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2011 EUCA BOARD OFFICERS

President ......................................................Rob Layne Vice President/President-Elect ................. Mike McElroy Secretary/Treasurer ................................. Mike McElroy

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Hard Time Breakin’ Rocks Rob Layne, EUCA 2011 President

Secretary/Treasurer-Elect......................Michael Ghilotti Past President (2010) .......................... Christian Young

EUCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Nikki Affinito, Union Bank; Kevin Albanese, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc.; Jami Brady, BakerCorp; Don Cabianca, Cal State Constructors, Inc.; Jerry Condon, Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc.; Michael Ghilotti, Ghilotti Bros., Inc.; Greg Gruendl, Ray’s Electric; Rob Layne, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc.; Steve Lydon, TerraCon Pipelines Inc.; Mike McElroy, FMG, Inc.; Robert Purdy, RGW Construction, Inc.; Danny Wood, Jr., D. A. Wood Construction, Inc.; Christian Young, D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc.

EUCA COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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Apprentice Compliance: Common Q&As; New Labor Relations Staff Member By EUCA Labor Relations Department

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Governor Brown’s 2011-12 Budget Proposal and Its Impact on Industry

Associates: Nikki Affinito (Associate Director), Union Bank; Jami Brady (Associate Director-Elect), BakerCorp | Caltrans: Michael Ghilotti (Chairman), Ghilotti Bros., Inc. | Government Relations: Gary Andrews (Chairman), Amos & Andrews, Inc. | Labor/Collective Bargaining: Mike Fuller (Chairman), Mountain Cascade, Inc. Steve Geney (Co-Chair), Ghilotti Construction Co. | Safety & Insurance: Gary Rudy (Chairman), Duran & Venables, Inc. | Scholarship: Leslie Cusimano (Chair), Joseph J. Albanese, Inc., Janice Lajoie (Co-Chair), GE Capital

By Emily Cohen, Director of Government Relations and Kevin Pedrotti, Legislative Advocate

New Year, Same Priority: Federal Reauthorization By Dave Bauer, Senior Vice President for Government Relations, ARTBA

EUCA STAFF Mark Breslin, Chief Executive Officer; Leslie Lord, Deputy Director; Kelly Montes, Executive Assistant; Randy Ruby, Director of Labor Relations; Ruby Varnadore, Labor & Member Services Representative; Galina Velikovich, Labor Relations Advocate; Shelbie Tieman, Director of Finance & Administration; Terese Pollock, Finance Assistant; Jami Moore, Member Services Coordinator; Stacy Anderson, Director Communications, Events & Education; Denise Ramirez, Education & Website Manager;Joan O’Brien, Education Coordinator; Jenn Rogers, Event Manager; Michelle Vejby, Publications Manager; Emily Cohen, Director of Government Relations; Kevin Pedrotti, Legislative Advocate

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Top of the Class. You’ve Got App Ap Apprenticeship pprent prentice pre iceship ceship ceship Questions?...EUCA ons? ns? EUCA EUCA Has Answers p.8

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EUCA Digger Magazine (ISSN: 1086-5004) is published monthly, except December, by the Engineering & Utility Contractors Association, 17 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 100, San Ramon, CA 94583. Editorial comments, letters, and article submissions are welcomed and encouraged. Correspondence should be directed to the EUCA office at the above address, by phone at (925) 855-7900, by e-mail at eucaxinfo@euca.com or by fax at (925) 855-7909. Reproduction of editorial material in this issue is permitted if accompanied by proper source credit. Periodicals postage paid at San Ramon, CA and other offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to: EUCA Digger Magazine, 17 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 100, San Ramon, CA 94583. © 2011 Published in the U.S.A.

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By Rob Layne, EUCA 2011 President

