Volume 62, Number 2
Training Available At JATC School October 2-5, 2007
STP-I & STP-II “Supervisor
Training Program” Seminars
This LMCI-sponsored program is designed to strengthen abilities of project supervisors
at all levels. It helps newer supervisors and foremen by broadening their understanding
of responsibilities on their job and provides needed tools and techniques to better fulfill
those responsibilities. It is also appropriate for experienced supervisors…as a refresher
course to update their understanding of supervision, to strengthen skills in traditional areas,
and to gain new skills in emerging areas.
The field supervisor plays a key role in the construction process. Foremen plan daily and
weekly activities for the crew and see that labor/materials/equipment are invested in the
most efficient way to accomplish a quality job. Upper-level supervisors plan strategic
operations for major jobs, groups of jobs, or for the company as a whole, and resolve
production problems as they arise. Supervisors at all levels monitor, record and report
work progress and interact with many project team members within and outside the company
to gain a smooth-running operation.
STP-I & STP-II are designed for considerable interaction among participants, encouraging
learn from one another. The courses provide opportunities for large/small group
interaction and practice of skills important to supervisors. STP-I & STP-II are open to
all field supervisors, foremen and those anticipating fulfilling these roles in the near
future. LMCI encourages a management representative of the supervisor’s employer to attend
the sessions along with sponsored employees.
- Role of the Supervisor
- Cost Realities
- Verbal Communications
- Jobsite Documentation
- Motivation and Teambuilding
- Production Management
- Employment Law For Supervisors
- Contracts -- What are They?
- Economics of Safety/li>
- Planning and Scheduling
- Understanding Cost
- Tool and Material Management
If you enjoy a chuckle now and then, try visiting the web site run by those guys who
send college students out to paint houses every Summer. Go to
for a look. Actually, the web site is clean-cut and simple
to use, so it no doubt makes a good impression on some visitors. You might even
admire their marketing effort more without such claims as, “Ninety-nine percent
of a great paint job has nothing to do with painting.” That’s what their
door-hanger says (when the crew finishes up a job, they fan out to sell the
other neighbors). No one really explains what it does have to do with.
Governor Blagojevich delivered his “State of the State” address on
March 7th and unveiled a Gross Revenue Tax Proposal that could adversely affect
almost every business in Illinois. If passed, the plan would take effect on
January 1, 2008. All business entities (including partnerships, Subchapter S
corporations, SSC’s, and LLP’s) would be required to tax business transactions
betweeen businesses and consumers for goods sold at .05% for construction,
manufacturing, wholesale, and retail and for services provided at 1.8%. T
his becomes monumental, for a sales tax is levied only on the final sale, but the
Gross Receipts Tax has the effect of pyramiding because the same goods or services
are taxed over and over again in the process. Businesses with gross annual receipts
of $1 million or less will not be subject to the gross receipts tax (for the first
four years only), but will be liable for the corporate income tax and personal
property replacement tax. Exemptions are provided for insurance and medical
providers, gaming, non-profits, export sales, and groceries. Interestingly, the
proposed legislation bars businesses collecting the Gross Revenue Tax from showing
the amount of added tax to customers. Opponents of the plan disagree with the
governor’s accusation that Illinois business does not pay its fair share of taxes,
pointing out that all taxes are inevitably passed on to consumers through higher
prices. Also at stake is the very real perception that the new Gross Revenue Tax
will prompt even more business to leave the state for more tax-friendly locales,
resulting in the loss of jobs and economic decline. Even Lieutenant Governor
Quinn has indicated displeasure with the plan.
Seems like the season for company parties never quite abates. The biggest push always
comes during the holiday season bookended by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s,
but now we have a long Summer season of picnics, golf outings, and ballgames presenting
a fresh round of social and business opportunities…along with the same old hazards
and pitfalls. It takes a clear mind and hardy resolve to navigate such scenes successfully,
particularly when event attendees include bosses, co-workers, and customers. Here are a few
ideas which may make the next round of festivities go smoothly…
- Show up, even if only for a token hour. No one likes the no-shows.
- Regard the event as part of work. Behavior is judged, good or bad.
- Decide what’s more important before you go…letting down your hair for some serious
partying, or keeping your cool and networking with the right people.
- Be careful about drinking too much…it’s so easy to get overserved.
- Be careful of what you say, and to whom. Don’t offend anyone.
- Wear appropriate clothes…show respect for the occasion, and class.
- Don’t get enticed into drugs if they show up…just leave, and keep your job and
happy home intact.
- Thank the organizers and hosts for inviting you, and tell them you had a good time!
It’s the courteous thing to do,…a gesture that will be appreciated.
- Don’t act bored or look at your watch too much. Relax, lighten up, be fun for others
to have around.
- Follow up on new contacts after the event. They may bear business or career
fruit…you never know.
