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Thursday, June 30, 2022   GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets

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



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

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

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

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

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

 
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   Stay safe on the jobsite with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.



Summer is here, and so are heat waves.

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

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

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



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

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

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.

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




WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

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

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



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



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







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

?Well done, everyone!

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









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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

 
Read more >>


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



Summer is here, and so are heat waves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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



Content courtesy of U.S. Department of Labor

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

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

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

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

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

Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.



WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters:

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


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

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

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

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


Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team


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

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




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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

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

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

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, June 09, 2022   WECA Political Update, 6-9-22: Special Election Edition of Preliminary Results

Special Election Edition of Preliminary Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northern California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern California

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SD 40 (R-Jones) - Incumbent Republican Brian Jones leads Democrat Joe Rocha 53.9%/46.1%. The area is trending blue and should be one of the marquee races in November.
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Pictorial spotlight on your Low Voltage apprentices in the lab

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









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

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

Fun fact: the six systems that make up their program capstone are CCTV, data/phone, fire alarm, intrusion, audio, and access control!
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Building the next generation of the electrical sustainability industry

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



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

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

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

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

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









 
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Klein Tools visits WECA's Phoenix training facility; donates and installs shadow box of tools



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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you, Richard and Tristan, for visiting our Phoenix training facility. We appreciate your dedication to our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and look forward to partnering with you and Klein Tools in Arizona for years to come.
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Save the date to celebrate your graduates in the WECA Class of 2022!



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

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

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating our graduates' achievements together!
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Navigate CA's prevailing wage laws; prevailing wage contracting in CA w/ WECA Prevailing Wage eBook

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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

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

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









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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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







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

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





OSHA 10 Construction

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



OSHA 10 Construction Spanish

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



California OSHA 10-Hour Construction

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



OSHA 30 Construction

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



OSHA 30 Construction Spanish

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



Health and Safety Leadership with NFPA 70E

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



Content courtesy of Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction

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

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

BUT WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!

SAVE THE DATES:


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

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

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

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

Yours in the fight for freedom,

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

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














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

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



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

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

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











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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Free Services and Tools

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

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



Our contractors asked, and WECA delivered.

Essential training for non-electrician construction professionals:

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

Get acquainted with a quick video:


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

And now learn a whole lot more:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, May 12, 2022   WECA Political Update May 12, 2022

New Gift to Unions? A bill going through the Legislature could help future striking workers avoid losing their employer-sponsored benefits. AB2530 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), would extend coverage through Covered California to workers who lose employer-sponsored benefits due to a labor dispute. California has already enacted AB237, which prevents public-sector employers from terminating employees’ health insurance during a strike. Wood’s bill, sponsored by the California Labor Federation and other groups, would extend that protection to the private sector. The bill passed the Assembly Health Committee last month and is now in the fiscal committee.

New Assemblymember The State Assembly swore in its newest member — former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney. Haney took over the Assembly District 17, which was left vacant by David Chiu when he was appointed to serve as San Francisco city attorney last year. Haney won the seat in a runoff with former San Francisco Supervisor David Campos in April. In order to win the full Assembly term that begins in 2023, Haney has to run again in June in the statewide primary. Campos' name will be on the ballot due to the filing deadline, but Campos has said he does not intend to challenge Haney in June or in November.

Lincoln Property, Meta go big in Arizona LPC Desert West, the Southwest arm of Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co., is planning to build a 2.3 million-square-foot industrial facility adjacent to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, a fast-growing industrial corridor west of Phoenix. The $515 million development, dubbed Luke Field, will include buildings of 1.26 million square feet, 604,000 square feet and 416,000 square feet on 140 acres that Lincoln Property purchased for $53 million. Construction for the project, which will be built in one phase, is expected to start in the fourth quarter and be completed in 2024. Butler Design Group is the architect; a general contractor has not been selected. The development comes as Meta Platforms Inc., parent company of Facebook Inc., also is targeting the Phoenix area for growth. The company on Wednesday said it’s expanding a two-building, $800 million data-center project in Mesa to a five-building effort spanning more than 2.5 million square feet with a price tag north of $1 billion.

Construction Trades Are Only Worried about the Environment if it is a Means to a PLA The “left-of-center” Los Angeles Times noted recently “The efforts to end California’s embrace of freeways face opposition from a powerful group: trade unions. Labor leaders contend that limiting freeway widening overestimates the state’s ability to transition from an automobile-centered culture and does so at the expense of good-paying jobs. “We’re not the organization of ‘no’ when it comes to climate change. We’re the organization of ‘slow,” said Joseph Cruz, executive director of the California State Council of Laborers. “Put a plan together where you make the other transportation opportunities available before you talk about shutting down freeways.” Cruz’s group and other labor organizations are against the most aggressive plan to stymie freeway expansion – Assembly Bill 1778 – written by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), which would block freeway widening in areas of the state with high levels of pollution and poverty. Story

Opinion: Chula Vista Needs a Citywide Project Labor Agreement to Prosper So says Zaneta Encarnacion, who is a candidate for mayor of Chula Vista. In a recent opinion she noted “We can do something now to ensure more high-paying local jobs are available right here in Chula Vista: approve a citywide project labor agreement on major public works projects. A project labor agreement would ensure the city is doing its part to help keep our local dollars circulating, benefiting our local workforce and our local businesses — while solving the problems created by our current commuter culture. And it builds pride for one’s community when you get to be part of building it. Parents can point to the projects they had a hand in building while taking their kids to soccer on the weekend.” Chula Vista merit shop contractors should keep that in mind at the next election. Story

Who Will Build California’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Why it Matters In an unbiased article on the IBEW Local 11 funded website Capital & Main (whose mantra is “fact-based reporting, not opinion”), author Jessica Goodheart waxes on about the virtues of the EVITP certification – citing many of the same folk who supported AB 841 by California Assemblyman Phil Ting in 2020 – that requires at least a quarter of certified electricians on publicly funded or authorized projects to have participated in the 18-hour course. She quotes IBEW’s Bernie Kotlier, who said that there is no central repository of code violations, electrocutions, fires or deaths related to installation errors. Still, over the years, there have been scattered press reports of fires that have broken out while cars were charging that have not been battery-related. Read the story here if you can stomach it.