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Hard Time Breakin’ Rocks

n every lifetime, a little education will fall. It nto ttakes on many forms, whether it is years in the classroom pursuing a degree, or backing into the furnace when you were two and realizing you probably didn’t want to do that again. Often, you don’t even realize a lesson was given until you takee the time to ponder the situation later. The real trick is to receive the education before you really need it.. Those who succeed in life come to the realization that education and training is much easier and less expensive than spending your time after the fact trying to figure out what happened. Our parents always told us to follow their advice, because they didn’t want to see us make the same mistakes they did. Of course, they seemed to have forgotten that we were young then, and already knew everything. My first real exposure to working in the construction industry began at Layne Paving during my high school years. On one h concrete b k Th h trial i l my amazement, the began to crack. Through of our early projects, we were required to remove a short and error, I even figured out where to hit the wall to get the concrete retaining wall. My Dad reached out with the loader best results from each swing. After about an hour, my Dad and pulled the wall over as I watched. When the task was returned with the base rock and I had the wall broken up. done, he climbed off the loader, handed me a sledge hammer, Neither of us said a word about the wall, and we continued on and told me to break up the concrete while he went to get with the job. But I learned a few things that day that I haven’t another load of base rock. Since I was young and knew forgotten. First, I learned that just because he’s my Dad that everything, I laughed and asked if he wanted me to go pick doesn’t mean he has to keep me employed. More importantly, up a compressor and jack hammer to break the concrete I learned not to get locked in on only one method to do the while he was gone. In his usual fashion, he told me he wasn’t job. And although I never admitted it to my Dad, I got my first kidding and that time was wasting. I got mad and told him real lesson in job costing by that event. Since I was making $5/ what I thought about the feasibility of breaking that wall with hr at that time, it was pretty easy for me to figure out that my a sledge hammer. My Dad responded hour of labor was way cheaper than by telling me he didn’t have $200 in the paying $200 to the rental yard. budget to rent a jack hammer, and if I Our experienced hands are beginning to didn’t get busy soon I was welcome to Since then, I’ve had plenty of retire in ever increasing numbers, and those education, a fair amount of training, seek employment elsewhere. and thousands of lessons learned. coming in to take their places have little My Dad left in the dump truck, and But it has come over the course of to no experience. This is why continuing begrudgingly I picked up the sledge 35 years in this industry. It’s easy education and training is so important. hammer and took a few swings. To to forget the time and effort that

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has been invested in me over the years, but I’m reminded of it every time I sit down with a young engineer fresh out of college, or watch a new apprentice trying to find his way among the crew on his new job. It’s those moments that remind me that my company can’t afford to wait 35 years for this new talent to reach their full potential. Our experienced hands are beginning to retire in ever increasing numbers, and those coming in to take their places have little to no experience. This is why continuing education and training is so important. There is no substitution for on-the-job training, but if you want to shorten the learning cycle and realize a quicker return from your employees, then you need to make the investment in education and training. A fair amount of education is already mandated by government regulations. Safety, First Aid, Confined Space, Competent Person Excavation, Hazmat, Sexual Harassment, Storm Water Runoff, Traffic Handling...the list of required training seems endless. Fortunately, your membership in EUCA allows you to take advantage of training in all of these required areas at a reasonable cost and convenient schedule. Check out what EUCA University has to offer. Don’t stop with only the mandated training. EUCA also offers classes for Project Managers, Administrative Professionals, and Foremen to sharpen their skills and increase their performance. EUCA’s associate members offer a wide range of training in equipment, materials, and management applications that can immediately improve the performance of your crews. And don’t forget to help support EUCA’s scholarship committee with their fundraising efforts. Almost a quarter of a million dollars has been awarded by EUCA to help students in pursuit of their college careers. If all of this seems to be too much, take a look at your total labor cost from last year. If your education and training program improved your company’s performance by 5%, what kind of return could you realize on your investment? And when the alternative is to wait 35 years for your new super stars to become your invaluable experienced hands, it seems the choice is clear. ◆

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Apprenticeship Compliance: Common Q&As We continue to get calls from members about apprenticeship compliance on public works projects. Here are a few of the most recent questions we’ve dealt with. See EUCA’s Apprenticeship Basics for Public Works for more details (available to our members for free on our website).

We hire apprentices through our signatory unions. Do I still have to submit DAS forms? Yes, all the California DAS (Division of Apprenticeship Standards) forms are part of public works requirements, in line with Labor Code. If this paperwork is missed, contracting agencies may withhold monies until corrections are made. Even submitting after the fact is better than not submitting the paperwork, and it is best to build it into your contract award processes.

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We’re not signatory to IBEW or the Plumbers—we only use Laborers—but we received a notice from the contracting agency that we were not in compliance for requesting apprentices. What gives? Even if you are not signatory to a particular craft, if the work you perform is assigned to them under the DIR wage determinations, then you need to follow the apprenticeship requirements for that craft in addition to paying your employees according to those determinations – submitting forms to qualified apprenticeship programs, requesting apprentices, employing apprentices as required and available, and submitting training funds to that apprenticeship program (either directly or through the California Apprenticeship Council).

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We are working on a federal project and were told that we didn’t submit the right certifications for our apprentices. What should we do? Federally funded (Davis-Bacon) projects require that apprenticeship programs be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, as they no longer recognize certifications by the California DAS. The major construction crafts have already done this; please contact the appropriate union’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Council (JATC) with any concerns or questions.

