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Thursday, July 22, 2021   WECA Political Update July 22, 2021

Landscape Professionals Volunteer to Improve Arlington National Cemetery and National Mall Since I usually focus on the darker side of life and politics, I thought I would start with this story of service. “Hundreds of landscape volunteers will lend their time and expertise on a project that honors America on two of its most iconic and patriotic open green spaces. ‘We must cultivate our garden,’ Voltaire famously advised. That happened on a large scale July 19 when hundreds of landscape industry professionals convened at Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall, volunteering during one of their busiest times of the year, to protect the historic cherry trees, enhance the turf, and improve irrigation systems. Story

California Businesses Hiring Homeless Workers Can Get A $30,000 Tax Credit California businesses hiring homeless workers can get up to $30,000 a year in tax credit starting 2022 under a budget bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday. Companies must pay at least 120% of the state’s minimum wage to be eligible Story

A Union Pot Calls a Union Kettle Black Dan Walters writes, “A squabble between two blocs of politically influential California unions is an example of the pot calling the kettle black.” Story

Phoenix Improves in Latest Rankings The Phoenix metro jumped 13 spots in the prestigious 2021-2022 U.S. News Best Places to Live rankings. The latest report cited the Valley’s job market, its relatively low cost of living, its “ample opportunities to play,” as well as, of course, its abundant sunshine. Story

Recall Gov. Gavin Newsom will not list his party affiliation on the recall ballot, a Sacramento County judge ruled recently. The blank space on the ballot is thanks to a filing error by Newsom’s lawyer (ex-lawyer?) who admitted that he forgot to check the party designation box — failing to take advantage of a law signed by his Governor just a few months earlier, that would have allowed him to do so. The case arose because Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber refused to let the Newsom campaign amend its report. Hoping to mend fences with Newsom— who appointed Weber to fill the vacancy at Secretary of State when Newsom appointed Alex Padilla to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat—Weber subsequently refused to put conservative talk-show host Larry Elder on the “replacement” ballot. Elder sued, and a Sacramento Judge concluded that the Secretary of State errored in applying a 2019 bill that requires candidates for Governor to supply five years of tax returns to be placed on the ballot. Over 40 candidates will be on the ballot when California voters decide Newsom’s fate on Sept. 14 and via mail ballots in the preceding month. Among the top Republican contenders are former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman and Newsom’s 2018 opponent John Cox, former Rep. Doug Ose, former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, and Assemblymember Kevin Kiley.

Legislature Adopts Broadband Funding But forgets about Skilled and Trained Workforce (SWF). As part of their spending free-for-all, the Legislature sent Governor Newsom SB 156 that … but unlike an earlier version (AB 34) that would have issued general obligation bonds for up to $10 billion, SB 156 did not include any of the State Building and Construction Trades Council’s usual SWF mandates—or the waiver of SWF if a PLA covers the project! Also—SB 156 authorizes job order contracting for broadband construction…

Arizona Ends Federal Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Program Arizona ended its participation in pandemic-related federal unemployment benefit programs on July 10, and courts in two states—Indiana and Maryland—ruled those states must continue to participate in the program. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) had announced that Arizona would end its involvement in the program on May 13.

ABC Calls for Changes to Biden PLA Rule ABC called for changes to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s interim final rule encouraging project labor agreements and other anti-competitive and costly labor policies on particular state and local projects funded by the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021. I am sure Secretary Yellen will seriously consider their position. Story

In related news—ABC Announces New Campaign to Fight PLA Legislation Associated Builders and Contractors has amassed a six-figure war chest to fight the use of mandated project labor agreements on federally funded infrastructure jobs. Through Build America Local, a coalition of construction industry and business organizations led by ABC, the trade group has produced a 30-second commercial as part of an advocacy campaign aimed at the public and members of the U.S. Senate on PLAs. Story

Newsom Appoints Labor Secretary Governor Newsom announced Natalie Palugyai as Secretary of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). Newsom also announced Stewart Knox as LWDA Undersecretary. In addition, former LWDA Secretary Julie Su was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor. Palugyai’s appointment pleased former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Senator María Elena Durazo. “As Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus, I look forward to working with her to solve issues of wage theft, expand health and safety provisions in the workplace, and create access to new good-paying jobs through High Road Partnerships.” Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Officer of the California Labor Federation said, “I know she will fight for all of California’s workers and treat them with respect.” Since the early 2000s, Palugyai has served in many advisory and managerial roles in private and public sectors. A graduate of both the University of Miami and Harvard University, Palugyai started as a compliance officer for the U.S. Department of Labor in Miami from 2000 to 2003. Following a subsequent two-year stint working at the World Bank, she next served as a Recovery Analysis, Reports and Technology Solutions branch chief at FEMA from 2007 to 2010 and as a Senior Management Advisor at the Department of Labor until 2015. After a few advisory positions at the General Services Administration and John Hopkins University, Palugyai became the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Johns Hopkins University in 2018, a position she has held ever since.

Not everyone agrees she is the right choice. In the California Globe, Oakland-based labor union advisor and analyst Dylan Murphy said, “She’s only 40, not exactly a long career to really look back upon for such a high-level position. But what is even more concerning is her unfamiliarity with California. She has only ever held positions in Florida, Washington, and Baltimore. There’s nothing West there of the Appalachians, let alone the Mississippi. Some of the jobs in Washington were for national-level things, but nothing that really focused on California. And labor in California is a different animal than all other states. Unions remain very strong out here in many sectors, with migrant workers also playing a huge part out here. And that’s not even getting into all the issues surrounding AB 5, the ongoing EDD fraud issues from last year, and lingering post-COVID labor and workplace issues unique to California. On top of that, the Governor is going to face an election in September, and if he wins that, again in November next year. He could be out as Governor either time, meaning Palugyai may only be in office a brief time. So it’s quite possible by the time she figures out what the labor situation is in California, she could be out of a job.” Story

The California Supreme Court Cooks up More Problems for Employers In yet another blow to employers, the California Supreme Court decided, in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC,1 that the one hour of premium pay owed to employees who do not receive a legally compliant meal or rest breaks must be paid at the employee’s “regular rate” (as used in the calculation of overtime), not simply the employee’s hourly rate. This decision impacts employers who pay nonexempt employees additional compensation, such as non-discretionary bonuses, shift premiums, or commissions. More

Secret California Budget Item Gives $280M Handout for Oakland Stadium Project As evidence that California Legislators had millions burning holes in their pockets, Politico reported that “A state budget bill Newsom signed late last month directs $279.5 million in general fund money to the Port of Oakland for a broad range of infrastructure projects. The port says it doesn't have a specific plan for the money, which the budget dedicates to ‘improvements that facilitate enhanced freight and passenger access and to promote the efficient and safe movement of goods and people.’ But the infusion of state dollars came just weeks before Tuesday's vote on developing the port's Howard Terminal into a baseball stadium and mixed-use development in one of the smallest markets in Major League Baseball, and as the Oakland A's hold out for more government funding.”
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   Industry Partner Spotlight: Eric Anderton of Construction Genius




Even the top dogs in the construction industry need additional help and insight from time to time. Luckily for them, they’ve got Eric Anderton—the construction industry executive, leadership advisor, strategic facilitator, keynote speaker, and podcast host behind Construction Genius, one of WECA’s newest Industry Partners—in their corner.

Anderton boasts an impressive background, with 25 years of public speaking, small group facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring under his toolbelt. He began working with construction companies in 2004 and founded his own company—Construction Genius—in 2013. And in recent years, he’s even delved into a newer but wildly popular medium—podcasts! Anderton hosts the Construction Genius podcast, which sees over 6,000 construction leaders tuning in per month to listen to his interviews with construction company executives and industry influencers and glean from Eric’s insights into how to be a better leader.

