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Education Department’s College Scorecard Now Includes Program-Specific Debt and Earnings Data – How Does It Compare with Registered Apprenticeships?

The Department of Education’s College Scorecard data is a reminder that no matter which degree a young person chooses, they can be saddled with thousands of dollars of debt. This contrasts sharply with the benefits and wages enjoyed by those enrolled in a tuition-free registered apprenticeship with a SWACCA contractor. 

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SWACCA Encourages Members to Ask Their Member of Congress to Fix the Retail Glitch

These efforts to fix the so-called “retail glitch” have evolved and there is now a large coalition of diverse groups urging Congress to address this issue.

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Dept. of Labor Issues a Proposed Rule Allowing for Electronic Disclosure of Retirement Plan Information in Lieu of Paper Statements

DOL estimates that the NPRM would save an estimated $2.4 billion over the next ten years for ERISA-covered retirement plans by eliminating materials, printing, and mailing costs associated with furnishing printed disclosures.

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OSHA Implements New Inspection Weighting System with a Greater Emphasis on Falls and Other Fatal Hazards

In its memo, OSHA lists falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught in/between structures, machines, or equipment as the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. 

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SWACCA President Testifies Before House Committee On Misclassification In The Construction Industry

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Matt Townsend, the President of the Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance (SWACCA) and Chief Executive Officer of OCP Contractors, Inc., located in Holland, Ohio, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives.

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SWACCA President to Testify Before House Committee on Misclassification in the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10:15 a.m. EDT, Matt Townsend, the President of the Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance (SWACCA) and...

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SWACCA Helping to Shine A Light On Employer Misclassification

Since starting its public policy program in the fourth quarter of 2017, SWACCA has been at the forefront of fighting back against employer misclassification in our industry. 

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DC AG Karl Racine Releases A Report on Misclassification in the Construction Industry

Companies are able to gain an unfair advantage “by failing to pay overtime, shifting tax burdens to workers, and evading other taxes and required payments entirely” according to the report.  

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Construction Falls Again Tops List of Most-Cited OSHA Hazards

According to OSHA, this continues a nine-year trend where construction falls have topped its list of most-cited hazards, continuing a trend of falls from roofs, scaffolds, or ladders during construction projects.

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CBO Finds that Butch Lewis Act Will Not Increase The Solvency of Failing Multiemployer Plans

This CBO report reinforces what SWACCA has said all along: while Butch Lewis is a first step in addressing the multiemployer pension crisis, the bill would not address the underlying problems that have caused the multiemployer pension crisis in the first place

 

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Senate Democrats Oppose Department of Labor’s IRAP Rule

In the letter, the Senators said that the proposed rule would establish a “confusing, unnecessary, and duplicative program” that would “undermine important standards around wages, training structure and quality, and equal opportunity employment.”

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SWACCA Helps to Generate 320,790 Comments on DOL's Proposed Apprenticeship Rule

The apprenticeship rule has received 320,790 public comments, with more possible as DOL works to confirm submissions that came in prior to the August 26 deadline.

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