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Another thing to keep in mind with federal projects is that they do not recognize “helper” or trainee classifications (such as the Laborers Group 5 or Teamsters Trainees), so any employees in those classifications have to be paid at journeyman rates for those projects. ◆


EUCA Staff Update:

Need more information, or have other apprentice questions?

Galina Velikovich, Labor Relations Advocate EUCA continues to focus on providing our members with the best in labor advocacy and assistance. We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our Labor Relations & Member Services team.

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Labor/HR Links on the EUCA Website ❙ California Law (Labor Code, etc.) ❙ DIR Public Works Toolkit—comprehensive resource, with necessary forms and Public Works Manual ❙ California Apprentice Prevailing Wage Determinations ❙ Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) ❙ California Code of Regulations Foundation for Fair Contracting, 916/487-7871, www.ffccalifornia.com.

Galina Velikovich has joined the department team as a Labor Relations Advocate, following the departure of Jeannie Simpelo due to a spouse relocation at the end of last year. Galina is a recent graduate of Hastings Law School in San Francisco and has successfully passed the California Bar Exam. Prior to this, she spent several years teaching at Richmond High School - no easy assignment. We are confident that our members will find her capable of assisting with a wide variety of questions and inquiries, and skilled at communicating with all levels of management and personnel. ◆

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Governor Brown’s 2011-2012 Budget Proposal and Its Impact on Industry One year ago, in the February 2010 issue of EUCA Magazine, we wrote about California’s looming $19 billion budget crisis that threatened vital funding for our industry. Welcome to February 2011. The Legislative Analyst Office has projected California’s deficit for 2011 to be somewhere around $25.4 billion (conservative estimate, of course), which is twice as large as officials were originally expecting. It’s not pretty. And given the battle we’ve faced over the last few years, the construction/infrastructure industry has every reason to sit up, pay attention, and hang on for dear life. For 2011, incoming (er, returning) Governor Jerry Brown, has one hell of a job in front of him, and every indication thus far has showed that he is taking this job seriously. The Governor has rolled up his sleeves and gone to work, making the looming budget crisis his number one priority. Everyone will have to sacrifice, and he has made that clear. But, just as we wrote last year, “If we want to keep our state on solid ground, California should be doing more, not less, to improve our economy through investing in public works.” This is, and has always been, the message EUCA delivers to Sacramento.

Will It Work? G Governor JJerry B Brown is rolling the dice with the budget he unveiled in early January, proposing large cuts to nearly all state programs while betting that Californians will agree to extend recent tax hikes for five additional years that are set to expire mid-2011.

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combination of $26.4 billion package is needed in order to also provide a $1 billion reserve. In addition, the deficit will grow to $26.6 billion if the proposed sale of state office buildings, blocked by court order, does not proceed. The budget also proposes to change the role that state and local governments play in local development activities by eliminating state tax benefits for enterprise zones, and phasing out the current funding mechanism for redevelopment agencies. This will return billions in property tax revenues to schools, cities and counties and help pay for public safety, education and other services.

Taxes: A As partt off his budget solution, Gov. Brown wants voters to renew $9 billion in higher sales, income and vehicle taxes in a special election this spring. The Legislature passed the increases as part of the 2009 budget (and set to expire by the end of June). The legislature’s’ approval is needed to put the extension on the ballot. The Governor will ask voters to prolong a 0.25-percentage point surcharge on state income taxes, a 0.5-percentage-point increase in the vehicle license fee, a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax rate and a reduction in the tax credit for dependents, from $300 to $99. In May 2009, voters rejected a two-year extension of the same taxes in a special election called by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Brown will ask the voters to reconsider. There is the possibility that the Administration will use an obscure state law to bypass the 2/3 vote requirement, but, for now, that does not appear to be the Governor’s intent. Continued on page 12


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Special Fund Loans — A lloan off $494 million illi iin weight fee revenues to the General Fund in 2010-11 and $166.3 million in 2011-12 will be made.

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In the main, it means transportation fared well under the Governor’s budget proposal. The 2011-2012 budget seems to acknowledge the importance of our industry in getting California on the road to recovery (pun intended). We are hopeful that we will not see significant cuts to funding for our industry and that California will be able to sell additional bonds under this budget structure, creating more work and new jobs for our industry.