Nancy Pelosi’s Unionization Folly Democrats are trying to organize Congress. That sounds like the opening of a joke, but the punch line might not be what you’d expect. House leadership wants to allow collective bargaining for congressional staff, which would do little to improve work conditions, cause a lot of headaches, and solve little. On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would vote this week on a resolution, introduced in February by Rep. Andy Levin (D - Michigan), which would allow House staffers to bargain collectively. Story
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   WECA Political Update April 28, 2022

Race to the semi-finish Tomorrow is the first big deadline for the 2022 legislative session, so more than 60 legislative committees met from Monday afternoon until today to “carefully consider” pending legislation and pass them – primarily along party-line votes – meaning Democratic authors’ bills move and Republicans’ – not so much. So instead, we’ll look at two that exemplify why California routinely registers at the bottom of lists of places to do business.

First is AB 2454 by Reggie Jones-Sawyer, which authorizes joint labor-management committees to protest a state public works contract not awarded to the lowest bidder. Some of you may have been party to a bid protest filed by a “losing” bidder. AB 2454 would – in the words of the author – “ensure a more transparent public works contracting process, AB 2454 allows Joint Labor Management Committees to file protests in situations where they argue the bidder who was awarded a contract does not meet the criteria of the ‘lowest responsible bidder.’ This bill is an effort to ensure contracting transparency that weeds out favoritism in public works contracts and protects contractors who fail to speak up out of fear of retribution.” The Construction Employers’ Association (CEA) argued, “(Under this bill) joint labor management committees would be authorized to protest the award of all public works contracts simply on the basis that the committee does not believe that the lowest responsible bidder is in fact responsible. In practice, this nebulous criterion would enable every joint labor management committee to simply protest awards where their signatory members are not aligned with the winning bidder, or if there is a jurisdictional dispute between crafts.” In other words, any state construction contract that employs a merit-shop sub-contractor will be sure to be protested.

Interestingly, the committee chair, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, noted the prevalence of CEQA “blackmailing,” and wouldn’t AB 2454 “unintentionally” result in the same thing happening? The author and sponsor (International Union of Operating Engineers, Cal-Nevada Conference) assured the chair that that would never happen and, thus, reassured, that she supported the bill. While in its present form, the bill only applies to state contracts, you can bet the unions will be back next session to “close this loophole” and permits unions to protest any public works award!

The other is SB 1020 by John Laird and Toni Atkins, which establishes interim targets to reach SB 100 clean energy goals and requires state agencies to purchase 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2030 to serve their load. In addition, the bill establishes a California Affordable Decarbonization Authority as a nonprofit benefit organization as a mechanism to fund various electric utility-related programs and activities. The bill was gutted and amended on April 18 to include these new requirements and a mandate that contractors for utilities or load-serving entities (LSEs) use a multicraft project labor agreement. Although not listed as supporters, this was a demand of the State Building and Construction Trades Council. Other than during opposition testimony, the author made no mention of the need for the PLA. The bill was passed on a party-line vote.

Will State Building and Construction Trades Council Acquiesce? From Politico, “Workforce disputes have stymied bills seeking to accelerate housing construction for years. A growing bloc of Democratic lawmakers want to make it easier to plan and build multi-unit housing, seeing a burst of new homes as critical to resolving the intertwined housing and homelessness crises that are top of voters’ wish lists. The formidable State Building and Construction Trade Council of California has maintained that any state actions to boost supply must bring commensurate benefits to the workers doing all that building. Legislation unveiled recently offered a glimmer of compromise. Both housing developers and the California Conference of Carpenters have signed on to Assemblymember Buffy Wicks’ bill to expedite building on commercially zoned land or near commercial corridors. In return, projects would need to guarantee prevailing wage and health benefits, give unions new tools to pursue wage violations and — perhaps most critically — require builders to either use or seek out members of apprenticeship programs, which effectively means union members or equivalently compensated laborers. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon lent his support. But winning over the carpenters doesn’t mean persuading the trades. The umbrella union blasted the bill in a formal letter of opposition as an “anti-worker and anti-community Trojan horse” that would “eviscerate working-class communities by sacrificing the interests of the construction workforce that developers will exploit for profit.” (It’s not opposition all the way down: the trades are sponsoring a measure from sometimes antagonist Sen. Scott Wiener to increase student housing). Those types of fractures narrow the measure’s path to passage. “We believe this is a very powerful labor bill. We’re not giving up the ghost here,” said California Conference of Carpenters President Danny Curtin, but he acknowledged that when there is controversy, elected officials would much, much prefer to have a unified position in labor. Getting the trades on board, or at least to neutral, Curtin said, “Used to be the million-dollar question. It’s probably more of a billion-dollar question by now.” California elected officials are under intense pressure to demonstrate progress on housing. Disagreement about the balance between spurring more construction and ensuring good jobs is a central piece of that puzzle. So, the fate of Wicks’ bill could indicate where things stand — particularly after longtime trades leader Robbie Hunter stepped down. “I think it’s much more than a test case,” said California Housing Consortium Executive Director Ray Pearl, who helped craft the Wicks bill and has clashed with the trades. “It is an honest attempt to bridge that gap, and we are hopeful that there is a breakthrough.”