Prior to that, Eric received a Bachelor’s in History at Humboldt State University and subsequently worked in sales and marketing for various office-oriented companies, selling software, copiers, and the like. During this time, Anderton also honed his mentorship, small group facilitation, and public speaking experience out of the office by mentoring and advising a bible study group at Sacramento State, serving as a chaplain for Sacramento State’s football team, and coaching Little League baseball and youth soccer.

If you’re thinking to yourself “Well, Eric sounds great, but what can he do for me and my company?,” wonder no more! As an executive coach, Eric provides leaders with a knowledgeable sounding board and helps them to develop the next generation of leaders so that they (the current leaders) can maximize their wealth and happiness and secure a legacy.

Far from being a vague new-age guru, Eric helps construction company CEOs, construction industry firms, and smaller business owners tackle what he says are the biggest hurdles facing today’s leaders: clarifying their business purpose and values, building strategic plans, developing their best people over the long-term, systematically innovating through obstacles, and executing their most important priorities.

“The most important skills and traits for effective leaders to have are the ability to communicate with a diverse workforce, build teams, manage conflict, delegate people and hold them accountable for their performance, utilize time effectively, think strategically, overcome their blind spots, and leverage their strengths. If that sounds like a lot, not to worry—that’s why I’m here to help guide them and hone their leadership approach,” says Anderton.

But it’s not all just about a company’s or individual’s bottom line.

“I love that I get to help people face and conquer challenges they previously thought insurmountable,” says Anderton. “What I do helps people secure their retirements and the livelihoods of their employees and helps them to become more confident and capable leaders, but most of all—maximizes their happiness!”

When not working, Anderton enjoys spending time with his family (he’s a father of five!), contributing to the community in various ways, and studying ancient and modern history as well as leadership and strategic principles.

WECA Member Contractors interested in working with Anderton can get in touch with him via:

·        Contact him at constructiongenius.com/contact/ to fill out a contact form.
·        Schedule a free 10-minute chat with him at https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/

?You can get further insight via his podcast at https://www.constructiongenius.com/podcast or his blog at https://www.constructiongenius.com/blog/
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   Webinar: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs

August 18 | 10 a.m. PDT | Zoom

Free for WECA Members and their employees.
All others $70/registration.



Join WECA and the Contractors' Plan for the Webinar: "Essential Knowledge for Bidding & Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs" on August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT on Zoom.

This Webinar discusses how to navigate prevailing wage while ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations, and profitability.

Competition for prevailing wage jobs is fierce, and some of the greatest challenges for open shop government contractors is ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations while ensuring profitability. Whether competing on projects subject to the Davis-Bacon Act or local prevailing wage ordinances, it’s critical for contractors to be well informed and educated to ensure adherence to the complex and rigorous rules.

Learn from industry expert Nathaniel Peniston as he shares best practices for:

• ESSER and coronavirus funding
• Where to find prevailing wage rates & how to understand them
• Understanding how base wage and fringe obligations are best met
• Fringe Benefits & Annualization
• Best practices in demonstrating compliance

If you’re a contractor performing prevailing wage work, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

SPEAKER INFO

Nathaniel Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan

Nathaniel Peniston works with external partners such as WECA to identify areas of collaboration and drive customer success. An expert in the administration and compliance challenges of hourly employees with prevailing wage and fringe benefit obligations, Peniston has published a number of articles, including “Why ‘Prevailing Wages’ Exist & How to Take Advantage of Them,” and a book, “The Contractor’s Guide to the Davis-Bacon Act: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs.”

If you're a WECA member, take advantage of free registration and reserve your spot now. All others $70/registration.

Register for the Webinar today!
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   It's time to come together to celebrate the WECA Graduating Classes of 2021!

Support WECA graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.

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Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2021!

Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our GET WIRED! program in the Class of 2021 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 28, 2021 at WECA Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.


The Class of 2020, whose graduation events last year were precluded by the pandemic, will additionally be honored at these events.

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

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

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   Help your Spanish-speaking employees get proper OSHA training with WECA and ClickSafety



Put safety first on the work site by ensuring that all of your employees get proper training on important safety and health matters. WECA makes that easy with our catalog of safety courses, including one in Spanish (OSHA 10 Construction Spanish).


OSHA implemented an Outreach Training Program that has proven to be highly successful in reducing the number of on-the-job accidents. According to OSHA, the Outreach Program is their “primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health”. This 10-Hour course from WECA partner ClickSafety is an online version of OSHA’s successful program covers fewer topics than OSHA 30. Online OSHA training is an excellent way to ensure that you have been properly trained on important safety and health matters at your work sites.

The course covers:
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Focus Four Hazards and Preventative Measures Topics: Fall Hazards, Electrocution Hazards, Caught-In or -Between, Struck-By
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Health Hazards in Construction
  • Materials Handling, Storage, and Use
  • Stairways and Ladders
  • Tools-Hand & Power
  • Leading Cultural Change
OSHA implementó un Programa de Capacitación de Difusión que ha dado muy buenos resultados para disminuir la cantidad de accidentes en el trabajo. De acuerdo con OSHA, su Programa de Difusión es "su forma fundamental de capacitar a los trabajadores en cuanto a los conocimientos básicos de salud y seguridad ocupacional". 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.

El curso cubre:
  • Introducción a OSHA
  • Los cuatro riesgos principales y medidas de prevención Temas: riesgo de caídas, riesgo de electrocución, riesgo de atrapamiento, riesgo de golpes
  • Equipo de protección personal (EPP)
  • Riesgos para la salud en la construcción
  • Uso, manipulación y almacenamiento de materiales
  • Gradas y escaleras
  • Herramientas manuales y eléctricas
  • Líderes del cambio cultural
OSHA 10 Construction Spanish
And of course, we offer it in English, too: OSHA 10 Construction

 
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Thursday, July 15, 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, July 08, 2021   

Pay Yourself First According to CalMatters, Newsom “gave away millions of dollars and other prizes to encourage Californians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s also the latest piece of information to cast doubt on whether the program’s results justify the cost: Recent data shows the lottery didn’t significantly increase the number of Californians getting their first shot. Although the vaccine incentives were well publicized, the fact that the state would be required to pay the California State Lottery — which helped Newsom run the program — was not. In a Thursday letter to the California Department of Public Health, the lottery commission explained it must be reimbursed for spending money that doesn’t relate to its purpose, which is to fund public education. H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance, said California would repay the lottery commission with $500,000 from a General Fund account used for disaster response and emergency operations. However, the state will eventually reimburse itself with relief funds from the federal stimulus package President Joe Biden signed into law in March, Palmer said. Most of the money related to the vaccine lottery will likely never come to light. California will pay out at least $116.5 million in prizes — including $1.5 million each to 10 individuals — but the state won’t share their names unless the winners give consent. Erin Mellon, a governor’s office spokeswoman, said the confidentiality of vaccination records also precludes winners’ names from being disclosed in public records requests.

