NUCA News Summary – June 2021 (Scroll to Bottom for Press Releases)
News & Advocacy
AZUCA Rejoins NUCA! See Full Press Release Here
NUCA Washington News
A Win: House Committee Passes NUCA-Supported Water Infrastructure Bill
Recognizing that repairing water infrastructure requires resources, a key House committee passed on June 9th NUCA-priority legislation on a 42-25 vote. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is voting on its $547 billion five-year version of the surface transportation bill this week, along with the NUCA-supported Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 1915). This water infrastructure bill will provide $40 billion in funding to the Clean Water SRF, doubling what was provided for in the last authorization bill. Both bills were top issues pushed for by NUCA members during the May 26th Washington Summit. H.R. 1915 now goes to the full House for a vote, but could wind up being wrapped into a larger infrastructure bill. Read more about the House markup here.
Senate Committee Passes Important Surface Transportation Bill
As if on cue for NUCA's Summit, the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee passed on a unanimous vote May 26 the five-year, $303.5 billion surface transportation legislation, increasing previous authorization levels by about 34%. This NUCA-supported bill, titled "Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021," now heads to the full Senate for a vote. This bill may become part of the larger infrastructure package promised by Democratic leadership. It is good news that this bill is moving with bipartisan support, as it must be signed into law by Sept. 30, 2021. NUCA will keep members informed as to its progress through Congress this summer. Read more here.
NUCA's 2021 Washington Summit a Resounding Success!
NUCA's May 26th Washington Summit hit the message home for 95 lawmaker's offices: Our infrastructure is America's foundation for economic success. Through the hard work of our Chapters, NUCA's virtual advocacy event attendees took to their computers to urge their House lawmakers to pass the landmark S. 914 bill delivering $40 billion in funding to the two drinking water State Revolving Funds. Our attendees also urged lawmakers to increase broadband infrastructure funding and pass legislation by Sept. 30 to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation law. NUCA kindly thanks Summit attendees for their time to make a huge difference in our advocacy program. You can watch the Summit's opening session and remarks by top House Committee chairmen at www.WeDigAmerica.
Save the Date: Fall Washington Summit, November 1-3, 2021
NUCA leadership recognizes the significant importance of this year in Congress for infrastructure funding topics, especially for certain bills we've been advocating for over the last 20 years. Please mark your calendar for November 1-3 to be part of NUCA's first in-person visits to your lawmakers' offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The momentum we've built in Congress for water, wastewater, and broadband issues will only grow over the summer--and we need you to help seal the deal. Held in conjunction with the NUCA fall Board of Directors meeting and Chapter Development Conference, the fall 2021 Washington Summit promises to be one of the most exciting ones held in many years. We will release more details about the event in the following weeks, including hotel location and registration fees.
Arizona Utility Contractors Association Rejoins NUCA
Our NUCA Chapter presence across America continues to expand with this happy news from the Grand Canyon State: The Arizona Utility Contractors Association (AZUCA) leadership unanimously voted to rejoin NUCA National as the affiliated state chapter. “We are very excited to welcome back Arizona utility construction members to NUCA. Working together will help both our organizations give more back to the industry and improve our membership services,” said NUCA CEO Doug Carlson. AZUCA members will automatically become NUCA members with full National benefits. A celebration for this newest NUCA Chapter will take place at the Summer Golf Tournament, to be held July 10 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Read more here.
Sign Up For NUCA's Muster Advocacy Program
With infrastructure the hot topic in Congress this spring, make sure you sign up to NUCA's Muster legislative action alert service. It's easy to do, and we'll then alert you by email to upcoming infrastructure legislation that you can help promote and support. We've even completed a pre-written letter that you can send to your federal lawmakers with a click of your mouse. Sign up today to make your company part of getting America back to work! Sign up here.
NUCA Association News
June 2021 Is All About Trench Safety! Are You Ready for TSSD Week, June 14-18?
