PCA Workflow September 2, 2021

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WEEKLY WORKFLOW: September 2, 2021

Pictured (from left): PCA Board Officer Rick Kuhn, IL Senator Linda Holmes and
IMSCA Executive Director Jessica Newbold-Hoselton.

IMSCA & PCA Meeting with Sen. Holmes on Contractor Legislative Action
Representatives from the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors’ Association (IMSCA) and the PCA of Greater Chicago met with IL State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D) last week to discuss Senate Bill 178

Rick Kuhn 
(RJ Kuhn Plumbing, Heating & Cooling), PCA Board Officer (2nd VP), Jessica Newbold-Hoselton, IMSCA Executive Director and S.J. Peters, PCA Executive Director met with Sen. Holmes who is the sponsor for the IMSCA-initiated bill, SB 178. If passed, this legislation would amend the Public Construction Bond Act to provide that no retainage can be withheld by a unit of government from a contractor who furnishes a surety bond as required by the Act, nor may a contractor withhold retainage from its subcontractors. A number of other pertinent topics were also covered and work to move SB 178 forward will continue.
Ms. Newbold-Hoselton and Mr. Peters also met with Illinois State Representative Dagmara (“Dee”) Avelar (D) at her 85th District office in Bolingbrook. Among the various subjects discussed during the meeting were SB 178 and issues pertinent to signatory contractors in the construction trades.

The PCA of Greater Chicago is a member organization of IMSCA. To learn more about IMSCA, visit www.imsca.org.
Pictured (from left): PCA 1st VP Brian Kennedy, UA General President Mark McManus and
Local 130 Business Manager James Coyn

PCA Officer Attends UA Convention as Guest/Observer
Brian Kennedy, President of Gehrett Plumbing, Inc. represented the PCA of Greater Chicago by participating in the 40th General Convention of the UA (United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. & Canada) from August 23 - 27 by a special invitation from Plumbers’ Local 130 UA. Kennedy serves as a Board Officer (1st VP) on the PCA Board, is a Plumbing Council Director and is a current PCA-appointed Trustee to the Local 130 Pension & Retirement Funds. He is also a past PCA-appointed management Trustee for the Local 130 JAC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund). Kennedy remarked that he found the experience informative and interesting, and he was proud to attend as both as a representative and an ambassador on behalf of our Association.
PCA members on WGN's Mr. Fix It Segment
The radio commercials promoting the Plumbers 911 program are running now through September 10th on multiple AM & FM stations, including WBBM news radio, US99, WXRT, WBMX, The Score and more!  We have included the links below if you're not able to tune in; simply click on the contractor to hear what our members have to share:

Plumbing Contractor is Downsizing and Selling Fittings/Supplies/Equipment/Tools
Professional Plumbing Inc. (PPI) is a Barrington-based contractor and a longstanding PCA (and PAMCANI) member with a 35+ year history of work throughout Chicagoland. PPI recently notified our Association of the company’s plans to transition ownership. Bill Schey, owner and founder of PPI, asked us to alert PCA members of a variety of items that are available for purchase as the company sells excess supplies, tools, machines, and equipment. Please contact Gregg at 847.382.7100, Ext. 167 or via email:  for information, including a complete list of the items. 

Local 130 JAC Joliet Training Center “Grand Opening” – Sept. 14
A special event introducing the new recently completed training facility at the Joliet Campus (2114 S. I-80 Frontage Road) of Plumbers’ Local 130’s Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, 2021 starting at 3:00 p.m. PCA of Chicago contractor members are welcome and encouraged to attend. RSVP to: .

 IL PHCC Legislative Update 
The following industry related bills were passed by the Illinois General Assembly in its Spring Session and have recently been signed into law by Governor Pritzker. Click here for the update.

IMSCA Legislative Update
The Illinois General Assembly convened in Springfield for a one-day special session this week. Click here for the full update.

ERS Monthly Newsletter
This month's employee newsletter, Monthly Engagement, features the following topic:
Treat Yourself: 6 Tips for Self-care 

MARBA's August Newsletter 
The August edition of MARBA Matters can be viewed here
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 (see announcement below), for the 2022-2023 Board term. Pre-registration is required. Register by clicking here.

Please note that all current CDC and IDPH pandemic guidelines will be adhered to, with the safety of all attendees in mind. 
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.
PCA of Greater Chicago is a  member organization of CISCO.

IL PHCC Fall Online Course Dates - Course # 750-002-C1 - IDPH Sponsor # 750-002
September 242021 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Central Time) 
Deadline to register is September 16, 2021

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

Each class will be 4 Credit Hours (1 CE credit for each 50 minutes of instruction)

Request for PCA of Greater Chicago 2021 Nominating Committee
 The PCA of Greater Chicago is seeking member contractors to volunteer to serve on this year’s Nominating Committee to slate the PCA Officers and Directors up for election for the January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023 term.

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 2 of the PCA By-Laws, a Nominating Committee is comprised of the designated contractor representatives of five (5) or more Active Member firms of the Association and shall be selected by the members.

These selections will be announced at our Annual Meeting for PCA members on Thursday, November 16, 2021 at Ditka’s in Oakbrook Terrace.  

If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact PCA of Greater Chicago/Plumbing Council Executive Director S.J. Peters at 312-563-9526 or by email at .

Note: We would like to thank all of the PCA of Greater Chicago member contractors in advance who have already come forward to serve on this important committee.
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