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Pelican Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

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2018 Legislative Session..................8 State Convention.....................12 Training Center Graduations............19 Annual Legislative Week in D.C......32

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MERIT SHOP MESSAGE ABCPELICAN.ORG

Summe r 201 8 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair Trey Crawford Grady Crawford Construction Co., LLC Incoming Chair Donn Peterson Group Industries, LLC Secretary Lee Mayeux Cajun Industries, LLC Treasurer Ryan Girouard Whitney Bank Vice Chair Governmental Affairs Scott Couper PALA-Interstate Vice Chair Membership Growth Jeff Plauche Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC Vice Chair Member Services Josh Rounds Performance Contractors, Inc. Vice Chair Education Shawn Worsham Jacobs Vice Chair Outlying Areas Sarah Taylor R.N. Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine Immediate Past Chair Andy Lopez Cajun Industries, LLC

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Conrad Bourg Primoris Services Corporation

LE TTE R FRO M THE CHAIR

THE PELICAN CHAPTER IS SOARING BY TREY CRAWFORD GRADY CRAWFORD CONSTRUCTION

Donnie Braud L. S. Womack, Inc. Scott Callaway Cajun Industries, LLC Keith Coleman Beard Construction Group, LLC Donnie David ISC Constructors, LLC Shane Firmin Brown & Root Industrial Carlos Guidry Turner Industries Group, LLC Shane Kirkpatrick Group Industries, LLC Dale Leblanc Cajun Industries, LLC Scott McKnight BXS Insurance Wes Mincin Triad Electric & Controls, Inc. Steve Woodson Woodson, Incorporated LEGAL COUNSEL Murphy J. Foster, III Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP

EDITORIAL/DESIGN Erika Walter EDITORIAL / SUBSCRIPTION / ADVERTISING INQUIRIES ewalter@abcpelican.com 225.448.3348 This is a publication of the Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. ABC is a national trade association representing the merit shop construction industry. The Pelican Chapter represents over 500 contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and industry professionals and covers 52 parishes in Louisiana. The Merit Shop Message is produced quarterly and distributed digitally to members.

Summer is underway and the temperatures are soaring and so is the Pelican Chapter. With great volunteers and tremendous staff, we have many irons in the fire at the ABC offices and training centers. We are knocking down strategic initiatives left and right and have our sights set on more to come. I am pleased with our planning progress for the Excellence in Construction (EIC) awards. Here are few dates to jot down: Pelican Chapter participants have until August 9 to submit the intent to compete and until September 22 to submit projects Call for Entries. ABC National EIC winners will be honored at the 29th EIC Awards Gala in Long Beach, Ca. In 2018, we have a Republican president and a Republican majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. At this point nine years ago, we had a single political party in control of the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives—and it wasn’t the Republican Party. That party overwhelmingly supported multiple bailouts, tax dollar handouts to partisan special interests, a multitude of anti-business legislation, an industry shattering moratorium, purely partiwww.abcpelican.org

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LE T T E R F ROM T H E C H A I R c o n T I NUE D san presidential appointments and governance by a political elite who felt that the 2008 election was their chance to rule without taking the will of the people (and more importantly their constituents) into consideration.

ment waste, ending the bailouts and giving power back to the people. They chose candidates who promised to help private businesses grow and create jobs, rather than hindering private business and growing the number of employees who get their checks from the government.

It was not long after 2008, that we saw the American people stand against vast governmental expansion, preferences and bailouts. The hard-working taxpayers in our country felt ignored by their elected officials in Washington D.C. Years of not listening to the voters created the “perfect storm.”

The American people have been speaking loud and clear at the ballot box and did so in a huge way by electing President Donald Trump and supporting business friendly Republicans who now control the House and Senate.

The American people became more engaged, paid attention to the actions of their elected officials, and watched how their tax dollars were spent. Government waste, unparalleled spending, preferences and the idea of being ruled by an elite political class sent the American people to the polls hoping for “change.”

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God bless each of you and our national, state and local politics, Trey Crawford, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABC’s Pelican Chapter

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The voters opted for candidates who campaigned on reducing the size of government, eliminating govern-

This progress can easily be erased on November 6th of this year when the 2018 federal elections roll around. Stay informed, stay engaged, and stay energized and go vote.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 02 Letter From the Chair

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Pelican Chapter. Here are ways you can stay informed and engaged.

11 Baton Rouge Golf Tournament

This annual event is a great way to kick off Fall!

18 ABC National Update

COVER STORY

Nearly 400 students graduated from Pelican Chapter training facilities this spring. Learn more about their accomplishments.

2018 LEGISLATIVE Legislative SESSION RECAPReport

2018

John Walters lays out some important bills for our industry in the 2018 regular legislative session

Construction adds 19k jobs as unemployment plummets in July; ABC calls for expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Congressional testimony; OSHA proposes changes to its 2016 electronic injury reporting rule; ABC signs President Trump’s ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’

23 & 26 Training Center Updates

Here’s a look at the Fall semester for our BRTC and SWTC

24 Build Your Future Day

LEGAL UPDATE STATE CONVENTION

Our members and their families were #AllInOnABC at this year’s annual ABC of Louisiana state convention in Florida

Murphy Foster III discusses the Supreme Court’s recent decision on mandatory employee arbitration and class action waivers.

Be sure to mark your calendar for October 17!

31 Upcoming Events

This fall is full of opportunities for you to get involved with ABC Pelican.

29 Welcome New Members 32 In Case You Missed It 39 Committee Meetings 39 Staff Contact Info

ATTORNEY GENERAL LEGISLATIVE WEEK IN DC This summer, our members and ABC Pelican Staff had the opportunity to attend ABC National’s annual legislative week in our nation’s capital 5

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Attorney General Jeff Landry shares why the Obama-era WOTUS Rule is still muddying legal waters.

