Executive Directors Blog

Happy 2019 !!!

Out with what's not working and in with something new and fresh !!!

Happy New Year ... join me in raising your coffee mug to a healthy, happy and successful 2019 !!!

Most of us start off the New Year saying stuff like ... I'm going to become healthier by increasing activity and by making better food choices.  Come on now ... we got this ... again.

For a BETTER New Year at work, it's also important to achieve a healthy work life ... you have to be willing to work on it and at it every day. 

Business e-mail etiquette ...

Consider a company-wide policy for sending business e-mails; below are a few basic tips:


  • Consider adding your “company name” to the subject line as it helps the receiver identify where the e-mail is coming from.  For example,Subject:IFCA – FALL CONFERENCE


  • Use a “greeting.”


  • State the purpose of your e-mail; add your closing remarks.


  • Finish your e-mail with a closing.


Misclassification ... learn more about it ...


MISCLASSIFICATION remains a topic of concern in the UNION construction industry. 

What can contractors do to try to stop it when they see an OPEN SHOP CONTRACTOR improperly misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor ???

Golf Outing: 9/24/18 @ Cedarbrook Country Club

This event is by INVITATION ONLY.  Look for your "invite" by e-mail early August!!!


White House Workforce Training Event

On July 19, the Building Trades and SWACCA attended the White House.  IFCA's long-time member, Tom Clerkin, was in attendance!!!  Tom, who is a signatory contractor, has been a stedfast leader at our association for many years; he is in partnership with two unions and is a supporter of his local apprenticeship training centers. 

Legislative Fly-In June 19 & 20, 2018 Washington D.C.


IFCA participated in FCA International's (FCA) Legislative Fly-In June 19 & 20.  I'd like to thank Geoff Furtaw, IFCA's Vice President and IFCA members - Tom Clerkin and Alan Bigelow - for taking the time to travel to Washington to meet with a variety of legislative assistants and representatives.

FCA's team met with Rep. Donald Norcross and Rep. Phil Roe to engage in discussions re: the GROW Act. 

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America - Michael Capelli, VP UBCJA Eastern District

IFCA was pleased that Michael (Mike) Capelli, Vice President United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) Eastern District; Bill Sproule, Regional Manager Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters (KML Carpenters) and Michael (Mike) Hand, Area Manager KML Carpenters ...

2018 Finish First Awards

For me, talking about the FINISH FIRST AWARDS doesn't get old as I love it and enjoy spending the evening with my members and industry friends.


Title Sponsor:  Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

Presenting Sponsors:  Allied Building Products; IUPAT District Council 21