NUCA News Summary – April 2022  (Scroll to Bottom for Press Releases)

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New Trenchless Technology Manual Released

Trenchless technology continues to expand at a very rapid rate, as more contractors recognize the efficiency and cost-savings that can be recognized in its usage. To help more of its members understand trenchless tech, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) released this month its updated “Trenchless Construction and New Installation Methods” manual. The 148-page, full-color illustrated manual carefully addresses and explains the most common trenchless installation methods. This manual was written by construction industry experts, describing both the contractors’ and manufacturers’ perspective with the goal to educate and guide others in choosing the best subsurface method to completing a project. The new manual is available exclusively from NUCA, and can be ordered online for US$99.95 plus shipping. More here: www.nuca.com/trenchlessmanual

 

Help NUCA Reach 100 New Members During National Signing Day, May 12

Each of us know the outstanding value a NUCA membership provides, and how the many benefits and services of membership more than equal the cost of our membership investment. In our industry, it is now considered a poor business decision to NOT be a member of NUCA. We also likely know a contractor or supplier that isn’t a NUCA member. On May 12th, NUCA is asking each member to join us in helping connect more industry companies to the value and voice a NUCA membership provides during our first-ever National Signing Day. Be a NUCA champion and help grow your association by 100 new NUCA members signed up on May 12th! You can participate individually or as part of your chapter’s National Signing Day effort. More details are coming, but let's get excited about May 12th and how a bigger NUCA will help all members!

Get Ready For Trench Safety Stand Down Week - June 20-24, 2022

June 20-24, 2022 is the sixth annual Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD). This is your company's opportunity to talk directly to your employees and others about excavation safety. Companies can conduct a stand-down by taking a break to conduct a toolbox talk or other safety activity to draw attention to the specific hazards related to working in and around trenches/excavations. We hope each NUCA member will participate in our TSSD and June's "Trench Safety Month"! For more information and TSSD materials, go here.

Association News

Washington Summit, May 23-25: Congress Awaits Your Industry Experiences

With 2022 Convention over, the utility construction industry turns its attention to Washington, D.C., and NUCA's annual Washington Summit. Coming off the biggest legislative win this industry has ever seen with last year's $1.2 trillion infrastructure law will be a tough act to follow, but the job is not done.

Now that we have the resources, we need the employees to finish these projects. Workforce development will be at the top of Summit's agenda, with a push to reform the H-2B visa program as a start. We're going to focus on the implementation phase of the IIJA, urging Congress to monitor USDOT and EPA programs affecting our projects. There will also be lobbying to increase future resources to replace all of the lead service lines in the U.S. and not just the critical ones deserving immediate attention. We're also going to urge Congress to reform the private activity bond (PAB) laws, allowing for billions in private money to assist public resources in building our projects. As the Summit date approaches, we will have updated fact sheets and talking points posted at WeDigAmerica.org, the official Summit website.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington next month!

 

Registration: Registration for the May 23-25 Washington Summit is now open. Register here.

 

Hotel: The Summit will be headquartered again at the convenient Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20005. Book hotel here.

NUCA’s Train-the-Trainer: A New Look, A New Course, Aug. 23-26

NUCA’s Safety, Education & Training Dept. is pleased to announce that the venerable NUCA Train-the-Trainer (TTT) course has a fresh new look and a new focus. The updated Train-the-Trainer course emphasizes building instructors and teaching them the concepts of being an effective instructor while focusing on teaching the core NUCA Competent Person and NUCA Confined Space Courses. The 2022 TTT course will be offered in Coppell, Texas, on Aug. 23-26. If you would like to attend this course, be a NUCA Certified Instructor, or refresh your skills and training, please contact NUCA’s training director Mike Flowers at mike@nuca.com.

Your Investment in NUCA Delivers Many Benefits: Webinar-on-Demand 

Are you a new member of NUCA? Or as a long-time member you're seeking a refresher on all the many benefits your annual NUCA membership investment delivers to you and your employees? Our membership department recently held a quick webinar on the growing number of benefits NUCA offers to each member, including some you may not know about. We invite you to watch our quick NUCA membership overview to make sure you're getting the most for your business. Click here to watch our YouTube video.

The Next-Generation NUCA Advantage 401(k) Employee Retirement Program Is Here

NUCA’s newest member benefit is here: the NUCA Advantage 401(k) employee retirement program! Many members asked us to add this to our popular membership benefits package to help their business retain key employees and remain competitive in a tight industry job market. NUCA has partnered with Lincoln Financial Group to give members access to pricing and service efficiencies. And if you already have a retirement plan, we can determine if transitioning to the new NUCA Advantage group 401(k) program could better meet your employee's needs. Find out more program details at NUCAAdvantage.com/401k-lincoln.