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Arbitration

LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT

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GOV E RN M E NTA L R EL A T I O N S U PDA TE

RECAPPING THE LEGISLATIVE WINS FOR ABC IN 2018 BY JOHN WALTERS, ABC OF LOUISIANA “Challenging” accurately depicts the political climate of 2018 for both the Legislature and for Associated Builders and Contractors here in Louisiana. Look no further than the fact that the Louisiana Legislature had a record breaking FOUR Legislative Sessions in the first half of 2018. With a temporary one-cent sales tax ($880 million) set to expire on July 1, the Louisiana Legislature started the year desperately looking for ways to balance next year’s budget by reducing government spending, making substantial tax reforms, raising additional revenue, or some combination of the three mechanisms prior to the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2018. Keep in mind that, constitutionally, revenue cannot be raised in even numbered years, therefore could not be raised in the 2018 regularly scheduled legislative session. Searching for ways to balance the budget prior to the regular session, Governor John Bel Edwards called the Legislature into a special session to seek a budget solution. The session ran from February 19 to March 7. A total of 38 bills were filed, the majority of which attempted to raise revenue. These bills attempted to boost revenue in a variety of ways, including increasing individual and corporate income taxes. However, the big threats for the construction industry were the bills that created new taxes on services. These services included “non-residential construction”

and “furnishing of immovable property.” Passage of these bills would have vastly increased the cost of commercial and industrial construction in Louisiana, choking our competitiveness and creating unpredictability in our tax code. After ABC of Louisiana met with the bill authors and members of the House Ways and Means Committee, these lawmakers understood the negative impacts these types of legislation would have on our industry and our state. Thanks to ABC of Louisiana, these bill authors chose not to bring the bills before committee for a full hearing. No substantial savings or revenue were produced in the special session, leaving an unbalanced budget entering the 2018 regular legislative session. The 2018 regular legislative session ran from March 12 to May 18. More than 1,400 bills were filed for the regular session, and ABC of Louisiana members met prior to the session to review and take positions on specific pieces of legislation. ABC of Louisiana took positions on more than 80 bills on topics including workforce development, economic development, Louisiana’s business climate, and of course anything promoting or defending the merit shop construction industry. ABC of Louisiana and the Louisiana construction industry succeeded in the regular session. By educating lawmakers and public officials on the benefits of fair and open competition, free enwww.abcpelican.org

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GOV E RN M E NTA L R EL A T I O N S U PDA TE CO N T. terprise, and the merit shop philosophy, ABC of Louisiana continues to be victorious in the legislative process. Soon after the conclusion of the 2018 regular legislative session, Governor John Bel Edwards called the Louisiana Legislature into a second special session to address the upcoming fiscal year, which remained without a balanced budget. The second special session of the legislature ran from May 22 to June 4. Most of the bills filed during the second special session pertained to capping or eliminating tax credits and raising both individual and corporate taxes. Thankfully, due to the education and opposition by ABC of Louisiana in the first special session, no House bills were filed that created new taxes on construction or construction related services. ABC of Louisiana successfully fought off several attempts to amend Senate bills to create a new sales tax on the installation of tangible property. These amendments were both a new tax on labor and an end around tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment. As the second special session progressed it became evident that the most convenient way for the legislature to balance the budget for the upcoming year would be to abandon efforts to make substantial tax reforms. Accordingly, the focus of most of the legislators became raising new revenue by not letting the entirety of the one-cent sales tax fall off the books on July 1 as planned. But lawmakers disagreed on how much revenue was ultimately needed to balance next year’s books and the second special session of 2018 ended without a solution for Louisiana’s budget. On June 8, Governor John Bel Edwards called the Louisiana Legislature in to its third special 9

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session to, once again, seek a solution to the 20182019 Louisiana budget. The third special session of the legislature ran from June 18 to June 27. With only 13 bills filed and the 2018-2019 fiscal year beginning in just a few days, most lawmakers completely abandoned any idea of reducing government spending and making substantial tax reforms. They, instead, focused solely on what percentage of the expiring sales tax to renew, and for how long, to gain enough votes to send to the governor’s desk for his signature. The final legislation that passed, authored by Representative Paula Davis, renewed .45 of the one-cent previously set to expire on July 1, 2018 and extended it through July 1, 2025. It was signed by Governor Edwards on June 18. With several sessions, and multiple targets on our backs, ABC of Louisiana secured numerous victories. We passed and helped pass significant legislation that strengthens our industry and our state’s economic climate. We defeated numerous pieces of legislation that would have negatively impacted our members and our industry. And most importantly, we proudly promoted and defended free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy in Louisiana. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge.” In overcoming the political obstacles of 2018, ABC of Louisiana stood strong, and will continue to do so in the years to come. Get into politics or get out of business, John Walters Vice President of Government Relations ABC of Louisiana


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TOURNAMENT DATE: Monday, September 24 TEE TIME: 9:00 a.m. FORMAT: Two-man scramble PLACE: University Club (15333 Memorial Tower Drive, BR, LA 70810) COST: $775/team (includes breakfast, lunch, beverages and golf cart rental) CART GIFT: $100 voucher to onsite Titleist Shop *Annual Sponsor Teams Available* CONTACT: Lindsey at (225) 753-2497 or lruss@abcpelican.com Please cancel 72 hours prior to event to avoid charges 11

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ABC OF L OUIS I A N A S TA T E C O N V E N TIO N