SU, Nomination: Politico reports “The U.S. Senate could soon vote on the nomination of Julie Su to be deputy Labor secretary, closing the book on a nearly five-month wait for the California official tapped for the job in early February. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Su’s nomination recently, but the vote is still likely to be weeks away as the Senate is off for its two-week July 4th recess. Su, who has served as California’s labor secretary since January 2019, has faced stiff opposition from Senate Republicans who have criticized the state's handling of unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Republicans in Washington have argued that California's labor department should not be a model for the rest of the country and raised concerns that Su would be a negative influence on Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.” (What? Su will make Walsh worse?) The Washington Examiner said “The LA Times editorial board, no friend to small businesses, calls her work an "epic failure." California auditors found Su and others responded to the spike in unemployment claims associated with the pandemic by allowing the staff to bypass unemployment insurance verification controls.” Story

Eagle Mountain Lives! Governor Newsom is trying to insert support for two energy sources into the state budget, a legislative source says, a push that could set up a conflict with the Legislature, environmentalists and agricultural interests, reports POLITICO. Under draft language that the source says came from Newsom's office, the state — rather than utilities — would buy electricity from long-duration energy storage projects, a cost that would then be passed along to all ratepayers. One such storage technology is pumped-storage hydropower, which would be used at the Eagle Mountain project near Joshua Tree National Park and at least two other locations in California. The language does not specify a technology or project, but environmentalists suspect it was written with the Eagle Mountain project in mind. A coalition of green groups joined forces with the powerful Agricultural Energy Consumers Association, Independent Energy Producers Association and other organizations to oppose what they characterize as a "bailout" for the Eagle Mountain project. There have been several failed bills in recent years to boost energy storage. Newsom spokesperson Amelia Matier declined to elaborate on the energy proposals when asked if the governor was behind them, saying that the governor's office "is currently engaged in productive discussions with the Legislature to address the work that remains on some policy areas of the budget. As these are ongoing deliberations, we have no comment at this time." IBEW has been an ardent supporter of Eagle Mountain.

C-SPAN released its fourth historians survey of presidential leadership and found that former President Donald J. Trump tied third to last in terms of best national leaders. He tied for third with FRANKLIN PIERCE, and just ahead of JAMES BUCHANAN and ANDREW JOHNSON, who was also impeached. Topping the list is ABRAHAM LINCOLN. BARACK OBAMA gets 10th place (behind Ronald Regan and ahead of LBJ – an interesting juxtaposition of Presidents) and GEORGE W. BUSH gets 29th. In the survey, which was first conducted in 2000, participants rate each president based on 10 qualities of presidential leadership: Public Persuasion, Crisis Leadership, Economic Management, Moral Authority, International Relations, Administrative Skills, Relations with Congress, Vision/Setting an Agenda, Pursued Equal Justice for All and Performance Within the Context of the Times. This year's survey polled 142 respondents — including historians, professors and other professionals with knowledge of the field.

An Update on Statewide Ballot Measures There have been some interesting statewide ballot measures that were recently certified. Here’s a brief overview.

Arizona: At the 2022 general election, voters will decide a constitutional amendment to require that citizen-initiated ballot measures embrace a single subject. The ballot measure would also require the initiative's subject to be expressed in the ballot title, or else the missing subject would be considered void. Also in 2022, voters will decide a ballot measure to allow the state legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved ballot initiatives in cases where the Arizona Supreme Court or U.S. Supreme Court declare that a portion of the ballot initiative is unconstitutional or illegal. In Arizona, the legislature must propose a ballot measure to amend or repeal voter-approved ballot initiatives. Initiatives often include severability clauses, meaning that if the courts declare a provision to be unconstitutional, other provisions can remain valid.

Senate Bill Would Create Apprenticeship College Consortium A bill introduced (S 1886) in the U.S. Senate would create an "apprenticeship college consortium" and oblige the Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Education to enter an interagency agreement to promote apprenticeship. The proposal arrived just months after a Trump administration overhaul to the nation's apprenticeship system was rescinded by President Joe Biden in a February executive order. Under the now-rescinded final rule, DOL would have been able to recognize entities that could work with employers and other parties to create, recognize and monitor apprenticeship programs. Story

Fuel Cell NEM. Politico reports “Four of California's largest environmental groups urged legislative leaders to not extend the life of the state's fuel cell incentives policy.” Apparently, “Newsom's office is pushing for the budget to include language that would stop the fuel cell net metering program from expiring at the end of the year. Similar to net metering for rooftop solar, fuel cell owners like supermarkets, hospitals and data centers have lower energy bills thanks to the excess electricity that the technology feeds into the larger grid. While fuel cells produce little to no air pollution — an advantage over diesel generators and natural gas power plants — they still emit some greenhouses gases, which has prompted environmentalists to criticize the technology. Extending the net metering program through the end of 2026 would also benefit fuel cell manufacturers like Bloom Energy, a Newsom donor that won a no-bid contract from the administration to refurbish ventilators as the pandemic intensified last spring.”

State Building Trades to the Rescue. An article in Calmatters highlights a union effort to delay construction at UC campuses. “Education, infrastructure and economic stimulus are near the top of our nation’s agenda now. But here in California, the Legislature is considering a bill that would discourage progress on all three fronts. Senate Bill 132 would stop the University of California from moving ahead with badly needed capital improvement projects unless the university submits to a costly and cumbersome annual certification process sought by one public employee union. No wonder California’s building trade unions have joined UC and the California Coalition for Public Higher Education in opposing SB 132.” Story

More California Movement Kate Gordon is now senior adviser to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. She most recently was director of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office of Planning and Research.

Biden Signs Three Congressional Review Act Bills Repealing Trump-Era Rules President Biden signed three Congressional Review Act (CRA) bills on June 30, reversing three administrative rules implemented near the end of the Donald Trump administration. Signing these bills brings the total number of rules repealed under the CRA to 20. These CRA bills are the first Congress has used to reverse regulatory actions taken by a Republican president.
  •  The first bill, S.J.Res.13, reversed a Trump-era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rule that changed what information the agency would share with companies accused of discrimination.
  • The second bill, S.J.Res.14, reversed a Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane rule and restored methane emissions standards set during the Barack Obama (D) administration.
  • The third bill, S.J.Res.15, reversed a Trump-era U.S. Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) rule that changed regulations governing banks that give money to third parties to lend to borrowers.
The Congressional Review Act is a federal law passed in 1996 that creates a 60-day review period during which Congress, by passing a joint resolution of disapproval later signed by the president, can overturn a new federal agency rule. The law defines days under the CRA as days where Congress is in continuous session, so the estimated window to block any end-of-term regulatory activity from the Trump administration was between Feb. 3 and April 4. Congress had until then to introduce CRA resolutions to block regulatory activity that occurred between Aug. 20, 2020, and Jan. 3, 2021. Since the law’s creation in 1996, Congress has used the CRA to successfully repeal 20 rules published in the Federal Register. Before 2017, Congress had used the CRA successfully one time, to overturn a rule on ergonomics in the workplace in 2001. In the first four months of his administration, President Trump signed 14 CRA resolutions from Congress undoing a variety of rules issued near the end of Barack Obama's (D) presidency. Congress ultimately repealed 16 rules in total using the CRA during the Trump administration. You can learn more about the Congressional Review Act here.
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Thursday, July 01, 2021   WECA Apprentices in California have returned to in-person instruction at our training facilities!

Pics from our first classes back, below. Also featuring our newly-opened Fresno Training Facility and upgraded San Diego Facility!

WECA Member Contractors: we've missed having your Apprentices walk our halls, and our instructors have missed seeing them in person! While no one missed a beat in their educations thanks to WECA's online apprenticeship delivery during the worst of the COVID pandemic, being back in person in California feels great.

We're also celebrating our very first apprenticeship classes at our brand-new Fresno Training Facility, now serving the Central Valley, and our upgraded San Diego Training Facility at its new location.

Go behind-the-scenes with us as we check out the action in our California classrooms and labs from the past two weeks!

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Thursday, July 01, 2021   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Electrician Trainees available in Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sutter and Ventura counties



Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Clara,
Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sutter and Ventura 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, July 01, 2021   Have an employee you're eyeing for promotion to a leadership role?

Have an employee you're eyeing for promotion to a leadership role? Check out WECA's newly updated GetWired! 403: Jobsite Management Skills

Now with an increased focus on project-based learning; featuring digital construction management platform Procore and estimating platform Esticom

The newly-updated GetWired! 403 is designed around giving our students exposure to digital construction management platforms as they hone essential jobsite management skills. They'll learn to use Procore’s Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic digital estimating.

