The Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City (MCA-KC) is the leader of the mechanical construction and service industry, developing and promoting the professionalism, cost-effectiveness, and productivity of union construction and service, through training, education, and labor relations.
Making the Best Mechanical Contractors in Kansas City Even Better!
|GOAL 1 (Labor Relations)
We will work with LU 8 and LU 533 on specific initiatives that make us competitive in the marketplace and hold each other accountable to be the preferred provider for all mechanical services.
Labor Relations Task Force. MCA-KC acknowledges that labor relations, and particularly the collective bargaining process, is one of the most vital functions of the association. The 2011 collective bargaining negotiations resulted in contract changes that offered contractors: competitive crew rates on bid day to serve all markets, increase hours and build union relationships; healthy pension plans for both union members and contractors; and union wage protection through contractor involvement in fringe allocations. Accordingly, the MCA-KC Board of Directors will oversee the Labor Relations Task Force, support management trustee focus, and create accountability through the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Joint Conference Boards. This group will be responsible for the following:
a) Prioritize Industry Issues and find common ground in working with Local 8 and Local 533 through the respective Joint Conference Boards and building a “dashboard” to track key performance metrics and continue to use UNIONf.i.t.s. to communicate performance, starting with maximizing apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship in August 2011;
b) Conduct a 2011 Negotiation Review with members of the union and contractor negotiation committees and jointly communicate commitments to the new contract at contract signing meetings;
c) Create an Account Management Strategy with both locals, identifying all union members involved in the local and assigning peer relationships to build MCA-KC relationship and trust;
d) Create a specific task force to address union education initiatives that would include Pension Education for union members the Cost of An Hour for Union Mechanical Service, with the focus being the union member as recipient of this training.
|GOAL 2 (Contractor Education)
We will assist our members in their efforts to improve the performance of their companies, develop their staff into the highest caliber of worker, and leverage educational opportunities to increase the overall participation in our association.
Education Committee. MCA-KC acknowledges the unqualified importance of ongoing education to the success of all levels of participants within the union mechanical contracting industry and the excellent educational offerings that are being offered to our members today. Accordingly, we will:
a) Support a permanent Education Committee with MCA-KC Vice President as Chairman (Bill Alexander) and MCA-KC Member At Large as Vice Chairman (Greg Stanger). The committee must represent a cross section of our association membership to make sure it is addressing the most pressing industry needs;
b) Invigorate and assess all potential education and training programs to make sure that the offerings are pertinent, timely and fresh;
c) Continue to leverage computer-based training options to bring more educational offerings to the membership that can be accessed anytime for learning convenience;
d) Understand the training initiatives identified in the safety and service committees and offer support as appropriate;
d) The association recognizes that the promotion of student chapters is one of the major activities of MCAA. Through the Education Committee, MCA-KC will actively increase the effectiveness of the student chapter at Pittsburg State University and Kansas State University. Additionally, MCA-KC will host the 2012 Student Chapter Summit in October 2012 and the Education Committee shall provide MCAA with support required to deliver an exceptional experience for the students.
|GOAL 3 (Industry Issues)
We will focus on the following objectives to promote our association, promote our industry and grow market share for our membership.
Market Share. It is clear to MCA-KC and its leadership that before we can begin to influence change, we must have as accurate a picture of the Kansas City marketplace as possible. Accordingly, we will establish a systematic approach to gaining market data, to accomplish the following:
a) Create an easy-to-use website application for contractors to record current market wins and losses for union and non-union work in all markets;
b) Convince all signatory contractors on the importance of the market research to assure full and complete, and therefore indisputable evidence of current market reality;
c) Research competitive cost analysis and determine which “markets” we believe could be expanded or recaptured by the unions through the use of UA National agreements, targeting, marketing, etc.
d) Update previous market share study from Colorado State University to review for macro market trends.
Increase Member Involvement. MCA-KC recognizes that the association relies heavily on volunteer participation of its members. The strength of the association comes from unity of purpose, increasing the number of volunteers involved, and increasing participation from the Next Generation of Mechanical Contractor Leadership. Accordingly, we will:
a) Develop an internal communication strategy that addresses the importance of unity among contractors and the value of the MCA-KC brand as the resource for labor relations and industry issues;
b) Increase the numbers of different contractors and individuals that serve on association committees;
c) Leverage the Next Generation of Leadership to take an active participation role in the development of and involvement with our Student Chapters;
d) Continue to build industry awareness through the UNIONf.i.t.s. Initiative and the MCA-KC website;
e) Increase discipline specific communications directly to our contractors’ employees.
|GOAL 4 (Association Administration)
We will constantly seek ways to make the association more compelling, support volunteers and staff effectively, and deliver increasing value to the membership and industry.
Association administrative functions. MCA-KC acknowledges that as an association, it must find better ways of performing tasks and increasing volunteerism in the association through the following activities:
a) Communications (Internal and External)
b) Volunteer task forces and committees
c) Web advancements
d) Leveraging the office
e) IT and Technology Application
f) Legal support and resource
g) Political Awareness