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BY LINDSEY RUSS, PROGRAMS & EVENTS COORDINATOR

At the end of July, we hosted our annual ABC of Louisiana state convention in Florida! This is one of our members’ favorite and most enjoyed events of the year. With more than 150-member families in attendance, ABC of Louisiana truly took over the white sandy beaches of Sandestin. “All in on ABC: Don’t Bet Against Free Enterprise” held true to our casino theme from start to finish, and was apparent throughout the three days of speakers, seminars, beach fun, family games and an actual casino night. The prizes, made possible by our sponsors and donations from members, were a huge hit! The tables were rolling with lucky hands and engaged members of both the Pelican and New Orleans/Bayou chapters networking the whole night. There was also piano bar playing hits from Shaggy to Billy Joel - another favorite of the night! We kicked off the convention with our dynamic keynote speaker, Greg Hawks, who

spoke on a culture of ownership in business by discussing the differences between “owners” and “renters.” The message resonated with many industry members in the audience, who were able to provide examples of how they look out for vandals in their own companies. Following the breakfast, we continued our speaker and educational aspect of the week with our breakout sessions, hosted by FMI Consulting. This national industry focused management consulting firm provided insight on trends in employee development, especially best practices in hiring and retaining top talent.

sandcastles, and dodgeball. The competition for the volleyball team was kicked into high gear this year, with the New Orleans/ Bayou team ultimately going home with the trophy. (Don’t worry we’re already putting together our team to bring the trophy back to Pelican in 2019!) The three days of state convention always goes by so quickly. This year, it was filled with member engagement, family fun, continued education, and memories to last a lifetime! We thank our planning committee chair Glen Elrod (ACE Enterprises) and vice chair Denise Wood (ISC Constructors, LLC) for their years’ worth of planning and dedication to making 2018’s ABC of Louisiana convention the best yet!

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Mandatory Employee Arbitration and Class Action Waivers BY MURPHY J. FOSTER, III, Partner, BREAZEALE, SACHSE & WILSON, L.L.P. Last month, the United States Supreme Court held that class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP, et al. v. Morris, et al., No. 16-300; National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., et al., No. 16-307 (May 21, 2018). Arbitration agreements requiring employees to pursue work-related claims in arbitration, rather than in court, have long been enforced pursuant to the FAA. In 1991, the Supreme Court in Gilmer vs. Interstate/Johnson Lane Corp. [1] held that by agreeing to arbitrate, parties trade “procedures and opportunity and review of the courtroom for the simplicity, informality, and expedition of arbitration.” [2] In Circuit City Stores vs. Adams [3], the Court said there are “real benefits” to arbitration, and those benefits do not “somehow disappear” in the “employment context.” “Arbitration agreements allow parties to avoid the cost of litigation, a benefit that may be of particular importance in employment litigation.” In 2016, approximately 31,000 federal lawsuits were filed in five categories of employment cases: “civil rights cases: employment,” “ADA” (Americans with Disabilities Act), “FLSA” (Fair Labor Standards Act), “ERISA” (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), and “FMLA” (Family and Medical Leave Act). The vast majority of the 8,686 FLSA lawsuits filed in 2016 were filed as class or collective actions. In addition to the 31,000 federal lawsuits filed in 2016, approximately 195,000 employment lawsuits per year were filed in state courts of general jurisdiction. From 1991 to roughly 2000, those workers who were subject to mandatory arbitration rose from just over 2% (in 1992) to almost a quarter of the workforce by the year 2000. Since the early 2000s, the share of workers subject to mandatory arbitration has more than doubled and now exceeds 55%. Among companies with 1,000 or more employees, 65.1% have mandatory arbitration procedures. Below are some thoughts for and against implementing an alternative dispute resolution policy that includes binding arbitration. For •A potential reduction in the number of claims filed as many plaintiff lawyers shy away from matters which can only be arbitrated. •A likely reduction in employment practice insurance (“EPLI”) premiums. •Very important is the reduced risk of a “runaway” jury verdict. •Arbitration is usually quicker and more streamlined than typical civil litigation in either state or federal court. •The findings are, for the most part, final and binding. Against •More employees may choose to pursue arbitration on a pro se basis. •Many states require mutuality of the right to arbitrate. This means that employers may not be able to fully carve out claims for injunctive relief for violations of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, noncompete clauses, or other instances when they may wish to resort to a court instead of arbitration. •Very important - Arbitration proceedings are less likely to be decided by a dispositive motion than are court proceedings. 15

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•An arbitration policy generally will be ineffective and unenforceable with regard to the filing of claims and charges before administrative agencies, and cannot prevent the United States Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or similar agencies from bringing suit, including class and collective actions. Additional Considerations In addition to the foregoing considerations, prior to implementing a mandatory arbitration policy, an employer must consider the fairness of that policy and its enforceability in the various venues where it does business. An arbitration agreement must clearly specify what claims are covered, the time allowed to assert a claim, and the process to be followed to resolve a claim. The agreement should also: •Provide for the selection of a neutral arbitrator. •Provide for reasonable and meaningful discovery. •Be signed by both employer and employee. •Acknowledge availability and standards of a summary judgment procedure; •Contain class/collective action waivers. •Include a Savings Clause - The inclusion of a severability provision should be considered to save enforceability of a mandatory arbitration provision should a review in court find that any portion thereof is unenforceable. •Contain a Delegation Clause - Provide for the arbitrator and not a court to decide whether the arbitration agreement covers a particular dispute or is otherwise enforceable. Arbitration will not alleviate an employee’s right to file administrative claims such as: •The right to file a charge before a governmental agency such as the EEOC, NLRB, or DOL. •The right to file a worker’s compensation claim. •The right to file an unemployment compensation claim. Cautions: •The importance of a stand-alone agreement cannot be overemphasized. Rather than simply including it as just one more policy in a handbook, the arbitration agreement should be presented to the employee separately, requiring a directive to review and approve prior to signature. It doesn’t hurt to advise the employee that he/she may seek legal counsel before signing. •Some states do not consider the offer of continuing employment to be sufficient consideration of consent. When possible and to protect the notion of mutual consent, agreements should be presented upon an initial offer of employment and upon re-employment. In light of the recent decision by the Supreme Court in Epic Systems, all employers - and especially employers with over 100 employees should consider mandatory employee arbitration. [1] Gilmer vs. Interstate/Johnson Lane Corp., 500 U.S. 20 (1991). [2] Gilmer, 500 U.S. at 31. [3] 532 U.S. 105, 122-123 (2001).


