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Thursday, June 17, 2021   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Fresno, San Diego, Marin and Humboldt Counties



Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Fresno, San Diego, Marin and Humboldt county areas looking to get referred to a WECA Member Contractor through our Student Referral Service. Don't see your county listed? Let us know of your interest anyhow; new participants sign up every week.

What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current Electrician Trainee, Journeyman, and WECA-grad job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help you meet your staffing needs. It's included with your membership! (Please note: We do not currently have any journeyperson students looking for referrals.)

Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And in turn, WECA student and grad participants get valuable job referrals.

How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?

WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.

This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply you with hands-on referrals. In other words--we take some of the hard work off your plate!

The Student Referral Service refers employees to you, and you hire them directly.

Begin using WECA's Student Referral Service by:
  1. Contacting Trisha Hughes, Client Services Specialist I, by email at thughes@goweca.com
  2. Or call our office to speak with her at 1-877-444-9322
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Thursday, June 17, 2021   Cal/OSHA Reminder: Protect Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness During Period of Excessive Heat in CA



Content Courtesy of Cal/OSHA:

Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect outdoor workers from heat illness as excessive heat watches have been issued throughout California. The temperature is forecast to exceed 100 degrees in many parts of the state this week. Employers in California must take steps to protect outdoor workers from heat illness by providing water, rest, shade and training.

Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention standard applies to all outdoor worksites. To prevent heat illness, the law requires employers to provide outdoor workers fresh water, access to shade at 80 degrees and whenever requested by a worker, cool-down rest breaks in addition to regular breaks and maintain a written prevention plan with training on the signs of heat illness and what to do in case of an emergency.

In certain industries, when the temperature at outdoor worksites reaches or exceeds 95 degrees, Cal/OSHA’s standard requires additional protections. The industries with high-heat requirements are agriculture, construction, landscaping, oil and gas extraction and transportation of agricultural products, construction materials or other heavy indusial and commercial products. High-heat procedures include ensuring employees are observed regularly for signs of heat illness and establishing effective communication methods so workers can contact a supervisor when needed.

Employers with outdoor workers in all industries must take the following steps to prevent heat illness:
  • Plan – Develop and implement an effective written heat illness prevention plan that includes emergency response procedures.
  • Training – Train all employees and supervisors on heat illness prevention.
  • Water – Provide drinking water that is fresh, pure, suitably cool and free of charge so that each worker can drink at least 1 quart per hour, and encourage workers to do so.
  • Rest – Encourage workers to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least five minutes when they feel the need to do so to protect themselves from overheating. Workers should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.
  • Shade – Provide proper shade when temperatures exceed 80 degrees. Workers have the right to request and be provided shade to cool off at any time.


Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention special emphasis program includes enforcement of the heat regulation as well as multilingual outreach and training programs for California’s employers and workers. Details on heat illness prevention requirements and training materials are available online on Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention web page and the 99calor.org informational website. A Heat Illness Prevention online tool is also available on Cal/OSHA’s website.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424. Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices.

Employers with Questions on Requirements May Contact: InfoCons@dir.ca.gov, or call your local Cal/OSHA Consultation Office.
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Thursday, June 17, 2021   Contractors: The Time is Now to Capture this Market. Attend our July 15 Webinar with QMerit

"The California EV and Electrification Tsunami"

Free for WECA Members and Their Employees



Join WECA and one of our newest Industry Partners, Qmerit!

When: July 15, 2021 from 8:30 to 9:30 am PDT.
Where: Zoom

The California EV and Electrification Tsunami: How to become a player in the electrification movement.

Featured topics:
  • The future of electrification wave coming to California
  • Technology innovation
  • Growing your electrification business
  • Capturing this market
  • And more!


Free for WECA Member Contractors and their employees; $35 for all other attendees.

Register today!
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Thursday, June 17, 2021   This summer is going to be lit.

The final countdown has begun: just a few days until WECA apprenticeship programs resume in-person instruction in California! In the meantime, our instructors have been hard at work readying WECA's *new* Fresno and San Diego training facilities. Pics below!

If your apprentices attend class in San Diego or Fresno, they'll be attending their next class at a brand-new WECA facility. Please update your address books.

NEW (we moved!) WECA San Diego Facility:

6212 Ferris Square
San Diego, CA 92121

BRAND-NEW WECA Fresno Facility:

7328 N Remington Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711



Above: WECA Apprenticeship instructor John Arias works on a lab wall at WECA's new Fresno facility. Our Sacramento instructors took a recent field trip to Fresno to help new Fresno Lead Instructor George Leach finish up the build-out.

2020 was a challenging year for the world; one rife with changes. But WECA and its apprentices rose to the occasion and powered through a year of distance learning together. And now, WECA is thrilled to be returning to in-person apprenticeship instruction at all California training facilities effective June 21, 2021.

WECA's instructors have been hard at work at all of our training facilities--but especially our new Fresno and San Diego training facilities--to prep our classrooms and labs for the return of apprentices! Though we still have a few days left until the official return to the classrooms and labs, we invite our contractors to join us for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at some of the preparations that have been underway at our new Fresno and San Diego facilities, in anticipation of educating your apprentices in person again!