This project-based course immerses students in real-world scenarios.

This class is designed for both Journeyperson Continuing Education Students and advanced Electrician Trainee Program Certificate students who have completed the appropriate prerequisites.

Either way, it's an excellent training option for new or soon-to-be-promoted foreperson employees.

Jobsite Management Skills focuses on:
 
  • Providing an introduction to concepts, technology, and best practices for project management, electrical estimating in a software environment, jobsite leadership, and communications
  • Exposure to digital construction management platforms: Learn to use Procore’s Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic estimating using in-class instruction and self-paced video training.
  • Interpersonal skills and communications with internal and external stakeholders on the job, as well as those under your supervision
  • Using typical construction documentation and resources on construction management software to plan, manage, and record the electrical work processes of a typical residential/commercial construction project
  • The general leadership and foremanship skills required for profitable and successful project completion
This course is suitable for those already in a leadership role on a commercial or residential electrical jobsite who wish to enhance their skills, as well as suitable for those who want to develop the skills they need to be promoted to a leadership role.
 
  • Total class hours available: 32
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
  • Late Tuition Fee: $389
Our September instance of this upgraded course filled so fast it surprised even us, but there are still seats available in the next class, starting November 8th.

Encourage your employees to enroll--or enroll them yourselves and use WECA's member training discounts--today!

Some snapshots from the course:



Here we're looking at the basic functions of Procore, a leading construction management software solution for the industry that fully integrates with Esticom estimating software. Students will have full hands-on access to both applications.



Here we're learning the basics of estimating using the Esticom app. Students then apply their new digital estimating skills to a material take-off and estimate for an electrical lighting circuit.



This slide opens a section on Invitations to Bid, as students broaden their knowledge on what goes into submitting a bid.



In the Contracts section of the course, students learn about how to negotiate contract terms by applying negotiation techniques discussed in this lesson.



 
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Thursday, July 01, 2021   Capture CA's growing electric vehicle & electrification market...

Capture California's growing electric vehicle and electrification market--learn how at WECA and Qmerit's July 15 Webinar "The California EV and Electrification Tsunami".



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, July 01, 2021   Save the date for WECA's 2021 NorCal and SoCal graduations!

Save the date for WECA's 2021 NorCal and SoCal graduations!

Invitations and sponsorship information coming soon



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 dates shown above. Please save the date(s) and watch your WECA communications for more details as these events draw closer!
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   Drumroll, please! WECA's new Fresno training facility is open. Check it out below!

We're excited to announce the long-anticipated in-person opening of WECA's newest California training facility--Fresno!

7328 N. Remington Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711

Expanding opportunity in the Central Valley



Above: Commercial Electrical lab in Fresno, ready for Apprentices





Above: And they're here! Apprentices hard at work at the new lab in Fresno during our launch week!



Above: Fresno Lead Instructor George Leach leading an apprenticeship class discussion

Learn more about WECA apprenticeship programs and expanding training facilities across the West.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   Check Out WECA's Newly Updated GetWired! 403: Jobsite Management Skills

Our September Course is Already Full, But You Can Get a Seat in the November Course if You Move Quickly

The newly-updated GetWired! 403 is designed around giving our students exposure to digital construction management platforms. Learn to use Procore’s Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic estimating.

This project-based course immerses students in real-world scenarios.

It's partially instructor-led, online on weeknight evenings, and partially self-paced, allowing students to progress on project scenarios at their own pace.

This class is designed for both Journeyperson Continuing Education Students and advanced Electrician Trainee Program Certificate students who have completed the appropriate prerequisites.

Some snapshots from the course:



Here we're looking at the basic functions of Procore, a leading construction management software solution for the industry that fully integrates with Esticom estimating software. Students will have full hands-on access to both applications.



Here we're learning the basics of estimating using the Esticom app. Students then apply their new digital estimating skills to a material take-off and estimate for an electrical lighting circuit.



This slide opens a section on Invitations to Bid, as students broaden their knowledge on what goes into submitting a bid.



In the Contracts section of the course, students learn about how to negotiate contract terms by applying negotiation techniques discussed in this lesson.

Jobsite Management Skills is a hybrid, partially instructor-led and partially self-paced online course which focuses on:
 
  • Providing an introduction to concepts, technology, and best practices for project management, electrical estimating in a software environment, jobsite leadership, and communications
  • Exposure to digital construction management platforms: Learn to use Procore’s Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic estimating using in-class instruction and self-paced video training.
  • Interpersonal skills and communications with internal and external stakeholders on the job, as well as those under your supervision
  • Using typical construction documentation and resources on construction management software to plan, manage, and record the electrical work processes of a typical residential/commercial construction project
  • The general leadership and foremanship skills required for profitable and successful project completion
This course is suitable for those already in a leadership role on a commercial or residential electrical jobsite who wish to enhance their skills, as well as suitable for those who want to develop the skills they need to be promoted to a leadership role.
 
  • Total class hours available: 32
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
  • Late Tuition Fee: $389
Our September instance of this upgraded course filled so fast it surprised even us, but there are still seats available in the next class, starting November 8th. Enroll today!

 
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   WECA Taking Applications for Low Voltage Apprentices in CA & Commercial Electrical Apprentices in AZ

Are you interested in becoming a Low Voltage Technician?

If yes, WECA wants YOU in California!

Or perhaps you've got your sights set on becoming a Commercial Electrician? Then WECA wants YOU in Arizona!

Taking apprenticeship applicants NOW!

Low Voltage Apprenticeship in California



Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship in Arizona



There's never been a better time to become a Low Voltage Apprentice or a Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA. We're actively accepting applicants now for our Low Voltage Apprenticeship program in California, and our Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in Phoenix, Arizona!

Wondering why you should apply to become a Low Voltage Apprentice or Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA?

• You get PAID to learn during your Low Voltage Apprenticeship or Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program.

• You get REAL-WORLD work experience during your Apprenticeship. You'll learn the tools of the trade in the classroom, lab, and on the job, gain confidence in your knowledge and skills, and graduate into a high-demand career.

• You get to enjoy an EXCITING AND DYNAMIC career out in the field. Your work environment is always changing as you get to move from project to project and all sorts of different builds.

• We saved the best for last--you get to graduate with NO STUDENT DEBT! That's right--the WECA Member Contractor who employs you also pays your apprenticeship program tuition!

In short--the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program and the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program are not opportunities not to be missed--so what are you waiting for??

Click here to apply for our Low Voltage Apprenticeship program today!

Click here to apply for our Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in Arizona today!
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   WECA Apprenticeship vs. the WECA GetWired! Electrician Trainee Program



P.S. When we have high demand for apprenticeship applicants, as we currently do for Commercial Electrical in Arizona and Low Voltage in California, wait times for the apprenticeship program can be much shorter than shown in the infographic.

Want to see this infographic in its full glory--or print it out for your reference? Click on the graphic!
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   Learn About Essential Training for Project Engineers & Non-Electrician Construction Professionals

Project Engineers and Other Non-Electrician Construction Professionals:

Get Essential Training with WECA's Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Path

Our member contractors asked, and WECA delivered.

Essential training for non-electrician construction professionals:

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

Get acquainted with a quick video:

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

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 member 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. 

Are you or a non-electrician construction professional in your life interested in enrolling? Click here.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   Are you out of work? Check out WECA's Student Referral Service to Connect with a Great Employer!

Are you a current WECA student or graduate that's out of work?

Check out WECA's Student Referral Service: connect with a great employer today!

There's high demand all over California!