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Up dat e s f ro m A B C N A T I O N A L CONSTRUCTION ADDS 19,000 JOBS AS UNEMPLOYMENT PLUMMETS IN JULY

WASHINGTON, August 13—The U.S. construction industry added 19,000 net new jobs in July after adding 13,000 net new jobs in June, according to an ABC analysis of data supplied by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 308,000 net new jobs since the first of the year, a robust increase of 4.4 percent. The construction industry unemployment rate dove to 3.4 percent in July, recording its lowest level in the 18-year history of the series. The national unemployment rate for all industries inched down to 3.9 percent. Nonresidential construction employment increased by 13,200 net jobs in July. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 8,600 net new jobs in July and have collectively added 60,300 net new jobs through the first seven months of the year. To put this in perspective, this is nearly double the amount added through the first seven months of 2017 (+32,200).

ABC CALLS FOR EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY

WASHINGTON, August 1 – On behalf of ABC, Mike Holland, chief operating officer, MAREK Companies, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about the need to modernize and expand apprenticeship opportunities in the United States. In his testimony, Holland outlined the construction industry’s workforce development model and stressed the need to revise the U.S. Department of

Labor’s definition of apprenticeships to include industry-recognized programs.

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“With an estimated 500,000 open positions in the construction industry, it is essential we recruit, educate and upskill the next generation of construction workers,” Holland said. “By expanding both DOL-registered and industryrecognized apprenticeship programs, we can better meet the evolving needs of our workforce and marketplace, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to safety, education and efficiency.” ... Holland noted that industryrecognized programs include both on-the-job training and a classroom component, which meets the definition of an apprenticeship as outlined by a recent DOL task force. The industry model also allows apprentices to earn nationally recognized, portable credentials through NCCER, which produces standardized construction and maintenance curricula.

Specifically, the proposal would rescind the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. These establishments are still required to submit information from their Form 300A summaries. Additionally, OSHA is proposing to require covered employers to submit their Employer Identification Number electronically along with their injury and illness submission.

Workforce development programs is a key priority for ABC members. ABC chapters have set up more than 800 apprenticeship, craft training and safety programs across the United States and invest $1.1 billion on workforce development to educate more than 475,000 industry employees annually.

OSHA PROPOSES CHANGES TO ITS 2016 ELECTRONIC INJURY REPORTING RULE

WASHINGTON, July 31—On July 30, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. According to OSHA, the proposal seeks to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be reidentified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the 2016

ABC SIGNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ‘PLEDGE TO AMERICA’S WORKERS’

WASHINGTON, July 27—ABC signed on to President Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” at an event at the White House last month, committing to educating and developing at least 500,000 construction workers over the next five years. The pledge, which was signed by more than a dozen leading companies and industry trade associations, stressed the need to expand apprenticeship programs to educate current and future generations of America’s workforce. In total, the signers pledged to train more than 3.8 million people for new positions. “ABC is proud to join the White House in pledging to develop and support generations of skilled craftsmen and women who are building America,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC’s vice president of environment, health, safety and workforce development. “There are currently 500,000 open positions in the construction industry alone, a number which will continue to grow if we don’t join forces to expand registered and industry-recognized apprenticeship programs in the United States to fill skills gaps.”

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NEARLY 400 STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM ABC PELICAN’S TRAINING CENTERS

BY ERIKA WALTER, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Photos by Eye Wander Photo, Inc.

We are proud to equip the next generation of craft workers with the tools they need to succeed and excel in this industry. Over the years, the Baton Rouge Training Center and Southwest Training Center have graduated more than 6,100 students in our craft training courses. Our chapter members rely on the credentials in our training programs to make hiring and promotion decisions. On Thursday, June 21, we held spring graduation for nearly 200 Baton Rouge

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COVE R S T ORy C O N T I N U ED Training Center students who completed craft training programs in electrical, millwright, pipefitting, mobile crane, heavy equipment, instrumentation, project supervision and welding. The ceremony took place at L’Auberge and the keynote speaker was Exxon Mobile’s plastics plant manager Jennifer Dunphy. “Keep that learning spirit and remember that safety is your responsibility,” Dunphy shared with the graduates. One week later (June 28), we held spring graduation for more than 400 students at our Southwest Training Center at the West Cal Event Center. Graduates had trained for six months to three years, depending on the craft, and had completed craft

training programs in welding, heavy equipment, mobile crane, pipefitting, millwright, electrical, and instrumentation. At both graduations, you could feel the energy and sense of accomplishment in the room. Family and friends cheered on their loved ones as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma. The graduates’ smiles were simply contagious.

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COVE R S T ORY c o n t i n u ed David Helveston, Pelican Chapter president and CEO, applauds the graduates’ efforts. “For as many as three years, these students have worked long hours at their current jobs, and then attended night classes at our training center to better themselves,” said Helveston. “Their passion and dedication for their craft is inspiring, and we commend them for climbing the ladder of success. After completing our craft training courses, these graduates will bring a valuable skill set wherever their careers take them. These men and women are the future of our nation’s skilled workforce, and we commend their dedication that they have put in to perfect their craft.”

out the important part of our mission to develop skilled crafts workers for long-term careers by offering quality training courses in a variety of construction areas.