A “Needs Test” for schools!? One of my favorite columnists, George Will, wrote recently “There is honor, of a sordid sort, in the Biden administration’s showing more gratitude to a major donor than concern for the needs of millions of children, disproportionately minorities. The administration prefers the donor, a government-employees union, over the children, even though this tawdry fidelity to a funder will exacerbate Democrats’ growing problems with Black and Hispanic voters. This is the significance of the number 97.9. From 1990 on, that is the lowest percentage of the American Federation of Teachers’ campaign contributions that went to Democrats. It explains the administration’s contemptible pettiness in persecuting charter schools with punitive regulations intended to be crippling.” Yes, George is talking about “13 pages of pettifogging rules patently written to discourage and impede charter schools from accessing a $440 million federal program of support for charters. The rules include: “A charter must prepare a ‘community impact analysis’ demonstrating that there is an ‘unmet demand’ for it. Such a demonstration must be evidence of ‘over-enrollment of existing public schools,’ not long waiting lists for admission to charters by parents dismayed by public schools whose dismal performance has produced under-enrollment because of parental flight.” Hmmm, where have we seen that before? Oh – right, California Labor Code section 3075 prohibits an apprenticeship program from opening up or expanding into a new part of the state unless permitted by existing apprenticeship programs. No one should be surprised; Biden has said from the outset that he would be the most union president in history! Here is the link to his piece. It may be behind the Washington Post paywall, in which case, let me know, and I will send you the story.

More from Will. In a subsequent piece, where Will suggests banning US Senators from becoming President, Will noted this about Utah’s Junior Senator. “One of today’s exemplary senators, Mitt Romney, surely is such partly because, his presidential ambitions retired, he nevertheless wants to be a senator. Were all persons with presidential ambitions deterred from becoming senators, this probably would improve the caliber of senators, and of presidents, and the equilibrium between the political branches.” Some readers may take exception to this characterization, but Will’s arguments are at least interesting. Here is the link to his piece. It may be behind the Washington Post paywall, in which case, let me know, and I will send you the story.
 
Construction firms hit Biden PLA plan More from the Washington Post “As building trades labor leaders hailed President Biden’s pro-union policies and serenaded him with shouts of “Joe! Joe! Joe!” at a recent appearance, hundreds of companies that employ construction workers countered with an opposing message. Almost simultaneously, as Biden praised “project labor agreements” (PLA) to the North America’s Building Trades Unions’ (NABTU) legislative conference, an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) letter accused him of “taking a dangerously partisan approach” because he promotes those agreements. Story
 
Arizona Unemployment Rate Hits 45-Year Low In March 2022, Arizona had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3%. This was slightly lower than the national unemployment rate at the same time, according to data released recently by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The latest data continues a gradual decline in people seeking work since job-seeking peaked at 13.9% in April 2020. March data marks a 0.3-point drop in the state’s rate compared to February and a significant improvement over the unemployment rate of March 2021. Then, the state had a 5.8% unemployment rate – 2.5 percentage points higher than it is now.
 
Did Soria Break Pledge Not to Accept Oil Money in Campaigns? Assembly candidate Esmeralda Soria, a Fresno Democrat, pledged not to accept oil or gas money. Based on financial filings, that vow may have been broken. Story

Union filings up The number of petitions filed for union representation in the first half of the fiscal year 2022 is up 57% over the same time last year. Experts say companies need to be prepared given those trends and laws governing how companies can respond to union efforts.

Cal/OSHA Approves Third Revised ETS and Clarifies Position on Some Lingering Questions California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA or “the Division”) Standards Board met on April 21, 2022, and formally approved the third readoption of its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (“3rd Revised ETS”), by a 6-1 vote. There were no substantive changes from the earlier draft text. Under Governor Newsom’s previous executive order that paved the way for this readoption, the 3rd Revised ETS will become effective when the Office of Administrative Law completes its review and files it with the secretary of state, which is anticipated to occur before the end of the first week of May 2022 and will remain in effect through December 31, 2022. Learn More

If you are a fan of Gosar or Nugent, you will be pleased to learn Rocker Ted Nugent Backs Republican Congressman Paul Gosar in his Arizona Reelection Bid. Ted Nugent has endorsed Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., in what will become the 9th Congressional District. The six-term congressman currently represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District. Still, due to redistricting, he’s seeking reelection in a new district that covers most of Arizona’s western border, including parts of La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, and Yuma counties. Nugent, who lives in Michigan, has been among the most politically outspoken rock musicians to the right of the political spectrum for decades. Story

A California bill that would ban offshore drilling in state waters passed its first hurdle, despite opposition from fossil fuel industry groups and the State Building and Construction Trades Council. Per Politico, “This comes six months after an underwater pipeline leaked 25,000 gallons of crude oil off the Orange County coast. The California Independent Petroleum Association doesn’t oppose the newly proposed amortization study to pay operators for ending leases early. But the organization and its worker allies are still fighting the measure — resistance that could prove difficult to overcome at future legislative checkpoints. The bill, SB 953 by Sen. Dave Min (D-Costa Mesa), who represents the district affected by the OC oil leak, secured the minimum five votes needed to pass the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on Tuesday. Nearly all opposition has come from local chapters of the State Building and Construction Trade Council of California, which has torpedoed past climate measures, much to progressive Democrats’ chagrin. The unions argued the measure wouldn’t reduce oil demand and increase crude imports. Still, Min pointed out that offshore drilling in California’s federal and state waters accounts for less than 0.3 percent of the nation’s annual production.

Moreover, his legislation would only affect three oil platforms in state waters. Sierra Club California doesn’t have a position on the measure, but signaled concerns later articulated by Committee Chair Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), who said some environmentalists are “concerned about the ‘polluter pays’ principle, and that we don’t want to be subsidizing cleanup activity that is the responsibility of the industry that has profited in the billions not just on offshore but onshore as well.” The legislation is expected to advance later Tuesday to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It has until May 20 to clear fiscal review ahead of a full floor vote.”

