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Oct 9, 2019

PPG Initiative "PPG Services" Causes Concern

By now, contractors should have heard or received information regarding a PPG initiative called "PPG Services", a tech platform powered by Paintzen, which is an online software/service. This initiative places PPG in the role of contractor/project manager of paint jobs for painters and national accounts.

Recently, we participated on a conference call with several of the PPG principles. We learned that through this initiative, PPG will estimate a job with their own "internal estimators" and present that to contractors, who have qualified to be listed with them, the majority of which will be non-union, to complete these projects. We are not sure what specific costs for labor and overhead PPG will be using, but, as we all know, our contractors set the bar and pay union wages and benefits. PPG will offer a set price for the job. The subcontractors can accept the price or pass if they cannot perform the work for the set price.

We are still gathering information on this initiative. The FCA International will be meeting with PPG officials at the end of October to further clarify details of their initiative. PPG has indicated they welcome your feedback throughout the process. 

Click Here to view the letter FCA International sent to PPG Paints regarding the PPG Services Program. 

Click Here for the original announcement from PPG Paints regarding their PPG Services Program.

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Oct 4, 2019

IUPAT Pension Accrual - 0% for 2020

As you may know, the International Painters and Allied Trades Pension Plan released information to the participants that they will receive 0% accrual for 2020. 

FCA International has been asked to provide information that contractors can give to their participating employees. The following communication is provided for use in your company communications.

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Oct 2, 2019

NCIFTI Training Opportunities for October - December

Classes are now available at the NCIFTI for October-December. Classes include NSC Illinois Flagger Training, Silica Awareness, Wallcovering, along with many others. Class sizes are limited, so please contact the NCIFTI to reserve your spot and ensure class availability. To register for an upcoming class, contact the NCIFTI Office by phone (630.966.1451) or email (vperez@pdc30.com), or log into the My Union Member website (www.pdc30.com) to register online.

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Sep 4, 2019

SB 75: New Anti-Harassment Law - Major Changes for ALL Illinois Employers

Effective January 1, 2020, Senate Bill 75, will change how ALL Illinois employers are to manage harassment and discrimination issues.

Click here for the full article

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Aug 26, 2019

Work on Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Jobs

What You Need to Know - Requirements, Apprentices, and Recordkeeping

The Prevailing Wage Act governs the local wages that a contractor or subcontractor is required to pay to all laborers, workers, and mechanics who perform work on public works projects (such as schools, park districts, government/municipal buildings). 

The Act also sets forth the record keeping requirements for a contractor or subcontractor. It sets forth obligations of municipalities and other public bodies to establish the prevailing wage as well as, to notify in writing all contractors and subcontractors regarding the Prevailing Wage Act when bidding and awarding contracts, as well as on work orders.

Click here for commonly asked questions on procedures, documents required, and how to properly employ apprentices on prevailing wage jobs. 

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