We are honored to continue carrying

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BA T ON ROUGE t r a i n i n g c en t er update

HERE IS WHAT IS IN STORE FOR BRTC THIS FALL BY KELLY CARPENTER, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

The Baton Rouge Training Center had a fantastic summer. The pipefitting level one class at East Ascension High School came to an end on July 6. The class, funded through the JumpStart Summer Program, had 10 students. As part of their training, the students visited the fabrication shops of Cajun Industries and Performance Contractors. Please help spread the news that the students who successfully completed the level one class are welcome to attend the pipefitting level two in the Fall. In addition to the pipefitting classes, the Baton Rouge Training Center assisted a summer welding class at Assumption High School. This summer class is designed to help students advance to higher levels of welding and we were glad to be a part of growing these students’ skill sets. Fall classes at the training center have already begun, and high school Course Choice classes begin on Monday, August 13. We are looking forward to another great semester. The new online module testing system is proving to be a success. The instructors are adapting well to the new process and many have been challenged to adapt their teaching styles to the new system. Training center staff looks forward to adding more classes this semester. Our Southwest Training Center is jumping on board and will begin testing through the systems. The staff under the advisement of Education & Manpower re dedicated to improving the training offered at ABC. Here is a glimpse of the classes we are offering in the month of August at the Baton Rouge Training Center. The commercial electrical level one class completed their first year of training in June. Enrollment for the level two 23

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and new incoming level one students is now open. The start date for training is August 10 on Friday afternoons. We are excited to kickoff upgrade training in electrical and millwright; these classes will be held August 10, 11, 17, and 18 and are designed to help students pass the Knowledge Verification Assessment of NCCER. The classes have been very successful in improving the trainee’s score. The rigging prep course will take place on August 24 and 25 and is designed to help students prepare for the knowledge verification, assessment and the practical portions of their NCCER Certification in Rigging. Please mark your calendars because the Baton Rouge training Center has officially reserved the Lamar Dixon Expo Center for its Build Your Future event on October 17. The Education & Manpower committee and training center staff hope that the one-day event will educate 9th and 10th grade high school students interested in pursuing a career in construction. Additional contractors, vendors and schools are being welcomed to attend the event.

The Baton Rouge Training Center kicks off the Fall semester on August 6. We’re excited to train some of the best craft professionals in the industry.


SAVE THE DATE Build Your Future Day 2018 Join Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. to learn from subject-matter experts about the many career opportunities in the construction industry.

Where: Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

For more info, contact Danielle at 225-752-0088 or dbirney@abcpelican.com www.abcpelican.org

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LOOKING BACK AT SPRING AND SUMMER 2018 BY BLAISE THEARD, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, SWTC

Summer is well underway and great things are happening at ABC Pelican’s Southwest Training Center. We are transitioning from the Spring semester to the Fall semester. The afternoon and night classes consisting of Millwright, Pipefitting, Heavy Equipment, Electrical, Instrumentation, Core, and Welding wrapped up May 24th. The Electrical and Welding Accelerated Training Classes ended June 21st. ABC SWTC hosted a career fair on June 19th to provide all recent graduates the opportunity to engage with member contractors and start their careers in the construction industry. Thank you to all members that participated in this career fair. Graduation was held June 28th where we honored all graduates from the Fall 2017 Semester and Spring 2018 Semester. Our Fall semester began with Accelerated classes on June 25th (Electrical, Pipefitting, HE, and Welding) and night classes have already resumed (August 6th). ABC’s Course Choice Dual Enrollment classes ended May 24th as well. We had a great Spring 2018 semester. An exit survey was conducted to help gauge the future for the graduating seniors. 50 percent of the students will be continuing their education at ABC and 29 percent of the students will be entering the workforce in the construction industry. ABC SWTC is very excited and pleased to see that we are providing the next generation with a jumpstart to their future in the industry. We look forward to kicking off the fall programs.

Our SW Fishing Tournament was a great event which took place on July 13th at Calcasieu Point. Please check the Pelican Chapter Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram pages for event photos. All four events were a success and could not have been done without our members. Thank you to all who participated and/or sponsored the events. ABC SWTC has upgraded our facility to better enhance the skill sets of students who are entering the workforce. A resource library has been created to provide an environment for students to grow their craft knowledge. Upgrade training sessions are being established to improve assessment scores. Module testing has transitioned from paper testing to electronic testing. The BRTC has shown both the students and instructors improved with the switch to electronic module testing. The SWTC anticipates the same positive effects on our quality of training. We look forward to continuously growing and advancing the SWTC while exceeding the needs and expectations of our members in the construction industry.

ABC SWTC had great member involvement with our recent events. The Southwest Crawfish Boil took place on April 12th at the West-Cal Arena. The Spring Member Mixer was held at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on April 26th. ABC’s SW Golf Tournament was May 11th at Koasati Pines in Kinder. www.abcpelican.org

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AT T ORN E Y GEN ER A L C O LU M N

OBAMA REGULATIONS STILL MUDDYING LEGAL WATERS

BY: ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF LANDRY

From the mighty Mississippi and the rushing Red River to our beautiful bayous and serene swamps, Louisiana is full of waters that deserve protection. But under a 2015 Obama Administration regulation called the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency could extend far government argued for a broad reading of the statutory beyond these obvious bodies of water to encompass our language involved, which I felt went far beyond the front yard coulees and even the mud puddles that our plain text of the statute. kids play in after summer rainstorms. I was not alone in believing this; and my office filed a The Obama WOTUS Rule gave authority over dry “friend of the court” brief along with 32 other states, channels, roadside ditches, and isolated streams over asking the Supreme Court to uphold the statute as written to the federal government. Furthermore, it subjected instead of allowing federal agencies to determine their Louisiana families to expensive regulatory control and own jurisdictional rules. Earlier this year, the Supreme oversight as well as criminal and civil penalties. Court unanimously agreed with our reasoning and issued an opinion determining jurisdiction in accordance with This dangerous edict not only burdens Louisiana’s our brief. farmers, landowners, and job creators; but it also could cost the State and local governments hundreds of Although this ruling does not solve the entire problem, millions, if not billions, of dollars in compliance costs. it certainly helps justice to flow a little easier by making Especially at a time of such economic volatility and sure that the proper court hears the substantive challenge futility – Louisiana cannot afford to waste tax dollars to the WOTUS Rule. While we can expect challenges on environmental rules designed to give the federal to this burdensome expansion of federal power to government authority over state, local, and private continue to flood courts, I remain committed to fighting lands without any benefit to the environment. for federalism. I will keep challenging WOTUS and other unnecessarily harmful power grabs by federal So my office and I have repeatedly fought this agencies in the courts. government overreach. After successfully petitioning President Trump’s EPA to repeal it, we became involved As Louisiana’s chief legal officer, I will continue doing in litigation to challenge the Obama definition of all that I can to protect the sovereignty of states and the “waters.” Our efforts made it all the way to the United liberty of landowners from being drowned by an ocean States Supreme Court. of federal regulations. After all, the federal government has no business regulating your neighborhood pond or In National Association of Manufacturers v. U.S. the water hazards on the back nine of your golf course. Department of Defense, the focus was on a critical procedural issue that has been damming up progress: exactly which courts have jurisdiction over challenges to the WOTUS Rule? The federal 27