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

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

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

Three ways to sign up for the Student Referral Service today!
  1. Contact Trisha Hughes, Client Services Specialist I, at thughes@goweca.com
  2. Or call our office and ask to speak with her at 1-877-444-9322
  3. Or fill out the SRS sign-up form on our website.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021   Seeking Qualified Electrician Instructors for Online Weeknight and Saturday Classes!

It's the Perfect Side Gig That Doesn't Interfere with Your Primary Job!

We're Experiencing Record Enrollment in Our GetWired! Program and Our Need for Additional Part-Time Instructors Just Keeps Growing





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.

Not yet qualified, but interested in completing your education and becoming a certified electrician in California--and maybe teaching for us some day in the future? Find out why the GetWired! Program, culminating in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate, is training thousands of students across California, with more enrolling every day.
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Thursday, June 24, 2021   WECA Political Update June 24, 2021

Victory For Property Rights in Supreme Court Union Trespassing Case. In a victory for property owners, the Supreme Court of the United States today affirmed that the government could not force people to allow third parties to trespass on their property. In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, two California agriculture businesses challenged a state law that allowed unions to access private property three hours per day, 120 days per year, to recruit new members. Pacific Legal Foundation represented the businesses at the Supreme Court, arguing that when the government allows a third party onto someone else’s private property without compensating the property owners, it violates their property rights. Story

Is Union Labor Requirement in The Way of Easing California’s Affordable Housing Crisis? CalMatters author Manuela Tobias poses this intriguing question in her analysis of Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates in State law. “California lawmakers introduced several bills this year that would rezone empty strip malls and big-box stores across the state to allow for new housing development without undergoing lengthy and costly local approvals. Two are sailing through the Legislature. The other died early on. A key difference? The successful bills had the support of arguably the most powerful entity in the Capitol on housing issues, the State Building and Construction Trades Council. The other faced its vehement opposition.” Story

Deadline Passes for Secretary of State to Verify Remaining Signatures in Newsom Recall June 22 was the deadline for the California Secretary of State to verify that enough valid signatures remain in the recall campaign targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to move the effort forward. Voters who signed petitions had until June 8 to request that county election offices remove their names from the petition. If at least 1,495,709 signatures remain, the recall process will proceed to a budgeting phase where the California Department of Finance will estimate the recall election's cost. Recall organizers originally submitted 1,719,943 valid signatures. Based on the remaining procedural steps required by state law for the recall campaign, an election is likely to occur in October or November 2021. The California Association of Clerks and Election Officials wrote on June 14 to Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D) requesting that a recall election not occur before Sept. 14 due to supply chain issues to printing ballots and procuring envelopes. More

As Businesses Re-Open in California, COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Continues While the past week brought many changes around California for COVID-19 requirements, both the state statute and several local supplemental paid sick leave ordinances persist. The statewide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (“SPSL”) law remains in effect until September 30, 2021. Story

CA Employers Finally Have Guidance from Cal-OSHA on Updated Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Protocols The state of California, after a series of recommendations made and then withdrawn, has finally settled on new workplace safety guidelines. The Cal-OSHA Advisory Board approved the updated workplace COVID-19 prevention protocols on June 17, 2021, and Governor Gavin Newsom immediately issued an executive order implementing them. The guidelines help align workplace safety standards with the state public health guidance. Story

Biden Nominates SEIU General Counsel and Labor Law Attorney to NLRB On June 23, President Biden nominated David Prouty, the General Counsel of SEIU Local 32BJ, to serve as a member of the NLRB. Prouty has also served as a general counsel to the Major League Baseball Players Association and UNITE HERE and a member of the NLRB’s union advisory panel in the late 90s. Additionally, on May 26, Pres. Biden nominated labor law attorney Gwynne Wilcox to the Board. Wilcox is a senior partner at Levy Ratner PC, a union-side labor and employment firm, and serves as associate general counsel for the largest local SEIU. If confirmed, she would be the first African-American woman ever appointed to the NLRB. Three Republicans and one Democrat currently make up the Board, but Republican William Emmanuel’s term expires in August. If both Prouty and Wilcox are confirmed, the Board would have a 3-2 Democratic majority, opening the door to significant and radical policy changes.

A Family Affair: Children and Other Relatives of Biden Aides Get Administration Jobs Barely a week into office, President Biden made a promise that signaled a sharp break from his predecessor: No member of his family would be involved in government. But that vow did not extend to his senior staff and their relatives. In the first few months of Biden’s presidency, at least five children of his top aides have secured coveted jobs in the new administration. They include two sons and a daughter of the White House counselor, the daughter of a deputy White House chief of staff, and the daughter of the director of presidential personnel. Story

Union Organizing Trends: Use of Technology and Social Issues Union organizers effectively use technology and capitalize on prominent social issues to dramatically increase union organizing in the technology industry and elsewhere. No longer do union organizers have to meet employees face-to-face in their homes, their employer’s parking lot, or in a public gathering location such as in a restaurant or bar. The widespread use of smartphones, email, and social media has enabled union organizers to recruit virtually. These much less time-intensive organizing techniques have allowed union organizers to be more efficient and organize more employees in far less time. Story

Why Did IBEW create EVITP? California released an estimate of the number of EV chargers it will need by 2030, assuming it succeeds in its ambitious vehicle electrification goals. 1.2 million is the number of publicly accessible chargers needed to serve the 7.5 million EVs expected to be on the road by 2030, according to the Energy Commission's new analysis. For comparison, there's currently 73,000 public and shared chargers, and the state is on track to reach 123,000 by 2025. Newsom has proposed spending $500 million to boost that target to 250,000 stations. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), who ordered the analysis as part of AB 2127, said it shows the state needs to increase its ambitions. "The assessment shows we must now scale up our installation efforts, building out our charging network for electric vehicle adoption to be as seamless as possible." Jimmy O'Dea, a senior vehicles analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists said the estimate would help signal funding needs. "Investors, banks, construction companies need to know the scale of investments needed to realize California's electric vehicle goals." Report

Utah’s Economy (and California’s) Weathering Pandemic Far Better than Hawaii’s Utah currently has the best-performing economy, and Hawaii has the worst-performing economy in the nation, according to an analysis by WalletHub. WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 29 key indicators, including GDP growth and employment rate. Utah ranked first in both of those categories, while Hawaii ranked last in both. While California ranked 3rd overall, it ranked near the bottom (42) in economic health due to high unemployment and the lowest change in non-farm payroll. Story



Workers First in Biden/Harris Trade Policy Recent news that consumer prices have risen more than expected in the past year added fuel to a debate over the threat of inflation as the economy rebounds. It also mostly drowned out another announcement on trade policy, one the Biden administration had hoped would send a significant signal that it was breaking from the past. Katherine Tai, the U.S. trade representative, told the A.F.L.-C.I.O. during a speech today that the White House was working to put workers first in its negotiations with its trading partners, shifting from the usual focus on macroeconomics and business interests. In her speech, Tai said the previous approach had “created a trust gap with the public about free trade.” Story

Price for Recall? California finance officials said that the gubernatorial recall election would cost counties an estimated $215.2 million based on projections that local officials recently provided. The Department of Finance sent its estimate to legislative leaders for use in the upcoming state budget, which is expected to reimburse counties for costs related to the special election. Having that tally in hand also could allow the department and Joint Legislative Budget Committee to collapse their allotted 30-day windows for reviewing election costs in the coming weeks, accelerating the recall calendar. On a separate but related issue, counties had until June 22 to tell the Secretary of State's office how many recall supporters withdrew their signatures from petitions. That number is expected to have no bearing on the recall situation, however, and the secretary of state soon after will tell the Department of Finance that its 30-day clock will begin. Finance could quickly respond with its report on recall costs or take additional time at its discretion. POLITICO

