07Nov/17

2018 Foreman Training Program – Registration is Open

The Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Foreman Training Program! This exceptional program recognizes that the need for qualified foreman has never been greater. The Foreman Training Committee has put together a great 4-Day program with 16 FREE HOURS of outstanding education for your Local 638 Journeymen Steamfitters. Please select the candidates you believe are the best among your experienced foremen, or those who have the potential to become quality foremen.

Topics include: Safety, Leadership, Jobsite Organization, Supervision, Labor-Management Relations, and Effective Communication. Instructors for the course will include former Local 638 Journeymen, MCA Contractors, and Local 638 Officers.

Space is Limited!  Find Application and Program Details Here!

30Oct/17

Over 250 Fitters Find Advice at 2017 Retirement Seminar

Local 638 fitters from the Construction and Metal Trades branches, joined by spouses, were invited to attend an information-packed day at the LaGuardia Marriott. Following a welcome introduction from Local 638 President Patrick Dolan, presentations from Kevin Driscoll, Executive Administrator, and Bill Turnbull, Controller, of the Steamfitters Industry Trust Funds helped members better understand their pension and healthcare. Matthew Allen, an expert in navigating the complexity of Social Security, shared some strategies for maximizing benefits. Finally, Roger Ross of the Steamfitting Industry Assistance Program was on hand to share some of the many great ways that the SIAP is available to help fitters and their families when a need arises.

The Retirement Seminar, hosted biennially by the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund and the Service Fitters Promotional Fund, is organized to help fitters as they near retirement age. The next Retirement Seminar is expected for Fall of 2019, and all Local 638 members are encouraged to reach out to your Steamfitters Industry Fund Office if you need any information on how your funds will impact retirement.

 

27Sep/17

NYC Council Holds Hearing on London Fire Tragedy

On September 26th, the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice held an Oversight Hearing entitled – High Rise Fires and What New York City Can Learn from the London Tragedy.

The first speaker’s panel consisted on representatives from the DOB and the FDNY.  Chief Ferrier, speaking on behalf of the FDNY discussed the methods that the FDNY utilizes to fight high rise fires. Also discussed was whether or not NYC uses any combustible cladding.  The short answer is that yes, there is some combustible cladding somewhat similar to the cladding in the London fire that is used in NYC.  The FDNY has fought two fires with combustible cladding. Also significantly discussed at this hearing was fire protection and New York City Housing Authority apartment buildings.   A tenant representative from the Claremont Apartments in the Bronx cited hat not only did their buildings not have sprinklers, they only have one means of egress.  One in four NYCHA housing complexes consists of 5 and 6-story combustible buildings.

The New York Fire Sprinkler Council provided testimony regarding the efficacy of sprinklers and that fire safety is one example of inequity in our city – existing laws governing residential occupancies only cover new buildings.  Local 638 also provided written testimony to the committee.

We hope to meet with Councilmember Crowley in the near future to continue a discussion on fire sprinklers in existing residential New York City buildings.

 

04Aug/17

Exhibitor Registration is OPEN for the Associate Member Trade Show

Registration is NOW OPEN for our seventh annual Associate Member Trade Show which will take place on Tuesday, September 19th at the LaGuardia Marriott!

The registration deadline is set for August 31st, but this popular event WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY so register TODAY to become an exhibitor in this exclusive event open to MCA New York Associate Member Companies ONLY.

This year we are pleased to offer two options for registration:
To register online and pay by credit card: [button link="https://www.nymca.org/tradeshowregistration/" window="yes"]REGISTER NOW[/button]

To pay by check, please download this PDF and return the completed for with your payment to the address provided.

28Jul/17

2017 Retirement Seminar Open for Registration

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund of New York and Long Island and the Service Fitters Promotional Fund of New York will co-sponsor an educational retirement seminar for Local 638 Steamfitters and Service Fitters approaching retirement eligibility.  The biennial seminar, co-hosted by officers of Local 638 including President, Pat Dolan, Business Agent-At-Large Robert Bartels and Secretary-Treasurer Robert Egan, is to be held at the La Guardia Marriott Hotel in East Elmhurst.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from representatives of the Steamfitters Industry Trust Funds, who will walk them through the retirement process and provide details about their retirement packages specific to their branch of the union.  Additional Industry speakers will also be present to discuss Social Security, Insurance Options, AARP benefits and more.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

28Jul/17

2017 Retirement Seminar Open for Registration

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund of New York and Long Island and the Service Fitters Promotional Fund of New York will co-sponsor an educational retirement seminar for Local 638 Steamfitters and Service Fitters approaching retirement eligibility.  The biennial seminar, co-hosted by officers of Local 638 including President, Pat Dolan, Business Agent-At-Large Robert Bartels and Secretary-Treasurer Robert Egan, is to be held at the La Guardia Marriott Hotel in East Elmhurst.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from representatives of the Steamfitters Industry Trust Funds, who will walk them through the retirement process and provide details about their retirement packages specific to their branch of the union.  Additional Industry speakers will also be present to discuss Social Security, Insurance Options, AARP benefits and more.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

27Jun/17

Negotiations Update

The MCA Contractors and Local 638 Officers have voted to extend the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (including all current wages, terms, and conditions) through July 31, 2017.  Details on this extension and the new proposed CBA will be distributed  tomorrow.

26Jun/17

Safer High Rise Living

(Reposted with permission from the BAFSA website)

“Safer High Rise Living… the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project” is a major report, published by BAFSA in 2012, which demonstrated that it is cost effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks in particular in those constructed between 1950 & 1970.

Download “Safer High Rise Living… the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project” HERE

It describes how a pilot project, sponsored by the sprinkler industry and overseen by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association resulted in the successful installation of sprinklers in a 13 story, 1960s tower block in Sheffield – Callow Mount.