Above: A classroom at WECA's new Fresno facility





Above: Classrooms at our new San Diego facility





Above: WECA's new, expanded lab spaces are ready for apprentices in San Diego
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Thursday, June 17, 2021   The State Building and Construction Trades Council Stops Housing Construction: Explained

"Is union labor requirement in the way of easing California’s affordable housing crisis?"

Read the CalMatters article here.
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Thursday, June 17, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

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 03, 2021   Introducing WECA's Newest Industry Partner: Curri. On-demand construction material delivery.



Curri joins the Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. as an Industry Partner

Curri is the leader of the on-demand construction material delivery service, a market that has exploded in the wake of global supply chain disruptions.
 
Los Angeles, Calif – June 02, 2021 – Curri, the technology platform revolutionizing last-mile construction material delivery, announced today that they are joining the WECA family by becoming a proud service provider. Today, WECA proudly represents a diverse membership of over 280 companies dedicated to the Merit Shop philosophy; these companies employ an estimated 6,000 people in California, Arizona, and beyond. WECA is currently training a record 890+ Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage apprentices, and is the largest provider of Electrician Trainee education in California.

Last-Mile Delivery Logistics and Elastic Scale

Last-mile delivery logistics is the last step of the process and key to customer satisfaction. It is also both the most expensive and time-consuming part of the shipping process. With the continuous rise of ecommerce in US retail sales, providers in every industry focus on delivering speedy fulfilment and distribution, at the lowest cost. The Covid-19 pandemic global crisis has disrupted showroom, distributor and construction wholesalers chains and has highlighted the need for flexible and reliable delivery of construction supplies and materials.

However, the complexity of such deliveries has driven high costs and frequent delays when handled by traditional and antiquated couriers.

That’s where Elastic Scale comes in. Elastic scale is a concept where you only pay for what you need. Oftentimes, a traditional fleet leads to underutilized trucks or drivers who sit around waiting for orders to come in. Thanks to its nationwide and diversified fleet, Curri allows for elastic scale, and enables showrooms and distributors to never have to say “no” to a sale.

Curri has revolutionized the industry, ensuring that these complex loads are delivered faster, with more precision and are more resilient to disruptions along the way, all thanks to a deep layer of tech-powered technology. Curri provides real-time data and transparency on every shipment, allowing companies to better track the shipments that matter the most.

“Because of COVID, the construction industry has innovated in one year what would take ten. Curri solves the costly wait times for construction supplies, they now arrive ‘just in time’ to the job site. It’s a win-win - benefitting suppliers, construction professionals, and more importantly the American people as we build/rebuild post-COVID.” says Andrew Lee, VC Investor at Initialized Capital.

Market Demands and Growth

Last-mile delivery for showroom and distributor wholesalers is highly fragmented, currently served by a combination of inelastic, traditional and expensive in-house fleet, tech-backward local couriers, and suboptimal alternatives like calling an Uber. As a result, the choice of last-mile courier is largely left to the local branch and large enterprises lose the benefits of scale and integration. By providing a nationwide, tech-forward solution that addresses all of their needs, from on-demand to scheduled, and sedans to semis, Curri is in position to own the market for last-mile delivery in the construction wholesalers vertical.

"Our latest Series A funding enables us to continue our rapid growth and meet the overwhelming demand...but make no doubt this is a global business" said Matthew Lafferty, co-founder and CEO at Curri. "We're expanding our services and the markets we reach by providing customers with advanced technology, complete transparency and the fastest delivery options in the industry."

Thousands of customers, including Ferguson, Graybar, Rexel and Platt, already utilize Curri to deliver their time-critical shipments throughout the US . They trust Curri to quickly and securely deliver complex loads ranging from heavy machinery to lighter equipment such as long pipes or struts, large appliances like water heaters and refrigerators, or several pallets and pipe bundles.

“Suppliers who don’t have the ability to make urgent, on-demand, or long distance deliveries are leaving sales on the table and risk losing customers and business to suppliers who do. Fleet Augmentation is the secret weapon of suppliers who care about getting material in their customer’s hands, fast.” says Lafferty.

Use Curri to boost your existing fleet and match your customers' expectations.
 
A start-up with an “888” phone number

Curri prides itself on assisting customers all along the booking process.

Our Customer Success Team offers professional support over the phone, the chat and by email from 5am to 10pm nationwide. In fact, customers reach a live person in less than 30 seconds on average!

Drivers' pickup median times are 30 minutes for a car and 45 minutes for a truck. Curri offers proof of delivery and live tracking for all deliveries.

About Curri

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Curri was founded in 2017 and has grown to be the leading on-demand construction material delivery service provider. Curri makes shipping faster, safer, and more transparent than ever through people, service, and technology. From real-time, data-driven notifications to tracking over tens of touch points within a shipment, Curri surfaces more information than any other provider, increasing the velocity and transparency of the supply chain. To learn more about Curri, please visit www.curri.com
 
Our mission is to be the way the world delivers construction and industrial supplies.
 
