PCA Workflow August 26, 2021

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WEEKLY WORKFLOW: August 26, 2021
Double Time is Required for CBA Recognized Holidays & Sundays:
Labor Day is Monday, September 6

According to the PCA & Plumbers Local 130 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Local 130 members (if they are scheduled to work) are to be paid at double the standard rate on any of the following holidays and on all Sundays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Memorial Day.

PCA will Host Three Events This Fall 

Tuesday, September 21 -  PCA Membership Meeting at Erie Café 
Featuring our guest speaker: Lou Cannelis, FOX 32 TV Sportscaster and co-owner of Avli Taverna. The PCA’s 2021 Nominating Committee will be named at this meeting, for the 2022-2023 Board term. Pre-registration is required. Register by clicking here.
Thursday, October 7 -  PCA Fall Tour at Morton Arboretum in Lisle 
Join us for our re-scheduled event! Enjoy the autumn colors during a special tram tour and connect with your PCA peers during the reception in the Sycamore Room and adjoining patio. Click here for details and to register.
Tuesday, November 16  -  PCA Annual Meeting at Ditka’s in Oakbrook Terrace 
Reports by Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne; Local 130 JAC Training Director Jim Majerowicz; and Local 130 Trust Fund Administrator Joe Ohm will be given during this Annual meeting. The PCA’s Board election will take place at this meeting, for the 2022-2023 Board term. Pre-registration will be required.

The PCA of Greater Chicago is also planning two special Zoom meetings this fall/ winter for our members. More details coming soon. 

 Please note that all current CDC and IDPH pandemic guidelines will be adhered to, with the safety of all attendees in mind. 

Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Managing Medical and Religious Exemption Requests

More employers are implementing—or seriously considering—mandatory vaccination policies. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Justice have confirmed that federal law does not prohibit such policies when employers take appropriate steps to evaluate exemption requests and to consider alternatives for employees with qualifying disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs that conflict with receiving COVID-19 vaccines.

In this special 90-minute webinar, the speakers will discuss best practices for assessing each exemption request and determining what, if any, accommodations might allow employees to continue working without vaccination. This timely webinar will include interactive exploration of:
  • EEOC and private litigant precedent involving other workplace vaccination policies, including annual influenza policies;
  • the definition of “sincerely held religious belief” under federal law;
  • exemption requests related to pregnancy;
  • potential alternative accommodations;
  • vaccination requirements at customer or vendor facilities; and
  • vaccination policies for customers and vendors entering employer premises.otential alternative accommodations;
  • vaccination requirements at customer or vendor facilities; and
  • vaccination policies for customers and vendors entering employer premises.
PCA members are able to register at no cost, which is the Ogletree Deakins complimentary client rate (a savings of $99 per participant).
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Local 130 to host GALA EVENT
Local 130 is organizing a GALA to commemorate its 125 PLUS ONE Anniversary. The Gala will take place on Saturday, November 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont. Event sponsorships and program advertising are available and additional details can be found on the event website. The deadline for sponsorships and ads is October 1, 2021.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade News: A New Event
The planning committee for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (with which Plumbers’ Local 130 UA is closely associated with) is introducing a new fundraising event. An announcement of the “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Open House” at Local 130 was received recently by the PCA. The event will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Local 130 Plumbers Hall in Chicago. For complete details, visit www.chicagostpatricksdayparade.org

CISCO News Briefs - Click on the link for the August 26 edition of Construction News Briefs 
IL PHCC Fall Course Dates 
The Plumbing Contractor Registration deadline is coming up September 30, 2021.  If you are still in need of a Continuing Education class to renew your plumbing license to meet that requirement, please note the on-line class schedule below. Registration is open, just click on the date to register. Class times are Central Time.

September 242021 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Online) 
Deadline to register is September 16, 2021

October 82021 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Online) 
Deadline to register is September 30, 2021

Course # 750-002-C1 - IDPH Sponsor # 750-002
Each class will be 4 Credit Hours (1 CE credit for each 50 minutes of instruction)

The Construction Zone
Don't wait until it's too late! FREE training on Excavation Hazards in Construction is available with federal grant funding - but only until September 30th.

Choose from several options:
  • Online - Register here for the August 31st session.
  • In-Person - Register here for the September 28th session.
  • On Demand - Submit here to request a session anytime, anywhere.
 This comprehensive four-hour program provides instruction about risks associated with trench operations and how to avoid jobsite injuries. Call (708) 449-8604 for more information.
Save the Date for Upcoming Industry Events You Won't Want to Miss!

The September training schedule is below:  
September 8th: CEI: Testing, Balancing, & Adjusting Refresher (click here to register)
September 9th: CEI: You Can't Manage Time (click here to register)
For the full fall course catalog, click here


The IMSCA-PAC Raffle 2021 is underway!  Seven lucky winners will be drawn on September 10th for fabulous prizes including Bears tickets, Blackhawks tickets and gift cards for Amazon, Best Buy, Apple, Cooper's Hawk and Cabela's. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased here. 
The PCA of Greater Chicago is a member organization of IMSCA.

CISCO will hold their golf outing on Monday, September 13 at the Bloomingdale Golf Course. Click here for more information and to register for the outing. 


PHCC CONNECT 2021-  The National Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors National Convention, “CONNECT,” is scheduled to take place “live” in Kansas City, Missouri from October 20-22, 2021.  For more information and to register visit: www.phccweb.org/connect.  Please note: The NA PHCC highly recommends that you book your flights to PHCC CONNECT 2021 as soon as you decide to attend due to the airline staff shortages causing flight delays and cancellations. 
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