The Last Word: Much could happen, and changes will be made before an actual vote on a budget plan. Regardless of your politics or personal beliefs, it seems Governor Brown has made a large effort to bring forth a budget that does not rely on smoke and mirrors, fudged numbers, or accounting tricks. He is facing the budget deficit head-on. Can the Governor unite the legislature to complete the budget process quickly in his first months as Governor, and then convince voters to give the state more of their money? It’s too early to tell.

We know that sacrifices need to be made by all Californians’ in order to get our state’s budget and economy back on track and functioning once again, but we should not let people forget that the construction industry and the state’s investments in infrastructure are not a burden on our General Fund, but rather one of the best investments our state can make to maintain and strengthen job growth, grow our economy, increase our public safety and improve the overall quality of life for every Californian. As our legislators begin work on the budget, you can be sure that EUCA will be there to ensure that they recognize this. California made it through one tough year in 2010, and, although the budget arguably offers some light at the end of the tunnel for our industry, we should be prepared for a tough 2011. No matter what, know this: Just as EUCA fought to protect funding for infrastructure, strengthen the business environment for our contractors and defend our industry in 2010, we will do so in 2011. We are ready to fight for you. ◆

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By Dave Bauer, Senior Vice President for Government Relations, ARTBA

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INSIDE EUCA and ARTBA: Partners in the Fight for Industry Funding

New Year, Same Priority: Federal Reauthorization

Don’t miss EUCA’s 2011 Legislative Fly-in and ARTBA Conference — May 23-25, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington D.C. Contact Emily Cohen, EUCA’s Director of Government Relations for more information, ecohen@euca.com.

2011 may be a new year, and the Nation’s Capital may be welcoming a new Congress, but the Number One priority for our industry at the federal level is the same. The reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs is now in its 16th month of delay. Highway and transit programs are operating under their fifth short-term extension, expiring March 4. At the same time, a final decision on the FY 2011 federal transportation investment levels is also delayed until at least March 4. The most prominent reauthorization-related discussion over the last 16 months has involved the duration of these short-term extensions. At the same time, the U.S. Senate and the Obama Administration have yet to provide any specific recommendations on reauthorization policy or investment levels. To the President’s credit, at the end of last year he was involved in several high-profile events where he specifically identified enactment of a multi-year bill with increased investment levels as a top Administration priority for 2011. As vague as some feel the President’s statements have been, however, that is far more than we have heard from the Senate.

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By comparison, the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee approved a six-year, $450 billion reauthorization proposal in June of 2009, during the previous Congress. I am not going to call this a fullblown bill because it included some “minor” omissions, like how much money would be distributed to the states, programmatic investment levels, and how the investments would be supported. ARTBA had a number of concerns with that bill’s details, but I think it is fair to give those House leaders credit for trying to get the process started. Unfortunately, with the House changing control, we will have to start all over again in that chamber. While the overall lack of action on this bill may seem confounding, the clear culprit is the federal Highway Trust Fund’s inability to support even current levels of investment. Moreover, the tumultuous 2010 elections sure did not do a lot to give these members of Congress new courage to tackle tough issues like this one.


Recent Developments O th On the Àrstt d day off th the new congressional session, the new House GOP leadership repealed the enforcement mechanism that assured all incoming Highway Trust Fund revenue would be spent annually on surface transportation improvements. This internal House rule was the teeth behind the historic TEA-21 budget Àrewalls enacted in 1998. It should be noted that this rule was initiated under a Republican controlled House and retained under Democratic leadership through the years. As a result of this action, the House Appropriations Committee is now empowered to set highway and transit investment levels at whatever amount serves their overall budget goals, regardless of how much has been generated from transportation system users. This is the same situation that existed prior to 1998, resulting at that time in almost $20 billion a year in user fee revenue being held in the Highway Trust Fund to mask the size of the deÀcit. Now, as disappointing as this House development is, it does not explicitly mean highway and transit investment will be cut. That said, after following the Republicans rhetoric during the campaign, nobody should be surprised by this action. It is pretty clear that they are going to attempt to cut all types of discretionary spending—and the transportation programs are in that boat.

Going Forward the internal House From this point forward, forward however, h activities are done and enacting any legislation will require the support of a Republican House, Democratic Senate and President Obama. So the party is just beginning.

There are a great many competing theories on what the 2010 election really meant. One that is never disputed, however, is that members of Congress and candidates will listen to those who threaten their political future. That’s where you – as constituents – come in. If Congress wants to create jobs—one of the few things both parties seem to agree on—they need to look no further than a multi-year transportation bill. You can bet EUCA and ARTBA will keep this on their radar screen, but we are going to need your ongoing help, including continued grassroots contact with your Congressional delegation. This legislative challenge was not created overnight and it is going to take a major effort to solve. We must never lose sight that what we are pursuing is not just right for our industry, but the entire nation. Thank you to EUCA members for your important partnership with ARTBA. X Dave Bauer is Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). For more information, visit www.artba.org.