Mid-Year Recall Report (2021) In the first half of 2021, Ballotpedia tracked 164 recall efforts against 262 officials. This was the most recall effort for this point since the first half of 2016 when they followed 189 recall efforts against 265 officials. In comparison, they followed between 72 and 155 steps by the midpoints of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Story

I4AW Study on PRO Act’s Impact On May 6, the Institute for the American Worker released a study analyzing the potential consequences of the PRO Act. Specifically, I4AW focused on how the resulting increases in unionization rates would affect union income and political contributions. Key findings include:
  • If unionization levels reached 1983 (16.8%), dues received could exceed $20 billion per year.
  • That means unions would have an additional $660 million to contribute to political campaigns each year.
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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 10, 2021   WECA Political Update June 10, 2021

Government Affairs and Merit Shop Advocacy



There Will be Blood (with apologies to Daniel Day Lewis)

The labor movement's bubbling tensions with environmental groups are coming to a head. Labor unions want to be part of a group advising California on how to reach its greenhouse gas targets. The problem? The labor advocates pushing for access are diametrically opposed to the environmental justice interests the group is supposed to represent. Environmental justice advocates are dismayed by the State Building and Construction Trades Council's bid to put a union member on the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC). The collision course began last month, when Air Resources Board member (and former Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democratic Assemblymember) Nathan Fletcher (husband of former San Diego Labor Fed head Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez) proposed adding a union seat to the committee. "I'm very concerned about having a specific labor seat on the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee" said Paulina Torres , a staff attorney with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, at a well-attended Friday afternoon Zoom meeting. "EJAC members are representing their communities rather than—in this case—it would be their union. And so I just don't—I can't really see how there could be a labor representative." Environmental justice advocates typically push for conventional pollution reductions at the source, citing impacts on nearby low-income neighborhoods. But the building trades don't want to curtail fossil fuel production in California, which has been a reliable source of jobs and active area for the building trades’ recruitment—as many readers will recall, Skilled and Trained Workforce started with refinery turnarounds). The union has fought the environmental justice community on efforts to establish buffer zones between wells and sensitive areas—a battle the environmental community lost this session when Senate Bill 467 died.

Mask Rules Change Again Per the Los Angeles Times (and others). “Members of a California workplace safety board suggested they will move to allow fully vaccinated employees to stop wearing masks while on the job, putting proposed health rules in agreement with recommendations issued by federal and state health officials. Details were scant, but Eric Berg, deputy chief of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said the expectation is that the standards “will be consistent with” new mask rules issued by the California Department of Public Health for the general public, which are set to go into effect Tuesday. Those rules allow people who are fully vaccinated to not wear masks—with some exceptions, such as on public transit. The proposal will be presented at a meeting June 17 and could go into effect by June 28 once it’s reviewed by the state Office of Administrative Law. It would affect most workplace settings, with exceptions including healthcare sites.

Sonoma County, California Extends and Retroactively Expands Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance On June 8, 2021, the Sonoma County, California Board of Supervisors enacted an urgency ordinance that extends and amends—in part retroactively to January 1, 2021—its emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) ordinance. Learn More

Here We Go Again. Biden Restores Obama-Era Local-Hire Pilot Program on FHWA, FTA Projects The U.S. Dept. of Transportation is reviving Obama-era pilot programs for state agencies and contractors to give hiring preferences to people who live in areas where construction projects are located if they receive federal agency funding. The local-hire initiative, which Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on May 19 at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge replacement project in Washington, D.C., drew praise from a prominent construction union (guess which one) but was criticized by a major contractor group (guess number two). Story

California homebuilder pays $9.42M for 193 lots in Surprise, AZ Landsea Homes Corp. has paid $9.42 million for 193 lots in Surprise, according to the Vizzda LLC real estate database. The Newport Beach, California-based homebuilder bought the lots from Chandler-based Courtland Homes Inc. within Courtland's North Copper Canyon master-planned community, essentially paying $48,820.78 per lot for the land north of the northwest corner of 183rd Avenue and Deer Valley Road, according to Vizzda. Story



Deadlines, schmedlines Last Friday was the Legislative deadline requiring all bills be out of their first house. Any bills remaining in their house of origin became two-year and may not be heard again until January of 2022. Here's how this year's deadline compared with the corresponding deadline of 2019. Last Friday, 73 bills failed to pass out of their first house. 51 bills failed this same deadline in 2019. Friday, July 14th brings the next deadline requiring all fiscal bills be out of their 2nd house policy committees and moved on to their respective Appropriations committees.

Joe Biden Doesn't Want to Meet The Press CNN's Chris Cillizza wrote this week: “Joe Biden has been president of the United States for 138 days. And in that time, he has held a total of ONE formal news conference. Asked about that paucity of pressers—ahem!—on Sunday by CNN's Brian Stelter, White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied that Biden ‘takes questions several times a week.’ If that quote rings a bell, it's because it's almost exactly how former President Donald Trump's press shop defended his own lack of news conferences.” SSDD

Biden Nominates SEIU Attorney to NLRB On May 26, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden nominated Gwynne Wilcox to fill an open seat on the National Labor Relations Board. Wilcox is currently a senior partner at a labor-side labor and employment firm, and is assistant general counsel to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 in New York. Local 1199’s Health Care Workers East claims to be the largest health care union in the country, with more than 365,000 members, and is widely thought of as an aggressive union local. With Wilcox’s nomination, President Biden is showing his intention to fulfill his campaign promise to organized labor that he would be the “strongest labor president you’ve ever had.” Story

Warren Buffett Targets Commercial Modular Construction He is forging further into modular construction, leveraging the Berkshire Hathaway-owned MiTek engineered building products and construction software firm to launch a hybrid offsite-on site building model targeted at hospitality, health care, education and multifamily construction. Story

PROAct  Some of you may have attended AGC of America’s recent webinar about the PRO Act. They have some resources that contractors may find helpful as they educate friends, family and employees about the elements of the PRO Act. “As AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr made clear in his presentation, the PRO Act is not just bad for employers, but also poses significant threats to workers—including those who are in a union and those who are not. To that end, we have created several resources to help you educate your colleagues about the risks associated with the PRO Act.” At agc.org/PROAct, the association has the following resources available for employers and employees:

•        White papers detailing the detrimental effects of the PRO Act on open-shop and union contractors
•        One-pager with information for workers
•        Social media tool kit with sample posts and messages

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promised a vote on the bill when 50 Senators announce support for the bill. Vice President Harris could then act as the tie-breaking 51st vote if the filibuster—which requires 60 votes on legislation—is eliminated or “reformed.” At present, 47 Democratic Senators have pledged their support for the legislation. The remaining three Democratic Senators—Sinema and Kelly from Arizona and Warner from Virginia—need to hear from local contractors on why they should oppose the PRO Act. Arizona members, please contact Senators Sinema and Kelly and let them know why they should oppose the PRO Act. You can do that easily at advocacy.agc.org/proact or by texting “AGCA” to 52886.
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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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Friday, May 28, 2021   It's Time to (Safely & Confidently) 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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Friday, May 28, 2021   Catching Up With WECA's Keith Smart to Hear About Apprenticeship Program at Our 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! 
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Friday, May 28, 2021   WECA Is Actively Indenturing for our Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program in Arizona!



Seeking Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Applicants in Arizona

WECA's apprenticeship programs have been called the best in the west.  High graduation rates; great reviews from apprentices and contractors alike; to-the-point, up-to-date curriculum and on-the-job training; and a dedicated, experienced teaching staff and administration all contribute to the success of these programs.
 
We're actively seeking applicants for our Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program in Arizona.

High Demand = Little to No Wait Time for Qualified Applicants.