Judge Rules That Race and LGBT Quotas for Corporate Board Members Violate the California Constitution A Los Angeles Superior Court judge recently ruled that a California law (Assembly Bill 979) requiring California corporations to implement race and LGBT quotas for their board of directors is unconstitutional. The state is expected to appeal Judge Green’s decision. Story

Associated General Contractors of San Diego (AGC-SD) won a high-stakes labor dispute with the Operating Engineers Local 12. A favorable arbitration decision clarifies the circumstances when a freeway contractor can utilize a Sunday to Thursday night shift without incurring massive liability for Sunday double time. The arbitrator accepted AGC-SD’s arguments in their entirety. The arbitrator denied the Operating Engineers’ claim for Sunday double time, which would be required if the contractor’s special shift was deemed to violate the master labor agreement. Story

SCOTUS Declines to Review CalSavers The US Supreme Court denied a petition to review a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that upheld the legality of California’s automatic retirement savings program. The case is Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association et al. v. California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program et al., case number 21-558. California created CalSavers in 2012 and required California employers with five or more workers either to offer retirement plans to their employees or join CalSavers by 2022. When employers join CalSavers, their employees have a portion of their paychecks automatically invested into an IRA unless they opt-out of the program. Important deadline: As of June 30, 2022, mandated employers with five or more employees must register. The three-year phased rollout included staggered deadlines for registration based on employer size. Employers who do not fulfill their responsibilities by the specified deadline dates are subject to enforcement action, including financial penalties.

LAO Report suggests climate change poses a particular risk to employees who cannot avoid outdoor exposure, including construction workers, and that the risk is increasing. Story

Andy Levine wins race for vacant Fresno Unified board seat Levine – a sociology lecturer at Fresno State and leading social justice advocate, replaces the late Carol Mills, the former dean of the Fresno Unified School Board. Levine won a four-way race with 55.87 percent of the vote. Only 3,030 people voted in the election.
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Behind the scenes at WECA: Low Voltage Apprentices working on an alarm systems lab

John Arias' second year, second semester Low Voltage Apprenticeship class in the lab, March 2022.











 
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Recap: WECA hosts and judges electrical competitions at SkillsUSA's CA Conference











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

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

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

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

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

Great job Jaron, Fernando, Neil, and Don for representing WECA at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition and for investing time and expertise in developing the next generation of electricians!
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Back by popular demand: ?WECA hoodies are available for purchase again!



WECA hoodies are available for purchase again by popular demand!

Purchase online at the link below, or in person at the front desk at our Rancho Cordova HQ.

Shop WECA Hoodies here.
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Advice to up-and-comers from 2022 San Diego Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduates



WECA San Diego instructor Neil Pesarillo's class in their final semester of the program this week had a great conversation with him about their advice for up-and-coming apprentices. We were lucky enough that Neil thought to collect and share their thoughts with us.

Darrell Mickle

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I have already given a friend advice. My friend Marco is currently in the Electrician Trainee program now and is waiting to be picked up by an electrical company so he can be indentured into and run through the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program. I loved my class, and my classmates and teachers I have had through the program.

How would you explain what you have learned?: You'd had to have experienced it to understand or walk in these shoes, so until then my friends, stay humble and stay happy. WECA GANG

David Smith

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It seems long, but has gone by fairly quick and is worth the investment of time.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I've learned things in electrical and construction that many people don't know how to do correctly, and I have learned how to do it safely.

Kevin Martinez

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: The electrical apprenticeship is the best decision I have made in my life. After jumping from different jobs, becoming an electrician and working in the field, it gave me stability with a secure job. I get a lot of questions frequently, and I tell everyone the same thing. An electrical apprenticeship is the way to go, and WECA is by far the best one they can pick. Not only was I receiving the best education in the electrical industry, but I was also getting to work and get paid while doing it. Compared to other apprenticeships where they attend every week, we get to attend twice a year for two weeks, which is great because students get to focus more in their semester without being tired after work.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I have learned everything from work ethic to electrical work installation in new commercial and in residential. I have gotten the opportunity to work in different environments and different crews, meaning doing different tasks and becoming a well-rounded electrician. Not many get this opportunity. From underground, to deck work, rough-in, electrical rooms, equipment, lighting, the list goes on. Fell in love with the process and I recommend to anyone trying to join this trade to really give it a chance. It may be hard labor at times, but the more you learn and the more you see, it makes you as an apprentice strive for more.

Ryan Noll

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I would tell them to start to study for the test early on. Just poking your head into the NEC 30 minutes a week would be a big help. The earlier you start doing practice questions the better, too.

How would you explain what you have learned?: Most of what you learn is on the job as far as electrical installation.

Thorne Phillips

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It is a long process, and you will learn a lot. Best thing I can tell you is that it's worth it. No matter how hard it gets, keep pushing, it gets better. And at the end of the apprenticeship, you are in control of your future and the options and the opportunities are endless.

How would you explain what you have learned?: In this apprenticeship, you learn how to use the code book to be a safe electrician. You also learn how to be a professional, understanding what we are doing on the job. It also gives us the tools to grow professionally.

Tommy Meyers

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: There's a misconception that doing anything besides going to a four-year college will not obtain you a high-paying career. But, after attending that four-year college, most people will have a hefty amount of student loans. Going into a trade apprenticeship, you will achieve the skills and knowledge needed to excel in that trade, without any student debt to pay off in the end! In my case, I learned the skills to become a competent electrician at WECA, while being paid on the job, with full benefits! The demand for tradespeople is at an all-time high, the pay is great, the benefits are hard to beat -- what are you waiting for?

How would you explain what you have learned?: In class, you learn things such as electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, how to read blueprints, how to size conductors, how to size services for commercial and residential buildings, how to design and build motor control circuits, and so, so much more! WECA well prepares you to pass your Journeyman exam, so you walk into the examination site confident in passing. You take what you learn in class and apply it in the field, and it helps you understand the greater scheme of things. Don't get me wrong -- I still learn something new every day, but overall the WECA apprenticeship flew by in the blink of an eye, and I would recommend it to everyone!

