Re-Connecting with the Boy Scouts of America through the George Meany Award
By Plumbing Council of Chicagoland and 2015 Labor & Scouting Event Chairman Robert F. Melko
I am pleased to announce that the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Council has partnered with the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland to honor UA General President William P. Hite as the recipient of the AFL-CIO George Meany Award on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago. Event information can be found at www.chicagobsa.org/union and questions can be directed to the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland at 312-263-6612 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for full article.
Time to Reinvent the Wheel
A Message from Bill Harrison – The Coach
You already have a lot of “paperwork” in your company; all those items mentioned earlier and many more. Time to scrub it all down to get to the essential paperwork that spells out clearlywhat results are expected and how you are going to track it. If you are paying attention to it, so areyour team members; read the newsletters on scorekeeping and position description/evaluationsagain. Click here for full article.
UA Instructor Training Program
The United Association celebrated its 61st year of their Instructor Training Program August 10th through 15th in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. This year marked the 25th anniversary of holding this event at the college. On Wednesday, UA General President Bill Hite welcomed the audience of industry leaders to the annual Industry Day celebration and announced that this year a record-breaking 2,000 instructors were enrolled in the Instructor program, including 480 new instructors. President Hite noted that the UA spends 250 million dollars a year on training at over three hundred training facilities in the United States.
PHCC President-elect, Kevin Tindall, was invited to address the Industry Day audience and was a guest speaker in the Residential Service and Repair class taught by Bob Melko, Chairman of the PHCC Union-Affiliated Contractor group. Also in attendance from PHCC were UAC Trustees Lori Abbott, David Dodd, S. J. Peters, and Luke Westman; EVP Gerry Kennedy and UAC Executive Rodney Jones.
Highlights: 2014 Instructor Training Program
The UA’s Instructor Training Program (ITP) is considered one of the most successful skills training programs in North America. And it’s perhaps one of the most important weeks of the year for the United Association. Each year, roughly 2,000 Instructors from Local Unions across North America and Australia arrive at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan to train as peers in the most contemporary skill sets for the next generation. The program encompasses intensive week-long classes in the latest teaching methods and emerging technologies in our trades, and features other events and activities throughout the week. Read more here...
UA and BGA Release Report on Benefits
of Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement
The UA was proud to be a part of the release of a new report that shows we can create 313,000 jobs and reduce global warming pollution by tripling the rate we are repairing and replacing America's natural gas distribution pipelines. Click here to check our report and see how good jobs repairing infrastructure goes hand-in-hand with protecting our environment. Click here to learn more.
Task Force Meeting Report Online
In November 2012, JMP convened a second Task Force meeting on Monitoring of Drinking-Water Quality, to consider how improved measures of water quality and water system safety could be used to improve water safety in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal era. The Task Force endorsed the JMP classification of water supplies into Improved and Unimproved groups, and held that there is not currently evidence to support different classification schemes in urban and rural settings. The group recommended that global monitoring of drinking-water safety should expand beyond Improved and Unimproved facilities, and include both water quality testing (for E. coli, arsenic and fluoride), and measures of risk management, such as Water Safety Plans or Sanitary Inspections.
This will require new approaches to data collection, as risk management measures are not easily captured in household surveys. The JMP was requested to develop a package of work to establish a framework for integrating data from traditional sources such as household surveys, with risk management or water quality information from other sources, such as water supply regulators. This system should be tested in 2014-15 in order to be operational in the post-2015 period. The full report is available here.
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