Each apprentice enrolled in the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program works and learns under the supervision of a journeyperson electrician, gaining expertise in such skills as the installation of electrical distribution centers, panel boards, sub panels, conduit systems, motor controls, lighting, fire alarms, green and smart technologies, and temporary wiring in commercial buildings.

A WECA apprentice's school tuition costs are paid by the WECA Member Contractors who employ them. WECA Apprentices attend classes in an accelerated and intensive format consisting of full-time classroom training and hands-on labs for two consecutive weeks every five to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester of classroom instruction. The rest of the time, apprentices are learning on the job...and getting paid to do it! No college debt here. This is the alternative path to a rewarding and well-paying career.
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The Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in Arizona is a 4-year commitment to classroom and paid on-the-job training. WECA is actively seeking apprentices for our member contractors in Arizona and there is little-to-no wait time for qualified applicants. Learn more and apply today!
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Friday, May 28, 2021   WECA's College Credit Recommendation Now Includes New 4-Year Commercial Electrical Program in AZ

WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Grads Can Seek College Credits Following Program Completion at WECA

Using This Benefit: A Downloadable Guide for Our Apprentices

The Details

WECA's California Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs previously received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service). WECA is currently undergoing the process of attaining a recommendation for our Low Voltage apprenticeship program and hopes to have exciting news to share on that front, later this year.

New in 2021--the NCCRS has added a recommendation for our four-year Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program in Arizona! Future Arizona program grads will also be able to enjoy this benefit. Learn more about it below:
This benefit provides WECA commercial and residential electrical apprentices the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of either program by using credit recommendations set forth by NCCRS. While admissions and acceptance of transfer credit isn't guaranteed, more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide currently consider awarding credit based on NCCRS recommendations.
 "WECA is thrilled to extend this opportunity to our apprentices and graduates," says Terry Seabury, WECA Executive Director and CEO. "We know that some of our graduates choose to pursue additional higher education at traditional colleges and universities in fields such as construction management, and these college credit recommendations from NCCRS may allow them to receive substantial credits for the programs they've already completed at WECA. We view these NCCRS college credit recommendations as further evidence of the educational quality and vigor of our apprenticeship programs."
"NCCRS is pleased to recommend college credit for WECA's commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship courses," NCCRS Director Lisa Sax Mahoney said. "Through our professional evaluations, we continue to support the recognition of high-quality workforce training programs delivered by qualified organizations across the country."
NCCRS, founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, strives to increase access to higher education through recognition of non-collegiate learning. Using an academic peer review model, NCCRS conducts independent, third-party evaluations of courses and examinations to determine their comparability to college-level learning. Courses and examinations that meet appropriate standards receive college credit recommendations which are listed within CCRS Online, a web directory maintained by NCCRS.
Learn more about NCCRS and view their specific college credit recommendations for WECA, including our new four-year Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program, at: http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.


Using This Benefit: A Quick Q and A for our Future Arizona Program Graduates:

Q: Who is eligible?

A: Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships, in California or Arizona, since September of 2013. (NCCRS has granted eligibility going back five years, and evaluated WECA's programs in Autumn of 2018.)

Q: So WECA apprentice grads automatically have college credits?

A:  No. NCCRS makes college credit recommendations. (From NCCRS:
A college credit recommendation is an academic advisement about the comparability of a learning experience to college-level instruction, such as undergraduate or graduate course work, the amount of credit that may be awarded, and areas where credit could apply. The credit recommendations are intended to guide college officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed NCCRS evaluated learning experiences. College credit recommendations are not actual college credit because the New York State Board of Regents does not award college credit. Through the results of the NCCRS evaluations, however, the Board of Regents encourages colleges and universities to consider accepting the credit recommendations.)

Q: How Does Acceptance of College Credit Recommendations work?

A: It is up to the college or university to choose whether to grant college credits, how many, and in what subjects, for completion of a WECA program. NCCRS recommends specific credit amounts and subjects. College and university admissions departments should reference NCCRS' WECA listing at http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors for specific recommendations. For our Arizona program, NCCRS recommends up to 61 semester credit hours for completion.

Q: How Do WECA Apprenticeship Graduates Use This Benefit?

A: Apprentices grads should:

1. Identify the college or university they wish to ask to accept a credit recommendation from NCCRS for work completed at WECA. (A list of colleges and universities who have previously participated with NCCRS is here: http://www.nationalccrs.org/colleges-universities. Seeing a college or university on this list is a promising sign that they will consider NCCRS' recommendation, but is not a guarantee. Further, just because a college or university is not yet shown on the list does not mean the apprentice grad shouldn't request that they consider the credit recommendation.)

2. Work with their admissions advisor at their college or university of choice to learn the process for seeking college credits for their WECA apprenticeship program completion. The college or university may refer to this as their PLA (prior learning assessment) process or policy. The applicant should share NCCRS' WECA credit recommendation
http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors with the decision-makers at their college or university.

3. Request a transcript from WECA as requested by their college or university. Email apregistrar@goweca.com with transcript requests.

4. If the applicant encounters problems with their transfer credit request, they can submit a Request for Assistance Form to NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.


Q: What if I still have questions?

A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.
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Friday, May 28, 2021   WECA Actively Seeking Low Voltage Apprenticeship Applicants Across California

High demand; short (if any) waitlist times--apply today!

Get the scoop in this one-minute video!

WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship Program

Low Voltage Technicians specialize in installing, testing, servicing, and maintaining systems such as fire alarm systems, security systems, intrusion detection, access control, nurse call systems, CCTV, audio, networks, structured cabling systems for copper and fiber, and so much more.

Being accepted into a WECA apprenticeship program means:
  • You get paid to learn on the job
  • Your employer pays for your WECA education
  • When you graduate, you're ready for your career, and you didn't have to take on any student debt


WECA is actively taking Low Voltage Apprentice applicants statewide in California, with little to no waiting period for qualified applicants. Do you have what it takes to succeed in a WECA apprenticeship? Click here to learn more and apply today to start your Apprenticeship journey!

 
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Friday, May 28, 2021   Working Nation Writes Article About WECA Apprenticeship...

...And 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!
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Friday, May 28, 2021   Seeking Qualified Electrician Instructors for Online Weeknight & Saturday Classes...

...It's the Perfect Side Gig That Doesn't Interfere with Your Primary Job!

We're Experiencing Record Enrollment in Our GetWired! Program and Our Need for Additional Part-Time Instructors Just Keeps Growing





 
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.

Not yet qualified, but interested in completing your education and becoming a certified electrician in California--and maybe teaching for us some day in the future? Find out why the GetWired! Program, culminating in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate, is training thousands of students across California, with more enrolling every day.
 
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Thursday, May 27, 2021   WECA Political Update May 27, 2021

The Appropriations Deadlines Last Friday was the Legislative deadline requiring all bills be out of their first house Appropriations Committees and moved on to the floor. Any Bills remaining in Appropriations became 2-Year bills and may not be heard again until January of 2022. This year, 1,337 bills were referred to the Appropriations Committees. Of those, 897 were placed on the Suspense File, and 213 failed to pass the Legislative Deadline. In 2019, 1,600 Bills were referred to Appropriations Committees. That year, 1,078 Bills were placed on the Suspense File, and 222 failed to pass the Legislative Deadline. Next Friday, June 4 brings the deadline requiring all bills pass out of their house of origin.

Here’s what happened to a few we track that are now two-year bills.

