The MCA held its 10th Foreman Training this January. Twenty-five lucky students were granted the opportunity to learn the best skills and advice first-hand from or Industry’s finest.
The Department of Buildings recently issued three Buildings Bulletins relevant to our industry. The first, Buildings Bulletin bb_2017-009, supersedes bb_2012-009 and clarifies the requirements for sprinkler and standpipe systems in existing buildings undergoing alteration, including compartmentation requirements and FDNY notifications. The second, Buildings Bulletin bb_2017-017, explains the reporting and extension application process to comply with the sprinkler requirements under Local Law 26 of 2004. The third bulletin, Buildings Bulletin bb_2018-001clarifies the water supply requirements for building standpipe system zones serving floors higher than 300 feet above the lowest level of Fire Department vehicle access.
On February 26, 2018, the New York Fire Sprinkler Council testified at a New York City Council Joint Oversight Hearing held by the Housing & Buildings and Fire & Emergency Management committees regarding the recent residential fires that have taken place in New York City. This was the first hearing regarding fire safety held in 2018 under the direction of the two new Council committee chairs. Robert Cornegy (D) from the 36th District that encompasses portions of Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights is the new Chair of the City Council Housing & Buildings committee. Joseph Borelli (R), whose district covers much of Staten Island’s South Shore is the Chair of the newly created Fire & Emergency Management committee. The hearing also addressed proposed legislation that would require all stoves, when not in use, to have knob safety covers. Legislation was also introduced to require all apartment building doors to be self-closing. The NYFSC testified regarding the efficacy of fire sprinklers and urged the Council to consider legislation that would require existing residential buildings to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems. A full copy of The New York Fire Sprinkler testimony can be found MCA Testimony Feb 26_Fire and Housing and Buildings.
The MCA – Local 638 Steamfitters CBA, effective July 17, 2017 – June 30, 2020, has been finalized. Please contact Shane (email@example.com) or Mischa (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a PDF version. Agreement books will be printed and mailed when ready. Thank you for your patience.
The PDF version of the MSCA – Local 638 Metal Trades Branch Agreement is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
The MCA held its regular Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at the LaGuardia Marriott. Following a cocktail hour, the contractors and associate members were given a brief update on the latest safety developments in our industry. James Hunt, Safety Manager at Durr Mechanical Construction discussed the new OSHA Silica Standard in effect as well as a few pending and enacted pieces of legislation sure to impact safety for NYC construction companies. Frank Heidinger, MCA Senior VP and Vice President of Operations & Safety at Durr Mechanical, then gave an overview of the BTEA’s “Zero OSHA Recordables” initiative. Members were also made aware of the many resources available at www.mcaa.org to help contractors stay on top of the latest developments in construction safety.
Following the MCA Holiday Party in December, our next MCA Membership Meeting is expected to take place in January 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!
The MCA of NY will be holding its Annual Holiday Luncheon for members on December 12th. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Mischa Victor, email@example.com.
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.
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.
An October 24th article in the Wall Street Journal investigates the use of polyethylene-core panels and finds that they used in buildings across the United States. To read the full article, click here.
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.
On September 5th, the New York City Building Department released Buildings Bulletin 2017-009. This document clarifies the requirements for standpipe and sprinkler systems in existing buildings undergoing alterations, including compartmentation requirements and FDNY requirements. This bulletin supersedes the BB 2012-009.
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.
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