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Because of the hard work of many of you, the House Republican leadership had to work for this Day One victory. Our industry generated thousands of contacts on Capitol Hill. Our challenge from this point forward is to make sure this rules change is nothing more than a symbolic setback. This is going to take a massive education and political effort on the part of our industry. It is not good enough for us to simply tell Congress how important transportation investment is. We also must be prepared to impose political consequences on those who work against us.

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FACES Celebrating EUCA’s Leadership:

EUCA’s Installation kicked off the new year with a premier event to recognize EUCA’s 2011 President Rob Layne of O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc., and the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers. Over 250+ construction industry leaders and guests were in attendance to support EUCA’s emerging leaders in their goal to carry out the vision, goals, and the future of the association.

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FACES Thank you to our event sponsors:

GOLD SPONSORS AON Construction Services Group Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc. Flatiron Construction Corporation GALLINA LLP Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Leonidou & Rosin A Professional Corporation West Coast Aggregates, Inc. O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. SILVER SPONSOR D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc. BRONZE SPONSORS Bauman Landscape and Construction, Inc. R & L Brosamer, Inc. Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

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EDUCATION &TRAINING

SPECIA SPECIAL FEATURE

EUCA University has been offering training to our members and industry affiliates since 1993. Our focus is to provide education to help our members obtain and strengthen themselves as individuals and companies. Our 2011 curriculum continues to provide valuable and high quality programs for the ever changing needs of the industry. Whether you’re looking for Cal/OSHA certification courses or professional growth for your office personnel, EUCA is your training resource. We offer solutions to help companies with their most challenging California workplace compliance issues. With affordable training, convenient times and locations, EUCA University is your first choice for all of your educational needs. This year, EUCA has partnered with the OSHA Training Center to bring you the most highly qualified OSHA trainers

UNIVERSITY YOUR TRAINING RESOURCE in the industry. Our instructors will provide your employees with hard facts, current information, and essential details of Cal/OSHA compliance that you need to know. In addition to our Cal/OSHA mandated courses, we offer innovative training for construction office professionals and upcoming leaders. We believe that by supporting your staff members through professional growth, they improve job performance as well as increase levels of personal satisfaction. Give your staff the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to meet tough work place challenges head on. Management classes are also available to empower the next generation of construction industry professional leaders. Enhance your employee’s creativity and help them develop themselves and learn to mentor others to increase your organizations’ success.

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QSD/QSP Training Do you develop SWPPs? Do you review SWPPP’s? Do you inspect Construction Sites? Do you install BMP’s? EUCA University has partnered with WGR Southwest, Inc. to help you with QSD and QSP certification requirements: QSP/2-Day Training: May 24 & 25, 2011; 8:00am-5:00pm Cost: $350 per person (member) / $550 per person (non-member) QSD/3-Day Training: May 24-26, 2011; 8:00am-5:00pm Cost: $450 per person (member) / $650 per person (non-member) Location: OSHA Training Center, 7600 Dublin Blvd., Dublin; Continental breakfast and lunch will be served on-site each day.

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If you answered YES to just one of these responsibilities, then you are required by the State of California’s Construction General Permit to complete the requirements and certification for a Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Practitioner (QSP) or Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Developer (QSD) prior to September 2, 2011.

Register online: www.gotswppp.com For questions contact: Lisa Smith at 209/334-5363, lsmith@wgr-sw.com or Joan O’Brien at 925/362-7303, jobrien@euca.com


EUCA OSHA Certification Training Cal/OSHA fines can be notoriously steep. Don’t leave your organization vulnerable to hefty penalties. EUCA offers certified safety classes to keep you compliant. Courses include: • Certified QSP and QSD Training • Competent Person Trenching and Excavation • Confined Space • First Aid CPR 8-Hour and 4-Hour Refresher • Flagger Certification • OSHA 10 and 20 Hour Certification

Confined Space Training — March 12, 2011 I Increase your knowledge k l d off OSHA’ OSHA’s requirements i t ffor confined space. Cal/OSHA recommends that Confined Space certificates be renewed every two years.

