Students, Journeymen, and Graduates get valuable job referrals.

WECA Member Contractors: To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Trisha Hughes, WECA ET/CE Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com  or 1-877-444-9322.

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Count of Electrician Trainees registered with WECA's Student Referral Service and awaiting an introduction, by region, below. If you're a member contractor in one of these areas and would like a referral, please contact us today:

Fresno: 5

Los Angeles: 3

Sacramento: 6

San Diego: 5

San Joaquin County: 2

Ventura: 2

Need Electrician Trainees, but you're in a different region of California than those shown above? Just contact Trisha and let her know your needs. WECA will publicize a call for WECA students who are registered trainees in your area, but otherwise currently out of work, to sign up for SRS. We'll then provide you with appropriate incoming referrals.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024   Pictorial: First Year, First Semester Commercial Electrical Apprentices on their First Day at WECA

Pictorial: Behind the Scenes in Arizona With a New Class of First Year, First Semester Commercial Electrical Apprentices on Their First Day at WECA











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Thursday, February 8, 2024   Pictorial: GetWired Students Have Fun; Learn New Conduit-Bending Skills in Weekend Lab

Pictorial: GetWired Students Having Fun and Learning New Conduit-Bending Skills in a Saturday Lab with Instructor James Hall

An Increasing Number of California Member Contractors Sponsor the WECA Educations of Their Electrician Trainees

















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Thursday, January 11, 2024   2024 WECA Board Election Results

Please join us in congratulating those re-elected and newly elected to the 2024 WECA Board of Directors, WECA Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees, and WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees!

Board of Directors (serving three-year terms except as noted):

Greg Anderson (serving one-year term)

Tim Salyers

Troy Robinson

Dru Wells

Jay Taylor

 

Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees/Apprenticeship Training Committee (serving three-year terms):

Greg Anderson

Matt Apodaca

 

Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees (serving three-year terms):

Clint Alessandro

Jay Taylor

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Thursday, January 11, 2024   11 WECA Member Contractors Make Sacramento Business Journal's Annual Top Electrical Contractors List



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Thursday, January 11, 2024   GoGreen Business: Get Financing for Your Customers with Interest Rates as Low as 0%


 

Content courtesy of: GoGreen Financing, a State of California Program

Looking for low-interest financing options with quick approvals and flexible terms? GoGreen Business Energy Financing is a State of California program offering enhanced financing through private lenders for energy upgrades. Through its Go Low Rates promotion, GoGreen Business is providing up to $10,000 per project to buy down interest rates on a wide variety of energy-saving measures.

That means you can offer your customers reduced interest rates -- as low as 0% -- on projects from $5,000 to $5 million. Rates and terms are at the discretion of the lender. What's more, participating finance companies are offering options for pre-funding and progress payments, so you don't have to operate out of pocket!

And there are no dealer fees for you or your customer to participate in GoGreen Business.

Customers must receive fuel from an investor-owned utility (PG&E, SDG&E, SCE) and meet program eligibility requirements for small/medium businesses. GoGreen Business is a utility-supported, State of California-administered financing program.

Learn more about becoming a contractor partner

Download a customer-facing flyer here.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024   Two WECA Apprenticeship Programs Have College Credit Recommendations Renewed by NCCRS

WECA's Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship Programs' College Credit Recommendation Eligibility Renewed by National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)


 

WECA is pleased to announce that the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has renewed the Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship programs' college credit recommendation eligibility for another five years.

This renewal will continue to allow WECA Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship graduates pursuing traditional college or university degrees after their apprenticeship to petition to receive college credits for the programs they have completed at WECA.

In their report assessing the Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship programs' continued eligibility for college credit recommendations, NCCRS' evaluation team members commented that course materials are excellent, comprehensive, and well-laid-out; course learning objectives are clear; and instructors are well-qualified.

(WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program is similarly recommended for college credits, but is evaluated on a different cycle than our Commercial and Residential programs.)

Learn more about how Commercial, Residential, and Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship WECA Grads Can Seek College Credits for Program Completion

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Thursday, January 11, 2024   WECA California Members: Access Free Prevailing Wage/Labor Compliance Webinars in 2024 Below

The WECA team regularly monitors the schedule and availability of compliance training for our Members. Though the California Department of Industrial Relations (CA DIR)'s website has not yet posted information for 2024, we want to apprise our Members of upcoming Prevailing Wage/Labor Compliance webinars for 2024 that we have located on the website of the Foundation for Fair Contracting. This is typically the organization that CA DIR has used for public works training and our review of their website shows their 2024 schedule was posted in partnership with the Labor Commissioner's Office.