June is our industry month to reinforce trench safety to your employees. Now in its fifth year, Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week (June 14-18) is your company's opportunity to talk directly to your employees and others about safety. Companies can conduct a Trench Safety Stand Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity to draw attention to the specific hazards related to working in and around trenches/excavations. For more information and TSSD materials--including NUCA toolbox talks and OSHA trench safety posters and employee cards--visit nuca.com/tssd.
Panel Discussion: Market Volatility - NUCA's Analysis of the Current Market Supply Crisis
In recent months, NUCA members have experienced delays in delivery of steel joists, insulation, stainless steel, copper, brass and PVC piping. These unexpected additional costs are wreaking havoc on existing and pending projects. What is behind this crisis—and what can NUCA members do? Please join NUCA's industry experts on June 23, 2021, 3:00pm ET, for a webinar discussing the current market supply shortages being faced by contractors.
Join NUCA Chairman Lauren Atwell of Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors in Jacksonville, Fla., Tony Privitera of Mark One Electric Co. in Kansas City, Yvonne Bland of Core & Main, and NUCA of New Jersey's Shawn Farrell, Esq. of Cohen Seglias in Philadelphia for their important analysis of this rapidly expanding supply crisis. Our panelists will be discussing the economic conditions creating these shortages, escalating clauses in contracts, what contractors can do to mitigate the effects upon their current projects and contractual obligations, and other critical topics affecting the materials markets. You will not want to miss this exclusive NUCA webinar, so please register today.
Expanded NUCA Advantage Member Benefits Program Introduced
Our association's popular benefits program is expanding to help address our members' many employee workforce and business needs. The expanded program, announced at our 2021 Convention and now online at www.NUCAAdvantage.com, will include not only include the online portal to an expanded healthcare benefits options but payroll, wellness, compliance, benefits administration, online learning, OSHA logs, and include a wealth of free benefits available only to NUCA members. You can learn more about the program by watching our April 2021 NUCA Advantage webinar, which is available at NUCA.com.
NUCA WINS 2.0: A Best Practice in Your Incident Reporting
NUCA WINS is the utility construction industry's premier app to capture and record jobsite incidents. And with the new NUCA WINS 2.0 app version, subscribers can now record in a matter of minutes even more incident types from their smartphone or tablet, such as vehicular incidents, utility strikes, near misses, safety observation, injuries and illnesses. Find out how to subscribe to the new version of this terrific time-saving app at www.NUCAWINS.com.
Past NUCA Webinars Available Online Now!
Did you miss that webinar you were looking forward to because work got hectic? We've got you covered! Just head over to NUCA's webinar webpage at NUCA.com and watch the wide variety of recorded sessions waiting for you. The webinar page is updated after each webinar, so even if you can't attend, you still have access to all the great content.
2021 Press Releases
May 26, 2021 - Arizona Utility Contractors Association Rejoins NUCA!
May 6, 2021 - CONFUSION DOES NOT LEAD TO ECONOMIC GROWTH: STATEMENT ON USDOL INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR RULE
May 5, 2021 - SENATE PASSES NUCA-CHAMPIONED CLEAN WATER BILL
April 28, 2021 - AMERICA DEMANDS BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE, CLEAN WATER MUST BE IN PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS
April 6, 2021 - NUCA WALTER GAINER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OPEN FOR MEMBERS
March 31, 2021 - AMERICA BEGINS THE SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE
March 29, 2021 - NUCA OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE US SENATE'S NEW CLEAN WATER LEGISLATION S. 914
March 17, 2021 - CHAIRMAN DeFAZIO'S "AMBITIOUS NUMBER" STRIKES GOLD
March 10, 2021 - AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT ADDRESSES INFRASTRUCTURE
March 3, 2021 - AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE: LET'S FIX IT IN 2021
March 1, 2021 - NEBRASKA CONTRACTOR WINS TOP JOBS AWARD FOR NORFOLK, NEB. PROJECT
February 6, 2021 - LAUREN ATWELL ELECTED NUCA CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
January 22, 2021 - WEEK 1: 10,000+ JOBS LOST, BILLIONS IN WAGES CANCELLED ON KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PROJECT
January 20, 2021 - BIDEN SWORN-IN AS 46TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES