MMCA Scholarship Award
In the MMCA Affirmative Action/Equal Economic Opportunity Plan that we have in place with St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the State, the association offers scholarships to minority and female first year apprentices. On November 19, 2012 MMCA gave out a $500 scholarship to Michael Shepperson who is in St. Paul Plumbers Local #34 apprenticeship program.
Holiday Wage Rates
Christmas and New Year’s Day - According to the working agreements with Locals #6, #15, #34, #455, and #539, Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 are the recognized holidays for Christmas and New Years. All work performed on December 25th, and January 1st, will be at double-time rates.
MMCA Board Member Nominees
The MMCA members below are the nominated officers and directors who are to be sworn in for the 2013 year.
President -Dick Poser-Corval Group
Vice President - Chuck Albers-Albers Mechanical Contractors
Secretary - Greg Donley-HiMec, Inc.
Treasurer - Randy Olson
Bruce Gohmann-Weidner Plumbing & Heating
Lori Bauer - Climate Makers
Scott Stewart - Stewart Plumbing, Inc.
Chuck Worms - Cool Air Mechanical
Keith Larson - Schadegg Mechanical
Stu McIntosh - Egan Mechanical
MMCA would like to welcome new members Robert L. Streeter III, Vice President and COO of Albers Mechanical Services. We would also like to welcome James Aeshliman, Vice President and Jeffrey Ryks, Project Manager of Aeshliman Plumbing, Inc.
First Up - Contracts: Making Sure YOU Get Paid!
“Getting Paid” was the number ONE requested seminar, so it was critical to offer it as one of our training seminars. This seminar will help contractors finish the 2012 construction season strong and start the next construction season without repeating previous mistakes.
Topics to cover include:
-Prevent disasters from occurring in the first place. Essential terms/conditions of bid.
-Did I really agree to this? Contract terms to be wary of and to reject
-What do I do now? Memorializing changed conditions and pursuing claims.
-How to get paid. Mechanic’s liens, payment bonds, breach of contract, equitable claims, account stated claims, and prompt payment claims
-Freedom of Information Act to determine who was paid
-Understanding the Minnesota Contractors Bill of Rights and common statutes
-Possible new 2013 Legislative changes.
Aaron A. Dean of Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. is a local construction lawyer who representing general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mr. Dean has been one of our top presenters who always provides an easy to understand explanation of complex issues.
This seminar will be held at the Radisson Roseville Hotel on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 with check-in 7 a.m. and class starting at 7:30 a.m. and running until 10:00 a.m. To register contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, company name, and name of the class or call (651) 646-2121.
Medical Gas Certification
Legislation passed in 2010 and 2011 created significant changes for the plumbing industry and in medical gas system installations and service. These changes are effective Nov. 27, 2012. The legislation has the following effect:
New medical gas system licensure and certification requirements
A contractor offering to perform or performing medical gas installations, maintenance or repair must be licensed by DLI as a plumbing contractor. Individuals working for a plumbing contractor performing medical gas installations, maintenance or repair must obtain a DLI medical gas certification.
In order to obtain the DLI certification, an individual must be a “certified installer” which means they have met the requirements of ASSE 6010 Medical Gas System Installers and the brazing qualifications as defined in NFPA 99C, and are currently certified to this standard and qualification by National Inspection Testing Certification (NITC) or by a recognized third party agency.
Individuals who were a certified installer on Aug. 1, 2010, may apply for their DLI certification whether or not they are a licensed plumber. An individual who became a certified installer after August 1, 2010, must have an active master plumber or journeyman plumber license in order to apply for the DLI medical gas certification.
The fee for the DLI medical gas certification is $53.00.
Applicants who were a certified installer on August 1, 2010 are required to submit a copy of documentation verifying certification on August 1, 2010, a copy of their current certification card along with a completed DLI medical gas certification application form.
Applicants who are licensed plumbers must have a current plumbing license along with a copy of their current installer certification card and a completed DLI medical gas certification application form.
Information on medical gas forms, certifications, and continuing education can be found at http://www.doli.state.mn.us/CCLD/MedicalGas.asp
539 to Target Trade Jurisdiction Violations
The Minneapolis Pipefitters have informed MMCA that they will be using targeting money against non-union service contractors who use other trades (i.e., electricians, sheet metal workers, etc.) to do pipefitters work. Local 539 gave us this example: A non-union contractor used an electrician to charge the AC unit. The Minneapolis Pipefitters are proposing to use targeting funds on certain jobs where a trade jurisdiction is knowingly and continuously being violated. Contact Russ Scherber (612) 379-4711) if you have questions about job targeting.
IRS Mileage Rates-READ CAREFULLY
The IRS is increasing the mileage rate from $0.555 to $0.565 for businesses starting January 1, 2013. Below are the rates for different UA contracts in Minnesota. Many change rates on January 1st and some on May 1st. If your company automatically changes the rate, please note that you are not bound by the IRS rate until the contract calls for it and you will want to inform your payroll department about this change.
Changes on January 1, 2013 to new rate of $0.565
· St. Paul Pipefitters (Mankato) #455
· Minneapolis Pipefitters (St. Cloud) #539
· St. Paul & Mankato Plumbers #34
· Minneapolis & St. Cloud Plumbers #15
· St. Paul Plumbers #34
Changes on May 1, 2013 to new rate of $0.565
· St. Paul Pipefitters #455
· Minneapolis Pipefitters #539
· Local #11, Zone II
Slow Inspections Anyone?
MMCA has gotten many complaints from our members about the increased amount of time it takes to get an inspection done. This is coming from both plumbing and mechanical contractors. As our members know, you’re paying a lot for these inspections and you should get them on a timely manner, otherwise delays can cost you money. Anger directed at the inspectors is missplaced because the number of inspectors are determined by the municipality or state. Inspectors also feel inspection fees should be used to hire an adequate amount of inspectors to handle the contractor’s needs.
To get inspection fees back to paying for inspectors rather than being used for other government uses, MMCA has enclosed a sample letter to send to the municipality where you are having trouble getting inspections done. We also have a letter with text that can be cut and pasted on your stationary that can be found at www.minnesotamca.org under “Special Items.”
FHR continues to invest in Pine Bend
Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has announced plans to make improvements to several processing units at their refinery. These projects, estimated at approximately $400 million, are expected to improve reliability, reduce key emissions and improve the refinery’s utilization. FHR is planning to move forward and begin construction as early as 2014 but is dependent upon the permitting process and public support.
The proposed projects involve replacing three less efficient heaters with two new state-of-the-art heaters. The new 23 unit coker heater, combined with modifications to the 21 unit coker heaters, will eliminate the practice of heater burns using a pigging process. FHR also plans on upgrading an existing process heater to address current performance issues and improve the heat distribution in the crude units.
They will also be making improvements to the refinery’s cooling tower capability and implementing improved cooling and vapor recovery in the coker gas plants to reduce fuel gas sulfur related SO2 emissions. The new equipment and process improvements will lead to more efficient operations, allowing the refinery to operate closer to its current design capacity of 320,000 barrels per day.