Call to Action: Contact Legislators Today on UC Reform Efforts
Ongoing industry efforts (APC, PAPA, CAWP, ACEC/PA and several trades and unions) are underway to advance legislation that would amend the Unemployment Compensation Law to allow for more seasonal workers to qualify for benefits. However, we need YOUR help! The General Assembly is on its Memorial Day recess until June 1. It is critical that you reach out to your representative and senator while they are home in their district offices and inform them of how this issue affects you personally, your company, and/or the employees you represent.
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APC Flagger Train-the-Trainer – July 24
Registration is now open for the next Flagger Train-the-Trainer session on July 24, 2015, at the APC office in Harrisburg. Go here to Register
2015-2016 Legislative Directory Available
The Transportation Construction Industries Political Action Committee (TCI-PAC) has copies of the updated 2015-2016 Legislative Directory. This resource can be used to locate and contact the senators and representatives from your area. The directory is available, at no cost, to any APC member company. If you would like a copy, please contact Lisa Sagan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717-238-2513, ext. 109.
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APC NEWS & UPDATES
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reports that the US House of Representatives on May 19 overwhelmingly approved legislation (H.R. 2353) that is likely to become the 33rd short-term authorization of the federal highway and public transportation programs since 2009.
The measure would extend current policy and—more importantly—the authority for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to spend funds out of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Without either an extension or long-term authorization bill, the U.S. DOT would not be able to reimburse states for federal-aid surface transportation projects beyond May 31 when the current short-term extension expires. The Senate still must act on the measure by Friday’s planned recess. Read More…
If you encounter the “page cannot be displayed” error message on ECMS while attempting to change your password:
- In Internet Explorer’s menu click on Tools > Internet Options > Advanced tab
- Check “Use SSL 3.0″ under the Security section
- Close and re-open your browser
If you still experience errors, contact the ECMS Help Desk at 717-783-7711.
Ongoing industry efforts (APC, PAPA, CAWP, ACEC/PA and several trades and unions) are underway to advance legislation that would amend the Unemployment Compensation Law to allow for more seasonal workers to qualify for benefits. However, we need YOUR help!
The General Assembly is on its Memorial Day recess until June 1. It is critical that you reach out to your representative and senator while they are home in their district offices and inform them of how this issue affects you personally, your company, and/or the employees you represent. Read More…
APC Past President Bob Buckley has turned over the reigns of the role as APC District 6-0 VP to Ricke Foster of James J. Anderson. Bob was instrumental in starting the District Liaison meetings with then PennDOT Secretary Dr. Thomas D. Larson during the Thornburgh Administration. Read More…
The General Assembly appears willing to consider legislation in the near future that would begin the process of correcting the unintended consequences to the construction industry caused by Act 60 of 2013. Representative Mustio (R – Allegheny) will be introducing House Bill 1061, which is a re-introduction of HB 1862 (“The Gergely Fix”) from last session. In summary, HB 1061 would effectively cap the wage requirements needed to receive the maximum weekly benefit rate. This means that workers would see an effective phasing down of the “49.5% rule” that as they earn more wages outside their high quarter. Read More…
The Work Zone Traffic Control Manager certification program is underway. PennDOT plans to spend most of 2015 conducting train-the-trainer sessions in order for the industry to be trained before implementation begins in 2016.
This course is intended for potential trainers of the Traffic Control Manager course. Those trainers will then be certified to train other individuals to serve as Work Zone Traffic Control Managers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
PennDOT has scheduled the following training sessions:
PennDOT will be deploying new functionality in eCAMMS in June which will allow searching of all of the materials bulletins (15, 15, 41 and 42). The Department is searching for a few construction contractor business partners to assist in testing this functionality to ensure that it meets the needs of contractors.
If you are willing to serve as a tester, please contact PennDOT’s Deborah A. Reihart at (717) 705-1501 or via email ASAP. You will be provided with specific information on what to test, and how to report feedback. by return e-mail. In addition, there will be a webinar demonstration of the new functionality on Wednesday, May 13 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton and District 8-0 Executive Mike Keiser joined the meeting to discuss continued support and progress on the Transportation Quality Initiative to build better communication and trust between industry and owner agencies. Compton noted that a claim represents a failure by both sides to resolve issues quickly and efficiently.
Senator Dave Argall discussed his legislation to implement automated speed enforcement in highway work zones. He is planning to introduce bi-partisan legislation with Senator Judy Schwank. Read More…
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