NUCA News Summary – April 2021 (Scroll to Bottom for Press Releases)
News & Advocacy
White House Announces $2.25 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
President Joe Biden announced Mar. 31 his administration's massive $2.25 trillion plan to invest in our nation's water systems, electric power, transportation, broadband, urban transit, and climate change. The plan proposes $111 billion to improve water infrastructure, including $45 billion for the Drinking Water SRF, and $56 billion in grants and loans to state to modernize clean water systems and remove lead pipes. $100 billion is also proposed for new high-speed broadband internet. The next step for the plan is found in Congress, which is already working on its own infrastructure bills. Read more here.
NUCA-Supported $30 Billion Clean Water Bill Advances in Senate
$15 billion for both the Clean Water and Drinking Water state revolving funds, a major conduit of infrastructure funds for water and wastewater project, was passed Mar. 25 in a bill's unanimous 20-0 vote by the Senate's Environmental and Public Works Committee. This big increase from previous Senate proposals, along with the House's $40 billion proposal, indicates that Congress is serious about repairing our nation's water infrastructure. The bill (S. 914) advances to a Senate vote in April and is strongly supported by NUCA. Read more here.
NUCA Urges Congress To Consider Private Investment Capital for Infrastructure
With infrastructure a top Congressional topic this year, NUCA has approached the House Ways & Means Committee to pass legislation to remove both water and wastewater projects from the limitations for tax-exempt bonds. NUCA has long maintained that while increased public investment in infrastructure is needed, there is also a role for significant investment from the private sector. This may be the year when Congress agrees with us. Read our letter here.
New OSHA Covid-19 Workplace Requirements Placed on Hold
New USDOL Secretary Marty Walsh placed a hold on the development of a proposed Emergency Temporary Standard for Covid-19 in the workplace, citing the need to update the standard "to reflect the latest scientific analysis of the state of the disease." Experts told the media that the need for a temporary standard may be diminishing as Covid-19 case numbers and deaths have declined, and vaccinations for the virus have increased. NUCA has stated repeatedly that utility construction crews have been practicing Covid-19 reduction protocols in their workplaces and jobsites for over a year, and that new regulations were not necessary. 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
Register Today And Be a Part of Washington Summit: May 26
With infrastructure legislation finally receiving the attention it deserves from Congress, make plans to attend our virtual 2021 Washington Summit on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Registration is open, and it's easy to attend--you can do it from the comfort of your own office or jobsite. Join us first on May 5 at 3pmET for the opening Summit training webinar, where NUCA government affairs staff will discuss how to participate in the Summit as a first-timer. We will have another webinar (May 12, 3pmET) on how to prepare for Summit and finally on May 19th at 3pmET via webinar receive NUCA's Congressional Briefing Session on key issues.
NUCA Chapters will schedule the May 26th virtual meetings with your lawmakers and send those meeting details to you once you register for the Summit. NUCA members can register and attend for free the entire virtual 2021 Washington Summit. Register here.
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 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.
Trench Safety Stand Down: June 14-18, 2021
NUCA's annual member-wide safety stand down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees and others about safety around excavations and protecting employees from trenching hazards. This will be NUCA's fifth TSSD event (and our second June Trench Safety Month), so please mark those dates on your 2021 training calendars and plan to participate. Safety is the top priority for everyone!
More NUCA Members are Joining Our LinkedIn Conversations
NUCA's social media program is more than just our Twitter feed (@NUCA_National). We're also on Facebook. Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn. You can join right now other members and construction professionals talking together via our LinkedIn page, which you can find here.
2021 Press Releases
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