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NOVEMBER 2013

PRESIDENT’SCOLUMN

The Rewards for Awards It’s the time of year when our members are preparing for our Miami Valley NARI 2014 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards. Winning a local CotY Award is a major factor in enhancing your company’s image within the industry as well as with the buying public. As a past winner, I can assure you that winning a Miami Valley NARI CotY Award is the perfect way to showcase your awardwinning project to consumers throughout southwest Ohio. For a little bit of time and money spent to apply, the returns are even bigger. Our local program for 2014 has been expanded to 29 categories, in order to allow more of our members to display their talents and compete for one of our prestigious awards. For 2014, special recognition will also be given to those Miami Valley NARI supplier members who contribute to a winning local CotY entry. All our winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in late January – watch the Miami Valley NARI website for updates and for more information. I hope that many of you will apply. Please see the information in this newsletter for more details or visit (http://www.naridayton.org/ professionals_coty_awards.php) to download the packet. Best of luck!

John A. Puslat, President Miami Valley NARI Owner of Window & Door Designs LLC

Last Chance! – Have You Submitted Your Miami Valley NARI CotY Form? November 11 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to submit your Contractor of the Year (CotY) application for our 2014 local awards. Each year, NARI invites its members across the nation to compete for the CotY Award, at the Chapter, regional and national levels, to recognize their remodeling achievements throughout the year. Companies of all sizes may compete. Entry fee is $145 per submission. Team entries are encouraged—the entry fee for the team contractor member is $100, and each team member’s fee is $75. No late entries can be accepted – so get your submission in now to the NARI office at 136 South Keowee Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402.Visit (link) (http://www.naridayton. org/professionals_coty_awards.php) to download the packet. Questions? Call (937) 222-NARI (6274) or e-mail us at info@ naridayton.org. GOOD LUCK!

Upcoming Membership Meeting What: Miami Valley NARI Membership Breakfast When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Topic: “Impact of the Affordable Care Act for the Dayton Region” with Bryan Bucklew of the Greater Dayton Hospital Association Where: Miami Valley NARI Offices 136 Keowee Street, Dayton 45402 Cost:

$10.00 Certified NARI Members $20.00 NARI Members $30.00 Non-Members

RSVP: Call (937) 222-NARI (6274) or register online at www.naridayton.org Are you STILL confused about the impact of the Affordable Care Act of your business? Then make plans now to attend the next Miami Valley NARI Monthly Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at the Chapter office, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Bryan Bucklew will bring you up-to-date on the latest out of Washington, what’s the latest on the topic at the State Capitol, and will review the potential impact on business owners, healthcare providers and consumers in general. Seating is limited for the November Membership Meeting, so make your reservations NOW!


“Supersizing” Today’s Labor Disputes Recently the fast food industry has fallen victim to employee “job actions” – strikes and picketing. These employees want their hourly wages By Bob Dunlevey dramatically increased from approximately $7.50 per hour to $15.00 per hour without assuming any additional duties and responsibilities or increasing their skills. Is this a return to the labor movement of yesteryears? Is this the boost the “living wage” and “income equality” movements need in order to have Washington increase the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour, last raised in 2009? Could this recent labor unrest be the prelude to significant employee unrest in other sectors? Behind this new movement is the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which is one of the largest and aggressive labor organizations in the U.S. It is the fastest growing U.S. union with over 2.1 million members, collecting approximately $299 million in dues and spending over $183 million in political action and organizing activities each year. The union has sponsored organizing meetings, trained movement leaders and funded these recent labor activities. Why? - Because it is in the business of representing workers and it can gather many more dues paying members and gain more political clout at a time when union representation in the private sector is at an all time low. More than just fast food employers should be concerned about what is now happening in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis and other cities across the United States. This may be the resurgence of our historic labor movement of the early 20th Century. Employers certainly need to be very proactive now to keep their workforces union free and their wage structures consistent with market realities. These

demands of the fast food workers easily could be heard in your workplace tomorrow. And, remember, nonunion employees are protected by the National Labor Relations Act when they engage in concerted action. But, employers have certain rights to replace striking workers as well. Already, employers are concerned because the Obama National Labor Relations Board has been making pro-union rulings which dramatically enhance employees’ abilities to organize their workplace – permitting employees to use social media and company intranet systems to badmouth management and encourage organizing activities among fellow workers, allowing small groups within a company to form a union and striking down traditional employer practices which bolster management’s rights to effectively operate their businesses. In addition, employers are concerned that in the near future wages and benefits will be regulated to even a greater extent than now. While some discount the impact of this current fast food employee initiative, many recognize that this country has dramatically changed in recent years and no societal change is beyond the realm of reality any longer. While President Obama has called for an increase in minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, and on MLK Day stated that “inequality has increased” and “upward mobility has become harder because of wage disparities,” many business leaders and economists have identified forces which have kept entry level wage rates relatively low – global competition, uneducated and unskilled labor force entrants, and deteriorating work ethic. But, President Obama has stated that the U.S. needs a strong middle class and unionization will recreate this middle class. Others, however, do not agree about the need for unionization and look to the history of the labor movement. In the 1960s and (Continued on next page)