Follow Curri on Twitter and LinkedIn. Read our white paper about the Cost of Operating a Fleet.
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Thursday, June 03, 2021   Working Nation Writes Article About WECA Apprenticeship; 2018 WECA Graduate/Valedictorian Demi Zayas

Working Nation Writes Article About WECA Apprenticeship;
Comes to the Conclusion It's a Great Opportunity--And More Women Should Pursue It

WECA Graduate Demi Zayas Profiled by the Publication





WECA Commercial Electrical Grad (and 2018 Class Valedictorian) Demi Zayas

"Zayas is trying to make sure that other women and young girls know that apprenticeships are an alternative option to a college degree. “I remember when I was in middle school and high school, four-year degrees were the only option. That was what was put in front of you. That was what was pushed,” says Zayas."

Read the full article!

And then please share it with a graduating senior, career-seeker, or career-changer you know.

WECA is actively seeking Low Voltage Apprentice applicants statewide in California and Commercial Electrical Apprentice applicants in Arizona, with little to no waiting period for qualified applicants. 

Please share the news--you might just set someone on the path to a great career, spare them a mountain of student debt, and build your future workforce while you're at it.

They can apply for apprenticeship here.
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Thursday, June 03, 2021   WECA Industry Partner CFEC Requests Your Attendance at a Working Lunch Strategy Session

Sacramento-Area WECA Member Contractors:
WECA Industry Partner Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC) Requests Your Attendance at a Working Lunch Strategy Session

Wednesday, June 9th, from 11am-1pm


 
Content courtesy of the CFEC:
Following the Aggie Square PLA announcement, and with so many other public AND private threats coming down the pipe, it is time to discuss a strategy for dealing with the growing intransigence of local union bosses. 
Next Wednesday, June 9th, from 11am-1pm we will be holding a working lunch strategy session at the Elks Building in downtown Sacramento to lay out the 3 parts of our strategy to deal with these threats. 
These include:
  1. Public Relations/Media
  2. Political 
  3. Legal


Lunch will be provided.

We hope you can take two hours out of your day to help us protect your ability to keep working in this city. 

Please RSVP with me if you are able to make it.
Eric Christen
Executive Director
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction
(858) 431-6337
ericdchristen@gmail.com
www.opencompca.com
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Thursday, June 03, 2021   Reminder: Save the Date for...WECA GRADUATION CEREMONIES!

WECA's 2021 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California Graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2021, as well as special honors for attending 2020 Graduates, will be held on the following dates. Please save the date(s) and watch your WECA communications for more details as these events draw closer!

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Thursday, June 03, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

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, May 20, 2021   Catching Up With WECA's Keith Smart; Hear About Apprenticeship Program Delivery at New AZ Facility



WECA’s Apprenticeship Remote Manager, Instructor and Phoenix training facility head Keith Smart says—quite fittingly—that his favorite part of his career is “Seeing the light bulbs go on! If I can help someone understand a subject they have struggled with, that makes me happy.”
 
Smart—a seasoned WECA instructor who recently relocated from our Riverside Training Facility to open WECA’s new Phoenix training facility and spearhead the Arizona division of our Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program—says that his promotion has been both a challenge and a blessing.
 
“It was an honor being selected for this opportunity. I am filled with excitement being at the beginning stages of a new facility going online. I now see how much work goes into starting a new program for WECA,” says Smart.
 
And although Smart capably does it all—and excels at it, to boot—he credits Terry Seabury, WECA’s Executive Director and CEO, and Don Black, WECA’s Apprentice Training Director, with helping provide the essentials and support needed to get the Phoenix training facility and the Arizona division of the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program up and running.
 
“Having a great game plan was key,” says Smart. “I was given tremendous help and guidance from Terry and Don. Taking care of facility needs such as maintenance, vendors, furnishings, supplies, class and lab materials, student indenturing, and marketing is just a short list of things involved with building out this new facility.”
 
Smart also says that although the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program is now being taught in a new state in addition to California, he feels that the Arizona version of the program doesn’t drastically differ from the California version. Regardless, he hopes to take this program to new heights in Arizona.
 
“I hope that WECA Arizona can expand proportionally as large as it has in California and have as strong a presence, so that we can provide Arizona’s top electrical contractors with the best apprenticeship training available,” says Smart.
 
If the aforementioned is any indication, it sounds like Smart is off to an excellent start in Arizona—both professionally and personally!
 
“We like it here,” says Smart of himself and his family—including his wife, who he says, “has been a trooper through it all.”
 
Smart continues, saying that “[Arizona] feels free, and people are generally nicer. It is hot though, but the winters are mild, and spring is perfect!”
 
And last, but not least, Smart says he’d like to “Thank Terry and Don for considering me for this position. Thanks to Christine for all her help with indenturing. Thanks to Michelle for all the marketing. And thanks to Kim for helping through all the confusing COVID-19 stuff! In general—thanks to WECA!”
 
Thanks to WECA, indeed! These are excellent sentiments, Keith. We are grateful to have you as part of the WECA Family, spearheading our electrical apprenticeship in Arizona, and wish you the best of luck in your continued efforts! 

Learn more about and apply for WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in Arizona here.
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Thursday, May 20, 2021   The WECA Outreach Team is Back Out in the Community

Building Our Region's Electrical and Low Voltage Workforces: Latest Outreach Effort with the Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA)



WECA loves to perform outreach efforts in our local communities to help foster the next generation of electricians and low voltage technicians in California and Arizona--and our recent visits to the Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA)'s Job Shadow and Workforce Convention events were no different!

