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UMCA & UA Local 140 Settle Historic Contract

For the first time in over 30 years the bargaining committees of the UMCA & UA Local 140 negotiated a contract settlement without the use of the Industrial Relations Council. Prior to the contract settlement, the bargaining committees met on several occasions and both committees attribute the successful settlement to the drastically improved relationship between […]

Piping Codes & Welding For Mechanical Contracting Managers Seminar Set for October

The UMCA will start the 2018 Fall Education Series with a seminar on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 12PM to 4PM at the Utah Career Center. This seminar will focus on essential pipe welding components that mechanical contracting managers need to understand. Learn what it takes to guarantee that welds are suitable for service, maintain […]

UCC News: Application Deadline & Continuing Education Classes

The Utah Career Center is now accepting applications for qualified apprentices until Friday, October 19, 2018.  Applicants can pick up and return applications to the Utah Career Center located at 640 North Billy Mitchell Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116. Interviews will be held in the Fall while school will begin in the Spring. If […]

Utah Career Center: Upcoming Evaluator Training & CE Courses

The Utah Career Center will be holding a short training night on Wednesday, August 8 at 6PM for those willing to assist with instructor evaluations. The evaluator program is extremely beneficial to the apprenticeship program in general and instructors in particular. Being an instructor is a difficult job and at times, instructors miss opportunities for […]

Blomquist Hale Employee Assistance Program

As we enter into the fourth year since the Employee Assistance Program was implemented, we want to remind members of services the UMCA and UA Local 140 have secured through the services of Blomquist Hale.  All UMCA contractors and their employees are covered under this program, even those who do not receive their health benefits from […]

5 Behaviors of Leaders Who Embrace Change

By: Edith Onderick-Harvey At best, mergers and acquisitions (M&A’s) have a 50/50 chance of reaching their intended results. Study after study puts the failure rate closer to 70-90%. Why is the failure rate so high? Repeatedly, research cites the human factor as the leading reason why mergers and acquisitions fail. Part of the issue is how organizations […]

UMCA & UA Local 140 Bargaining New Agreement

The bargaining committees for the UMCA and UA Local 140 opened negotiations last month and are working diligently to negotiate a successor agreement that will benefit both sides. At this stage in negotiations, the level of communication and cooperation has drastically improved from years past, making both parties very optimistic about the future of the […]

MCAA 2017 Construction Technology Report

JB Knowledge in association with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) have released the 6th Annual Construction Technology Report. Data for this report was complied in 2017 and is an indicator of the technology being used today, and how their increasing integration into daily operations will affect the future. Over the past six years […]

The Power of Listening in Helping People Change by Guy ItzchakovAvraham N. (Avi) Kluger

Giving performance feedback is one of the most common ways managers help their subordinates learn and improve. Yet, research revealed that feedback could actually hurt performance: More than 20 years ago, one of us (Kluger) analyzed 607 experiments on feedback effectiveness and found that feedback caused performance to decline in 38% of cases. This happened […]