WECA Members may wish to explore and sign up for these free trainings before they fill up.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024   CA Labor Commissioner's Office Reminds Employers about Expansion of Paid Sick Leave in 2024


 

Content courtesy of: California Labor Commissioner's Office

The California Labor Commissioner's Office (LCO) is reminding employers that California's paid sick leave law has been expanded starting on January 1, 2024. Employers must allow workers to use at least 40 hours or five days of paid sick leave per year, an increase from the current 24 hours or three days. Some cities or regions in California may require employers to provide additional sick leave.

The LCO has created an informational Paid Sick Leave factsheet that explains how workers qualify and can use paid sick leave. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish. For more details, review the Paid Sick Leave Frequently Asked Questions.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024   Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act


 

Content courtesy of: U.S. Department of Labor

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the issuance of a final rule to help employers and workers analyze whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The announcement follows a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on October 13, 2022, which led to thousands of comments from a diverse array of stakeholders that helped inform the regulatory updates.

The final rule, Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, provides guidance on whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the FLSA. Misclassification is a serious issue that denies employees’ rights and protections under federal labor laws and hurts the economy at-large. The Department believes this final rule will protect workers from misclassification, while at the same time providing a consistent approach for those businesses that engage (or wish to engage) with independent contractors.

It is the Department’s obligation to administer and enforce the FLSA to ensure that workers who should be covered under the Act are properly classified as employees. This final rule ensures that such workers receive the FLSA’s wage and hour protections, and that employers that comply with the law are not placed at a competitive disadvantage when competing against employers that misclassify employees. The final rule also aligns the department’s approach with longstanding judicial precedent, which will reduce confusion, improve compliance, and better protect working people.

Specifically, the final rule does the following:  

  • Restores the multifactor, totality-of-the-circumstances analysis to assess whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the FLSA. 
  • Ensures that all factors are analyzed without assigning a predetermined weight to a particular factor or set of factors. 
  • Uses the longstanding interpretation of the economic reality factors. These factors include opportunity for profit or loss depending on managerial skill, investments by the worker and the potential employer, the degree of permanence of the work relationship, the nature and degree of control, the extent to which the work performed is an integral part of the potential employer’s business, and the worker’s skill and initiative. 
  • Rescinds the 2021 Independent Contractor Rule.

For more information, please visit: Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

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Thursday, December 28, 2023   WECA and Corbins join forces to support Grand Canyon University's Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship





In late 2022, Grand Canyon University in Arizona created a fifteen-week electrical pre-apprenticeship program to help meet the large demand for skilled electricians in Arizona.

To ensure the program's success, Grand Canyon University stipulated that the program would focus on what was best for the electrical trade and strive to connect that talent to merit shops and union shops alike, according to Heath Anderson, WECA Arizona's Outreach and Workforce Development Specialist.

In 2023, WECA and Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins joined the Academic Advisory Board to support the program.

When the Fall 2023 term began, there were 120 students enrolled in the program -- the largest group yet! During the term, students worked with supporting electrical contractors -- such as Corbins -- on various activities.

WECA attended four sessions at the Corbins facility, where students learned more about the career opportunities available to them and assessed what they had learned during the program. During these sessions, WECA interacted with the students, showcased our Apprenticeship program, and touted the benefits of working for a WECA Member Contractor.

Of the 120 students initially enrolled in the program, 109 completed their studies. On December 12, these 109 graduates were joined by family and friends to celebrate their milestone. WECA and Corbins also attended the celebration to connect with and support the students and their guests.

"WECA eagerly anticipates seeing many of these students in our classrooms and labs at our Phoenix Apprenticehsip Training Center soon," says Heath.





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Thursday, December 28, 2023   WECA's Heath Anderson Visits Industry Partner ToolWatch's Women in Construction Innovation Podcast

Heath Anderson, WECA Arizona's Outreach and Workforce Development Specialist, was a guest on WECA Industry Partner ToolWatch's Dec. 22 Women in Construction Innovation Podcast episode.

During the episode, Heath talked to Janan Guillaume (ToolWatch's Vice President of Product) and Sam Miller (ToolWatch's Construction Operations and EHS System Account Executive) about WECA's involvement with the BuildItAZ apprenticeship initiative, how to encourage more women to pursue careers in the electrical industry, workplace diversity, the importance of apprenticeship programs, and more.