Our Workforce Development Supervisor, Diane Trotter, visited SAVA to spread the good news about WECA's Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee programs. She covered the application requirements for the Apprenticeship program, explained how potential applicants could prepare for WECA's entrance testing (while emphasizing the importance of proficiency in measurements, math and reading) and shared information about the Electrician Trainee program and how interested attendees could start today if they are interested.

But that's not all! Diane also sowed the seeds for a potential educational partnership with SAVA. According to Diane, SAVA plans to add courses to their construction pathway program about the science of energy, energy efficiency, alternative and renewable resources, along with an introduction to safety in electrical construction!

We love that SAVA is invested in piquing their students' interest in energy, renewable resources and careers in the electrical, solar and construction industries! Thank you so much for having us, SAVA--we look forward to a potential educational partnership in the future!
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Thursday, May 20, 2021   We Have Wonderful News--It's Time to Save the Date for... WECA GRADUATION CEREMONIES!!!

WECA's 2021 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California Graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2021, as well as special honors for attending 2020 Graduates, will be held on the following dates. Please save the date(s) and watch your WECA communications for more details as these events draw closer!



 
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Thursday, May 20, 2021   Do You Know Any Sacramento-Area High School Students Interested in a Career in the Trades?

Tell them about the new Capital College and Career Academy

WECA is excited to speak in support of the new Capital College and Career Academy, and their mission to help remedy the labor pipeline crisis that the construction industry faces in the Sacramento region.

We eagerly anticipate that graduates of the Capital College and Career Academy will be well-prepared to succeed in our programs, and look forward to functioning as a pipeline option for their graduates.

This new academy appears poised to be the only local high school that will provide the rigorous training and certificates in the building trades in pursuit of these shared, regional workforce development goals. WECA is looking forward to working with the students, instructors and parents of Capital College and Career Academy to provide a continuing career path into the electrical and low voltage trades as highly-skilled workers.  

Please have a look at their flyer below, and share it with a high school student in your life. You may just set them on the path to a rewarding apprenticeship with WECA!



Download the flyer
 
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Thursday, May 20, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

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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Friday, May 07, 2021   California Department of Public Health Updates COVID-19 Guidance

No Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Workers Exposed to COVID

Content Courtesy of AGC-San Diego





On May 3, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its guidance regarding fully vaccinated people to align with the latest CDC guidance.

Fully vaccinated workers who have had an exposure at work (within 6’ of a positive case for more than 15 minutes cumulatively in a 24-hour period while contagious) do not need to quarantine if asymptomatic. The Public Health Order and Cal/OSHA require that fully vaccinated employees follow the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for face covering and employers require the testing requirements as written in the plan. 

On May 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will vote on revised COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, which are expected to be published this Friday.  Local health departments are quickly revising their orders to become consistent with the CDPH and CDC, but employers are encouraged to consult their local requirements until the ETS is revised to become more consistent with the changes. 

AGC and the remainder of the coalition, including WECA, involved with The Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan will monitor the draft revisions and report as soon as they become available to the public and will reflect the updates as soon as they are effective, which we anticipate by the end of the month.
 
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Friday, May 07, 2021   ThinkHR Has Added Eight New Spanish Courses in Workplace Safety

WECA Members, Remember: Access to ThinkHR is Included as a WECA Member Benefit



ThinkHR's continued efforts to expand their Learn training catalog and meet the growing demand for Spanish language courses has resulted in eight new Learn Workplace Safety training courses being translated into Spanish.

These Spanish language courses help extend the Workplace Safety catalog to bring a second language to the top courses that are already available in English. You can find the courses active in Learn today and they are now available for employee assignment.

If you're a member contractor not yet enrolled in ThinkHR, please login to your Member Dashboard and request access at the relevant enrollment link.

If you've already established your ThinkHR account, click here to log in to ThinkHR's website.

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Friday, May 07, 2021   It's National Electrical Safety Month!

Stay Up-to-Date on All Things Electrical Safety with WECA's Social Media--We'll Be Sharing Content All Month Long. Plus--If You Have Relevant Content to Share, Tag Us!



May is National Electrical Safety Month!

We invite you to join WECA in observing the importance of electrical safety in our industry by following along on our social media channels (scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for links to our social media channels) as we share relevant content, useful resources, posts from WECA Member Contractors showing how their teams stay safe on the jobsite, and more.

What's more--we hope you'll join in on promoting the importance of safety in our industry by posting relevant content on your own social media channels--and we would, of course, love it if you tagged us in it.

Have a great May, everyone, and stay safe!
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Friday, May 07, 2021   Construction Safety Week Resources



Join WECA as we celebrate National Electrical Safety Month and Construction Safety Week. Explore useful resources at the Construction Safety Week website.
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Friday, May 07, 2021   Essential Safety Training for You and Your Employees

Check Out WECA's Online Safety Courses in Partnership with WECA Educational Partner ClickSafety

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It’s National Electrical Safety Month—but here at WECA, every month is safety-oriented!

But don’t just take our word for it—check out our comprehensive safety course catalog! These courses—geared toward Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General students and developed either in-house or with our educational partner ClickSafety—cover all things OSHA and health and safety leadership.

Here’s the rundown on what we offer:

California OSHA 10-Hour Construction (10-hour course)

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.

Click here to learn more and register!