EUCA Construction Administrative Professional Seminars (CAPS) Get the essential training your company needs to increase productivity, improve competency and performance. Make sure your employees are armed with new skills, strategies and solutions to ensure your company is efficient in its everyday practices. Courses include: • Claims Documentation • Construction Contracts • Employee Layoff and Termination • Get Ready for 2012: New Laws Preview • Harassment Prevention Training • Payroll Prevailing Wage Certification • Prompt Payment • Surfing, Searching & Social Networking • Understanding and Managing Leaves of Absences • Workzone Liability

New for 2011: - Surfing, Searching & Social Networking Why you should know what your employees are doing with electronic media and how to manage it.

- Understanding and Managing Leaves of Absences Explore employers’ overall legal obligations for medical leaves of absence.

- Workzone Liability Review case studies, general liability claims, and settlements, and discover the risks associated with work zone incidents.

EUCA Foreman / Management Training Support continuing education within the industry and help shape the leaders of tomorrow. • Foreman Training • Project Management Career Advancement (PMCA), a 9-week session, including the following courses: - Claims Documentation - Construction Contracts - Construction Insurance, Bonding & Finance - Construction Scheduling & Delay Analysis - Labor Disputes - Negotiation Skills - No BS Leadership - Round Table Discussion with Owners - Team Building

High Performance, High Profit Foreman — April 7, 2011 Project Management Career Advancement (PMCA) — September 13-November 8, Tuesdays, 3:30pm-7:30pm “The PMCA class is one in which participants are absolutely inundated with applicable strategies and ways of thinking for anyone looking to advance in the managerial aspect of the construction industry.” February 2011

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Cal/OSHA recommends that Competent Person certification be renewed every three years. EUCA University classes taught by Ken Lane from the OSHA Training Center: February 26, Saturday, 8:00am-4:00pm, and August 13, Saturday, 8:00am-4:00pm.

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Students will learn the role and responsibility of the employer to assign a competent person to the excavation site, and arm that person with the knowledge to perform the work properly. Topics include the understanding and application of definitions relating to OSHA’s Excavation Standard (Subpart P), excavation hazards and control measures, soil analysis techniques, protective system requirements and emergency response.

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If you are interested in alternate dates, we can help. Contact Joan O’Brien, Education Coordinator at 925/362-7303, or via email at jobrien@euca.com. We are happy to help tailor a custom program to meet your company’s educational needs.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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EUCA CONVENTION: April 14-17, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego $1,250/1 person; $1,800/2 persons This destination-event combines valuable training sessions, relationship building, dinners, hosted receptions, and special events. See next page for more information.

! W E N EUCA JOB BOARD: OPEN FOR BUSINESS Do you have job opportunities available at your company? Are you looking for new employment? Whether you’re looking to hire or be hired, EUCA has the resources you need. Visit EUCA’s Internship/Job Board on www.euca.com to post or view available jobs and internships. Members can post for free, and non-member listings are available to $250 per posting. Contact Denise Ramirez at dramirez@euca.com for more information.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER: TEXAS HOLD EM’ TOURNAMENT June 9, 2011, 4:30pm, Round Hill Country Club, Alamo NEW THIS YEAR — EUCA’s Scholarship Fundraiser will be a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament! You don’t have to be a seasoned poker player to join in the fun of this exciting new event. Place your bets on our future leaders and support the Scholarship Program by registering today. For more information, contact Jenn Rogers at 925/362-7309 or jrogers@euca.com or visit www.euca.com.


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Thursday, April 14th at 5:00pm thru Sunday, April 17th at 11:00am

Key Note Speaker: Jim Cederna Business Coaching That Improves Performance

Registration Pricing: $1,250 - 1 person

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Guest Speaker: Telogis GPS Accountability vs. Big Brother? Utilization of GPS tracking for modern construction. Keep your fleet at your fingertips, dispatch with precision, beat all your benchmarks and accelerate ROI. Visit www.euca.com or contact Jenn Rogers at 925/362-7309 to register or sponsor. February 2011

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EUCA FEBRUARY MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES EUCA would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the following companies who are celebrating their anniversary of membership with our organization in February:

