May 23 2017

PMCA Briefs Oregon Senate Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Opportunities for Veterans in Apprenticeship Program

by Megan Beyer in Uncategorized

This spring PMCA participated in a Senate informational hearing on Veterans in Apprenticeship in response to SB 676, which would have required apprenticeship programs to give credit toward apprenticeship for qualifying individuals who obtained experience in plumbing, pipefitting, steamfitting or heating ventilation and air conditioning while in active duty in the armed forces.  While this bill was drafted with good intentions, it was necessary to make it clear why in practice the bill would be problematic for our apprenticeship programs and potentially detrimental to the veterans.  To do this we needed to educate the committee on the tremendous work the construction trades are currently engaging in for our veterans.

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Aug 06 2015

Oregon Legislature Passes Paid Sick Time Law


Oregon has become the fourth state in the nation to enact a paid sick time law.  The new bill will require Oregon employers to provide either paid or unpaid sick time to their employees, depending on their location and number of employees.  Due in part to efforts by PMCA – it includes an exemption for building and construction trade employees represented by a collective bargaining agreement. 

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Sep 08 2014

Eugene Passes Paid Sick Days Ordinance


On July 28th the Eugene City Council voted 5-3 to enact a paid sick time ordinance very similar to the ordinance that took effect earlier this year in Portland. Eugene’s ordinance will take effect July 1, 2015 and, like Portland’s ordinance, the Eugene law will require that workers can accrue sick time at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours in a year. Sick time accrual is required to begin July 1, 2015 or on the first day an employee works, but workers will not be able to use accrued sick time until 90 days after July 1 or their first day of work. Although largely similar, two key differences between Portland’s ordinance and Eugene’s ordinance are: Eugene’s ordinance will require paid sick time for all employees, regardless of employer size. In contrast, Portland’s ordinance requires unpaid sick time for workers who work for an employer with 5 or fewer total employees and paid sick time for workers whose employer has 6 or more employees; and Eugene’s ordinance provides an exemption for all building and construction trade employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement (this exemption applies only to construction workers under a CBA and does not extend to office staff or other employees).

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Dec 13 2013

Portland’s New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance


On January 1, 2014, Portland’s new ordinance requiring paid and protected sick leave for employees working within the City limits will take effect.  Under the new law, employers with six or more employees are required to provide employees up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.

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Nov 06 2012

PMCA MEMBER ACTION ALERT: Updates to “Find a Contractor” database


11/3/12 – Attention PMCA Members.  The PMCA is in the process of updating our member’s information on the Find a Contractor database.  Please check your information on the Find a Contractor page of this web site.  Is it up to date? If not – a link to a form for making changes can be found on the bottom right of the page or under PMCA Documents on the Resource Links page of this website .  If you would like changes made to your listing – fill out the items to be changed on the form and send it by mail, scan or fax to Frank Wall at PMCA.  

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Nov 02 2012

GOVERNMENT UPDATE: FOG – Fats, Oils and Grease


11/2/12  – The Oregon Plumbing Board will hold a public hearing  on November 27th regarding a proposal to change or clarify several state rules regarding FOG.  Over the past few years there have been growing problems between the food service industry and some water providers regarding installation of grease traps.  And our PMCA contractors have been caught in the middle.  Issues include which codes prevail, equipment or systems required, who is the final inspection authority and responsibilities after installation. The proposal was created by BCS with the assistance of a work group that included representatives of the plumbing and mechanical industry, restaurants and food service, local governments and water providers.  Pat Sloan of Portland Mechanical Contractors represented PMCA on the work group.  The Plumbing Board voted unanimously at its October meeting to hold the public hearing and move forward with the proposal.  The Board will likely take final action to approve the changes in January.  There was unanimous support for the proposal from all the parties involved in its development.  PMCA is very supportive of the changes that are being made – though there are still a few more issues that need worked out for a future proposal. The hearing will be at 10:00 am  at the BCD offices in Salem.  Written comments can also be sent to the Board.  For a copy of the proposal and more information about the hearing and making comments – check the Plumbing Board’s website via the link on the Resource Links page of the PMCA website.

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Jun 23 2012

New Web Site!

by jblan in Uncategorized

As you can see we have a new site. Our new site was designed to be a resource for our PMCA contractor members … as well as the general public with the Find A Contractor page. We hope you find our new site a useful resource.      

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