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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home order through May 15 while relaxing restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating.
Whitmer, a Democrat whose national profile has risen in recent months, has been under heavy pressure from Republicans and conservatives in her state to ease the stay-at-home guidelines, which are among the strictest in the nation.
"We will consider this the preliminary stage of economic reengagement," said Whitmer at a press conference Friday, adding that these changes will be dependent on the coming days. "If we continue to see our numbers decline, we can responsibly consider additional steps we can take. If we see an increase, we may have to be nimble enough to go backward on occasion."
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The Democratic governor's order says people are now required to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores if they can medically tolerate it.
Because of the partnership MIACCA has with Service Roundtable, you have a free membership to Service Roundtable as an Associate Member. Service Roundtable is continually looking for ways to help all Service Roundtable members navigate these difficult times. One of the Service Roundtable partners, and MIACCA Corporate Partner, ONLINE-ACCESS, that you are eligible to receive rebates from has provided a fantastic video and instructions on how your company can provide effective masks as a means of giving back to your community. Take 2 minutes and watch this video and read the instructions. A number of Service Roundtable members have already been very successful with this program.
MIACCA THANKS ONLINE-ACCESS FOR SHARING THIS RESOURCE!
This is just one example of the constant stream of information, marketing and business tips that are available to you from Service Roundtable. If you are interested in upgrading your Associate Membership to a Service Roundtable Membership, call this number: 877.262.3341 and tell them Vicki sent you. That makes the first month $10. After that the membership is $50 per month, but half of that $50 is returned to your Association for local programs, scholarships, speakers, etc. And best of all you can cancel at any time. And remember tell them Vicki sent you for that $10 offer!
Our Affinity Member, Federated Insurance, is proactively taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID‐19, or coronavirus. They are a company committed to risk management and enhancing client success, and our highest priority is supporting the health and safety of you, their employees, and our communities. Please know that the entire Federated team stands beside you and all of the 38,000+ businesses they have the privilege to serve during these uncertain times.
They have provided our members with valuable resources.
On March 26, 2020, MIACCA sent this Joint Declaratory Ruling - Permit Application to LARA Director Orlene Hawks in an order to expedite the implementation of having a statewide mechanical permit form. As you know, we have been working on this for the Michigan HVACR industry with great efforts. We will keep you posted of any response.
On March 18, 2020 MIACCA submitted this statement to the Honorable Sally Wallace regarding the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on Case No. U-20697 Rule 413. The Michigan Public Service Commission had sent out notice of Consumers Energy first electric rate case since its filing of Consumers Energy 2018 VAPS Annual Report. This is where the electric utility costs directly attributable to the ASP's use of the monthly electric bill for the ASP billing and payment processing is supposed to be allocated.
Please read these important COVID19 updates and safety tips from MIACCA:
MIACCA Covid 19 update 031820 B.pdf
MIACCA Covid 19 Safety 031820.pdf
In this letter (MIACCA letter to Gov Whitmer re COVID19.pdf) MIACCA urges Governor Whitmer to allow HVACR businesses to remain open during the COVID19 shutdowns.
MIACCA is pleased to announce, due to our diligent efforts, that Senate Bill 827 has been introduced into legislation, MIACCA had been working with Senator Roger Victory, who agreed that our suggested changes to the Skilled Trades Regulation Act needed to be considered. We sincerely are grateful for his efforts.
This proposed language will allow existing mechanical contractors to appropriately add work classifications to their mechanical licenses; continue the long standing safety practice of having employers attest to an applicant's mechanical work experience; and provide for a reasonable work experience credit for those who goes to school to learn a skilled trade and successfully completes a recognized HVAC trade school, community college, or university program. 3/11/2020
Both Consumers Energy Co. and SEMCO gas utility have started providing customer lists to those who have requested them using the information provided on the MPSC VAPS Website. While DTE has not been as forthcoming, they are working through its issues. If you do make a VAPS Information Sharing request, please share your experience with MIACCA as we want to know if the process is working well for you.
Great News for MIACCA Members!
According to this MPSC Order issued on January 23, 2020 in Case U-18361, MIACCA's comments regarding VAPS information sharing were basically adopted by the Commission. This means that contactors can now request the same customer lists that the utilities share with their VAPS programs, such as Appliance Service Plans programs, without having to sign a utility generated non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Contractors can now start using the utility current customer list to do target marketing in their areas. To find out who to contact at the utility to request the customer list contractors can go to the MPSC website
This is, yet, another great benefit of being a MIACCA Member!