October 7, 2019 CONNECT WITH OCA 

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View OCA’s 2019 Edition of “Workforce Magazine”


The digital version of OCA’s 2019 edition of Workforce Magazine is now available for on-line viewing.  To see the electronic page-turn edition, please click here.


Winter Conference Keynote - Dr. Donna Laquidara-Carr - Monday, Dec. 10th

How Technology Is Transforming Horizontal Construction

The construction industry is poised to see unprecedented change due to rapid emergence of new technologies that allow contractors access to more accurate, timely project data and to conduct analyses on their performance on and across projects. Dr. Donna Laquidara-Carr, Industry Insights Research Director from Dodge Data & Analytics, will present findings from recent studies that demonstrate the value and potential of building information modeling, software and devices onsite to help address long-standing challenges like increasing productivity and improved safety and achieve better project outcomes.

Link for meeting registration - members need to login to register and non-members can create an account online for registration access.

Link for hotel reservations - Use conference code: COA


Like many apprenticeship/educational programs, our Laborers’ Apprenticeship & Training program has had issues with attendance. The leadership of our Laborers Apprenticeship program is seeking assistance from contractors in enforcing the mandatory attendance policies required of apprentices.

Apprentices who are not present due to unexcused absences may be terminated from the program with no exceptions upon the very first no call or no show. The Apprenticeship program relies upon contractors/employers to stress the importance of attendance to apprentices they may employ.

On October 1, 2019, Vince Irwin, Laborers’ Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator issued a clarification letter to OCA for distribution to our members. The letter covers additional details about the importance of attendance, and the program’s new communication system that allows contractors access to the apprentice’s schedules. The letter includes instruction on how to log onto the Apprenticeship Program’s website in order to access the “Apprentice Member Class Transcript Login”. Please click on the following link to access the letter and learn more about these latest and important developments by the Ohio Laborers Apprenticeship & Training Program.

New Communication System and Apprentice Attendance Policy Letter

Apply for AGC’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards by Oct. 23

The AGC Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards recognize contractors that are champions in advancing diversity and inclusion within their workforce, subcontractor-partners, supply chain, the association, and in the communities they serve. The AGC Diverse Business of the Year competition honors an outstanding diverse AGC member-firm that is committed to achieving business success, while also contributing to the association and communities in which they work.

AGC member companies in good standing who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition. AGC chapters that are interested in applying for the Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award, please click here.

Apply by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 for full consideration.


2020 Convention in Maui

Reservations are coming in!  If you plan on attending our convention in beautiful Maui, you may want to make your reservations early, since we have a limited number of rooms at the Four Seasons. 

Contact Rachel Sirca with questions at rsirca@ohiocontractors.org,
or 614-309-3713.

I.U.O.E. Local 18 Offers Heavy Equipment Mechanic Program

In response to an immediate industry demand, I.U.O.E. Local 18, in cooperation and coordination with the apprenticeship fund trustees, have created a program specifically for those individuals wishing to pursue a construction career track in heavy equipment maintenance and repair. This program is a salary-tiered, four-year apprentice-to-journey person curriculum that is provided through the Ohio Operating Engineers Training Program. It is fully funded by the Program at no cost to the apprentice. To learn more about this program, please click here to review the course of study and get more information.

Quick Links to On-line OCA Resources

•   Current Ohio Contractor Magazine
•   Safety Resources
•   Labor & Employment Information
•   OCA President's Commentary

Hall of Fame Nominations and Distinguished Service Award Nominations

In recognition of outstanding service within the heavy/highway industry and our association, nominations are being accepted for the following professionals:

• Hall of Fame (contractor members)
• Distinguished Service Award (associate members)

Requests for nominations are solicited through chapter meetings and newsletters. Nominated candidates must meet the following requirements before being listed for election:

a) Must have 20 years of service to the construction industry.
b) Active with OCA at least 15 years, serving at least 15 years on: OCA’s statewide committees (contractor members) or any OCA committee (associate members)
c) Candidates should have contributed significantly toward the stated goals and purposes of the Ohio Contractors Association.

Candidates must be nominated by an OCA member. No more than two may be elected to the Hall of Fame and one elected for the Distinguished Service Award each year. A secret ballot will be used to select nominees. Awards will be presented at the OCA Winter Conference. Deadline for nomination is October 23, 2019.

