Join PHCC signatory contractors from across the country for the Union-Affiliated Contractors (UAC) Management Conference – focused on helping you navigate the opportunities and challenges facing your business today and in the future. Education topics include: Legal Clinic, Effective Contract Negotiation Strategies, Issues Facing 2nd & 3rd Generation Business Owners Roundtable, Active Shooter, Local/State Advocacy in a mixed union/open shop PHCC chapter, Wearing the Trustee Hat and Chapter Best Practices.
Are contractors bleeding money and absorbing losses needlessly? This roundtable on Loss Prevention led by fellow contractors will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss simple ideas, concepts and tips on three, common and specific areas - Contract Risk, Tools & Equipment and Employee Retention.
Session Type: Education
March 19th, 2020
“Active Shooter: Are You Prepared?” A panel discussion on safety, legal, awareness and survival
OSHA’s research shows that nearly 2 million American workers each year report having been victims of workplace violence. A panel of experts will discuss how to manage situations where a workplace violence situation arises. Topics include employers’ obligations under OSHA; negligent hire/retention claims and public relations concerns. Prevention methods will also be discussed including stronger employer policies, assessing the workplace, safety planning – employee GPS, establishing identification badges, electronic keys, and security guards, to minimize non-employee access.
Our legal experts will field common and uncommon questions (“the ones contractors and execs should ask but rarely do”) on a range of relevant topics: withdrawal liability; trust funds; succession planning; fund office audits; employee policies; prevention of harassment charges and how to address them if they occur; and more. Ask a question, or hand one in anonymously to get the answers you need. Learn about the pitfalls to avoid, discuss a variety of situations, and gain worthwhile advices.
Session Type: Education
March 20th, 2020
Association Leadership 201 - 3 Sessions
Association Leadership 201 - 3 Sessions
“Local/State Chapter Best Practices”
“Labor-Management/Trustee Training – Wearing Multiple Hats (without giving away the store)”
“Local/State Advocacy – Sending a Unified Industry Message to Legislative/Agency/Media in a Divergent PHCC Open/Union Shop/UA World”
Building on last year’s Association Leadership 101 by Steve Lamb, Jeff Beiriger will amplify a message on Local/State Chapter Best Practices and supplement with some specific ideas on Management Trustees training amid competing responsibilities. Finally, Mr. Beiriger will speak to the difficulty of having positive and unified government and public relations on behalf of the plumbing-heating-cooling industry in a PHCC Open/Union Shop/UA world
Session Type: Education
March 21st, 2020 | 9:00am
Tour of Sloan’s Plumbing Renovations at Wrigley Field
Join a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the inner workings of the aquatic filtration system serving the dolphin, pinniped and polar bear exhibits at one of the most popular and respected zoological parks in the world. You’ll travel by shuttle bus from the Drury Lane, departing at 10:00 am and returning by 1:30 pm in time for the afternoon UAC Workshops. Bus transportation provided and cost included with conference registration.
Jeffrey J. Beiriger is president of Association/Management Services, Inc., a company that provides management and lobbying assistance for local and state associations, including the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of Wisconsin, the Plumbing Contractors Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Water Well Association, the Minnesota Heating and Cooling Association and the and the Geothermal Heat Pump Associations in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Jeff has been an association professional for nearly his entire career, starting shortly after graduate school, where he received his degree in Human Resource Management focusing on labor relations. He has previously worked with the AGC of Chicago, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Wisconsin, and the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.
During his career, he has served as a member of collective bargaining committee and as the lead negotiator/spokesperson. He has also served on numerous Taft-Hartley funds, including health, 401(k), and training funds, and as chair of the Milwaukee Area Plumbing Apprenticeship Joint Apprenticeship Committee and secretary of the Milwaukee Area Steamfitter Joint Apprenticeship Program. He has also served on various joint labor-management committees whose efforts have focused on substance abuse testing programs, industry marketing, trades recruiting, worker compensation reform, and other legislative matters.