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! LPR Construction Co, LLC Jay Fullerton 938 Weinberger Trace Drive, Ponchatoula, LA 70454 601.238.4970 www.lprconstruction.com Joined: January Contractor: Site Preparation Sponsor: Andy Boniol, Arkel Constructors

Rene’s Trucking Parker Rodrigue 6970 Highway 70 North, Belle Rose, LA 70341 225.474.3500 www.renestrucking.com Joined: February Supplier: Off-Site Transportation & Disposal Sponsor: Nelson Roth, Vulcan Materials Company

Craft and Technical Solutions, LLC Zane Brooks 3452 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567 251.753.6529 www.craftandtechllc.com Joined: February Industry Professional: Staffing/Labor Sponsor: Shawn Worsham, Jacobs

Chustz Electric, LLC John Chustz 515 Allendale Drive, Port Allen, LA 70767 225.387.5017 www.chustzelectricgenerators.com Joined: February Contractor: Electrical Sponsor: Derek Fife, Arkel Constructors

American Covers, Inc. Haley Hammonds 22252 Marshal Road, Mandeville, LA 70471 985.778.0700 www.americancoversinc.com Joined: February Contractor: Pre-Engineered Structures Sponsor: Beth Olinde, Workbox, LLC

EMR - Southern Recycling Matthew Jennings 7001 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70807 225.355.4453 ww.us.emrgroup.com Joined: March Supplier: Scrap/Salvage Sponsor: Pala-Interstate, LLC

Ringers Gloves Tricia LeBoeuf 1925 Second Street, Lutcher, LA 70071 985.210.1263 www.ringersgloves.com Joined: February Supplier: Safety Apparel Sponsor: Wesley Littleton, The Brock Group

Onshore Construction, LLC Joshua Arabie 127 Lincoln Lane, Thibodaux, LA 70301 985.449.0391 www.onshoreco.com Joined: March Contractor: G.C. - Commercial & Industrial Sponsor: Jan Newman, MED-PRO

T. L. Hawk Industrial Todd Shiflett 7389 Florida Blvd., Suite 200-C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225.930.5830 www.hawkind.com/tl-hawk/ Joined: February Contractor: G.C. - Industrial Sponsor: Charlie Turk, Red-D-Arc Welderentals

PSS Industrial Group Rusty Newman 3625 Delta Drive, St. Gabriel, LA 70776 225.252.5348 www.pssigroup.com Joined: March Supplier: Construction Equipment/Tools Sponsor: Stevie Toups, Turner Industries

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Dominion Group, LLC Trey Cline 1201 Airline Highway, Suite C-1, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 225.726.2374 www.dominiongp.com Joined: March Supplier: Aggregate Manufacturer Sponsor: Jeremiah Johnson, Bottom Line Equipment Legacy Suites Charlie Berry 10533 West Highway 70, St. James, LA 70086 225.473.0050 ww.legacysuites.com/locations/la/donaldsonville Joined: March Contractor: Supplier: Meeting & Event Facilities/Rooms Sponsor: Mary Richardson, Planning Essentials, LLC Riess LeMieux, LLC Michael Lane 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 3300, New Orleans, LA 70170 504.581.3300 ww.rllaw.com Joined: April Industrial Professional: Law Firm/Attorney at Law Sponsor: Jeff Plauche, Boh Bros. Construction Geaux Apparel Jessica Thompson 15249 Cadet Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225.229.8427 www.geauxapparel.com Joined: April Supplier: Safety Apparel Doyle Electric, Inc. Beau Leitner 15035 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817 225.752-5112 www.doyleelectricinc.com Joined: May Contractor: Electrical Sponsor: Donn Peterson, Group Industries FallTech Guy Rogers 222 Highway 14, Lake Arthur, LA 70549 310.617.1392 www.falltech.com

Joined: June Supplier: Safety Consultants Sponsor: Wesley Littleton, The Brock Group MESH, LLC Taylor Bennett 7924 Wrenwood Boulevard, Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225.248.1111 www.meshbr.com Joined: August Industrial Professional: Marketing & Advertising Sponsor: Thad Rispone, ISC Constructors Hydra-Lube, Inc. Gary Williams Post Office Box 16565, Lake Charles, LA 70616 337.436.5009 ww.hydra-lube.net Joined: August Contractor: Industrial Pipe & Insulation Sponsor: Chip Arnould, Entergy Corporation Olinde Event Rentals William McGehee 1428 Seabord Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225.769.7216 ww.dougolindellc.com Joined: August Industrial Professional: Event Rentals Sponsor: Fritz Carville, Catering Cajun Coastal Performance Sportswear Jay Thomas 1042 Camillia Boulevard, Suite 4301, Lafayette, LA 70508 337.257.0318 www.facebook.com/coastalperformancesw Joined: August Supplier: Apparel, Advertising & Promotions Sponsor: Keith Estay, R&R Construction Epic Piping, LLC Jeremy Turner 2900 Westfork Drive, Suite 600, Baton Rouge, LA 70827 225.424.2900 www.epicpiping.com Joined: August Supplier: Pipe Distribution & Sales Sponsor: Shane Firmin, Brown & Root Industrial Services www.abcpelican.org

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i n cas e you m i s s ed i t. . .

