PCCA Addresses Industry Issues

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2013, Vol. 68 No. 2
Tommy Muse, 2012-13 PCCA President

The members of the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) enjoyed a stable year through 2012, said Tommy Muse, the association’s president.

The association provides its contractor and associate members with essential information about the telecom and power industries, conducts ongoing education programs, is a voice of advocacy for the industry and provides networking opportunities to help its members operate successful businesses.

“PCCA had a solid year in 2012, maintaining a positive bottom line, conducting two successful meetings and holding its membership numbers steady,” Muse continued.

PCCA’s annual meeting in March 2012 focused on topics vital to telecom and power construction. “Most notable,” said Muse, “was the Federal Communication Commission's proposed changes to the Connect America Fund, Universal Service Fund and Inter-Carrier Compensation. These programs have been crucial in bringing broadband and all its benefits to rural communities across the country, and their uncertain future is slowing down this very important work.”

At the meeting, the Construction Industry Roundtable discussed several vital topics, he added. In addition to Rural Utilities Service (RUS) programs and wage rates, information was presented on the ongoing worldwide fiber shortage, increasing commodity prices, federal emissions requirements, natural-gas-powered construction equipment and the E-Verify program to check employment eligibility of employees.

The convention also featured a Young Construction Professionals (YCP) program about market analysis and strategic planning that included a presentation by Chris Daum of FMI regarding a positive outlook for PCCA members. There also were sessions about increasing profitability and reducing risk.

The 2012 convention was dedicated to the memory of former PCCA President Larry Libla, DCA friend and colleague, who died suddenly in November 2011. Larry's wife of 39 years, Pam, and his three daughters were present to share in the remembrances and to enjoy the convention that Larry and Pam worked hard to plan.

DC meeting

In July, several PCCA contractors traveled to Washington, D.C., and met with officials from the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division to learn more about the wage determination process and how PCCA members can get more involved.

“The meeting was informative and constructive, and DOL encouraged member input,” said Division of Wage Determinations Director Diane Koplewski. “The more data we receive, the happier we are.”