Victor Martin Del Campo

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It's a great program. It changes the way you think and gives you confidence in life. By the time you finish the program, you walk out with your head held up, full of knowledge and hunger to show the world what you have learned. You get to meet people that have the same purpose in life as yourself. It's great to be part of something, and what's better than becoming part of the electrician family?

How would you explain what you have learned?: WECA taught me how to be professional and to care about the things we do in life.
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   The 2021-22 WECEF Lab Donation Scoreboard is live! Plus, some shots of Platt's visit to WECA!



Thanks to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in California and Arizona.

WECA extends a huge thank you in particular to the following donors, who are the first to post numbers on our lab donation scoreboard for the 21-22 academic year!
  • Jon Lerno of Platt Electric Supply donated a cumulative $21,375 worth of welcome bags -- consisting of tools -- to WECA's Sacramento, Fresno, and Phoenix training facilities.
  • Cristian Jimenez of Milwaukee Tool donated a total of $8,428 of tools to WECA.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their generosity," says Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager at WECA's Sacramento training facility and headquarters. "Your donations are very beneficial to our students' educational experiences; the equipment helps replicate a real-world, on-the-job experience in the classroom."

Want to get on the scoreboard? View our lab donation wishlists here.



Platt sales representative Jon Lerno (left) presents low voltage apprentice Robert Daniels with a tool bag.



Low voltage apprentices listen as Platt sales representative Jon Lerno describes the contents of the tool bags.

WECA was pleased to host Platt sales representative Jon Lerno in John Arias' first year, first semester Low Voltage Apprenticeship class on April 26.

Lerno presented the apprentices with Platt tool bags to welcome them to the low voltage industry. The bags contained Klein tool sets, hats, travel mugs, an Ugly's reference book, and other goodies.

Thank you for visiting, Jon! It was great to see you, and thank you for the generous gifts for our low voltage apprentices!
 
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series: GetWired 102

Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series:
GetWired 102 : Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits
Take it on your own time, at your own pace!




WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 102, the second class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 102 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

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

WECA's new GetWired 102 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 102 course which introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include:
  • GFCI and AFCI
  • Series circuits
  • Parallel circuits
  • Luminaries, fixtures, ballasts and lamps
  • NEC subject indexing
  • Lighting branch circuits
  • Combination circuits
  • Measuring instruments
  • Using wire tables and determining conductor sizes
  • Combined lighting circuits
 
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course is loaded with interactive practice and an online lab to ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.
?
If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
Enroll in GetWired 102 Self-Paced Online today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 102 here!
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   WECA's July - September courses are available for enrollment online. Don't miss out -- enroll ASAP!



WECA's Summer 2022 (July - September) course catalog is now available for enrollment on our website.

View the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

View the Continuing Education course catalog here.


Are you a non-electrician construction professional who'd like to be learn more about electrical jobsites? Check out our Project Engineer to Project Manager program courses here:

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

Enroll online, over the phone at (877) 444-9322, or by email at info@goweca.com.
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Thursday, April 21, 2022   WECA's San Diego open house and ribbon-cutting on April 13 was a success!



The ribbon-cutting on our upgraded new San Diego training facility in action! From left to right are WECA Director of Apprenticeship Training, IT, and Facilities Don Black, observing; Bill Baber, City Councilman, La Mesa; Joel Anderson, Supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors; WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury; President of WECA's Board of Directors and WECA Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees / Apprenticeship Training Committee Chair Greg Anderson; and Eddie Sprecco, CEO of Associated General Contractors San Diego, in whose space our new training facility is co-located.

Above, the moment the ribbon is cut, and below, the immediate aftermath!




WECA held an open house in celebration of our new, expanded, and upgraded training facility in San Diego on April 13.

Don Black, WECA Director of Apprenticeship Training, IT, and Facilities, says "I thought we had a wonderful turnout. We had a good mix of members, prospective members, local political officials, and people from the public in attendance."

Notable guests in attendance included Bill Baber, La Mesa City Councilman, Joel Anderson, San Diego Supervisor, and Eddie Sprecco, the CEO of AGC - San Diego. These individuals also assisted Terry Seabury, Executive Director and CEO of WECA, and Greg Anderson, Human Resources Director at Rex Moore Group and President of WECA's Board of Directors and Chair of WECA's Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees / Apprenticeship Training Committee, with the ribbon-cutting.

During the open house, instructors Neil Pesarillo and David Schoettler were busy giving tours to guests and showing their incredible skills as educators, per Don.

Jeff Van de Moere, WECA's Membership Manager, echoed Don's sentiments, saying that "Our instructors did a dynamite job of helping our guests experience our high-tech labs and classrooms."

Jeff added that "Some of our newer members brought field workers who had previously gone through other programs and they shared with me that they were very, very impressed by what we offer in comparison."

WECA was also thrilled to receive a plaque commemorating the opening of our new San Diego training facility. The plaque was presented by supervisor Joel Anderson of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and was signed by five other supervisors, including Jim Desmond, who was also listed on the proclamation as a presenter.

We're gratified that the open house was successful, and eagerly look forward to our upgraded new training facility serving our electrical and low voltage member contractors, their employees, and the electrical industry and education communities in the San Diego area for years to come!



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Thursday, April 21, 2022   The 2021-22 WECEF Lab Donation Scoreboard is live!

Contribute to the delivery of WECA's premier electrical industry education in California and Arizona -- donate today!



We could not do what we do here at WECA without the help of our dedicated members, industry partners, and donors. Thank you to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in California and Arizona.