Health and Safety Leadership with NFPA 70E (16 hour course)

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.

Click here to learn more and register!

OSHA 10 Construction (10 Hour Course)

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.

Click here to learn more and register!

OSHA 10 Construction Spanish (10 Hour Course)

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.

To learn more about and sign up for this course, click here! Para obtener más información e inscribirse en este curso, haga clic aquí! 

OSHA 30 Construction (30 Hour Course)

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.

To learn more and register, click here!
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Friday, May 07, 2021   And Last, But Not Least--It's Also Military Appreciation Month!

Resources for Hiring a Hero, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation





It's Military Appreciation Month, a time to honor service members and their families and say thank you for all that they continue to do while serving the nation.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes initiative encourages employers to explore all of their programs and initiatives, and take the next step to support transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and caregivers.

Through world-class hiring events, digital programs, and internships, HOH connects businesses with accomplished individuals from the military community who are ready to work.

Learn more here.
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Friday, May 07, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

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, April 22, 2021   WECA Industry Partner Spotlight: Milwaukee Tool



WECA Industry Partner Milwaukee Tool would like to help provide our contractors and their employees with the tools need to do the high quality work for which our members are known.

Milwaukee Tool started manufacturing and distributing power tools in 1924 and developed into a full solutions provider over the years. Their dedication to the trades ensures that they continually bring innovative products to the jobsite and make them safer, more efficient places.

Cristian Jimenez, the Northern California Territory Manager for Milwaukee Tool’s Jobsite Solutions, says that he believes that WECA Member Contractors in particular will be “excited to see our newly launched Safety PPE Solutions and our new MX Fuel line of tools that focuses on light equipment space. By bringing light, heavy-duty equipment to a battery platform, it will allow contractors to eliminate emissions and further cut the cord on the jobsite.”

“We are consistently bringing ‘new to world’ solutions to our users and look forward to what products the future holds,” says Jimenez, “and we want to help support WECA’s contractor base with finding the correct tooling solutions to their specific needs and applications.”

Milwaukee Tool’s dedication to the contractor is of the utmost—they go above and beyond by providing personalized, one-on-one service and solutions. Jimenez and his colleagues would like to pay you a visit to discuss some customized solutions for you.

“I am here as a resource providing product knowledge, hands-on demonstrations and a wide array of trainings for WECA Member Contractors,” says Jimenez. “I feel that my visits are focused on providing solutions, instead of just answers on tooling and repairs. We have programs that are much more customizable for the user and their specific needs, and we also look for contractors looking to take that extra step to provide product research to further enhance the overall experience for electricians on a day-to-day basis.”

Further, Jimenez says that Milwaukee Tool can partner with WECA Member Contractors to ensure short-term and long-term financial savings.

“As your local Milwaukee rep, I would be more than happy to discuss anyone’s needs on a 1:1 basis. And if you are located outside the Sacramento or Northern California market, just respond and let me know and I’ll connect you with the local Milwaukee rep in your area,” says Jimenez.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer of a consultative visit, or learning more about Milwaukee Tool’s services and products, please contact Cristian Jimenez by phone at (510) 277-5495, or by email at Cristian.Jimenez@milwaukeetool.com.



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Thursday, April 22, 2021   Sac Business Journal Publishes Top Solar Contractors and Clean and Renewable Energy Companies Lists



Sac Business Journal Publishes Top Solar Contractors and Clean and Renewable Energy Companies Lists : Congratulations to Barnum & Celillo Electric and Rex Moore Group

Please join us in a round of applause for WECA Member Contractors, who consistently dominate "Best Of" lists and continually prove themselves to be California's premier electrical, low voltage, solar, clean and renewable energy contractors.

Today in particular, we're congratulating Barnum & Celillo Electric and Rex Moore Group! Both members recently made the Sacramento Business Journal's Top Clean and Renewable Energy Companies list, and Barnum and Celillo additionally made the Top Solar Contractors list!

Congratulations, both--we're gratified to see that your hard work and excellence pay off, time and again!

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Thursday, April 22, 2021   Join WECA Industry Partner ABB for Another (Virtual) "Can't Miss!" Data Center Solutions Showcase

Enjoy exclusive access for 30 days (May 11 - June 11, 2021)



Download PDF on ABB's Data Center Solutions.

This experience is similar to what ABB offered at the end of 2020 for the construction segment, and is open to all participants from WECA who would like to learn more about the Data Center products and solutions. Once registered to attend, attendees can expect:
  • Gain insights on the trends in electrical and automation solutions for the data centers of tomorrow.
  • Exclusive virtual access from May 11 – June 11
  • Visit when your schedule permits and as many times as you like
  • Video self-guided or hosted tour of ABB’s new portfolio of industry leading technologies to get an up-close look at actual products.
  • Access to 4-weekly 20 minute Tech Talks with LIVE Q&A hosted by Industry experts and ABB Executives. (Certificate of Completion available for all)
Register today!
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Thursday, April 22, 2021   New COVID Sick Leave Mandate Requires CA Employers to Provide Additional 80 Hrs. of Paid Sick Leave

Content Courtesy of WECA Industry Partner Cook Brown, LLP



By: Lisa V. Ryan of Cook Brown, LLP

Introduced, passed by both houses, and signed by Governor Newsom all in the same week, SB 95 provides a new 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-related purposes to virtually all California employees who work for employers with 25 or more employees, including those subject to collective bargaining agreements. As the name implies “Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” (SPSL) is in addition to existing paid sick leave requirements; therefore, employees cannot be required to use other paid/unpaid leave first or in lieu of SPSL. However, employees can be required to exhaust SPSL before receiving Cal-OSHA exclusion pay. 