39 YEARS – 1972

26 YEARS – 1985

Associate Member: Peterson Tractor Co. Bob Jung

Contractor Member: D.W. Young Construction Co., Inc. Christian Young

38 YEARS – 1973 Contractor Member: J.W. Ebert Corp. Jim Ebert Associate Member: Gladding, McBean & Co. Dan Cross

35 YEARS – 1976 Contractor Members: Mountain Cascade, Inc. Duke Fuller Walter C. Smith Co., Inc. Michael DeBenedetto

24 YEARS – 1987 Associate Member: McInerney & Dillon PC William H. McInerney

17 YEARS – 1994 Contractor Member: Top Grade Construction, Inc. Lee Myhre

16 YEARS – 1995 Contractor Members: Jones Bros. Enterprises, Inc. Jeff Jones

27 YEARS – 1984

Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Michael Ghilotti

Associate Members: Olcastle Precast - Enclosure Solutions Paul Jurich

Associate Member: Moss Adams LLP Paul Tucci

United Rentals Trench Safety Paul McDonnell

15 YEARS – 1996 Contractor Members: Beliveau Engineering Contractors, Inc. Lawrence Beliveau

Vargas & Esquivel Construction, Inc. Yolanda Vargas

Associate Members: Granite Construction Materials Division Ross Kashiwagi

13 YEARS – 1998 Contractor Member: Doyle’s Work Company, Inc. Billy Holler

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. Brian Hildebrandt

Associate Member: Financial Federal Credit, Inc. Linda Brown

3 YEARS – 2008 Contractor Members: Con-Quest Contractors, Inc. Paul Loukianoff

11 YEARS – 2000 Associate Member: Leonidou & Rosin A Professional Corporation Janette Leonidou

10 YEARS – 2001 Associate Member: Cynergy Financial Michael Steller

Green Works Environmental dba Bay Area Erosion Control Roni Thompson GSL Construction Jason Muller Pacific Coast Drilling Company, Inc. Chris Sykes

8 YEARS – 2003 Contractor Member: Union City Construction Ed Dillon

7 YEARS – 2004 Contractor Member: Striping Graphics Tony Lane

Taber Construction, Inc. Bret Taber Valentine Corp. Robert Valentine Associate Member: PACE Supply Joe Gannon

6 YEARS – 2005 Contractor Member: Rosendin Electric, Inc. Rick Guzman Associate Member: Cassidy-Turley BT Commercial Real Estate Ted Gallagher

2 YEAR – 2009 Associate Member: RLI Insurance Company Lloyd Cavalieri

1 YEARS – 2010 Contractor Members: Delta Grinding, Inc. Kenneth John Ferrante

5 YEARS – 2006 Contractor Members: Disney Construction, Inc. Rick Disney Shaw Pipeline, Inc. Matt Shaw

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Sierra Traffic Markings, Inc. Ron Johnson Associate Member: Asphalt Consulting Services, LLC Norman R. “Skip” Brown


Leadership Highlight: Meet EUCA’s 2011 New Board Members Why I got involved in EUCA Leadership: EUCA embodies principles I hold near and dear to my heart: integrity, unity, and commitment. I want to give back to an organization that is strategic and forward looking for the benefit of its whole membership; not just the “chosen few.”

Why I got involved in EUCA Leadership: I wanted to be a part of an organization committed to improving our industry. To say I was a part of the success of EUCA would be a great accomplishment as well as a wonderful opportunity and a privilege.

Other volunteer activities: Little League and youth sports; Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA); various activities at my children’s school and church.

Other volunteer activities: I’ve been involved in my son’s Little League where I’ve met and got to know a lot of my son’s friends. It’s great to have a past player see you in town and say “Hi Coach.”

Industry’s Biggest Challenge? The union contractor squeeze: Extreme pricing pressure from clients versus escalating labor costs. Environment based regulatory issues.

Industry’s Biggest Challenge? Creating consumer confidence.

Most Influential Book: The Speed of Trust and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Favorite Website: Craigslist – Hey there are some great deals out there.

Favorite Escape: Lake Tahoe or Maui.

Favorite Escape: The South Fork of the John Day River in Oregon.

First Wheels: 1980 Oldsmobile station wagon with a “supped”up 350. Proudest Moment: Wedding day, birth of my two sons, graduating law school in the top 5% of my class.

Most Influential Book: Good to Great.

First Wheels: 1955 Chevy Pickup Proudest Moment: Birth of my two children and seeing my wife walk down the aisle on our wedding day.

Most Influential Book: When the Game Stands Tall – About the De La Salle Football Program and Football’s Longest Winning Streak. Why I got involved in EUCA Leadership: I have always had so much respect for EUCA and what it stands for. I wanted to be a part of that, give back and make a difference.

Inspired By: My Dad. Favorite Escape: Playing soccer...lets me forget about everything for an hour. Favorite Restaurant: Del Frisco’s in Las Vegas

Other volunteer activities: I am a foster parent to a 16 year old boy, and I volunteer at my boys’ football games.

Proudest Moment: My boys make me proud to be their Mom everyday…..it’s hard to pick just one.

Industry’s Biggest Challenge? I still think the economy is the biggest challenge, after that it’s the next generation. We need to make sure we are looking for tomorrow’s leaders today.