WECA extends a huge thank you in particular to the following donors, who are the first to post numbers on our lab donation scoreboard for the 21-22 academic year!:
  • Jon Lerno of Platt Electric Supply donated a cumulative $21,375 worth of welcome bags -- consisting of tools -- to WECA's Sacramento, Fresno, and Phoenix training facilities.
  • Cristian Jimenez of Milwaukee Tool donated a total of $8,428 of tools to WECA.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their generosity," says Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager at WECA's Sacramento training facility and headquarters. "Your donations are very beneficial to our students' educational experiences; the equipment helps replicate a real-world, on-the-job experience in the classroom."
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Thursday, April 21, 2022   Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series: GetWired 102

Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series: GetWired 102: Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits

Take it on your own time, at your own pace!




WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 102, the second class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 102 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

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

WECA's new GetWired 102 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 102 course which introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include:
  • GFCI and AFCI
  • Series circuits
  • Parallel circuits
  • Luminaries, fixtures, ballasts and lamps
  • NEC subject indexing
  • Lighting branch circuits
  • Combination circuits
  • Measuring instruments
  • Using wire tables and determining conductor sizes
  • Combined lighting circuits
 
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course is loaded with interactive practice and an online lab to ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.
?
If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
Enroll in GetWired 102 Self-Paced Online today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 102 here!

 
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Thursday, April 21, 2022   Read: Bug Zappers. Content courtesy of: EC&M

Read: Bug Zappers
COVID-19 spurred demand and budgets for disinfection technologies in classrooms, offices, and other public spaces. That's creating opportunities for ultraviolet lighting, which could get an additional boost from new standards.
Content courtesy of EC&M




By Tim Kridel, Freelance Writer

By the time you read this, the World Health Organization (WHO) might have officially declared COVID-19 endemic. Or maybe yet another variant has emerged to keep the pandemic going. Either way, one thing is certain: COVID has triggered a long-term change in how and why schools, hospitals, businesses, and other organizations disinfect their buildings and the air inside. Those changes create opportunities for the electrical industry,
starting with disinfection lighting.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically spurred awareness and is defining a ‘new normal’ focused on indoor air quality and indoor health,” says Travis Jones, vice president and general manager at Pittsburgh-based Wesco International. “As we move forward, there are other air and surface quality hazards — such as mold, influenza, E-coli, and salmonella — that still cause millions of occupants to suffer.”

Disinfection lighting covers a variety of technologies and use cases, including ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which is used to disinfect the air or surfaces such as desktops. Water also is a big market, says Mike Krames, president of Arkesso, a consultancy specializing in LED technologies. Like lighting for illumination, UVGI is available in incandescent and solid-state versions. The research analyst firm IHS predicts that the germicidal LED (GLED) segment alone will be worth over $5 billion by 2024. Just to put that into perspective: In 2019 (before the pandemic), it forecast just $150 million
over the same period.

BROAD-SPECTRUM BUSINESS CASE

That hockey stick growth is even more impressive in light of how long UVGI has languished as a niche play. Since the 1950s, it’s been used mainly to neutralize
tuberculosis (TB) — an application that’s become the foundation for Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidance for the design, installation, testing, and safe operation of “upper-room” UVGI systems. Read more here.

Also known as “upper air,” these systems have luminaires installed close to the ceiling, where the light can zap viruses as they’re circulated up by the HVAC system. This location also keeps the UV light directed horizontally rather than being projected down on the room’s occupants, thus helping to alleviate concerns about damage to their skin and eyes — more about that aspect in a moment.

Read the rest of the article here.
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Thursday, April 21, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

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

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, April 14, 2022   WECA Political Update April 14, 2022

For your next time on Jeopardy under the category State milkshakes, the answer is: date shake. And the question is, “What is California’s official milkshake?” What, you didn’t know California had an official milkshake? Well, we will after the legislature passes AB 868 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. You see, current law establishes the state flag and the state’s emblems, and the official state sport (surfing). But until AB 868, California hasn’t had an official state milkshake! Fortunately, Sacramento will have enough time in their busy calendar of imposing new mandates on California businesses to address this abysmal lack of recognition of the importance of date shakes! The bill was introduced to create the "Emergency Funeral Expenses Fund" and required the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide funeral expenses to a person who applied for funeral expense assistance for eligible funeral home contract costs incurred for a decedent who died due to COVID-19 or as a result of an emergency that is the basis of a state of emergency declared by the Governor. Obviously, date shakes are more important. In case you are curious, date shakes are high in fiber, iron, potassium, and niacin. And the Legislature is full of__________, well, you fill in the blank.



Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is now a millionaire, according to the Associated Press. “When she ran for governor in 2018, her lackluster personal finances and a hefty tax bill from the IRS gave Republicans fodder to question how she could manage a state budget when she struggled with her own debts. Abrams is now worth $3.17 million, according to state disclosures she filed in March!” I want the name of her investment advisor!
 
Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is shaking up the race for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat. The Associated Press reported she filed paperwork to join a field of at least 40 candidates seeking the job. It had been held for 49 years by U.S. Rep. Don Young, who died last month. The field includes current and former state legislators and a North Pole City Council member named Santa Claus.
 
As if there wasn’t enough going on in California! Last Tuesday was the last day for voters to cast or mail in ballots in four special elections prompted by a “Great Resignation” of lawmakers.
 
One result, Democrat Lori Wilson -- the former mayor of Suisun City -- will be sworn in as the newest member of the State Assembly. She ran unopposed to replace Jim Frazier, the Fairfield Democrat who resigned to pursue job opportunities in the transportation sector.
 
Democrats Georgette Gómez and David Alvarez are headed for a June 7 runoff for the Assembly seat formerly held by Lorena Gonzalez, who quit to take over the California Labor Federation. The race pitted labor groups against business interests and attracted oodles of special interest money.
 
Democrats Robert Pullen-Miles, mayor of Lawndale, and Tina McKinnor, a longtime political activist, will run off to replace Autumn Burke, the Los Angeles Democrat who gave up her Assembly seat to join prominent lobbying firm Axiom Advisors.
 