In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a
stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have “the rule of thumb.” Of course,
meanings and definitions have a way of changing over time.…
Recent research shows that right- handed people live, on the average, about nine years longer
than lefties. It was not indicated whether or not the ambidextrous split the difference.
Here’s a tip from our Gardening Department: When weeding, the best way to make sure you
are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If the plant comes out of
the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
Many years ago, in Merry Olde England, every man jack frequenting a corner pub had a small
whistle baked into the rim, or the handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill,
they simply hoisted the mug and used the whistle to get some service attention from the
barkeep. “Wet your whistle” is, of course, the phrase that was inspired by this practice.
By Jay Weaver, Vice President, Eastern Region and Canada, Finishing Contractors Association
Both the Senate and the House have launched bills (S.777 and H.R.1023, respectively)
repealing Section 511 of the Tax Reconciliation Act (P.L. 109-222), which would mandate
a 3% withholding tax on payments to contractors for goods & services provided to federal,
state, and local governments. With your help, we need to educate Congress that 3% is
larger than the profit margins permitted under many government contracts and that such
withholding will significiantly impede cash flow, jeopardizing a contractor’s ability
to compete for business or complete projects. House bill H.R.1023 has been referred to
the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate bill S.777 has been referred to the
Senate Finance Committee.
Security through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (H.R.1645 a.k.a. STRIVE)
would overhaul the Nation’s immigration laws in part through an employment verification
system and a “new worker” program. Specifically, this act would provide for
border security, stronger “interior enforcement” (e.g., penalties for immigrants
who violate the law), and a “new worker” program for future immigrant workers
(initially up to 400,000 new workers with yearly adjustments based on market demands).
It would overhaul the visa system and allow qualified, undocumented immigrants already
in the country to earn legal status. The bill would create a new visa program valid for
6 years that would provide work and travel authorization and protection from removal.
To earn citizenship, individuals would meet employment requirements during the 6-year
period prior to the application, pay a $1,500 fine/application fee, complete background
checks, learn English, pay taxes, and satisfy the requirement to leave the United States
and re-enter through a legitimate port of entry into the country during set time frames.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project in its report,
“Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States,” has declared
the guestworker program not workable for the Immigration Reform Bill. They claim that
guestworkers cannot rely on the federal government for help, are short-changed wages,
and are often held captive to employers or labor brokers who seize their documentation,
thereby taking away their ability to change jobs. They also claim that they are forced
to live in squalid conditions and do not receive medical
benefits for injuries that
occur on the job. Their recommendation is to ensure that any reform bill introduced
must contain labor protections, provisions to address recruitment abuses or systematic
wage discrimination, and a mechanism for workers to use that would enforce their rights.
The Senate, by a 94-0 vote, slipped a federal contracting ban for businesses that
violate immigration laws into the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (H.R.2). Under this
added provision, companies caught hiring illegal workers while on a federal contract
would be banned from government work for 10 years; other companies discovered using
illegal workers would be prohibited from federal contracts for 7 years. This ban
would not be subject to court appeal, but the federal government could waive it for
national security reasons.
The Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007 (S.742) would ban the importation, manufacture,
and distribution of products containing asbestos and take steps to help those already
exposed. It would create a $50M asbestos-related disease research and treatment network
of ten centers around the country designed to find treatment options and to seek early
detection of asbestos-related diseases and prevention strategies. This bill has been
referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Labor unions could have an easier time organizing workers under The Employee Free Choice
Act (H.R.800), which would allow unions to bypass the lengthy, secret ballot elections.
Under this bill the unions could attempt to represent workers by simply getting a majority
of workers to sign union authorization cards. A Senate version of the bill is expected to
be introduced soon by Senator Ted Kennedy. The bill is backed by labor unions and a range
of other groups who argue that employers often illegally fire, intimidate, or retaliate
against workers attempting to form a union.
Conversely, the bill is opposed by business groups as a way for union leaders to coerce
workers into signing cards in support of union representation in front of their
co-workers and union organizers. (NOTE: The bill has not directly ruled out the option
for workers to seek a secret-ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations
Board.) H.R.800 has passed in the House and was placed on the Senate legislative Calendar.
2007 ASSOCIATES NIGHT
MARCH 22, 2007 • ROSEWOOD RESTAURANT
PDCA Associates Night returned to the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont for 2007, following
last year’s appearance downtown as part of the Heart of America Convention. Continuous
food & refreshment highlighted a festive event punctuated occasionally by the ringing
bell for prize drawings. This year’s big winner was Leo Hart (National Decorating),
who walked away with the $500.00 cash Grand Prize.