AB 95 (Low - D) JobKiller: Requires an employer with 25 or more employees to grant a request by an employee to take up to ten business days of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a family member, as defined. An employer with fewer than 25 employees is required to grant an employee’s request for up to three days of unpaid bereavement leave.
AB 230 (Voepel - R) Would permit an individual nonexempt employee to request an employee-selected flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek and would allow an employer to implement this schedule without the obligation to pay overtime compensation for those additional hours in a workday.
AB 247 (Ramos - D) Would exempt a small business or nonprofit organization with 100 or fewer employees from liability for any injury or illness to a consumer, as defined, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) based on a claim that the consumer contracted COVID-19 while at that small business or nonprofit organization, or due to the actions of that small business or nonprofit organization. 
AB 299 (Villapudua - D) Would establish the California Apprenticeship Grant Program, commencing with the 2022–23 academic year, under the administration of the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, to provide grants to encourage high school pupils, community college students, and employed and unemployed workers seeking to go into career technical education and vocational professions through participation in qualifying, state-approved apprenticeship programs.
AB 460 (Mayes - I) This bill, among other things, would as provided, prohibit water-related fees imposed on the owner of residential property from being affected by the installation of a residential fire sprinkler system on that residential property, including those residential fire sprinkler systems mandated by a local jurisdiction or a fire protection district.
AB 621 (Rivas, Robert  - D) Would authorize the Governor to certify a new hospital project or hospital expansion or modernization project as an environmental leadership hospital project if the project meets specific requirements. The bill would exempt PLA projects from skilled and trained workforce mandates, the need to submit certified payroll records, and deny the State Labor Commissioner from enforcing the labor code.
AB 672 (Garcia, Cristina - D) Would require a city, county, or city and county to rezone sites used as a golf course to also allow for residential and open-space use following specified requirements.
AB 836 (Gabriel - D) Would require, on or before January 1, 2023, the California Building Standards Commission to adopt mandatory building standards requiring that a newly constructed non-residential building be built with dual plumbing to allow the use of recycled water for all applicable non-potable water demands if that building is located within an existing or planned recycled water service area.
AB 839 (O'Donnell - D) Increases the ongoing annual funding for the California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) program to $300 million as of the 2021-22 fiscal year.
AB 899 (Cunningham - R) would require the CSLB to annually adjust the $500 amount by regulation to reflect the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index
AB 902 (O'Donnell - D) Made minor adjustments to the school design-build law.
AB 1119 (Wicks - D) This bill expands the list of protected characteristics under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to include “family responsibilities,” defined as an obligation to provide ongoing care to a minor child or “care recipient.” Creating a new protected class of employees with “family responsibilities” will allow many employees who fall within that category a basis for challenging any adverse employment action.
AB 1161 (Garcia, Eduardo - D) Requires the Department of Water Resources to purchase power from projects constructed using project labor agreements.
AB 1179 (Carrillo - D) Requires employers with 1000 or more employees, on or after January 1, 2022, to provide 60 hours of paid backup childcare benefits to employees who work for the same employer for 30 or more days within a year.
AB 1256 (Quirk - D) Would prohibit an employer from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment because a drug screening test has found the person to have non-psychoactive cannabis metabolites in their urine, hair, or bodily fluids.
AB 1277 (Rubio, Blanca - D) This bill would authorize a public university to carry out a project to certify the project as a student housing development project if the project meets specific requirements.
AB 1324 (Rivas, Robert  - D) Would establish the Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Funding Program, administered by the Treasurer’s office. The bill would authorize the city council of a city, or the board of supervisors of a city and county, to participate in the program by enacting an ordinance establishing a transit-oriented affordable housing district. The bill would exempt PLA projects from skilled and trained workforce mandates, the requirement to submit certified payroll records, and deny the State Labor Commissioner from enforcing the labor code.
SB 32 (Cortese - D) Would require a city or county to make a one-time amendment to its general plan's appropriate elements, including goals, policies, objectives, targets, and feasible implementation strategies, to de-carbonize newly constructed commercial and residential buildings.
SB 304 (Archuleta - D) Raises threshold for exempt contracting to $1,000
SB 413 (McGuire - D) Would require the Energy Commission, in consultation with the Offshore Wind Project Certification, Fisheries, Community, and Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee, which the bill would create, to establish a process for the certification of offshore wind generation facilities that is analogous to the existing requirements for certification of thermal power plants.
SB 430 (Borgeas - R) requires state agencies to establish a policy to provide for the reduction or waiver of civil penalties for violations of regulatory or statutory requirements by a small business under certain circumstances
SB 563 (Allen - D) This bill makes several changes to the Second Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act (NIFTI-2). The California Housing Consortium and the California Housing Partnership Corporation are opposed unless amended to remove “skilled and trained” requirements and require prevailing wages and investments in pre-apprenticeship programs.
SB 621 (Eggman - D) allows a ministerial, streamlined conversion of hotels and motels into multifamily housing if the development satisfies specified objective planning standards. The bill would exempt PLA projects from skilled and trained workforce mandates, the requirement to submit certified payroll records, and deny the State Labor Commissioner from enforcing the labor code.

Biden Tax Increase Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen explained the Biden administration’s push to hike taxes on corporations to attendees of a virtual U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on the economic recovery. “We're confident the key investments and tax proposals” in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure and jobs plan “will enhance the net profitability of our corporations and improve their global competitiveness,” Yellen said during her keynote. “We hope business leaders will see it this way and support the jobs plan.” Yellen framed the president’s proposed increase of the corporate rate to 28 percent from 21 percent amounted merely to business “bearing its fair share,” while arguing the shift is aimed at simply returning the “corporate tax towards historical norms.” She added: “At the same time, we want to eliminate incentives that reward corporations for moving their operations overseas and shifting profits to low-tax countries.” She also used her time in front of the business lobby, which has vehemently opposed a Democratic bill to overhaul labor laws, to decry an “erosion in labor’s bargaining power,” saying a decline in unionization was in part because of wage stagnation for lower-income workers and a yawning income inequality gap. Yellen encouraged executives to embrace competition from abroad while vowing to create an even playing field for American companies. “Let others innovate and advance,” she said. “Let us seek to advance faster and further. We ultimately benefit from the positive spillovers of innovation, wherever it occurs.” Chamber CEO Suzanne Clark thanked Yellen for her candor, “It's always an honor to hear from the Treasury Secretary, including and maybe even especially when we disagree, as we do on taxes,” she said following Yellen’s remarks, arguing that while the Chamber strongly wants an infrastructure deal, “the data and the evidence are clear, the proposed tax increases would greatly disadvantage U.S. businesses and harm American workers, and now is certainly not the time to erect new barriers to economic recovery.” POLITICO

VP Harris Convenes First White House Labor Task Force Meeting With the goal of facilitating worker organizing and increasing union membership, Vice President Kamala Harris convened the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. Calling the administration “proudly pro-union,” Harris said the task force would look at ways to ensure that working people can organize and negotiate with employers. The task force, which includes more than 20 heads of agencies and Cabinet officials, including Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is an effort by President Joe Biden to help reverse a nationwide decline in union membership and power. Story

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released its’ annual economic impact study titled, “The Impact of Tort Costs and the Potential Benefits of Tort Reform in the United States.” They noted important findings of the report.
  • Lawsuit abuse results in $160.1 billion in high tort costs. In other words, lawsuit abuse costs every American about $488 in a “tort tax.”
  • These excessive costs have been highly destructive to American businesses and harmful to consumers, wiping out an estimated $435.6 billion in overall economic activity. This is equivalent to 1.2 percent of the overall U.S. economy.
  • Tort costs impact 2,211,450 jobs across the country, with a loss of $143.8 million in wages and a $435.6 billion decrease in the economic pie.
  • The federal government lost $29.5 billion in tax revenue thanks to tort costs. State and local governments lost $18.1 billion in tax revenues.
The report looked into the impact of excessive litigation and civil court costs across all 50 states and nationwide. It was conducted by John Dunham & Associates (JDA) with the benchmark of Ohio, similar to previous years past. To read the entire report, click here.
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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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