November 25, 2019 CONNECT WITH OCA 

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Make sure your team has the communication skills to best represent your company

OCA is offering two, three-hour interactive communication workshops on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Leading the programs will be Anthony Huey, President of Reputation Management Associates, national key-note presenter and consultant to numerous construction firms. Participants have the option to attend one or both sessions, held at OCA, 1313 Dublin Rd., Columbus, 43215. Registration cost per person is $249 for one session or $399 to attend the full day. Lunch is included for all participants.

Making your message clear: speeches, presentations and meetings will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This highly interactive session will teach attendees at every level of business more effective ways to communicate — with clarity and purpose — to co-workers, customers, the public and a variety of others they deal with every day.

This is for your technical experts such as: field managers, superintendents, project managers, executive project managers – your business development team – and your more experienced team members running the company.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

• how people interpret body language and what to do about it
• how to increase the likelihood someone will remember what they said
• how to communicate more smoothly
• how to utilize inflection, voice, gestures and more to create an engaging, memorable conversation • make a point in any conversation • reduce nervousness
• effectively respond to any question
• avoid the “deer in the headlights” look • gain “think time” when you most need it
• and much more!

Communicating in a Crisis will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This highly interactive session provides information on how to deal with the media – and 11 other audiences – during a crisis. Attendees learn how to respond to questions briefly and directly, with honesty and candor, and how to control the flow of information.

Whether it’s your field or office managers, this is for anyone on your team that would be called upon to respond to the media or other audiences during a crisis on or off the jobsite.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

• key differences between an emergency response plan and a crisis communications plan
• why having a crisis communications plan is vital and what should be in it
• 12 audiences to communicate to during a crisis
• ten key points to successfully communicating during a crisis
• key tips to surviving a news interview
• five performance traits to possess during a news interview
• how social media has transformed crisis communications and how to use it
• how to gain “think time” while responding
• what makes a good message and how to stay on it
• why an organization should have a reputation-saving crisis communications philosophy

To register, click here or contact Director of Chapter Development, Melanie Kitchen at or 614-488-0724.


OCA Annual Business Meeting Official Notice

The Annual Business meeting for the Ohio Contractors Association will be held Tuesday, December 10 at 9:45 a.m. at the Hilton Easton Columbus in the Regent Ballroom 3. In addition to conducting the annual business of the association, Dave Bauer, CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association will update members on national news and issues. All members are invited and welcome to attend.

Urgent Action Alert 
Tell Congress to Oppose Unfair UNION Organizing Bill 

Congress will soon vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This bill is an unprecedented attempt to fundamentally change dozens of well-established labor laws to assist organized labor without any regard to their detrimental impact on workers, employers—union and open-shop—and the economy. If enacted, the PRO Act would completely upend decades of work to balance employee and employer rights and restrictions settled in courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and Congress.

The PRO Act’s most significant changes impacting the construction industry are:

• Eliminating “secondary boycott” protections that would allow unions to launch disruptive protests and pickets against any employer, even those having nothing to do with a labor dispute.

• Imposing a “backdoor card check” exception to employees’ well-established right to a secret ballot election where they can freely vote their choice without intimidation by employer or union;

• Codifying the “quickie” or “ambush” election rules that limit employees’ access and opportunity to consider information about the union seeking to represent them;

• Expanding joint employer liability that could alter well-settled subcontracting practices in the construction industry;

• Hindering contractors’ ability to secure legal advice on complex labor matters; and

• Establishing an overly restrictive independent contractor test.

Already, this legislation has 216 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 40 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. Tell your U.S representative and senators to oppose the PRO Act today. OCA is working with our national affiliate, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) to encourage input on this important proposal. Click on the following link, and you will be guided through an easy to use process in order to notify your elected officials in the House and Senate about this proposed legislation. If you have any questions about the Bill, please contact Mark Potnick in the OCA office.

Taking action is easy . Simply submit the pre-written message as is to your Representative and Senators or customize them with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.


Important Equipment Sales Tax Ruling  

In a recent case heard before the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Summit County, the Court affirmed a prior Ohio Board of Tax Appeals’ determination that the purchases of traffic maintenance property by the contractor at the source of this case was exempt from Ohio sales and use tax under the resale exemption. This ruling has potential, major implications for contractors in the purchasing of certain traffic maintenance equipment for use on Ohio roadway construction projects. Please see the attached analysis of the decision that was prepared for OCA members by the law firm ICE Miller by clicking here.

AGC and Autodesk Launch Program to Help Firms Provide Safety Harnesses Designed with Women in Mind
AGC Member Firms Can Apply for Grants through January 10, 2020

AGC of America and Autodesk are launching a new $75,000 grant program to help member firms provide safety harnesses for women. The grant program is designed to help firms attract more women into the construction profession while continuing to meet the highest levels of workplace safety. As part of that effort, winning firms will be selected based on their ability to leverage relatively small grant awards to attract more women and provide them with appropriately-sized safety harnesses. AGC is accepting applications until January 10, 2020. Click "here" for more information about the grant program and how to apply.

For more information contact:
Kevin Cannon at 703-837-5410 or
Nazia Shah at 703-837-5409 or

Estimating Competition Searching for a Project 

Every year students participating in the OCA Estimating Competition compete using a previously-constructed project from one of our members. Last year’s students estimated the Columbia Road Relocation project, presented by the John R. Jurgensen Co. We are now looking for a new project for the 2020 competition. If you are willing to attend a couple of meetings to discuss your project and give a presentation to those attending the competition, please contact David Rule at 614-488-0724. The competition dates are February 14 & 15.

Quick Links to On-line OCA Resources

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

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