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Hite said the UA locals will be increasing the number of apprentice classes, and will be "thinking outside the box" to recruit people with special skills, such as welding, as soon as possible. The UA also is reaching out to various welding schools and has started its own intense welder qualifications to fill demand. In addition, the UA will give the apprentices OSHA training and workplace awareness classes to get them ready for the workforce. "We are determined not to be caught off guard and fail to have people who possess the skills necessary to get the job done," he said.
Hite also discussed the UA's other activities with UAC. Those include:
Hite's remarks were followed by UA Representative Gary Hamilton, who discussed UA national agreements, and how contractors can get involved in them.
Also, Kirk Alter, with Purdue University and Fast Management Inc., led sessions on "What's the Bottom Line?" and "Getting Past No." Attorney James Estabrook facilitated a roundtable on "Fiduciary Responsibilities and Duties of a Trustee." Dr. Larry Whitworth conducted a seminar on "Building Supervisory Skills Through Distance Learning."
The UAC also elected a new chairman and trustees during the meeting. They are:
The UAC is an enhanced service group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association. For more information, visit www.uac-contractors.org.
Publication date: 03/13/2006