UMCA Executive Vice President Robert Bergman and Board Members Jason Bleak (Industrial Piping and Welding) and Patrick Lynch (CCI Mechanical), along with NCCMP's Randy DeFrehn and MCAA's John McNerney, met with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in October to press for expeditious adoption of multi-employer pension plan reform in Congress this year. Senator Hatch is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which may have a key role on passage of the bill in the lame duck session of Congress this year. Senator Hatch indicated that he has interest in the bill and would like to help it progress. Now is the time to take action in writing our elected representatives to encourage them to support the bill for pension reform this year. Please go to www.mcaa.org/advocacy to email a letter to your Senator and Representatives on the urgent need for pension reform this year._READ_MORE
Registration for the UMCA Holiday Celebration is now open. Please join us as we celebrate the holiday season and another successful year. This year’s party will be hosted Thursday, December 11th at the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center (2 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah) and will begin at 6:30pm. The first couple per company to register is free and the cost for each additional attendee is $50. Don’t delay, registration closes on Monday, December 1st. We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with you. Click here to register online or download the registration form here._READ_MORE
The Labor-Management committees for Construction and Service & Refrigeration are hoping to continue with their progressive relationships as they will be meeting in November to review and discuss mutual goals and objectives for 2015. The Service & Refrigeration committee will meet on November 13th and the Construction committee will meet on November 20th. If you have any issues or goals you would like to see the group focus on in 2015 please contact Robert Bergman.
2014 - 2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement | The Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2014-2018 is entering the final stages of editing and will be sent to the printer in the coming weeks. The new agreement will be mailed to each signatory contractor as soon as they are available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need clarification on any issues, please contact the UMCA office.
New Apprentice List | The Joint Apprenticeship Committee will be interviewing new applicants on November 3rd and 4th for the upcoming school semester. If you are looking for a first year apprentice, please contact Local 140 on or after November 6th as the new list will be available.
The Utah Career Center will host a Mitsubishi Variable Refrigerant Flow Course on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Utah Career Center. The deadline to register for the course will be Tuesday, November 18th. To register or with questions, please call Will Nickell or Mike Beckstead at the Utah Career Center at 801-295-6198.
The United Association is also offering Variable Refrigerant Flow Courses for free to all UA Members in early 2015. The CITY MULTI Service Course provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the technologies used in the CITY MULTI system. Additionally, an in-depth functional study of the system is conducted as well as thorough discussion over the theories associated with properly applying, installing, commissioning and troubleshooting CITY MULTI systems. Concepts and theory are covered in the classroom and reinforced through practical hands-on exercises. Static displays and fully functional CITY MULTI systems are installed for the system analysis and practical troubleshooting exercises. Four dates and locations have been identified for the training and are:
Laptops will be required as participants will install and use Mitsubishi-provided software in the course. Attendees will be able to get their Mitsubishi Certification from the course. This course is recommended for installers, startup and service personnel for CITY MULTI systems who possess intermediate or greater HVAC technical skills and who have experience with Mr. Slim equipment. To register online, please log into the UA website and locate the regional course catalog where you will be able to register. If you have questions about the program or trouble getting registered, please contact Will Nickell or Mike Beckstead at the Utah Career Center at 801-295-6198.
We all know that leaders need to make tough decisions every day. Yet it’s how they make those decisions that set the best leaders apart.
When tackling a difficult decision, a person’s skills and experience will only get them so far. That’s why the best leaders surround themselves with people who offer diverse opinions, complement their abilities, and aren’t afraid to suggest a different approach.
That’s why I strive to foster an environment where I can get the best thinking from my team, hear the best advice from the experts, and make the best decisions for the organization.
Of course, you don’t need to be an executive to make important decisions. Every position comes with critical choices every single day. Here are three ways you can ensure you are always making smart decisions, whatever your role:
1. Surround yourself with people who are different from you.
Legendary entrepreneur and business leader Richard Branson once said, “Don’t be afraid of hiring mavericks. Somebody who thinks a little differently can help to see problems as opportunities and inspire creative energy within a group.”
It’s human nature to gravitate toward people who are similar to you. Yet if you rely on the same types of people all the time, you will never move beyond the status quo.
Diversity is the key to innovation. Seek out people with different backgrounds, different experiences, and different points of view. Then make sure that all these unique perspectives are heard and included in your work. When you foster an environment that embraces and celebrates differences, your team will come up with more creative ideas and better ways of moving forward.
By cultivating a culture of inclusion, where everyone’s experience is valued for the insights they can bring, you’ll have the best information available when the time comes to make a decision.
2. Know what you don’t know.
Hire people smarter than you, and listen to them. Great leaders have to know their strengths, their weaknesses, and how to succeed with both. If you convince yourself you know everything, two things will happen. First, you’ll be wrong. And second, you’ll make the wrong decisions.
So if you’re a leader, don’t feel threatened by experts who are smarter in certain subject areas or better at certain skills. Seek them out! Build a team full of people who complement your skills and fill in your gaps.
3. Say yes to people who can tell you no.
The higher you rise in an organization, the farther you are from the front line. So you need people at every level who have the courage to honestly tell you what’s working and what’s not. And when they disagree with you, they can’t be afraid to say so.
Of course, this is easier said than done. You don’t want to build a combative culture – where people find fault just for the sake of it. Instead, you want to foster a collaborative culture – where everyone feels a shared stake in forging the best path toward success.
When I think of leaders who did this well, I often think of Kelly Johnson, an aviation pioneer and one of Lockheed Martin’s legendary leaders. Nearly every aeronautical breakthrough for half a century had Kelly’s fingerprints on it – in large part because he knew exactly how to bring out the best from his teams.
Kelly would carry around a pocket full of quarters almost everywhere he went. Why? Because he had a standing bet with everyone who worked for him. If they wanted to disagree with him—to offer a better suggestion or a different point of view—Kelly was ready to listen. And if they were right, he would pay up with a quarter.
The act was simple, but the message was clear. A good idea could come from anywhere. Anyone who wanted to speak up would be heard – even if that meant disagreeing with the boss.
It’s been a long time since Kelly Johnson’s day, but we’ve worked to keep those same values alive at Lockheed Martin throughout our history. That’s why we always look for leaders who value diverse teams, who know what they don’t know, and who aren’t afraid to hear the word “no.”
These are three ways I ensure I’m making the best decisions for my organization. I’d love to hear your ideas. Share your thoughts in the comments below.