04May/18

2018 MCA Golf Outing

The 2018 Golf Outing has sold out in RECORD TIME! A waitlist is available for those who were not able to register in time. You can still support the FDNY, our selected Charity, with flag and tee sponsorships.

Please contact Nicole at ndevis@nymca.org for more information.

10Mar/18

NYC Department of Building Technical Buildings Bulletins

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.

28Feb/18

NYC Council Oversight Hearing – Residential Fires

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.

19Jan/18

Following deadly year, New York continues to underscore its home fire problem. Is your state doing the same?

Published in NFPA

Following deadly year, New York continues to underscore its home fire problem. Is your state doing the same?
By Fred Durso January 19, 2018

We recently published commentary from Jerry DeLuca, a New York safety advocate, about two home fires in two days that killed eight people in his state. Other advocates have been equally vocal about similar tragedies occurring there this month.

A Bronx residential fire killing 13 people in December was deemed the deadliest fire in New York City within the past 27 years. “There has never been a multiple loss of life in any structure protected with a properly installed and maintained fire sprinkler system,” stated John A. Viniello, former president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, in a recent letter to the editor. “This omission [of fire sprinklers in residences] continues to result in lives lost. The city’s fire department…was on the Bronx fire scene within three minutes, yet people died.

“How much higher does the body count have to get before proactive fire sprinkler legislation is enacted? These deadly fires will continue unless wisdom prevails and the codes are updated.”

Fire fatalities last year in New York City rose 35 percent when compared to fire deaths in 2016, reports the New York Fire Sprinkler Council, an advocacy group that’s a division of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York. While the city has consistently expanded sprinkler requirements, “it is clear the city still has a long way to go in protecting all residents with fire sprinklers,” says Anthony Saporito, executive vice president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York. Per the council, New York City hasn’t passed a law improving fire sprinkler safety in residential buildings since 1999.

Are you and the sprinkler advocates in your state just as vocal about your home fire problem? Help raise awareness–constantly–about these tragedies by writing your own letter to the editor or commentary to your local media outlets. Just a couple paragraphs will suffice. Use NFPA’s data or statewide data (if available) to back your reasoning for home fire sprinkler requirements.

https://community.nfpa.org/community/home-fire-sprinkler-initiative/blog/2018/01/19/new-york-continues-to-underscore-its-home-fire-problem-is-your-state-doing-the-same

18Dec/17

MCA – Local 638 Steamfitters CBA

The MCA – Local 638 Steamfitters CBA, effective July 17, 2017 – June 30, 2020, has been finalized. Please contact Shane (shane@nymca.org) or Mischa (mischa@nymca.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.

22Nov/17

MCA Members Gather to Discuss Safety

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!

 

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.