And former Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway advanced to a runoff, with Democrat Lourin Hubbard, a state Department of Water Resources specialist, leading for the second spot, in a six-way race to replace Republican Devin Nunes, who gave up his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to run former President Donald Trump’s new media company.
 
In other election news: San Francisco Mayor London Breed endorsed Supervisor Matt Haney over former Supervisor David Campos for the state Assembly seat David Chiu vacated to become city attorney. Haney and Campos will battle for the seat in an April 19 runoff election.
 
In Sacramento election news, WECA members are encouraged to support Elk Grove City Councilman Pat Hume in the race for County Supervisor to replace Don Notalli who decided not to run for re-election. He is running against the evil PLA supporter Jacklyn Moreno, whose campaign co-chair is Darryl Steinberg. Hume is holding two events in May.
 
COVID News The Biden administration extended the national Covid public health emergency for another 90 days. The move maintains a range of benefits, including access to tests and telehealth services. The CDC said it would extend for two weeks a mask requirement on planes and public transit that had been set to expire. Boris Johnson will be fined for breaking lockdown rules, making him the first British prime minister in living memory to have been found in breach of the law.
 
Is wind in your business future? The Office of Advocacy of the SBA will host a roundtable to discuss the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) request for comments on the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area Draft Environmental Assessment. On April 6, 2022, BOEM announced the availability of a draft environmental assessment for the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area located off the coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. The roundtable will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Roundtable participation details will be provided upon receipt of an RSVP. RSVPs should be sent to prianka.sharma@sba.gov. The purpose of the roundtable will be to gather specific small entity input and presentations on the request for comments. Parties interested in making oral presentations during the roundtable should indicate this in their RSVP. WECA plans to ask how the Biden/Harris/Walsh PLA will affect this project.
 
Cue the charger rush, and why IBEW pushed for EVITP. California regulators are proposing an annual ramp-up to the state's 2035 ban of new gas car sales, a timeline that automakers cautioned as "extremely challenging”, and environmentalists lamented as too slow. Documents published by the California Air Resources Board are an opening salvo and could be revised to thread the needle between the two sides. But the timeline will be tight, as the draft rules are up for their first hearing in less than two months and are slated to be approved in August.
 
Sinema says she'll be 'the same person' and not switch up her demands if Build Back Better is revived Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has a message for Democrats who fear she might move the goalposts on their economic agenda: she won't be switching up her demands. "What I can't tell you is if negotiations will start again or what they'll look like," Sinema said at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce event on Tuesday. "But what I can promise you is that I'll be the same person in negotiations if they start again that I was in negotiations last year." She emphasized again that she was opposed to raising taxes on large corporations, saying she wouldn't back "any tax policies that would put a brake on any type of economic growth or forestall business and personal growth for America's industries. You all know, the entire country knows, that I'm opposed to raising the corporate minimum tax rate," she said. A Sinema spokesperson clarified she was referring to raising tax rates on corporations and not backtracking from her past support of a 15% corporate minimum tax.
 
NLRB General Counsel Aggressively Seeks to Expand Unions’ Right to Demand Recognition; Restrict Employer Speech National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo continues to push the Board to take aggressive and unprecedented pro-labor stances, seeking to overturn decades of well-settled jurisprudence. On April 11, 2022, the General Counsel’s office filed a brief in Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, urging the Board to make two dramatic changes in current law under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “the Act”). First, the General Counsel seeks to overturn the Board’s 52-year-old standard for obtaining a representation election, and to expand the ability of the Board to order an employer to bargain with a union even without its winning such an election. Second, she urges the Board to reverse decades of precedent and find that so-called “captive audience speeches” by employers violate the Act. Story
 
Newsom caught up in high-profile lawsuit [CalMatters] On Wednesday, Newsom’s first full day back at work after a family vacation to Central and South America, he signed into law a bill strengthening protections for patients undergoing treatment for substance use disorders. But that news was overshadowed by an explosive Bloomberg report that found a top lawyer for California’s anti-discrimination agency resigned Tuesday night, alleging that Newsom’s office was interfering in the agency’s sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit against video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. 
 
  • Melanie Proctor, assistant chief counsel for California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, also accused Newsom of abruptly firing her boss, chief counsel Janette Wipper. 
  • Proctor wrote in an email to colleagues obtained by Bloomberg: “The Office of the Governor repeatedly demanded advance notice of litigation strategy and of next steps in the litigation. As we continued to win in state court, this interference increased, mimicking the interests of Activision’s counsel. … Justice should be administered equally, not favoring those with political influence.” 
  • Erin Mellon, a Newsom spokesperson, told The Verge: “Claims of interference by our office are categorically false. The Newsom administration … will continue to support DFEH in their efforts to fight all forms of discrimination and protect Californians.”
  • A few weeks after the state filed its July 2021 discrimination lawsuit against Activision, board member Casey Wasserman donated $100,000 to Newsom’s anti-recall campaign, Politico reported Wednesday night. And as CalMatters political reporter Alexei Koseff noted, former Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg in September donated $25,000 to Newsom’s reelection campaign.
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   Happy 93rd Birthday, WECA!



This week we're celebrating 93 years of excellence in apprenticeship and training, governmental advocacy, workforce development, and the promotion of merit shop electrical and low voltage contracting as the most valuable, qualified choice for the industry. What a ride it's been -- thanks for joining us on it!
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   Advice to Up-and-Comers from Instructor Neil Pesarillo's Class

Advice to Up-and-Comers from Instructor Neil Pesarillo's Class In the Final Semester of Their Apprenticeship Education This Week in San Diego



WECA San Diego instructor Neil Pesarillo's class in their final semester of the program this week had a great conversation with him about their advice for up-and-coming apprentices. We were lucky enough that Neil thought to collect and share their thoughts with us.

