PHCC Contractors Represent the Industry During 2017 Legislative Conference The 2017 PHCC Legislative Conference, June 13-14 in Washington, D.C., brought contractors and association executives from across the country together to convey a unified message of the need for tax reform, workforce development (reauthorization of Carl D. Perkins Act) and Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) reform. READ MORE...
Tell Your Member of the U.S. House of Representative to Cosponsor HR 1090, the “Technologies for Energy Securities Act” By Mark Riso, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
The Technologies for Energy Security Act was introduced in the House earlier this year. This PHCC-supported legislation will make energy technology incentives permanent. The bill seeks to embrace energy technologies that advance energy efficiency, such as incentives for fuel cells, microturbines, geothermal heat pumps, and wind and solar energy. Many of these technologies received tax credits that expired at the end of 2016. Earlier this year, PHCC, along with other industry organizations – sent a letter to the House and Senate leadership urging their consideration. PHCC—National Association believes that initiatives like this to reinstate (and make retroactive) the credit will continue to be pursued throughout the 115th Congress. Please take a few minutes to let your Member of the House know of your support – and urge their co-sponsorship.
President Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
With the intention of expanding job training opportunities, President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that enables commencement of a process that will reduce the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) oversight of apprenticeship programs and federal job training programs. Many details are yet to be worked out, but the order indicates the Administration intends to empower third parties to develop and oversee these programs as a way to accelerate training and employment of workers. READ MORE...
Congratulations to the PHCC of Pennsylvania – One Step Closer to Statewide Licensure By Mark Riso, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
A long-pursued PHCC of Pennsylvania-supported bill that would, in essence, establish statewide licensing for plumbing in Pennsylvania, passed the Pennsylvania House (105 – 91) yesterday. The debate now goes on to the Senate. The bill is the result of many years of hard work, and yesterday's victory marks a true milestone for the PHCC of Pennsylvania – and a victory for licensure for plumbing. Though the legislation must still pass the Senate (and must be signed by the Governor) – yesterday's victory in the House reflects the dedication of the chapter and the persistence of its members.
“Though this is not a done deal – and we still have a battle in the Senate, the victory in the House yesterday was the result of a combined effort of union and open shop plumbing contractors coming together to do the right thing. The effort has been spearheaded by myself and Walt Krzyzanowski,” said PHCC of Pennslyvania's state executive Mike McGraw.
Congratulations PHCC of Pennsylvania!
Business As Usual Isn't Good Enough
As speaker Kirk Alter will demonstrate during one of the more than 20 targeted education sessions at CONNECT, your profits and long-term succession plans soon will be challenged by people who think differently about how the p-h-c businesses can operate. Make sure you’re the one learning how to achieve outrageous success in this new environment. READ MORE...
Deadlines Fast Approaching for Annual Awards
Make this the year the best in our business get the glory they deserve in front of their peers at CONNECT. PHCC is now accepting nominations for the HVAC Contractor of the Year, the Plumbing Contractor of the Year, and the Apprentice of the Year. Don’t delay; some application deadlines are July 1! APPLICATIONS HERE….
PHCC Peers Among Most Innovative, Passionate Professionals Around
Some of the best inspiration comes right from your PHCC peers, and you’ll spot some of them among CONTRACTOR’s Industry Luminaries of the Year – a list of the most influential professionals in the plumbing and hydronics industry. Check out their impressive stories!
Updated Heat Safety App Helps Protect Your Workers
Need to check the heat index and relevant protective measures? There’s an app for that! The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and OSHA have collaborated to update OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool, giving you the information you need to adjust the work environment as needed to your protect workers. iPhone or Android versions are available. DOWNLOAD APP HERE...
On the Job with RAM: Keep More Profit in Your Pockets
On The Job from Ram Commercial provides incentives to assist you in purchasing, customizing and servicing your business vehicles. PHCC members and their employees can combine a stackable $500 cash allowance with most current retail incentives and choose an On The Job program allowance. READ MORE...
Hire First, Ask Questions Later:
The Risks of Cutting Corners
By Federated Insurance, PHCC Corporate Partner
With companies hiring at a brisk pace these days, some employers are finding it necessary to hire first, ask questions later. Make sure you’re aware of potential liability during the hiring process. Here’s how to minimize the risks, especially related to background screening and social media reviews. READ MORE...
Technology Integration and Collaboration:
Join the Conversation … and Watch for First Webinar
Conversations among your peers already have started on the new Technology Business Interest Group portal, your members-only gateway to specific technology-oriented information, resources and discussion opportunities. Watch for details about the group’s upcoming webinar – Connectivity Via Integration and Collaboration: We Are All in it Together – presented in partnership with CEDIA, a leading global authority on the $14 billion home technology industry.
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We’ve partnered with Harrison Publishing House’s CINX platform to launch this cloud-based comprehensive database. Call today for a 30-day trial! READ MORE...
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