 

The NUCA Advantage program can become your 401(k) department, so you can focus on what's profitable--running your business. Please schedule a quick call with advisor Chris Price to learn more & save: 954-625-1531.

NUCA-WINS: Start Your Year By Making Your Damage Reporting Easier!

The path to your company's damage reporting solution just got clearer. The NUCA-WINS app records and reports on your smartphone or tablet jobsite damage, injuries, utility strikes, vehicular and property damage right at the point of occurrence. Properly recorded incidents can save contractors thousands of dollars, making your NUCA-WINS return-on-investment something to smile about in 2022. To get started, please contact Lauren Hensley at 703-358-9300 or visit nucawins.com.

NUCA's Dig This! Podcast: Convention 2022

Our second podcast was recorded at NUCA's San Antonio convention and features interviews with industry economic expert Mark Bridgers on the 811 study, and the observations of NUCA member Scot Hattenburg and his son Austin on the industry, the Convention, and their Chapter. You can find our podcasts here or on Spotify. Follow us for more episodes in the coming months.

2022 Releases

April 12, 2022 - KENTUCKY'S CLEARY CONSTRUCTION AWARDED INDUSTRY "TOP JOBS" AWARD
April 5, 2022 - MIKE STURGILL HONORED WITH ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
April 4, 2022 - NEW TRENCHLESS TECH MANUAL ILLUSTRATES COST-SAVING OPTIONS
March 29, 2022 - FRED CHESNEY WINS DITCHDIGGER OF THE YEAR AWARD
March 22, 2022 - FOREMOST PIPELINE WINS TOP INDUSTRY SAFETY AWARD
March 6, 2022 - RYAN KINNING ELECTED NUCA CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
March 6, 2022 - PHOTO: Chairman Ryan Kinning (5 MB)
February 7, 2022 - WORKFORCE LABOR SHORTAGES BEING RECOGNIZED, BUT MORE MUST BE DONE (H-2B VISA)
February 4, 2022 - PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT EO WILL INCREASE INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENSES

2021 Press Releases 

December 28, 2021 - EMPLOYEE MENTAL HEALTH IMPORTANT FOR INDUSTRY
December 7, 2021 - NUCA CHAIRMAN TESTIFIES TO CONGRESS ON BUSINESS VAX MANDATE
November 22, 2021 - NUCA COMMENTS ON RELEASE OF INDUSTRY STUDY ON FACILITY LOCATING
November 17, 2021 - 811 EMERGENCY: $61 BILLION LOST IN SYSTEM TO PROTECT UNDERGROUND UTILITIES
November 15, 2021 - HISTORIC CORE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW
November 10, 2021 - REP. PETER DeFAZIO AWARDED TOP INDUSTRY HONOR
November 6, 2021 - NUCA DELIVERS INFRASTRUCTURE WIN FOR THE NATION
November 3, 2021 - PHOTO: Rep. DeFazio Awarded NUCA We Dig America Award At US Capitol Building

October 7, 2021 - LAUREN HENSLEY: MAKING NUCA'S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM EVEN STRONGER
October 5, 2021 - AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT FIXING ITSELF
August 26, 2021 - GEORGE HAMILTON TAKES CHARGE TO EXPAND NUCA'S MEMBERSHIP
August 18, 2021 - MIKE FLOWERS JR. TO LEAD NUCA NATIONAL SAFETY & TRAINING PROGRAM
August 10, 2021 - SENATE PASSES HISTORIC WATER & BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE ACT
August 4, 2021 - NUCA MOURNS THE LOSS OF NEW JERSEY'S JOE WALSH
July 29, 2021 - CLEAN WATER SURFACES AS A WINNER: HISTORIC LEVEL OF WATER INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES
July 22, 2021 - THE PRO ACT WILL DELAY AMERICA'S RECOVERY
July 1, 2021 - INFRASTRUCTURE PASSES THE HOUSE (H.R. 3684)
June 21, 2021 - NUCA LAMENTS LOSS OF A GREAT ASSOCIATION ADVOCATE
June 9, 2021 - NEW CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE & HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION MAY BE AHEAD (H.R. 1915)
June 2, 2021 - JUNE 2021 IS TRENCH SAFETY MONTH

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