FCAC PRESIDENT’S NIGHT
-- January 26, 2007 --
ROSEWOOD RESTAURANT • ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS
The great country-western band, “Strait Southern” entertained again this
year at FCAC/PDCA President's Night, held at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont, where
Board Members (right to left) Marty Tew, Tom Tyrakowski, and Norb Soltysiak joined Jeff
Castles, Keith Farnham, Scott Hall, and Allan DeLange following installation. PDC14
Secretary-Treasurer Terry Fitzmaurice addressed the audience of Contractor Members,
Associates, and their guests following the swearing-in ceremony.
BOARD MEMBERS TAKE OATH OF OFFICE -- New FCAC/PDCA Board Members (left to right)
Allan DeLange (CL Coatings) and Scott Hall (Triangle Decorating) joined incumbent Board
Member Jeff Castles (Ascher Brothers Company) in taking their Oaths of Office from Past
President Keith Farnham (K&R/Christopher) at the January 26th President’s Night
Dinner, held at the Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont.
Reserve October 2-5, 2007, Now!
In early October, the Industry Advancement Fund will host a new series of “STP”
Seminars at the JATC-DFTC Apprentice Training Center in Berkeley, in cooperation with LMCI,
the Labor-Management Cooperation Initiative.
STP-I is a three-day course that will be held on October 2-4, 2007, at the school.
STP-II is a single-day session that will be held on Friday, following the STP-I training.
STP-II is advanced training for persons who have already completed STP-I. All Contractor
graduates of STP-I from both PDC14 and PDC30 are eligible and welcome to attend the Chicago
2007 PACE CONVENTION
National PDCA's “PACE” Convention was held in Dallas this year on February 11th-14th,
with a three-day industry tradeshow complementing the business meetings, seminars, and convention
events. At the tradeshow, Instructor Mike Krawiec (upper left) of the PDC14 JATC Apprentice
Training School and his counterpart from the St. Louis JATC, Rick Swaringen (lower left) demonstrated
faux finish techniques. Mike explained sample panels to a booth visitor (upper right) during the
tradeshow. National FCA Executive Director of Industry Services Jay Weaver sat atop the
Harley-Davidson raffle motorcycle at the LMCI booth (lower right). Chicago FCAC/PDCA Secretary
Tom Tyrakowski (Am-Coat Painting) and Executive Director Rich Volkmer accepted the 2007 Picture
It Painted Professionally (PIPP) Award for the St. Anthony’s Hospital Charitable Painting
Project sponsored by our Industry Advancement Fund from National PDCA President Carol Adkins.
On-Line Registration is Easy, Quick, and Risk-Free…Look For This FCAC-PDCA Form!
For your convenience, on-line event registration has been added to the FCAC/PDCA web site.
Because it is a secure web site, you can register with confidence knowing that your personal
and credit card information is safe.
Now there is no need to spend time and money faxing or mailing event registration forms.
Simply go to our home page (www.chicagopdcafca.org), then click on the Event Registration link,
and you will be transferred to a page with the event registration form, where you:
Enter your personal information
Select the event from the drop-down menu
Enter the number and name(s) of the Attendees
Enter the amount due
Specify your method of payment
And click the Send button.
You will receive a confirmation and payment receipt in the mail. It’s that simple!
FCAC/PDCA GOLF OUTING
-- June 15, 2007 --
BLOOMINGDALE GOLF CLUB
181 GLEN ELLYN ROAD • BLOOMINGDALE, ILLINOIS
$125.00 FOR BREAKFAST, GOLF & LUNCH
- 7:00 AM CHECK-IN
- 8:00 AM TEE-OFF
- SHOTGUN START
- SCRAMBLE FORMAT
- 160 GOLFERS MAX
- BE A SPONSOR!
Register On-Line or Call 630/393-1313
Licensing Bill for Contractors
An important piece of legislation has been winding its way through the aisles of the 95th
General Assembly in Springfield in recent months, and slowly coming to a boil.
Go to the state web site “www.illinois.gov” to check its status by clicking on
“State Links” on the left, then “Government” &
“Legislature” on the right. Under “Links & Resources”,
click on “Bill & Resolution Search” to navigate and find the complete
list of all the current bills under consideration; then select “SB155.”
SB155 would create “The Painting, Drywall Finishing, and Glazing Contractor
Act” which will regulate those classes of contractors through licensing requirements
much as plumbing and electrical contractors are already regulated. Both this Association
and the PDC14 and PDC30 Unions favor this bill as good for the industry, and ask for your
support in securing its passage.
-- September 12, 2007 --
MAGGIANO’S • 516 NORTH CLARK • CHICAGO, IL
• 5:30 PM - COCKTAILS
• 6:30 PM - DINNER
• 7:30 PM - PROGRAM
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-- May 3, 2007, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM --
FAUX DESIGN STUDIO
101 North Swift Road • Addison, IL
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 630/627-1011