Darrell Mickle

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I have already given a friend advice. My friend Marco is currently in the Electrician Trainee program now and is waiting to be picked up by an electrical company so he can be indentured into and run through the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program. I loved my class, and my classmates and teachers I have had through the program.

How would you explain what you have learned?: You'd had to have experienced it to understand or walk in these shoes, so until then my friends, stay humble and stay happy. WECA GANG

David Smith

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It seems long, but has gone by fairly quick and is worth the investment of time.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I've learned things in electrical and construction that many people don't know how to do correctly, and I have learned how to do it safely.

Kevin Martinez

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: The electrical apprenticeship is the best decision I have made in my life. After jumping from different jobs, becoming an electrician and working in the field, it gave me stability with a secure job. I get a lot of questions frequently, and I tell everyone the same thing. An electrical apprenticeship is the way to go, and WECA is by far the best one they can pick. Not only was I receiving the best education in the electrical industry, but I was also getting to work and get paid while doing it. Compared to other apprenticeships where they attend every week, we get to attend twice a year for two weeks, which is great because students get to focus more in their semester without being tired after work.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I have learned everything from work ethic to electrical work installation in new commercial and in residential. I have gotten the opportunity to work in different environments and different crews, meaning doing different tasks and becoming a well-rounded electrician. Not many get this opportunity. From underground, to deck work, rough-in, electrical rooms, equipment, lighting, the list goes on. Fell in love with the process and I recommend to anyone trying to join this trade to really give it a chance. It may be hard labor at times, but the more you learn and the more you see, it makes you as an apprentice strive for more.

Ryan Noll

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I would tell them to start to study for the test early on. Just poking your head into the NEC 30 minutes a week would be a big help. The earlier you start doing practice questions the better, too.

How would you explain what you have learned?: Most of what you learn is on the job as far as electrical installation.

Thorne Phillips

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It is a long process, and you will learn a lot. Best thing I can tell you is that it's worth it. No matter how hard it gets, keep pushing, it gets better. And at the end of the apprenticeship, you are in control of your future and the options and the opportunities are endless.

How would you explain what you have learned?: In this apprenticeship, you learn how to use the code book to be a safe electrician. You also learn how to be a professional, understanding what we are doing on the job. It also gives us the tools to grow professionally.

Tommy Meyers

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: There's a misconception that doing anything besides going to a four-year college will not obtain you a high-paying career. But, after attending that four-year college, most people will have a hefty amount of student loans. Going into a trade apprenticeship, you will achieve the skills and knowledge needed to excel in that trade, without any student debt to pay off in the end! In my case, I learned the skills to become a competent electrician at WECA, while being paid on the job, with full benefits! The demand for tradespeople is at an all-time high, the pay is great, the benefits are hard to beat -- what are you waiting for?

How would you explain what you have learned?: In class, you learn things such as electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, how to read blueprints, how to size conductors, how to size services for commercial and residential buildings, how to design and build motor control circuits, and so, so much more! WECA well prepares you to pass your Journeyman exam, so you walk into the examination site confident in passing. You take what you learn in class and apply it in the field, and it helps you understand the greater scheme of things. Don't get me wrong -- I still learn something new every day, but overall the WECA apprenticeship flew by in the blink of an eye, and I would recommend it to everyone!

Victor Martin Del Campo

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It's a great program. It changes the way you think and gives you confidence in life. By the time you finish the program, you walk out with your head held up, full of knowledge and hunger to show the world what you have learned. You get to meet people that have the same purpose in life as yourself. It's great to be part of something, and what's better than becoming part of the electrician family?

How would you explain what you have learned?: WECA taught me how to be professional and to care about the things we do in life.
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   WECA's July - September Courses are now available for enrollment online



WECA's Summer 2022 (July - September) course catalog is now available for enrollment on our website.

Are you sponsoring any of your electrician trainees through our certificate program? Many of our members are. If so, get them enrolled in their next GetWired class before seats fill up (and remember to call us and sign up to get the substantial member discounts available to you as a sponsor):

View the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

And you can point your journeyperson electricians to our Continuing Ed options here:

View the continuing education course catalog here.

And do you have non-electrician construction professionals you'd like to be learn more about your electrical jobsites? Check out our Project Engineer to Project Manager program courses here:

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

Enroll online, over the phone at (877) 444-9322, or by email at info@goweca.com.
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   It's one week away! Join us in San Diego on April 13 for an open house!

It's next week, and you're invited! Join us in San Diego on April 13 for an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating our new, upgraded, and expanded San Diego training facility!



Please join us next week for WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our upgraded, expanded new training facility in San Diego! All are welcome!

When: April 13, 2022 from 4 to 7 PM

Where: 6212 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Enjoy food and libations
  • Tour our new facility
  • Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the San Diego electrical industry and community
  • Learn about WECA and how the association serves electrical contractors and the industry
  • See how our apprentices and electrician trainees learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's learning labs!
We look forward to seeing you there! Please take a moment to RSVP:

Register for the San Diego open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony here!
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   WECA and Sacramento-area Member Contractors reach out to Sacramento-area high school students!?





WECA's Apprenticeship outreach team has been busy lately, and loving it!

On March 29, WECA visited Oakmont High School in Roseville with WECA Member Contractor Mark III Construction. The event was well-attended by all grade levels looking to explore their future opportunities.

On March 30, WECA visited Lincoln High School in Lincoln with WECA Member Contractors Teichert Solar, Mark III Construction Inc., and Royal Electric Company.

And finally, on April 6, WECA visited Sheldon High School in Elk Grove with Teichert Solar, Mark III Construction Inc., and Royal Electric Company. Diane Trotter, WECA's Workforce Development Supervisor, reports that the event was "super busy" and added that WECA's Client Services Specialist I, Ralph Williams, and new Workforce Development Specialist, Jeanette Santos, were also in attendance. "They were both fantastic at engaging this large group of students," says Diane.
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

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

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