Please submit your nomination to David Rule at drule@ohiocontractors.org.

ODOT’s OJT Program Webinar

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am

Click Here to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5816032083485940492

Topics Include: How to review and calculate your company’s progress toward the OJT Goal; Business Size Threshold - Receipts Exemption; Monthly OJT Apprentice Email; Good Faith Efforts; Any questions you have.

How to review and calculate your company’s progress toward the OJT Apprentice Goal – Each month, all prime contractors who are on active projects with ODOT receive an OJT email notification. The OJT Program webinar will review how to calculate the progress toward your OJT goal, which is included in the monthly email notification. Progress toward the goal is calculated by taking the total apprentice hours entered since January 1, 2019 and dividing by the total apprentice hours plus the total journeymen hours (trainee hours are not included). Percentage = Total apprentice hours / (Total apprentice hours + Total journeymen hours)

Business Size Threshold – Receipts Exemption A business size threshold for OJT program requirements has been established and will be covered during the webinar: • Contractors with receipts above $39.5 million will be required to have an approved apprentice program. • Contractors with receipts at or below $39.5 million may request an exemption from the apprentice program requirement. Those contractors will still be required to make and report on Good Faith Efforts (GFEs) in early 2020 for your efforts made during 2019.

Monthly OJT Apprentice Email All prime contractors on active projects (above and below $39.5 million in receipts) will continue to receive the monthly notification email regarding OJT apprentice goal attainment. The email notification will be covered in the OJT Program webinar.

Good Faith Efforts –will be required to be submitted in early 2020 for your efforts made during 2019: 1.) If your company is at or below $39.5 million in receipts – your company is eligible for the apprentice program exemption. You must submit the Declaration of Exemption from Apprentice Program form to receive the exemption. If ODOT grants the exemption, your company will be required to report GFEs made during 2019. 2.) If your company is above $39.5 million in receipts OR is otherwise not exempt from having an apprentice program – a. And did not meet the OJT goal – you will be required to provide reasons why your company did not meet the goal and provide any GFEs made during 2019. If your company does not have an approved apprentice program and is non-union, your company will be referred to ApprenticeOhio to get an apprentice program set up within a timeframe. b. And met the OJT apprentice goal – great work! No additional reporting needs to be done.

After the first of the year, companies will receive information on how to report and submit their Good Faith Efforts (GFEs) and Declaration of Exemption from Apprentice Program form to ODOT. The webinar will provide preliminary information on what GFEs are and how to report them. Questions about the upcoming webinar may be directed to Mica Flanagan – Supportive Services Manager – Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) at mica.flanagan@dot.ohio.gov, (614) 466.4325

Contractor OTIM Training - Important Update!

If you are a Contractor working on major projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), attending one of the general OTIM classes listed in previous newsletters does not fulfill the training requirements specified in Plan Note 642-45. There is a separate version of this class called Contractor OTIM Training (or TIM During MOT), which provides instructors to Contractors working on ODOT projects. Please fill out this form to request the Contractor OTIM Training. If you recently signed up for one of the general OTIM classes below, but actually need the Contractor class (TIM During MOT) per Plan Note 642-45, please cancel your recent OTIM registration and request the Contractor OTIM Training instead.

On behalf of ODOT’s Office of Traffic Management, just a reminder that registration is currently open for multiple sessions of the new Ohio Traffic Incident Management (OTIM) Training! These free, 2-hour class sessions will be of interest to personnel who respond to incidents impacting the roadway transportation system, such as Fire Departments, EMS, Law Enforcement (Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol), DOT, Public Works, EPA, EMA, and Towing and Recovery Companies.

Depending on the location, the OTIM classes have been scheduled for either morning (8:30am to 11:00am) or afternoon (12:30pm to 3:00pm). Registration is now open as follows:

• October 16 (a.m.) – Marietta Click here to register.
• October 17 (p.m.) – Ashland Click here to register.
• October 22 (a.m.) – Delaware Click here to register.
• October 29 (p.m.) – Lebanon Click here to register.
• October 30 (p.m.) – Delaware Click here to register.

Ohio LTAP is managing the registration process for all participants. Pre-registration is required. Registrations will be processed in the order they are submitted online, while seats are still available.

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