Reasons for Leave

Employees are entitled to SPSL if unable to work or telework because the employee is:

(A) Subject to quarantine/isolation related to COVID-19 per order / guidelines of CDPH, CDC or local health officer;

(B) Advised by health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;

(C) Attending a COVID-19 vaccination appointment;

(D) Experiencing COVID-19 vaccination symptoms;

(E) Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking diagnosis;

(F) Caring for a family member subject to (A) or (B);

(G) Caring for child whose school / care provider is closed / unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

Amount of Leave
  • Full-time employees and employees who are scheduled to work, on average, at least 40 hours per week for the employer in the two weeks before the date the employee took supplemental paid sick leave are entitled to up to 80 hours of SPSL.
  • Part-time (or non-full-time) employees:
  • If the employee has a normal weekly schedule: the number of hours the employee is normally scheduled to work for the employer over two weeks.
  • If the employee works a variable number of hours: 14 times the average number of hours the employee worked each day for the employer in the six months before the first date the employee needed leave.
  •  
Terms of Leave

Governor Newsom signed SB 95 on March 19, 2021, meaning the new COVID-19 sick leave law becomes effective on March 29, 2021. However, the SPSL entitlement applies retroactively to January 1, 2021. This means that upon written or oral request by an employee, the employer must provide retroactive SPSL payment for prior uncompensated leave. For that reason, employers can also count hours of other paid leave provided to employees for covered COVID-related reasons on or after January 1, 2021, including leave provided under FFCRA, towards SPSL requirement.

An important takeaway for all employers is that the law requires the SPSL to be reported separately on paystubs, starting with the next full pay period following the effective date. 

Notice Requirements

Under California law, employers are required to display the required poster in a conspicuous place that contains information about 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.

If an employer’s covered employees do not frequent a workplace, the employer may satisfy the notice requirement by disseminating notice through electronic means.

Payroll Tax Credit

The passage of SB 95 at the state level coincides with the passage at the federal level earlier this month of the American Rescue Plan, which extends the federal payroll tax credit established in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to September 30, 2021.

That measure increases the wages covered by the paid family leave credit to $12,000 per worker, from $10,000. Larger employers also should realize that the tax credit only applies to employers with 500 or fewer employees. The effective date of the FFCRA payroll tax credit begins after March 31, 2021. This calls into question whether leave retroactively designated under SB 95 would qualify for the payroll tax credit under the FFCRA. 

SB 95’s SPSL provisions also expire on September 30, 2021. 

The DLSE released FAQs on the bill found here: 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave FAQs (ca.gov)
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Thursday, April 22, 2021   Join Cal/OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Network Call on April 29 at 1:30 pm



Join Cal/OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Network Zoom call on April 29th at 1:30 p.m. In this call, you'll learn about the requirements to protect outdoor workers from heat illness, receive important updates on workplace safety, and have your questions answered by Cal/OSHA during this yearly call.

What: The Heat Illness Prevention Network (HIP Network) is a voluntary partnership of public agencies, employers and other representatives established to increase awareness of heat illness prevention measures. The call is a yearly opportunity to engage with the network and hear directly from Cal/OSHA.

When: April 29, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom call, see details below

Agenda discussions on:

·        Requirements for COVID-19 and heat illness prevention.
·        Summary of 2020 heat-related fatality cases and lessons learned.
·        Regulation update:
 o Wildfire smoke protection
o   Nighttime illumination in agriculture
o   Indoor heat
·        Labor laws, including pay and retaliation, from the Labor Commissioner’s Office.
·        Questions and answers.

Call in:

Cal/OSHA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Cal/OSHA Annual Heat Network Call
Time: Apr 29, 2021 01:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Or Telephone:
   USA 636 651 3141
   USA 8774029753 (US Toll Free)
   Conference code: 886547

Find local AT&T Numbers here.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021   Project Engineers & Non-Electrician Construction Professionals: the WECA PE to PM Program is for You

Project Engineers and Other Non-Electrician Construction Professionals:

Job Costs and Estimating Basics
The Fourth Course in WECA's New Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Path
Is Now Available for Enrollment

Entire Program Now Available For Enrollment!



Job Costs and Estimating Basics is a hybrid online instructor-led, self-paced introduction to estimating job costs, materials and lab labor for electrical installations. After your initial class meeting with an instructor, you’ll work on your own and complete self-paced assignments for small jobs, Low Voltage tenant improvements, and a job takeover estimate. This course is the 4th of 5 in the Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Path for non-electrician construction professionals.

Total class hours available: 16

Standard Tuition Fee: $199

If you're ready to take this course, click here to learn more and enroll! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the PE to PM Path and the order in which WECA recommends you complete the program.