Legally Speaking (continued from previous page) 70s, the UAW secured unrealistic wages, benefits and working conditions for many unskilled and semi-skilled workers in the auto industry. The result was that foreign competition entered the marketplace and substantially ended U.S. manufacturers’ market dominance. In the U.S. private sector, supply and demand still dictate what a “reasonable” wage rate should be. Tragically, good paying technical, skilled jobs exist and yet go unfilled today because America’s workers are not prepared to take those positions. To artificially raise wages to merely subscribe to some unarticulated element of “fairness” may further jeopardize our country’s economic world status. Economists at Cornell and American universities have estimated that the proposed minimum wage hike would eliminate at least 467,000 jobs and would not reduce poverty. A prior study in the American Economic Review reported that 90% of the surveyed economists believed that the minimum wage increases unemployment for low skilled workers. What would happen to the unskilled teenagers 16-19 years old

Remembering... Mark Raymond Maruca, Sr., age 55 of Union, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 7, 2013. He was an owner and president of Allied Services in Clayton. Mark will forever be known for his caring and willingness to help anybody in need. Mark loved the outdoors, especially boating and fishing up at St. Mary’s Lake. He is survived by his wife of 20 years: Terri (Fudge) Maruca, sons and daughters-in-law: Mark (Rose) Maruca II of Centerville, Nicholas (Ashley) Allegretto of FL, grandchildren: McKinsey, Mark III, Robert, Ethan, Max, brother: Anthony (Linda) Maruca of Springfield, sister: Sarah (John) Stoddard of Dayton, father-in-law: David Fudge of Fairborn, mother-in-law: Gail Fudge of Union, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

already experiencing an unemployment rate as high as 37.8% in some segments? These workers may very well be the first to be let go or not to be hired if a minimum wage increase or the fair wage movement advances. In these uncertain times, employers must subscribe to highly effective human resource strategies, ensuring dignity, respect and fairness in the workplace, and create a union-free philosophy among their workforces to counter the current labor movement. A union aversion program customarily includes • assessing the threat and origin; • assessing company wages, benefits, policies and practices, and the competitiveness of same; • assessing managerial/ supervisory staff – abilities/people skills/ campaign abilities; • establishing a union aversion team; • educating managers/supervisors; • educating employees; • enhancing company-wide general communications; and • monitoring the status. For further information regarding union aversion programs, contact Bob Dunlevey, Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, at Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry (937) 223-6003.


Member Profiles

Featured Supplier

Continuing with our membership theme from last month, we are spotlighting some of our Miami Valley NARI members.

Appliance Gallery sells appliances to the public, cabinet designers and home builders and remodelers. Located on Dorothy Lane in Moraine, the company serves the entire Miami Valley. It has done projects as far north as Lima, and as far south as Cincinnati. The company has been at this location for over 20 years, and John Redden has owned it since 2007, the year he became a NARI member. Appliance Gallery is the only appliance showroom in the Dayton area with a kitchen outfitted with working appliances. Customers can come in and cook on their professional range, in a wall oven, a steam oven and on the induction cook top. Complete displays of luxury appliances from brands like Wolf, Sub-Zero, Dacor, Thermador,Viking, Fisher & Paykel, Liebherr refrigeration, Capital Cooking, American Range and BlueStar arefeatured in their showroom. The company also has familiar brands like Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Bosch, and Frigidaire.. This wide selection means that Appliance Gallery can accommodate any budget. Designers can visit with clients and use the showroom as their office. Free Wi-Fi and refreshments are available. Certified installers are on hand and, in many cases, the company offers free delivery. “We pride ourselves on making sure that the customer feels good with their purchase and that it meets their budget and style of cooking,” said Redden. The company offers many different client incentives, as well as contractor pricing allowing designers, builders and contractors to make extra money for referring their clients for an appliance purchase. Redden is personally involved in each sale and will ensure that each customer is satisfied.Visit the company online at www.appliancegallerydayton. com.

Carrie Bordenkircher, CKBR, is with Kircher Construction LTD, a residential remodeling company specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. The company has two design studios, one in Dayton (Brookville), and the other in Cincinnati (Maineville). Its employees serve homeowners in the Greater Dayton area, including Montgomery, Miami, Darke and Preble counties; in Cincinnati, the company serves clients in Butler, Warren, and Hamilton County. It has been awarded Miami Valley NARI Contractor of the Year in various categories for numerous projects since 2007. The company’s kitchens have been featured in Housetrends Magazine, Daytonian Style, and Country Living. Its employees hold professional certifications including CKBR, CLC (NARI Certified Lead Carpenter), CR, EPA RRP Certified Remodeler, and UDCP (NARI Universal Design Certified Professional), just to name a few.Visit the company online at http://www.kircherconstruct.com. Amy Radachi is President and CEO of Rebuilding Together Dayton, a non-profit organization that performs home repairs and modifications for lowincome homeowners, such as the elderly and disabled, with the goal to help them remain in their homes.. All the work is performed at no cost to the homeowner, with support from area individuals, corporations, foundations and municipalities. Its office is located in downtown Dayton, serving eligible homeowners in Montgomery County. Visit them online at www.rtdayton.org.


Happy Hour Was a Hit! October 23 was our final 2013 Happy Hour, with members gathering at El Meson in West Carrollton. The evening was sponsored by RSVP Ohio and was hosted by Heather Craaybeek. Thank you to RSVP Ohio and to Heather, and thanks to all who attended! Stay tuned for our upcoming events – check our website regularly!

Miami Valley NARI Remodeler November 2013  

This is the November 2013 issue of the Miami valley NARI newsletter, The Remodeler

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