For more than 25 years, Jeff was a member of the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, a labor-management committee charged with the responsibility of drafting legislative language for the nearly $1.5 billion program. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executive and is a member of the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists.
Mr. Beiriger holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana, with an emphasis on Marketing and Economics, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago and its suburbs, he now lives in Menasha, Wisconsin.
Session Name: Association Leadership 201 - 3 Sessions Role: Keynote
John Baethke, of John Baethke & Son Plumbing on the northside of Chicago, has been a licensed plumber for 30 years. John has also been qualified as a cross-connection control device inspector since 1996. In the competitive field of plumbing, John is the only Licensed Green Plumber in all of Chicago.
John Baethke is very involved in the professional industry of plumbing. He is the Director of the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago, Chairman of the Residential and Light Commercial Service Contractors, past President of the Illinois Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association and the current Director of the Illinois Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association.
John Baethke’s plumbing expertise can be found in the areas of residential plumbing, water conservation and auditing, tankless water heaters. John Baethke is available for media consultation as it relates to plumbing and water conservation. He is an experienced auditor with a wealth of knowledge in his professional field and continues to post blog articles and upload videos with tutorials and advice on plumbing.
Wesley (Wes) joined Laner Muchin in 2008 as an associate and has been a partner at the Firm since 2014. Wes focuses his practice on all aspects of employee benefits law, including health and welfare benefit plans, defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, and multiemployer plans. Wes' practice also includes counseling clients as to compliance with various federal laws, including the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the correction of qualified retirement plans through the correction programs available through the IRS and DOL. Wes also counsels clients as to fiduciary best practices and qualified retirement plan compliance. He is a frequent speaker to benefit and human resource professionals and author on various benefit topics and provides training to HR Departments on a number of benefit-related matters. Wes is the editor and frequent author of the Firm's e-newsletter, The Fast Laner. Wes is originally from West Union, Ohio, and resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and two daughters.
Richard L. Samson, Ogletree-Deakins
Mr. Samson has represented management in all aspects of labor and employment law for over 27 years with a particular emphasis on traditional labor law. He has also litigated cases before federal and state courts as well as state and local agencies in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge actions. He routinely advises clients on a host of employment-related issues including employer investigations, claims of harassment, employment policies and social media.
In the traditional labor arena, his experience covers the gamut of issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act including matters affecting both unionized and non-union employers in litigation, trial work and day to day counseling. He has experience in a variety of industries including construction, ready mix supply, material supply (aggregate mining), steel, light and heavy manufacturing, retail, food distribution, theatrical production, casinos, meatpacking and assisted living. He regularly appears on behalf of employers before the National Labor Relations Board in the defense of unfair labor practice charges and in representation cases. Over the course of his career he has handled such matters throughout the country in the Labor Board’s various regional offices including Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, St. Louis, Oakland, New Orleans and Philadelphia.
Mr. Samson has been an adjunct professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he taught a course on the law of employment relationships and established a seminar class on employee privacy rights.
Session Name: “Active Shooter: Are You Prepared?” A panel discussion on safety, legal, awareness and survival Role: Session Leader
James F Vanek
Jim joined the predecessor to Laner Muchin in 1989 and has been a partner in the Firm since 1994. Jim focuses his practice on all aspects of employee benefits law including drafting defined benefit, defined contribution and welfare benefit plans. In addition, Jim serves as counsel to several multiemployer benefit funds and Associations. Jim is also a frequent speaker and represents employers in withdrawal liability and delinquency issues for multiemployer plans. He also represents benefit plans in IRS and DOL audits and investigations. Jim also represents businesses in mergers and acquisitions. His responsibilities include: drafting, amending and terminating qualified plans; IRS and DOL plan audits; analyzing the impact of new legislation; and advising clients on the tax consequences of qualified plans on the employer and plan participants. Upon graduation from law school, Jim became a staff attorney at an employee benefits consulting firm. Prior to joining the Firm, Jim was associated with a business law firm where he continued to specialize in employee benefits. He has authored articles on employee benefit issues and has lectured before professional groups.