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. Learn more about the program and the five courses that make it up, and visit our PE to PM Course Catalog or call our office at 1-877-444-9322 for enrollment guidance.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

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, April 15, 2021   WECA Political Update April 15, 2021

Labor-Backed Coronavirus Rehiring Bill Heads to Governor from Politico California workers in hotel, airport, and building services industries who were laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic would be first in line for rehiring under SB 93, a budget trailer bill sent to Gov. Newsom less than a week after the Legislature adopted the language. Democratic leadership's decision to ram it through the Legislature at high speed comes as previously shuttered economic sectors have started to reopen across the state, leaving some workers unsure if they’ll be able to return to their former jobs. The measure is likely to receive a prompt signature from Newsom, whose administration was involved in negotiating the proposal. The governor vetoed a similar measure last year, describing its language as overly broad.
 
Who Pays Taxes? The California Tax Foundation released the fifth edition of “California Tax Facts: An Overview of the Golden State’s Tax Structure,” a reference for taxpayers, elected officials, and the media.
 
Among the tax facts included in this edition:
 
  • The top 5 percent of earners pay 67.2 percent of the state’s total personal income tax revenue (up from 66.6 percent in the 2019 edition).
  • Businesses pay more than two-thirds of the total property tax burden, at 67.05 percent in the 2019-20 assessment period (homeowners account for the remaining 32.95 percent). Businesses’ share of property taxes is up from 63.35 percent two years earlier and is almost 9 percent higher than immediately after passage of Proposition 13 (the tax reform measure of 1978).
  • From 2000 to 2018, the collective revenue of 482 California cities grew from $47.6 billion to $92.2 billion, while spending by those cities increased from $46.7 billion to $85.2 billion.
 
“California Tax Facts” presents data from the state tax agencies in charts and graphs and includes descriptions and definitions to help Californians understand the state and local taxes they pay.

Whitehouse Releases State by State Analysis of Infrastructure Needs On Monday, the White House released state-by-state fact sheets that highlight their analysis of the investments proposed by President Biden in the American Jobs Plan. The fact sheets highlight the number of bridges and miles of road in each state in poor condition, the percentage of households without broadband access, the billions of dollars required for water infrastructure, among other infrastructure needs. Biden notes, “As of 2019, there were 536,919 Californians working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in creating more good paying union jobs advancing clean energy…” You can read the reports here

SANDAG Adopts Pro-Union Resolution in Contentious Vote In what some see as ideological bulldozing, SANDAG’s governing board narrowly passed a resolution on April 9 favoring unions big-dollar regional infrastructure planning, making one exception for non-union African American contractors. Story

California Politicians Owe $2 Million In Campaign Fines, Don’t Get Punished from CalMatters’ “The debts are owed by a range of political players, according to a list published on the secretary of state’s website that details outstanding fines as of April 1. It shows fines owed by 26 state lawmakers and 21 superior court judges, as well as former legislators, losing candidates, ballot measure campaigns, Democratic and Republican clubs, and corporate and labor-backed political action committees.” Story

California Supreme Court Expands the Reach of the California Prevailing Wage Law The trend over the last 20 years has been for California's prevailing wage law to spread to areas previously unimagined. This spread has been due to inexact drafting of the law, constant tinkering by the Legislature, and expansive readings of this arcane statute by the courts and agencies charged with its enforcement. It has been aptly described as the “Winchester Mystery House” of California wage and hour law: always under construction or modification, never finished, with strange and inexplicable features like its namesake’s stairways that stop at ceilings and doorways that lead nowhere. The recent California Supreme Court decision in Kaanaana v. Barrett Business Services Inc. is another step in this trend, holding that work done for a “special district” can be considered a “public work” under Labor Code section 1720(a)(2). The payment of prevailing wages is therefore required, whether or not the work being performed relates to the traditional subjects of the law: “construction, alteration, demolition, installation or repair” work, or certain kinds of “maintenance.” Article

Biden to Nominate Chief of Cal/OSHA to Head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration On April 9, 2021, President Biden announced that he intends to nominate Doug Parker as the assistant secretary of labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Since September 2019, Mr. Parker has been the chief of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, which enforces California’s safety and health regulations at worksites in California. Story

NLRB Announces it Will Robustly Enforce Protections of the National Labor Relations Act On March 31, 2021, the Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board issued a memorandum (GC 21-03) to the regional field offices expressing his intent to vigorously and robustly enforce the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act protecting employees’ rights to engage in concerted activities for mutual aid or protection. While the Memorandum does not and cannot change existing law, it is an important reminder for employers that the NLRA does not just apply to union employees or to employees seeking to form or join a union. Article
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Thursday, March 25, 2021   COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Expanded Under New Law

Content Courtesy of WECA Industry Partner Cook Brown, LLP



New COVID Sick Leave Mandate Requires California Employers to Provide an Additional 80 Hours of Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

By: Lisa V. Ryan of Cook Brown, LLP

Introduced, passed by both houses, and signed by Governor Newsom all in the same week, SB 95 provides a new 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-related purposes to virtually all California employees who work for employers with 25 or more employees, including those subject to collective bargaining agreements. As the name implies “Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” (SPSL) is in addition to existing paid sick leave requirements; therefore, employees cannot be required to use other paid/unpaid leave first or in lieu of SPSL. However, employees can be required to exhaust SPSL before receiving Cal-OSHA exclusion pay. 

