PCA Membership Meeting in November

The next PCA Membership Meeting, which will serve as our "annual meeting," will take place (via the online Zoom platform) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM and feature guest speaker Fox Channel 32 sportscaster and Avli Taverna restaurant owner Lou Canellis. The PCA has invited Canellis to talk about how national sports teams, the restaurant industry, the media, and many other businesses including plumbing contractors can learn from each others' best practices during these extraordinary times. Questions from the audience are welcomed and encouraged.

To register, click here.

PCA Will Resume Full Drug Testing as of Nov. 1, 2020

The PCA will resume our random & mandatory drug testing program at full capacity as of November 1, 2020. The mutual decision of the PCA and Plumbers’ Local 130 UA to temporarily suspend our drug testing program administered by Screen Safe, Inc. as of March 18, 2020 (with the exception of “Reasonable Suspicion;” Accelerated Testing;” or “Return to Duty”) was deliberately instituted in an effort to reduce the risk of infection in our industry of the COVID-19 virus during the worldwide pandemic.

It is advised that all PCA contractors inform their Local 130 plumbers in advance of this change to lesson the likelihood of an increase in positive tests if they were using marijuana (which became legal in Illinois as of January 1, 2020 but remains a prohibitive substance in our drug testing policy) during this time.

Chicago Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot recently announced an initiative to launch the City’s long-awaited Lead Service Line Replacement Program. The City is offering two methods of City-assisted replacement: The Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program for low-income residents and the Homeowner-Initiated Lead Service Line Replacement Program.

Coronavirus Resources

As our PCA contractors and PCA Associate members continue to prepare their businesses and offices for preventing the spread of the coronavirus, our Association recommends that you take the time to review the following articles and links concerning best practices for employers related to coronavirus.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Senate Bill 75, Public Act 101-0221 was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in August 2019. Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter.

PCA Health & Safety Manual

The PCA “Health & Safety Manual” is available exclusively to all PCA contractors at no cost. The 2019-2020 revised document compiled by PCA safety consultant Roger Paveza, President of Vista Safety Consulting, LLC, features interactive functionality. Click here to access the manual.

Please note: PCA contractors must be registered on our website in order to view and customize the manual.

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