A B C ’ S A N N UA L L E G I SL AT I V E W E E K JUNE 25-29 ,WASHINGTON, D.C.

Milton Graugnard, Member of ABC Pelican and the National Executive Committee, introduces House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the ABC PAC Reception.

In June, more than 500 ABC members came to Washington, D.C., for meetings with top administration and congressional leaders on the issues that impact the merit shop construction industry at both the federal and state levels during Legislative Week 2018. To lead off, ABC’s Executive Committee met with President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump at the White House to talk about the positive economic effects of tax reform, regulatory relief and dynamic enhancements to workforce development efforts on June 26. Members heard inspiring calls to action from merit shop advocates and an overview of ABC’s legislative objectives for the year ahead during Legislative Day, June 27, followed by speakers from Congress and the administration. Mick Mulvaney, director of Office of Management and Budget, touted the benefits of strong economic growth driven by the administration’s deregulatory agenda and the “resiliency and creativity of ABC members” and other business owners reinvesting in their companies. He pledged to continue making government work more efficiently and shorten the approval process for construction projects as Congress considers the best way to leverage infrastructure spending.

Attendees also received the latest updates on the most important congressional races that will have the greatest impact on keeping a merit shop-friendly majority in Congress this November from Josh Kraushaar, political editor of National Journal and frequent political analyst on television and radio. Legislative Week also featured the ABC Young Professionals Symposium, where prominent speakers helped attendees understand the ins and outs of lobbying, grass-roots advocacy and making their voice heard at both the local and national levels, and the Free Enterprise Alliance reception, where members networked, got political insights from keynote speaker Bret Baier, Fox News chief political anchor and host of Special Report with Bret Baier, and rallied around the principles of free enterprise in the construction industry.

President Donald J. Trump meets with members of the Associated Builders and Contractors National Executive Committee Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

“Is there anybody in this room who isn’t looking for skilled workers?” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and Workforce, asked during her remarks. She encouraged ABC members to keep speaking to policymakers on the need for effective educational programs and thanked them for their support of the PROSPER Act (H.R. 4508), which she introduced to reform the Higher Education Act by opening federal tuition assistance to industry-recognized education programs and by promoting all forms of learning. www.abcpelican.org

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SOUTHWEST FISHING TOURNAMENT

JULY 13, CALCASIEU POINT LANDING

We are thrilled that the Second Annual ABC Southwest Fishing Tournament was a great success! We kicked off the tournament on Thursday afternoon on the beach of the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, where we hosted our captain’s meeting. The anglers turned in early to gear up for an early launch at Calcasieu Point Landing the next day. Friday morning, the anglers set out on a mission to bring in the biggest fish that they could find, with hopes to land themselves a spot on our leaderboard. The anglers were welcomed back with the smell of fresh jambalaya cooked by Coastal Performance Sportswear and cooled off with cold beverages and giveaways from 24Hr Safety. We could not wait to see who would get to walk away with the fishing kayak, sponsored by Industrial Thermal Services. It was a very competitive leaderboard with Keith (Coastal Performance Sportswear) taking the largest lead in the Redfish category with a 26.40-pound Bull Red! With drones flying overhead, fantastic footage of the event was taken by Resilience Outdoors. They went above and beyond to capture footage of the entire event, which we have hosted on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/abcpelican). If you are a fan of fishing and could not make it this year, we suggest you do not miss out on this fun opportunity next year!

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in ca se you m i s s ed i t. . .

DIY NETWORK VISITS THE BATON ROUGE TRAINING CENTER JULY 17, BATON ROUGE

We were fortunate to have Kayleen McCabe, host of Rescue Renovation on DIY Network, tour our Baton Rouge Training Center in mid-July. One of her upcoming shows will showcase the variety of career opportunities in the construction industry and the way that students are educated and can continue their education in specific crafts. McCabe even hosted a Facebook Live as she walked through the classrooms and halls of the training center, explaining the different courses that we offer here at ABC Pelican. Education does not stop when craft workers step on to the job site, but instead is a nonstop learning process, the DIY Network host explained. McCabe also showed off our impressive welding lab, describing our facilities as “outrageously awesome”! Thanks to National Center for Construction Education & Research, Build Your Future and Turner Industries for facilitating the introduction with DIY Network!

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Fr om t he p res i d en t

BACK TO SCHOOL

BY: DAVID HELVESTON, PRESIDENT, ABC PELICAN

I walked out of my office this Monday afternoon to watch the stream of vehicles pulling into ABC Pelican Chapter’s Baton Rouge Training Center. Countless trucks and a handful of cars were crammed into our parking lot, and a line of vehicles a couple hundred yards long backed traffic up all the way onto Highland Road. Despite already putting in a long day at work, these students were making their way to our training center, eager to learn and to continue to master their craft with a three-hour class from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. This back-to-school scene is repeating itself each day this week at our Baton Rouge and Southwest Training Centers as well as all the Pelican Chapter’s evening satellite training locations. Our high school programs are also kicking off. We will soon have four busloads of high school students on the Baton Rouge Training Center campus each day. In Southwest Louisiana, we will operate programs at more than a dozen high schools. All told, the Pelican Chapter will educate more than 2,000 students this semester, supplying this next generation of skilled craft workers with the tools they need to succeed in the construction industry.