For more information on EUCA Leadership, and to see all of our Board Member Highlights, go to www.euca.com. February 2011

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Night Construction: Working Safely In The Dark Contributed by John Messin Messing, Manager, OSHA Training Center Night construction has steadily increased in recent years and continues to rise with the growing need for wider roadways and additional overpasses to accommodate escalating travel. Night work is especially required on roads where daytime construction would cause major traffic problems. While working at night can often reduce hazards associated with heavy traffic, night construction brings its own unique set of potential safety hazards.

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Workers often encounter both physical and mental changes, including disruption of normal sleep patterns. Supervisors can help workers deal with these changes by regular reminders to get enough sleep and eat well to maintain peak alertness and good health. Informal safety meetings offer opportunities to raise awareness of sleep and other important safety issues.

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EUCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Safety Awards Program is accepting applications from all EUCA Contractor members. This program, which reviews 2010 safety records, is designed to recognize the safest EUCA member firms in the industry, and highlights those companies who make safety a commitment in their organization. Awards are chosen based on company size and safety information: â?&#x161; Work Days Lost to Injury â?&#x161; Workers Compensation Modification Rate â?&#x161; Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safety Policy/Philosophy Applications are available at www.euca.com. Simply fill out the form and mail it to EUCA with your OSHA 300A log. Applications are due on Friday, March 11th. Winners will be determined in March, and an awards ceremony will be held in June with EUCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safety & Insurance Committee. For more information, contact Denise Ramirez at 925/362-7308 or via email at dramirez@euca.com.


Public access through the work zone. The challenge of managing the public and their access through the work zone requires planning, supervision and ongoing monitoring. Night drivers experience reduced visibility yet must be ready to respond with shorter reaction times. There is a tendency for drivers to increase their speed at night and to drink alcohol more frequently, leading to increased incidents of alcohol related accidents. Follow this link www.osha4you.com/nightsafety for checklists and additional resources to help you work more safely during nighttime construction. To provide maximum protection for workers and the public, there are several factors to consider:

Effective pre-planning will ensure that all pedestrians, bicyclists, and handicapped persons will have a safe, accessible route that is separated from vehicular traffic and construction activities. Temporary lighting may be needed on relocated pedestrian routes to ensure that they can be easily followed and that hazards can be identified. Ensure that pedestrian access is well marked with appropriate signage, channeling devices and is maintained throughout the duration of the project. Careful attention to the unique hazards associated with night construction can help ensure a safe work zone for employees and the public. â&#x2014;&#x2020;

Effective glare-free illumination of the work zone. Light plants should be set up correctly so the angle of the lights does not produce glare to oncoming traffic. Traffic control personnel should drive in each direction to check for oncoming glare, and if lanes are being closed on a multi-lane freeway, should drive in each lane to ensure there is no glare in ANY lane.

Visibility. Workers should be wearing high visibility retroreflective garments in accordance with ANSI 107-2004 Class 2 specifications for day or night work. It is important that workers can be clearly identified by drivers through as much body motion as possible by having retroreflective material on their vests, sleeves and torso. Keep in mind that Caltrans personnel will require everyone on a jobsite to wear Class 3 garments if a General Contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety policy requires ANSI Class 3 high visibility apparel. Two amber colored warning beacons visible from 1000 feet should be displayed on all trucks and equipment used in night construction work zones. Vehicles used by supervisory staff should display at least one amber colored beacon. Beacons should be turned off when vehicles return to normal speeds in the regular flow of traffic or are parked a substantial distance and protected from traffic. Traffic control devices used at night should be either retroreflective or illuminated to ensure they are fully visible. All traffic control devices should be maintained to ensure they are in good operating condition, and any devices that are worn out, greasy, muddy, or missing retroreflective material should be cleaned, repaired or taken out of service. February 2011

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Education & Training Quiz:

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Answer the following question to the best of your knowledge: From the photos shown, identify the correct EUCA University course: a. b. c. d.

Dating Tips for Construction Guys Sexual Harassment Prevention First Aid/CPR All of the above

Although it might seem like the answer could be “d,” the correct answer is “c” — EUCA University offers First Aid/CPR 8-Hour and Refresher courses several times a year. OSHA requires that First Aid/CPR certificates be renewed every 2 years.

Thank you to our training participants for having fun while learning! (Ron Silva, Atlas Peak Construction (top photo); Luis Corona and Eddy Leyva of Storm Water Inspection & Maintenance Services (SWIMS); and Chris Steil, W. Bradley Electric, Inc.

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