PCCA Addresses Industry Issues

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

Davis-Bacon Act mandates attached to stimulus funding of recent broadband projects, said Muse, have caused many PCCA members to deal with prevailing wage requirements for the first time and have come to realize that the wage classifications and determinations do not reflect the actual work being performed on these projects, He said PCCA is addressing this issue so that the wage classifications better match the work that employees perform and the wage determinations are what is actually paid for with that work.

PCCA contractors attending the meeting were Bob Breeden, ElectriCom; Jim Dillahunty, Henkels & McCoy; John Fluharty, Mears Group; Cory Heigl and Tim Killoren, CCI Systems; Jerrod Henschel, Michels Corporation; Todd Myers, Kenneth G. Myers Construction; Rob Pribyl, MP Nexlevel; and Steve Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction.

The Mid-Year Meeting in September included a general session about leading and developing the next generation of workers and meetings of the association's Labor Issues Committee and Membership/Welcoming Committee. Other presenters during the roundtable included capital construction expert Mark Bridgers of the Continuum Advisory Group; Dean Mischke representing the American Communications Engineers; Jerrod Henschel of Michels Corporation reporting on PCCA's prevailing wage initiative; and Robert Orr, of Sherman + Reilly, covering topics important to the association's manufacturer and supplier members.

At the Construction Industry Roundtable Jonathan Claffey, deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Telecom Program, discussed the challenges the agency faces in keeping the stimulus funding for broadband construction moving. He said that the proposed changes to the Universal Service Fund have removed predictability from the process.

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