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.
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.
President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to the American worker during an infrastructure speech in Cincinnati, Ohio Wednesday.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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Thousands of students are packing Freedom Hall on Friday night to hear who won competitions at SkillsUSA.
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.
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.
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 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%).
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.
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.
Safety excellence was recognized at the February 2017 DCA Annual Convention, where companies were rewarded for the effectiveness of their safety programs.
Over 490 DCA members and guests, including a record number of first time attendees, gathered February 6 –11 at The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii for DCA’s 2017 Annual Convention. The event was a well-blended mix of business and pleasure and featured the installation of the 2017 Board of Directors.