A Little Friendly Help, by Steve Coscia

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Latent potential exists within everyone.  This is what audiences hear from me. This potential may just sit there until a trusted friend’s nudge motivates the required action to transform what was latent into something more tangible. The above reality is what happened a few months ago when I was invited to write an article about mentoring in the trades.  Candace …

80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show

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As California’s premier plumbing-heating-cooling professionals, PHCC Members across the state are doing their part to conserve water.  From ‘Brown is the New Green’ lawn watering restrictions to collecting ‘warm up’ water for watering plants and washing dishes, we are all doing our part to conserve water.  Why?  On a recent flight to visit PHCC ORSB, I had the opportunity to …

CalWORKs Funding Hiring Assistance Program

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The North State BIF has received additional funding from SETA/SacWorks, allowing us to expand the Hiring Assistance Program to include select CalWORKs recipients. These candidates are referred from select training programs (currently office skills and construction pre-apprenticeship programs) and are typically in the process of graduating from their respective program. These candidates are provided to the employer for consideration based upon the job description. Click the link below for two ways an employer can take advantage of this funding: HAP flyer 5-7-14_CalWORKs  

Licensure and the Miller Act, by Bruce D. Rudman – Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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The recent case of Technica LLC v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Company brought the Miller Act to the forefront recently.  This case actually started as a simple matter of a sub-subcontractor not being paid in full.  It turned into a dispute over licensure. Before the licensure issue is discussed, a short overview of the Miller Act is in order.  Federal public …

US Dept of Energy Selects PHCC Representative to Serve on Regional Furnace Standards Advisory Committee

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 15, 2014) –The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) is pleased to have a seat among a key rulemaking group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to negotiate proposed regional federal standards for the energy efficiency requirements of residential and commercial appliances covered under the Final Furnace, Air Conditioner, and Heat Pump Rule. The …

CAPHCC Dues Increase in 2015

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At PHCC WEST 2014, 2nd Business Session on May 17th, 2014 the PHCC of California membership voted to increase PHCC of California monthly dues by $7.50 per month effective January of 2015.  This increase was proposed after two years of severe cost cutting measures, and is the second dues increase in 11 years.  We appreciate the understanding and support of the …

CAPHCC Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist

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PW Contractor Registration Site On-Line The State’s website for online registration before bidding on public works contracts in California is live. The application also provides agencies that administer public works programs with a searchable database of qualified contractors. Legislation Apprenticeship The Senate Labor Committee approved PHCC opposed AB 1870 by Assembly Member Alejo (D-Salinas) that recasts the allocation of J-man …

Department of Industrial Relations Launches Public Works Contractor Online Application System

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Newsline No.: 2014-55                                    Date: July 1, 2014  Department of Industrial Relations Launches Public Works Contractor Online Application System Oakland—The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) today launched an online application for public works contractors to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 854. SB 854, …

PHCC National – The Skills Gap by Mark Riso, Director of Government Relations

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June 27, 2014  THE SKILLS GAP – we can win this…actually, we have to The critical need for career & technical education and professional development By Mark Riso, Director of Government Relations, PHCC-National Association I drove from Washington, D.C. to New York recently.  It’s a very easy 4.5-hour drive.  As I approached New York, the gasoline light in my car …

CAPHCC Legislative Update by Richard Markuson

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June 27, 2014                          More Details on New Public Works License The Administration proposal to require contractors and subcontractors who perform on public works to obtain a new certification from the Department of Industrial Relations is final. Contractors will pay an annual fee – set initially at $300 and …