News From PCCA...
In Memoriam: Ruth Michels
PCCA is saddened to pass along news of the passing of Ruth Michels, Michels Corporation, on December 21. Mrs. Michels helped found Michels Pipeline Construction in 1959, and the company joined PCCA in 1967. The company has been active in PCCA leadership ever since, and Mrs. Michels attended several PCCA meetings over the years. An announcement from the company is below.
Memorials can be sent to:
Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Hospice Hope
430 E. Division St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Congress Covers PCCA Priorities in Covid-19/Omnibus Legislation
December 23, 2020
Late on December 21, Congress approved a massive Covid-19 relief/omnibus spending package that heeds PCCA's call for extending the deadline for government entities to spend CARES Act funds, providing significant funding for broadband deployment, and clarifying that business expenses paid for with the proceeds of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are tax deductible. Industry and Congress hope President Trump will sign the legislation before the end of the year.
PCCA was relentless on these issues in the weeks leading up to the vote, with five letters to congressional leadership, more than 400 email communications from PCCA members through Muster, and nonstop lobbying by phone and Zoom by the association's government relations team.
Safe + Sound 2020 Year In Review
Safe + Sound 2020 was a successful year! 1.9 million workers from 3,452 businesses participated in Safe + Sound Week. 68,590 participants regularly received safety and health messages via the listserv. Download the Safe + Sound 2020 End-Of-Year Infographic and share how you were #SafeAndSoundAtWork on social media. Thank you for your support!
Ogletree Reports on New EEOC Guidance for COVID Vaccinations
On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued revised COVID-19 guidance addressing questions related to the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to employees. The guidance now addresses several common questions that employers have raised with respect to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Did You Know?
PCCA Journal - 2020 Q4 - Available Online
The latest edition of the PCCA Journal is in the mail but you can avoid the wait by reading it online.
PCCA Hits the Right Notes in Nashville... We look at Election Results... PCCA's Brad Baumann is named to the TIRAP Advisory Board... the PCCA Year-End Product Showcase is featured and more.
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ISE Podcast Features PCCA Members
Follow this link to hear Dan Levac and Matt Becker, from PCCA-member Preformed Line Products, discuss why future-proofing should be a primary goal when deploying broadband networks. The podcast was produced by ICE Magazine.
Partnering to Combat the Digital Divide with a Searchable, Interactive Wi-Fi Map
On October 20, several partner organizations announced the launch of the American Connection Project (ACP) interactive Wi-Fi map (www.americanconnection.io). PCCA is a member of the ACP, which is working to bring high-speed internet access to all households, with a focus on those in rural areas.