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Government Affairs

Last Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The Council is charged with developing a national strategy for creating and promoting workforce development strategies that provide skills-based training, foster cooperation between the federal government, private employers, educational institutions, labor unions and non-profit organizations, and work with federal agencies for consistent implementation. Assisting this Council is the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which is directed to advise the Council on the workforce policy of the United States, including recommending steps to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to invest in education, training and re-training through apprenticeship and work-based learning.

Developing an educated and skilled workforce is a high priority for the ready mixed concrete industry and one that NRMCA focuses on regularly. NRMCA and our related associations will partner to participate in and advance the President’s workforce development policies and initiatives.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

On Monday, July 23, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster unveiled a draft infrastructure bill. While the legislative and political calendar provides little place for a full-throated infrastructure push in 2018, this draft is intended to spark discussion and provide a framework for future infrastructure efforts by Congress.

NRMCA applauds the release of this package and is eager to continue the push for a $1 trillion-plus federal infrastructure investment. Not only does this sort of infrastructure investment enhance our ability to compete and to move goods, but national infrastructure projects and secondary state and local projects are concrete-intensive, supporting the ready mixed industry and related construction industries. In addition, a broad infrastructure package like the one envisioned by House Transportation Committee leadership will provide a legislative vehicle for ready mixed concrete-specific provisions.

You can read an overview of Chairman Shuster’s bill here, the vision statement behind the bill here and the actual legislative text here. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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Association & Industry News

Registration for the RMC Research & Education Foundation’s 7th Annual Walk for Wellness is now open and registration may be accessed online. The Walk will take place in conjunction with NRMCA’s National Mixer Driver Championship at NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2018, starting and ending near the course. This popular event emphasizes the importance of health within the concrete industry. Your participation is a tremendous opportunity to support this initiative and the Foundation at the same time. Registration is $25 per walker and is tax deductible as a contribution to the Foundation.

One sponsorship for the Walk for Wellness remains. It is available on a first come, first served basis. For more details, access the sponsorship form here.

Please contact Jennifer LeFevre with any questions or visit www.rmc-foundation.org for more information on the work of the RMC Research & Education Foundation.

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SEO

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule formally vacating the controversial “Persuader Rule." The rule, originally finalized in March 2016, has been on hold nationally since November 2017 by order of a federal judge. Since its inception, NRMCA has been actively opposing the rule, which aimed to limit employers’ ability to seek and retain legal counsel for purposes of consulting on employee union organizing drives. The rule also would have required employers and legal counsel to disclose certain financial and other unnecessary private company information, amongst other erroneous provisions. In numerous submittals to DOL, NRMCA has detailed how the rule represents an unwarranted intrusion into employers' and employees’ rights and that the revisions to current law are unwarranted and overly broad in scope.

The July 18 notice formally rescinds the March 2016 rule, marking a major victory for the ready mixed concrete industry. The rescission is effective as of August 17, 2018.

Click here for more information on the persuader rule. Click here to review the withdrawal notice. For more information, contact NRMCA's Kevin Walgenbach.

This year’s NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship will take place during NRMCA's ConcreteWorks on Saturday, September 29, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. The registration form and payment for drivers looking to participate are both due Wednesday, August 1.

Click here to access the registration information and payment form. For more information, contact Gary Mullings, Jessica Walgenbach or Meghan Callahan.

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This year’s National Mixer Driver Championship brings an even more enhanced sponsorship program. With the continued growth of the event, sponsorship opportunities for members and non-members have been expanded. Please review the new sponsorship program opportunities and circulate them within your company and to any outside vendors you deem appropriate.

Enhanced sponsorship opportunities include entertainment and activities, driver spouse appreciation, tenting, DJ, beverage station, course challenges and many more.

Click here to review the 2018 sponsorship program and contact Jacques Jenkins at jjenkins@nrmca.org for more information.

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Engineering

The NRMCA Concrete Durability Course scheduled for August 20-23, 2018 has been cancelled. The next course will be scheduled in Spring 2019 at a location to be determined. The NRMCA Annual Concrete Technologist Training and Certification program (Short Course) is scheduled for November 5-9, 2018, at the RMC Research & Education Foundation Center in Silver Spring, MD. Registration is open and the course is filling up. Due to space restrictions, the number of registrants is limited to 40. Interested persons are encouraged to register early!

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Calendar

*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

August 16, 2018, Orlando, FL
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Course
Email: Tracy Leighton, (407) 895-9333

August 21, Birmingham, AL
Regional ConcreteWorks, Gulf Coast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Summer/Fall, Cheyenne/Casper, WY | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

September 6, Phoenix | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Southwest Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Fall, Uncasville, CT | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Northeast Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

Fall, Kansas City, KS | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, South Central Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

September 29 – October 1, Metro Washington, DC
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 888-84-NRMCA, x1152

October 9 – 12, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

October 16 – 18, Glendora, CA
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

October 17, Las Vegas, NV | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Rocky Mountain Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

October 30, Lansing, MI | Registration Information Forthcoming
Regional ConcreteWorks, Great Lakes Region
Email: Nicole Maher, 240-485-1158

 

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November 5 – 9, Silver Spring, MD
Annual Short Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

November 27 – 29, 2018, Orlando, FL
Environmental Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

December 4 – 6, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

December 11 – 14, Austin, TX
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

2019

January 8 - 10, Orlando, FL
Dispatcher Training Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 15 – 17, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: Accounting, Finance, Business Law
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 15 – 18, Tucson, AZ
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

January 22 – 24, Kissimmee, FL
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

February 19 – 22, Charlotte, NC
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

March 19 – 21, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Meghan Callahan, 240-485-1135

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