Click the image above or click here to be redirected to the podcast.

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Thursday, December 28, 2023   WECA Arizona Member Contractor K2 Electric Makes a Phoenix Business Journal "Best" List



WECA Arizona Member Contractor K2 Electric is ending the year on a high note -- by making the Phoenix Business Journal's list for "Best Phoenix-Area Places to Work - Midsize"! Congratulations and well done on the accolade! 
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Thursday, December 28, 2023   WECA Member Contractors: Share this scholarship opportunity with your Apprentices

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) introduces the Frank Vellutini Memorial Apprenticeship Scholarship 2024



Frank Vellutini, longtime owner of Royal Electric and a WECA member since 1971, was actively involved with WECA and responsible for extraordinary contributions to WECA's growth and success for many years. Frank served on the WECA Board of Directors and the WECA Apprenticeship and Training Trust from 1992 to 2015. Royal Electric was one of the founding members that established the Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF). WECEF is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity once again for students enrolled in a WECA Apprenticeship program. This scholarship is now offered in memory of Frank Vellutini.

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APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA apprentice at time of application and award.
  • COMPLETION AND PASSING of at least 1 WECA apprenticeship semester course by December 31, 2023.
  • California - Available Discipline Points requirement as of December 31, 2023: Commercial Apprentice = 40; Residential and Low Voltage = 25.
  • Arizona and Utah - Available Discipline Points requirement as of December 31, 2023: Commercial Apprentice = 30.
  • No violation notifications of student conduct as outlined in the Apprentice Student Handbook within the past two years. 
  • Accurate completion of the scholarship application and answers to all questions, by the deadline of January 21, 2024. Late applications will not be considered. 
  • Accelerated apprentices are not eligible.
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AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to 15 recipients will be awarded. Awards are intended to offset costs of tools, books, and other educational expenses used in the electrical trade. 

  • Each monetary award will be between $500.00 and $1500.00.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee's final decision within 1 month of the application deadline, by email. 

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HOW TO APPLY:

Applications may only be submitted through an Apprentice's WECA Apprenticeship Learning Management System (Brightspace) account at learn.goweca.com. Encourage your apprentices to login there to access further instructions and the scholarship application.

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Note: WECEF will be running a separate scholarship round for WECA Electrician Trainees in early 2024.


 
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Thursday, December 14, 2023   Get to know WECA's new Industry Partner, ToolWatch




WECA’s new Industry Partner, ToolWatch, uniquely serves the needs of WECA’s Member Contractors because it was founded by an electrical contractor with the needs of electrical contractors in mind. Over 30 years ago, founder Don Kafka started ToolWatch to develop systems that help contractors track tools, reduce tool loss, and save precious time looking for misplaced tools. Since its inception, ToolWatch has expanded its broad suite of solutions to deliver comprehensive construction operations software that helps contractors streamline productivity and propel their success.

“ToolWatch is a cloud-based platform consisting of two solutions, asset management and EHS (environmental health and safety) management,” says the ToolWatch team. “The platform was designed to help construction firms power better project outcomes with real-time asset and safety operations data.”

ToolWatch decided to partner with WECA because of “its deep roots in the electrical industry and our ongoing commitment to supporting its growth,” according to the ToolWatch team. ToolWatch aims to provide WECA Member Contractors with “cutting-edge solutions” that deliver valuable insight into best practices, safety standards, and tailored technological solutions to meet their unique operational needs. 

The first solution – ToolWatch Asset Operations – gives contractors real-time asset data to streamline collaboration between their job sites, warehouses, and offices. Asset Operations uses a job site portal and a mobile app to simplify the return and request process for tools, equipment, materials, and consumables while on-the-job. For warehouses, Asset Operations offers visibility into asset locations, which allows for inventory management, optimal equipment uptime, and support for field projects in the warehouse. And for the offices, Asset Operations provides operational control, which makes timely delivery and accurate billings possible.

The second solution – ToolWatch EHS Management – offers user-friendly, field-tested safety solutions and data-driven insights to enhance the health, safety, and productivity of a company and its employees. ToolWatch EHS helps contractors complete various safety tasks and processes, such as compliance inspections, reports, Job Safety Analyses, on-site training, and more.

