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SC&RA welcomes ten new members and two returning members

Please join the Association staff in welcoming the following new members:

4Site Technology, Greg Pfeiffer
13753 Midvale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: (206) 453-5895
Services: Consultants – Safety & Software, Lifting Componets/Services, Rigging Product Supplier, Manufacturer - Other

Iron Worker General President Walter Wise announces retirement

On April 23, Walter Wise announced his retirement as General President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, effective June 30.

ATA urges Obama administration to act to reduce truck speeds

American Trucking Associations (ATA) leaders have renewed their call for the Department of Transportation to move forward with a rule requiring the electronic speed limiter on all large trucks be set no higher than 65 miles per hour.

Construction jobs increase in 41 states during past year

Even as construction firms added jobs in 41 states between March 2014 and March 2015, construction employment declined in 29 states and the District of Columbia between February and March, according to an analysis of Labor Department data released on April 21 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “While the year-over-year data remains relatively positive, it is troubling to see so many states losing construction jobs during the past month,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

DOT issues report on significant rulemakings

In its April 2017 rulemaking update, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued progress reports on a number of rules under consideration that would affect SC&RA members. Among items covered were anticipated publication of final rules this year relating to electronic logging devices and hours of service supporting documents, prohibition of coercion, and the creation of a central database for verified positive controlled substances and alcohol test resorts for commercial driver’s license holders. Details include:

Missouri governor says he would veto right-to-work bills

A Missouri bill (H.B. 116), which would make Missouri the latest state to adopt right-to-work laws, was passed by the House by a vote of 91-64 earlier this year and is now being considered in the state’s Senate. However, Governor Jay Nixon (D) said he would veto such a law, which would allow workers who choose not to join a labor union to avoid paying the equivalent of dues.

“Right-to-work is wrong for Missouri and it is wrong for America,” noted Nixon. “This is the moment when we stand together, shoulder to shoulder. America, right-to-work stops now in the Show Me State.”

Over 740 attendees contribute to success of SC&RA Annual Conference

The SC&RA Annual Conference, April 14-18, at La Costa Resort & Conference Center, Carlsbad, Calif., attracted over 740 participants from around the world, including 87 individuals from ten nations outside the United States—Brazil, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 

SC&RA Elects Slate of Officers for 2015-2016

During SC&RA’s Annual Conference, April 14-18, at La Costa Resort & Conference Center, Carlsbad, Calif., the Association elected Bruce Forster, Rigging Gear Sales, Dixon, Ill., as President. Joining Forster as officers for the 2015-2016 term are:

SC&RA selects four rigging and three hauling Job of the Year winners

This year’s SC&RA Job of the Year competitions featured 28 exceptionally strong entries—15 rigging jobs and 13 hauling jobs. Congratulations to the seven winning entries announced during the Annual Conference Closing Night Awards and Recognition Dinner in Carlsbad, Calif. on Saturday, April 14.


New event to showcase jobs at SC&RA companies set for June 16-17

SC&RA, KHL Group and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) are jointly organizing Lift & Move USA, in Chicago, June 16-17, to promote careers in the U.S. crane, rigging and specialized transportation industries to high school students and young people studying at community and technical colleges. The new event will include sessions on types of jobs available, expected salaries, career progression, and opportunities for certification, as well as case studies showing the types of activities in which employers are engaged.