Reasons for Leave

Employees are entitled to SPSL if unable to work or telework because the employee is:

(A) Subject to quarantine/isolation related to COVID-19 per order / guidelines of CDPH, CDC or local health officer;

(B) Advised by health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;

(C) Attending a COVID-19 vaccination appointment;

(D) Experiencing COVID-19 vaccination symptoms;

(E) Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking diagnosis;

(F) Caring for a family member subject to (A) or (B);

(G) Caring for child whose school / care provider is closed / unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

Amount of Leave
  • Full-time employees and employees who are scheduled to work, on average, at least 40 hours per week for the employer in the two weeks before the date the employee took supplemental paid sick leave are entitled to up to 80 hours of SPSL.
  • Part-time (or non-full-time) employees:
  • If the employee has a normal weekly schedule: the number of hours the employee is normally scheduled to work for the employer over two weeks.
  • If the employee works a variable number of hours: 14 times the average number of hours the employee worked each day for the employer in the six months before the first date the employee needed leave.


Terms of Leave

Governor Newsom signed SB 95 on March 19, 2021, meaning the new COVID-19 sick leave law becomes effective on March 29, 2021. However, the SPSL entitlement applies retroactively to January 1, 2021. This means that upon written or oral request by an employee, the employer must provide retroactive SPSL payment for prior uncompensated leave. For that reason, employers can also count hours of other paid leave provided to employees for covered COVID-related reasons on or after January 1, 2021, including leave provided under FFCRA, towards SPSL requirement.

An important takeaway for all employers is that the law requires the SPSL to be reported separately on paystubs, starting with the next full pay period following the effective date. 

Notice Requirements

Under California law, employers are required to display the required poster in a conspicuous place that contains information about 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.

If an employer’s covered employees do not frequent a workplace, the employer may satisfy the notice requirement by disseminating notice through electronic means.

Payroll Tax Credit

The passage of SB 95 at the state level coincides with the passage at the federal level earlier this month of the American Rescue Plan, which extends the federal payroll tax credit established in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to September 30, 2021.

That measure increases the wages covered by the paid family leave credit to $12,000 per worker, from $10,000. Larger employers also should realize that the tax credit only applies to employers with 500 or fewer employees. The effective date of the FFCRA payroll tax credit begins after March 31, 2021. This calls into question whether leave retroactively designated under SB 95 would qualify for the payroll tax credit under the FFCRA. 

SB 95’s SPSL provisions also expire on September 30, 2021. 

The DLSE released FAQs on the bill found here: 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave FAQs (ca.gov)
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Thursday, March 25, 2021   Introducing the WECA PE to PM Program

Essential Electrical Training for Non-Electrician Construction Professionals

Our contractors asked, and WECA delivered.

Introducing our new program of 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


Available now! 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
.
Available now! 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


Launching April 5, 2021

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


Launching April 12, 2021
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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. Available now! 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.
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Thursday, March 25, 2021   Drumroll, Please: Join Us in Congratulating the 2021 WECEF Scholarship Winners!



The moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived--please join us in congratulating the 2021 WECEF Scholarship winners!

The WECEF scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing careers in the electrical and low voltage fields, and we were gratified to award 33 scholarships this year.

Here are the 2021 WECEF Scholarship recipients:
  • Apprentice Mario Alvarado
  • Apprentice Brenton Caceres
  • Apprentice Nue Cha
  • Apprentice Lindsay Couch
  • Apprentice Blake Edwards
  • Apprentice Michael Goodman
  • Apprentice Brad Jackson
  • Apprentice Joel Luis
  • Apprentice Tobiah Moore
  • Apprentice Shahram Mostafaie
  • Apprentice Andrew Murillo
  • Apprentice Brady Muth
  • Apprentice Su Nguyen
  • Apprentice C.L. Paige
  • Apprentice James Ryan
  • Apprentice Francois Shelton
  • Apprentice Taylor Silva
  • Apprentice Eric Solorio
  • Apprentice German Valazquez
  • Apprentice Laura Varela
  • Apprentice Brandon Vogt
  • Apprentice Cory Williams
  • Apprentice Scott Wiltse-Singh
  • ET Ian Crilly
  • ET Cristobal Cuevas
  • ET Stephen Guerra
  • ET Jakob Hervilla
  • ET Jasmin Kadric
  • ET Noah Lange
  • ET Kameran Malcolm
  • ET Garret Pozarnsky
  • ET Lucas Schall
  • ET Monica Slabaugh


Congratulations, everyone!
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Thursday, March 25, 2021   WECA is hiring--again!

Our student enrollment just keeps growing. Share your knowledge with the next generation of electricians.

Seeking qualified instructors for online weeknight classes and Saturday classes online or in-person.
It's the perfect side gig that doesn't interfere with your primary job!





If you're a certified electrician or C-10 contractor (or a retired one, on either front), we've got a great opportunity for you: become a part-time, online WECA instructor on weeknights and Saturdays! It's the perfect side gig to complement your day job (or keep your skills sharp in your retirement), and you can bring in some extra cash sharing your expertise with the next generation of electricians in California.

Teach for WECA's GetWired! electrician training program from the comfort of home (with the option to also teach in-person Saturday labs).

Review the job listing and apply here..
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Thursday, March 25, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

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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