“Unlike other solutions available to contractors, ToolWatch offers a comprehensive construction operations platform that unites the field, warehouse, and back office on a single platform that reduces operational waste, improves safety, and drives productivity on the job site. ToolWatch partners with our customers through a suite of professional services to ensure our customers have the training and implementation support they need to be successful. Additionally, ToolWatch integrates with other key business solutions to drive operational visibility, efficiency, and accuracy, and the system comes with outstanding U.S.-based support and world-class customer service,” says the ToolWatch team.

WECA Member Contractors who choose to utilize ToolWatch’s solutions will benefit from industry-leading construction safety and asset management solutions available on a single platform with responsive and personalized customer service. If you are interested in implementing ToolWatch’s solutions within your company, click here to learn more or reach out directly to Samantha Miller, Platform Account Executive, at smiller@toolwatch.com or (480) 280-9899. 

Learn more about ToolWatch here:

ToolWatch Overview

ToolWatch EHS Management

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Thursday, December 14, 2023   Meet John Berkhoel, WECA's new Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Training and Facilities Manager


 

WECA’s new Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Training and Facilities Manager, John Berkhoel, lives by the motto “Find what you love to do and be the best at it.”

Case in point: after graduating from Universal Technical Institute (UTI)’s Automotive/Diesel program, receiving a bachelor’s degree from American Trinity University, and becoming an ASE Master Certified automotive technician, John worked as an automotive technician for Honda and Acura for 15 years and taught automotive classes at UTI for 18 years. While at UTI, John also served as an Education Manager, Facilities Director, and Admissions Representative, won an instructor of the year award twice, and worked with the State of California to bring the state’s Smog Certification Training Program to UTI’s Rancho Cucamonga campus. John further diversified his resume by working for Holt/Caterpillar of California as a Main Shop Supervisor in their Earthmoving division and as a Field Admissions Representative for WyoTech in Oregon before teaching automotive classes at Buena Park High School just prior to joining WECA.

John’s extensive experience in the trades will help him ensure that WECA’s Apprenticeship programs deliver the greatest student experiences and outcomes. 

“I want to ensure that WECA remains the gold standard of apprenticeship training, and I want our facilities to support and represent our training programs at the highest level,” says John.

John’s complementary educational and professional background have also helped him feel right at home at WECA.

“I love the culture and the team I get to work with here at WECA,” says John. “I love the industry we train for and that we train students in a skill that sets them up for a successful career. I’m sure it’s a game-changer for many of them.”

With over 30 years of working and teaching in the trades under his toolbelt, John has amassed plenty of wisdom. His advice for apprentices includes “Set goals, work hard, do good work, never give up, and do things with integrity. As you find your own success, don’t forget to help those who are coming up behind you. Oh, and always turn in your timecards on time!”

Outside of work, John’s interests are as varied as his educational and professional background.

“I enjoy getting out and riding my Harley-Davidson locally, mostly on the weekends and during the summer,” says John of his free time. “My friend and I like to do long road trips. We’ve covered 12 states in the last three summers. I also enjoy mountain biking when I can, and I also enjoy doing nothing.”

WECA is excited to have John on board to help with all of our Apprenticeship training and facilities initiatives. With six facilities across three states—and you never know where we might grow next—it’s no small job, but we know John is up to the task. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2023   WECA Member Contractors: Our Christmas wish is for you to cast your WECA Elections ballot today!

WECA Member Contractors: If you or someone from your company hasn't yet voted:

Our Christmas wish is for you to cast your ballot today for the WECA Boards of Directors and Trustees Elections for 2024!

We just need a few more votes to have enough member representation to call the election done.

It's quick and painless, we promise.


 

WECA Member Contractors: We need you to cast your ballot for candidates for the 2024 WECA Board of Directors, WECA Apprenticeship and Training Board of Trustees, and WECA Health and Welfare and Pension Board of Trustees. If you are your company's primary WECA contact and you haven't yet voted, please check your inbox for your ballot email and access it there.

Prior email communications have been sent to our primary contact at each WECA member contractor. One ballot per company, please. We need your ballot by the end of the day tomorrow, December 15, 2023.

The WECA staff would like to thank the members of the 2023 WECA Boards of Directors and Trustees for their continued commitment to the merit shop electrical industry member contractors and their employees.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023   WECA Members: Prep for transition to Zywave HR platform on Jan. 1; intro webinar on Jan. 9

WECA Members, please mark your calendars: Zywave is your new HR platform benefit effective Jan. 1, with a complimentary intro webinar on Jan. 9.
 