It has long been the view of many fire safety professionals that automatic fire suppression systems could be used to supplement existing fire safety provision in high rise buildings and compensate in locations where this might not be adequate.

A primary objective of the project was to determine the practicality of installing a complete system without the need to decant residents.

Taking less than four weeks in total to complete the work, the approach adopted demonstrated once and for all how significant improvements in life and building safety can be achieved with minimal disruption by retrofitting an automatic fire suppression system.

The report reviews:

· the identification of risks associated with high rise blocks
· the direct and indirect consequences of fire in-rise residential premises
· the relevant recommendations in current fire safety legislation and guidance documents
· research into the use of sprinklers in residential and domestic premises
This 2012 report clearly demonstrated that:

it is possible to retrofit sprinklers into occupied, high-rise, social housing without decanting residents
such installations can be undertaken on a fast track basis
tenants, residents and their families feel safer knowing they are better protected with a sprinkler system in place
the potential trauma and disruption to individuals and communities following a fire would be reduced
the minimum impact of a fire in a sprinkler-protected block will substantially reduce the need for rehousing tenants and major refurbishment following a fire
the true installation and whole life-costs can permit a cost-benefit analysis of sprinkler installations in relation to potential repair and rehousing costs following a fire
retrofitting sprinklers as part of a major refurbishment project would form only a small part of the overall costs
the retrofit design and installation can be adapted for high-rise blocks with different layouts
The final cost of the project in 2012 produced an average cost per flat of just under £1,150 (£1,148.63) which included the provision of sprinklers in utility rooms, common areas, bin stores and an office.

In consequence of the success of the Sheffield pilot project findings, BAFSA and the Sprinkler Coordination Group recommended that the option of retrofitting automatic fire suppression systems should be properly considered by the relevant stakeholders when considering or planning:

· major refurbishment programmes of high rise accommodation
· undertaking and reviewing statutory fire risk assessments
· implementing measures to rectify deficiencies disclosed by fire risk assessments
· considering the cost-effectiveness of various fire safety measures
· compensating for deficiencies or defects in fire safety provision or non-compliances with current fire safety standards (such as the existence of only one staircase)
It is also very clear that automatic fire suppression systems:

enhance the safety of residents and other occupants of high-rise blocks
reduce the risks to life and injury experienced by firefighters working in high rise blocks.
reduce the social impact of fire on occupants, their families, and neighborhoods
reduce the costs and financial impact of a fire on hard-pressed local authorities and landlords
These findings permit the national government, local housing authorities and private sector housing associations to give informed consideration to the wider use of automatic fire suppression systems as part of a comprehensive fire safety strategy for existing, unprotected high-rise blocks across the UK.

Since 2012 BAFSA in collaboration with the UK Fire & Rescue Services has invited Local Authorities, Central Government and Housing Associations to more than 20 free to attend seminars on the subject.

14Jun/17

MCA New York Raises $60,000 for Charity!

On June 13, 2017 the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York held their Annual Charity Golf Outing at the Glen Oaks Country Club in Old Westbury, NY. Through member sponsorships including tee signs, flags, awards, golf carts, brunch, lunch, cocktail hour and dinner, the MCA raised $55,000 towards our charitable donations. Associate Members Wealth Preservation Solutions added to this amount for a total contribution of $60,000!

Members submitted various charities for consideration. The Golf Outing Committee selected two very worthy organizations to receive our ninth annual golf outing sponsorship donation. This year’s charities were The Pediatric Trauma Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, submitted by Anthony Bell of Martin Associates; and The Lustgarten Foundation, submitted by Reed Rickman of Crescent Contracting Corp.

The Pediatric Trauma Center at Cohen Children,s Medical Center (CCMC) in New Hyde Park was established in 1996 to meet the needs of critically injured children in our communities. It is the first designated Level 1 regional pediatric trauma center in the entire downstate region and is one of only three such centers in all of New York State. Trauma is the most common cause of injury in the United States pediatric population. Caring for an injured child requires special knowledge, precise management, a gentle touch and the highest level of compassion; and the expert staff at CCMC is dedicated to setting the standard for pediatric trauma care in New York. Many injured children are transported to the trauma center after having been initially stabilized at a local community hospital. With the cooperation of Emergency Medical Services, CCMC operates a fleet of specially-equipped ambulances to transport injured children from other hospitals to the trauma center when specialized care is necessary.

A member of the MCA NY Board of Directors, Mr. Bell became aware of the Trauma Center after touring their facilities earlier this year. Seeing firsthand what kind of incredible services they provide for families in need, he was touched by their efforts and wanted to find a way help them in their mission.

The Lustgarten Foundation, based in Bethpage, NY, is the largest private foundation in the country dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research. With minimal government funding and a five-year survival rate in the single digits, the need for alternately funded research is urgent. The Foundation believes that research provides the best hope of fighting this disease, and ultimately, finding a cure. Since inception, the Foundation has directed over $132 million to research. They have assembled the best and brightest in the field and supported more than 200 projects at nearly 60 medical and research centers worldwide. MCA New York is pleased to support this globally thinking local endeavor, and thanks to private funding, 100% of every dollar we donate goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

Mr. Rickman addressed the outing participants about his personal involvement with the charity,which he discovered during his wife, Debbie’s recent battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Debbie Rickman also spoke briefly about how touched she was by the membership’s contributions towards research of this terrible disease.

Susanne Igneri, Special Events Coordinator for The Lustgarten Foundation, and Giustine Altschuler, Senior Director of Development for Cohen Children’s Medical Center, were both on hand at the outing to accept the donations and thank the Association for its generosity. We commend all of our outing sponsors for supporting these two amazing organizations, and for contributing over $500,000 to our selected charities since 2008.