NUCA News Summary – September 2021 (Scroll to Bottom for Press Releases)
News & Advocacy
NUCA Washington News
House Agrees To Vote On Core Infrastructure Bill By Sept. 27
On Aug. 24, the House passed an agreement to hold a vote on its bipartisan $1.2 trillion core infrastructure bill (Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, or IIJA) no later than Sept. 27, days before the surface transportation bill is set to expire on Sept. 30. This bill contains $55 billion for water infrastructure and lead pipe replacement, plus another $65 billion to install modern broadband infrastructure. It also contains $300 billion for highway projects over the next five years. However, this bill still faces an uncertain fate, as this agreement is non-binding and may face difficulties as progressive House Democrats also demand a vote on the much more contentious $3.5 trillion "social infrastructure" bill that has no GOP support. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified for Congress a wealth of tangible, state-specific benefits of the IIJA that range from job creation to improved safety and mobility for decades to come. Read more here about your state’s benefits.
$3.5 Trillion "Social Infrastructure" Bill Advances
On Aug. 24, the House passed the Senate's massive $3.5 trillion budget resolution in a 220-212 party line vote, sending it to both chamber's committees to begin building out the details of the legislation. The actual details of the legislation are being negotiated by House and Senate Democrats this week and next, but reportedly will include part of the NUCA-opposed PRO Act, as well as new federal paid leave mandates for businesses, and increased capital gains, individual, and corporate tax rates. This bill is running into Senate opposition, particularly from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who is worried that such a massive increase in federal spending will negatively affect inflation and the national debt. Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) also said she would not support a $3.5 trillion bill, causing the passage of this bill to be in doubt with the two Democratic defections. NUCA has not yet taken a stance on the as-of-yet-unwritten $3.5 trillion package, but of the details that are currently known NUCA has major concerns over some of the more overzealous climate provisions, labor policies, and proposed tax increases.
Make Plans To Attend NUCA's Fall Washington Summit, Nov. 2-3
Capitol Hill will be back in-person this fall and infrastructure will remain on top of Congress's to-do list! Join us in Washington D.C. Nov. 2-3 for NUCA's Fall Washington Summit and meet your lawmakers in person. Let them know that infrastructure and workforce development is a top priority for you and their constituents. NUCA secured the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC) to serve as our Summit headquarters. Register for the Summit and hotel rooms at nuca.com/summit.
Sign Up For NUCA's Muster Advocacy Program
With infrastructure the hot topic in Congress this fall, 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.
Read NUCA Chairman-Elect Kinning's Editorial on Workforce Development
The Omaha World-Herald, the largest paper in Nebraska, published on Sept. 4 an editorial by NUCA Chairman-Elect Ryan Kinning on the importance of workforce development, a timely subject to write about especially in light of the industry's expected increase in water and broadband infrastructure investments over the next few years. "We are thankful for Congress’s recognition that our nation’s pipes and highways need more resources, and we are eagerly awaiting this money to be allocated to projects by state infrastructure fund managers. But we’re going to need more Americans to join us on these new job sites," opined Kinning. Our industry already faces challenges in finding employees to undertake existing projects, and will face even tougher challenges once new projects are added to state and local project schedules. Read more here.
NUCA Association News
NUCA Welcomes George Hamilton as Our Membership Development Director
George Hamilton has joined NUCA to lead the association’s membership and chapter development programs. “As director of membership development, George will help NUCA and its chapters identify many more of these business executives and connect them with the value of NUCA membership,” said NUCA CEO Doug Carlson. Hamilton’s extensive background in association membership and marketing will serve the membership goals of the association. NUCA expanded its membership last year by six percent, and is expecting increased growth this year as utility construction businesses expand their post-pandemic operations and projects. Before joining NUCA, Hamilton led the membership department for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and served CFRE International as their marketing and membership manager. George can be reached via email at email@example.com.
2022 NUCA Convention Summer Special Rates Good Until Sept. 6th
As your trusted mentors told you, "the early bird gets the worm," and now you can use that advice for good effect by registering early for the Mar. 2-5, 2022 NUCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. NUCA encourages you to take advantage of our frugal Summer Special registration rates, now in effect until Labor Day, Sept. 6. Register here.
NUCA Webinars: Online All The Time, Registration Open For Sept. 8 Event
If you missed the August webinar sponsored by NUCA National Partner Cemen Tech, you are in luck thanks to NUCA's online presence! August's webinar, "How Volumetric Technology Benefits The Industry," is available anytime on NUCA's YouTube channel Our September 8 (2pmET) webinar sponsored by NUCA National Partner Tenna, "Construction Technology and the Coming Tide in Equipment Management," is now open for your registration. Go here for both webinars: https://www.nuca.com/webinars
NUCA Is At The Utility Expo in September: Come By And See Us
If you are attending @TheUtilityExpo Sept. 28-30, be sure to stop by NUCA's booth B1215 and say hello! Cemen Tech is kindly hosting our NUCA reception at the Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 4:00pm in booth K164. This will be an opportunity to connect with NUCA members and NUCA CEO Doug Carlson. You can find out more about this enormously large industry event (including registration) at www.theutilityexpo.com. See you in Louisville, Ky., NUCA members!
NUCA WINS 2.1: Now More Incident Reporting Capability
NUCA WINS 2.1 builds upon the innovation and success of the original smartphone app, adding to its existing injury, safety and utility strike capabilities, the ability to record vehicular, third-party liability, property damage, and environmental incidents. With the version 2.1 release, NUCA WINS now has the ability to link, document and track multiple incidents under the umbrella of a single episode. The app records all incident information, including pictures, witness statements, sketches, audio recordings and responses. Once you use NUCA WINS, you'll wonder how you managed your jobsites without it. For more information, please call NUCA at 703-358-9300 or go online to NUCAWins.com.
Expanded NUCA Advantage Member Benefits Program
Our association's popular benefits program is expanding to help address our members' many business needs. The expanded program is now online at www.NUCAAdvantage.com and includes the online portal to an expanded healthcare benefits options, payroll, wellness, compliance, benefits administration, online learning, OSHA logs, and includes a wealth of free benefits available only to NUCA members.
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