A message from the WECA Membership Team:

On January 1, 2024, WECA will be transitioning from the Mineral HR platform to the ZYWAVE HR platform--a robust and expensive online HR service that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars if a member wished to engage this highly sought-after HR platform on their own.

Please save the date on your calendars for a free WECA HR support benefit webinar for our members:

ZYWAVE HR WEBINAR DETAILS

To be held: January 9, 2024

Purpose: To demonstrate logging on and creating a password, navigating the website, and effectively utilizing the program and its tools

Timeframe: No more than 60 minutes


Note to California members: the webinar will begin at 8:30 AM

Note to Arizona and Utah members: the webinar will begin at 9:30 AM

Invitations will be sent to all WECA members - please watch your inbox!

Preparation: If your organization is currently using Mineral HR and your employees are taking training classes, please terminate their training by December 31, 2023, because the system will be turned off after this date. If you are currently using any other Mineral services (for example, to create handbooks), please finish those projects before December 31, 2023.

An SHRM consultant has informed us that her firm has recommended Zywave to their contractor clients for years. More specifically, they always recommend utilizing the following Zywave solutions:

  • Employee Handbook Builder
  • Learning Management System (LMS), which features over 100 construction-specific courses
  • Multi-State Law Comparison Tool
  • Job Description Builder
  • Salary Benchmarking Tool
  • Interview Question Builder and other similar solutions
  • Anti-Harassment Training and other similar solutions

The WECA Membership Team highly encourages all WECA members to attend this session.

Thank you,

The WECA Membership Team

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Thursday, December 14, 2023   WECA CA Members: Updated Private Wages, effective January 1, 2024, now available on WECA's website

Dear WECA California Member,

There are updates to the 2024 private wage sheets, effective January 1, 2024.

California’s minimum wage is set to increase to $16.00 effective Jan. 2024. This is specific to the residential private wages. There were no minimum wage changes to the Commercial or VDV private wages; we've only updated the headings to show the effective date. 

Please visit the Wage Section of our Member Forms and Resources page to view applicable private wages.

These sheets are additionally linked from your secure member dashboard, to which you can login at GOWECA.COM, underneath your prevailing wage determination links.

If you are a WECA California Member performing out-of-state private work and need assistance with wages, please contact Audra Jamieson at ajamieson@goweca.com or Wendy Flanagan at wflanagan@goweca.com.

Sincerely,

The WECA Team

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Thursday, December 14, 2023   OSHA announces switch from traditional hard hats to safety helmets; content courtesy of OSHA

OSHA announces switch from traditional hard hats to safety helmets to protect agency employees from head injuries better

Content courtesy of OSHA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that the agency is replacing traditional hard hats used by its employees with more modern safety helmets to protect them better when they are on inspection sites.

In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports head injuries accounted for nearly 6 percent of non-fatal occupational injuries involving days away from work. Almost half of those injuries occurred when workers came in contact with an object or equipment while about 20 percent were caused by slips, trips and falls.

Dating back to the 1960s, traditional hard hats protect the top of a worker’s head but have minimal side impact protection and also lack chin straps. Without the straps, tradition hard hats can fall off a worker’s head if they slip or trip, leaving them unprotected. In addition, traditional hard hats lacked vents and trapped heat inside.

On Nov. 22, 2023, OSHA published a Safety and Health Information Bulletin detailing key differences between traditional hard hats and more modern safety helmets and the advancements in design, materials and other features that help protect workers’ entire heads better. Today’s safety helmets may also offer face shields or goggles to protect against projectiles, dust and chemical splashes. Others offer built-in hearing protection and/or communication systems to enable clear communication in noisy environments.

The agency recommends safety helmets be used by people working at construction industry and the oil and gas industry; in high-temperature, specialized work and low-risk environments; performing tasks involving electrical work and working from heights; and when required by regulations or industry standards.

OSHA wants employers to make safety and health a core value in their workplaces and is committed to doing the same by leading by example and embracing the evolution of head protection. 

Learn more about OSHA.

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Cook Brown - WECA Prevailing Wage Webinar
Start Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 8:30 AM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Category:
Seminar/Webinar
Location: Webinar (online)
Description:

Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman November 8 for Part 1 of a two-part webinar series. Part 1 will cover Prevailing Wage.

Register

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