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Get Set in 3 Steps for ICUEE, The Demo Expo

Get Set in 3 Steps for ICUEE, The Demo Expo

ICUEE 2017 opens its doors October 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as the largest event for utility professionals and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest technologies, innovations and industry trends.

FERC Quorum Restored!

Workers and businesses across the energy infrastructure supply chain declared victory today after a campaign to get a quorum at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ended with the confirmation of two nominees by the U.S. Senate. The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), lobbied the Trump Administration, led a letter last month signed by 25 trade associations and labor unions, and unleashed over 600 individual letters to Senators from supply chain business people and workers urging Senate action. EEIA applauded today's vote and urged the Commission to begin immediate consideration of approvals of the pipeline projects currently under its review, beginning with projects that have already been fully vetted and are awaiting only a Commission vote.
Industrial Training Services Partners with Kentucky Schools to Pioneer Natural Gas Recruiting Programs

Industrial Training Services Partners with Kentucky Schools to Pioneer Natural Gas Recruiting Programs

Today’s Natural Gas Industry is facing a challenging problem. As the pipeline industry continues to grow and create more jobs in the U.S., it also creates a unique side effect — worker shortage. In addition to new jobs being created, there are also vacancies created by a large number of retiring baby boomers. Many of these job openings require a diverse skill set and demanding work ethic. However, solutions are being put into place by industry associations, local community leaders, natural gas companies, educators, and Industrial Training Services (ITS) to recruit and retain the next generation of pipeline workers.
Trump to labor unions: The door at the White House is open

Trump to labor unions: The door at the White House is open

President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to the American worker during an infrastructure speech in Cincinnati, Ohio Wednesday.
Energy CEOs say investor money and jobs at risk because FERC isn't functional

Energy CEOs say investor money and jobs at risk because FERC isn't functional

- Energy CEOs are warning if FERC is not functional by August break, the private investment dollars for these projects might be gone.

- CEOs want to "get infrastructure development back on track" after FERC cannot approve new pipelines.
Stand to Honor event to raise money for educational scholarships

Stand to Honor event to raise money for educational scholarships

Inaugural event to be held at Eskimo Joe's, honor fallen military personnel

STILLWATER – For 13 minutes, participants stood silently and stoically while remembering military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Congress could push work on Trump's infrastructure plan to 2018

Congress could push work on Trump's infrastructure plan to 2018

Dive Brief:

- Sen. John Thune, R-SD, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said last week that progress on President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan could be sidelined until 2018, according to The Hill.
Thousands of students from across the country come to Louisville for SkillsUSA competition

Thousands of students from across the country come to Louisville for SkillsUSA competition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -
Thousands of students are packing Freedom Hall on Friday night to hear who won competitions at SkillsUSA.
Pipeline contractors request short-haul exemption from ELD mandate

Pipeline contractors request short-haul exemption from ELD mandate

An association representing the pipeline construction industry – including truck drivers who contract to haul equipment for pipeline construction projects – and a specialized equipment fleet are seeking exemptions from the electronic logging device mandate set to take effect on Dec. 18.
Paving the Way to a New Career in Construction

Paving the Way to a New Career in Construction

Theus Dillon uses a "video game" simulation to learn how to operate heavy machinery. Last summer, Theus Dillon moved with his wife and three sons from Louisville, Kentucky, to Atlanta. He found work as a warehouse attendant earning $10 an hour – but that was hardly enough to make ends meet.
Equipment Makers Suggest 5 Steps Lawmakers Can Take to Regain US Infrastructure Leadership

Equipment Makers Suggest 5 Steps Lawmakers Can Take to Regain US Infrastructure Leadership

US infrastructure competitiveness currently ranks No. 11 in the world, and AEM suggests policy recommendations to help America regain the economic strength of its globe-leading position
Construction Staff Wages Expected to Rise 3.4% in 2017

Construction Staff Wages Expected to Rise 3.4% in 2017

Construction staff wages grew by 3.6% in 2016, according to the latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly from research firm PAS. PAS also predicts that wages will rise by an average of 3.4% in 2017, though the predictions are often 0.5% low, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The research group looked at positions like chief estimator, project manager and superintendent, and it did not include data about skilled trade workers. PAS noted that not every position would see the average increase, and it found that field-related positions, in particular, grew at a more rapid pace. Pay for entry-level project engineers (PE) increased 5%, and experienced PE wages grew 6.8%. Other positions that garnered higher-than-average raises were senior project managers (5.5%), project superintendents (6.1%), risk managers (6.7%) and safety directors (8%).
DOL Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance

DOL Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance

The Department of Labor has withdrawn Obama-era guidance that held companies to a stricter interpretation of rules governing the use of independent contractors and made more firms jointly responsible for misclassified employees, according to ValueWalk. The informal guidance was considered a crackdown on worker misclassification and made it easier for companies to be held equally responsible for labor violations committed by contractors who they had "indirect control" over. However, the National Labor Relations Board's stance on joint employment has not changed, which means that employers aren't entirely off the hook, according to HR Dive. A case regarding this question, Browning-Ferris, is still working its way through the courts.
After Two Years, Countywide Solar Campaign Ends on Sunny Note

After Two Years, Countywide Solar Campaign Ends on Sunny Note

Randy Bondi had never given solar energy much thought until he noticed a serendipitous advertisement. One day in the fall of 2015, he saw an item in Etna’s borough newsletter about a campaign launching to promote solar by connecting residents with installers. The roof over Mr. Bondi’s modest home was about 15 years old, and he was already planning to replace it. Within a week, he had two local installers — Robinson-based Energy Independent Solutions and Thornburg-based Scalo Solar Solutions — give him price estimates. Because Scalo performs both roof replacement and solar installations, Mr. Bondi said, he went with that bid. “I probably wouldn’t have done it on my own, because I didn’t think I could afford it,” Mr. Bondi said. But he ultimately decided it was worth taking out a home equity loan and installing 12 panels that provide nearly all of the electricity he consumes during the year. Mr. Bondi is precisely the type of person that Solarize Allegheny wanted to reach over the course of its two-year campaign.
2016 DCA Arthur T. Everham Safety Award

2016 DCA Arthur T. Everham Safety Award

Safety excellence was recognized at the February 2017 DCA Annual Convention, where companies were rewarded for the effectiveness of their safety programs.
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