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As we look to encourage even more young people to consider careers in our industry, ABC will continue to build upon a signature event in our area: Build Your Future. I applaud the efforts of the Education & Manpower Committee and our Training Center staff to combine what was previously several days of activities into a massive single-day event at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzalez. On October 17, we expect more than 60 high schools ranging from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to bring in over 1,000 students to learn about the many career pathways offered by our member companies. This will be a great venue for our members to showcase their companies and the opportunities that high school students can pursue in the construction industry. I hope that you and your company can find a way to participate.


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PELICAN CHAPTER STAFF CHAPTER OPERATIONS (225) 752-1415 David Helveston President dhelveston@abcpelican. com Katie Routh Director of Administration krouth@abcpelican.com Lindsey Russ Programs & Events Coordinator lruss@abcpelican.com

Erika Walter Director of Communications ewalter@abcpelican.com

Kathy Serwan Senior Accountant kswerwan@abcpelican. com

BATON ROUGE TRAINING CENTER (225) 752-0088 Danielle Birney Kelly Carpenter Director of Administration Director of Education dbirney@abcpelican.com kcarpenter@abcpelican. com Kacie Blanchard Associate Director of Alexis Montelius Workforce Support Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican. Administration com amontelius@abcpelican. com Tiffany Buuck Training Center Administration tbuuck@abcpelican.com

SOUTHWEST TRAINING CENTER (337) 882-0204

Christina Frederick Training Center Administration cfrederick@abcpelican. com Ivelynn Fuselier Training Center Administration ifuselier@abcpelican.com

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SW Programs & Events Tuesday, August 14 10:00 a.m. SW Training Center lruss@abcpelican.com

Anna Zebeau SW Steering Director of Membership Tuesday, August 14 azebeau@abcpelican.com 11:30 a.m. SW Training Center ifuselier@abcpelican.com

Mikah Armstrong Finance Assistant marmstrong@abcpelican. com

Kirby Bruchhaus Director of Education kbruchhaus@abcpelican. com

AUGUST

Education & Manpower Thursday, August 9 Katie Verbois 2:00 p.m. Member Services BR Training Center Coordinator kverbois@abcpelican.com kblanchard@abcpelican.com

FINANCE (225) 752-1415 Janie Arceneaux Director of Finance jarceneaux@abcpelican. com

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Ray Harris Facilities Management rharris@abcpelican.com

BR Safety Thursday, September 13 7:30 a.m. BR Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican.com Education & Manpower Thursday, September 13 2:00 p.m. BR Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican.com Budget & Finance Tuesday, September 18 4:00 p.m. Chapter Administration jarceneaux@abcpelican.com

SW Membership Growth Tuesday, August 14 12:30 p.m. SW Training Center azebeau@abcpelican.com

BR Membership Growth Wednesday, September 19 8:00 a.m. Chapter Administration azebeau@abcpelican.com

BR Membership Growth Wednesday, August 15 8:00 a.m. Chapter Administration azebeau@abcpelican.com

ICC Steering Monday, September 24 12:00 p.m. Chapter Administration kblanchard@abcpelican.com

Budget & Finance Tuesday, August 21 4:00 p.m. Chapter Administration jarceneaux@abcpelican.com

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ICC Steering Monday, August 27 12:00 p.m. Chapter Administration kblanchard@abcpelican.com

SEPTEMBER

SW Safety Tuesday, September 4 11:30 a.m. SW Training Center ifuselier@abcpelican.com SW Programs & Events Tuesday, September 11 10:00 a.m. SW Training Center lruss@abcpelican.com

SW Steering Blaise Theard Workforce Development Tuesday, September 11 11:30 a.m. Coordinator SW Training Center btheard@abcpelican.com ifuselier@abcpelican.com SW Membership Growth Tuesday, September 11 12:30 p.m. SW Training Center azebeau@abcpelican.com BR Programs & Events Wednesday, September 12 8:00 a.m. Chapter Administration lruss@abcpelican.com

SW Safety Tuesday, October 2 11:30 a.m. SW Training Center ifuselier@abcpelican.com SW Programs & Events Tuesday, October 9 10:00 a.m. SW Training Center lruss@abcpelican.com SW Steering Tuesday, October 9 11:30 a.m. SW Training Center ifuselier@abcpelican.com SW Membership Growth Tuesday, October 9 12:30 p.m. SW Training Center azebeau@abcpelican.com BR Programs & Events Wednesday, October 10 8:00 a.m. Chapter Administration lruss@abcpelican.com BR Safety Thursday, October 11 7:30 a.m. BR Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican.com Education & Manpower Thursday, October 11 2:00 p.m. BR Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican.com

Budget & Finance Tuesday, October 16 4:00 p.m. Chapter Administration jarceneaux@abcpelican.com BR Membership Growth Wednesday, October 17 8:00 a.m. Chapter Administration azebeau@abcpelican.com ICC Steering Monday, October 22 12:00 p.m. Chapter Administration kblanchard@abcpelican.com

N OVE MB E R

SW Safety Tuesday, November 6 11:30 a.m. SW Training Center lfuselier@abcpelican.com BR Safety Thursday, November 8 7:30 a.m. BR Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican.com Education & Manpower Thursday, November 8 2:00 p.m. BR Training Center kblanchard@abcpelican.com SW Programs & Events Tuesday, November 13 10:00 a.m. SW Training Center lruss@abcpelican.com SW Steering Tuesday, November 13 11:30 a.m. SW Training Center ifuselier@abcpelican.com SW Membership Growth Tuesday, November 13 12:30 p.m. SW Training Center azebeau@abcpelican.com Budget & Finance Thursday, November 15 4:00 p.m. Chapter Administration jarceneaux@abcpelican.com BR Membership Growth Wednesday, November 21 8:00 a.m. Chapter Administration azebeau@abcpelican.com ICC Steering Monday, November 26 12:00 p.m. Chapter Administration kblanchard@abcpelican.com

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