PLC Member Weekly Update May 20, 2022
In this Issue:
Annual Meeting 2022 – New Log A Load Record!
Spring Safety Training – Two classes left in 2022. Attend and PLC dues are free in 2023!
Mud Season 2022 – Work search waiver extended to May 28! MDOL launches new chatbot feature
MLOP Now Recruiting – Classes Start in June! Scholarships now available for all accepted students.
Logger’s Voice Spring Edition – Now Available!
Cost Calculators – Members Only
PLC Store – Many items for sale
Safety Resources – Featured Videos: Unsafe Zone with Gabe Rioux and HumpDay video on Ticks
Trucking – FMCSA Documentation for Commercial Trucking Zoom Class June 7
Classified listings – Check them out!
Member Discounts – Many to choose from
Logging News – Latest headlines
PLC Annual Meeting 2022! Record $144,399 raised in Log A Load Auction!
BAR HARBOR – The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine held its 27th Annual Meeting Friday, May 13, raising a record $144,399 in the annual Log A Load For Maine Kids auction and presenting awards to businesses, individuals, and legislators from across Maine for their contributions to the logging industry.
The meeting was held at a new location this year, the Bar Harbor Club in Bar Harbor, ME., with more than 200 attending. Honored guests at the event included Maine Governor Janet Mills and retired New England Patriot Rob Ninkovich.
“This event has shattered records both for funds raised for our Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Bangor and Portland, and for attendance,” Dana Doran, Executive Director of the PLC, said. “It seems the logging industry gets tougher every year, yet this group continues to exceed expectations in every way, standing strong for the industry and the Maine children and families who benefit from Log A Load for Maine Kids.”
The day included a business meeting for PLC Member contractors in the morning, with board and officer elections and a panel discussion on wood supply and logger financial health with representatives from three wood consuming mills. A noon luncheon open was held with Governor Mills. The evening events included the Log A Load for Kids Auction, dinner, and PLC awards ceremony.
Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!
Read the full report on the meeting, including PLC Award winners, HERE
PLC Logger Safety and Fleet Trainings!
Two Trainings Left – Fort Kent
*PLEASE NOTE, THE FLEET TRAINING ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED IN ASHLAND HAS BEEN MOVED TO FORT KENT
PLC Safety Trainings Fort Kent: The PLC is pleased to offer Logger, Fleet, CPR and Dynamic Driving Safety Training for its members in person for 2022! Please review our final Logger and Fleet offerings for 2022, both in Fort Kent, and register as soon as possible to ensure there is room for your employees at the chosen location(s). Fleet Safety Training will be held May 24, and Logger Safety Training May 25, both at TNT Road Company, 110 Charette Hill Road..
This training is free to employees and owners of all PLC Member companies and Maine Master Logger companies! Lunch is provided, and we have added new topics based on feedback received from PLC Members. Don’t miss out, register NOW!
*New for 2022, the PLC will be receiving grant funds from the Maine Community College System (MCCS), our partner for the Mechanized Logging Operations Program, to provide your company with a great new member benefit!
With the help of the MCCS, we will be setting up a training database that will allow us to more effectively track employee training that you do through the PLC or Master Logger. It also allows you to offer hundreds of other free/low-cost training courses for your employees through the MCCS at no cost.
Participation is optional for all companies and employees, however, if your company participates with at least 50% of its employees you will not have to pay PLC dues for 2023. The PLC will use the remaining funds to cover the increased costs of training – so that training can remain free for your company!
To participate, your company needs to do the following:
- Register for a PLC logger safety, fleet safety training, Dynamic Driving (no charge) or CPR class (no charge)
- Send 50% of your employees to training.
- During registration, your employees will need to sign in and provide their Date of Birth (DOB) so training can be tracked in a central database. We will enter this information into the training database for you.
We think this is a great opportunity to offer more high-quality training, minimize the amount of tracking you need to do for training, increase funding for PLC training, and allow your company to skip PLC dues for 2023.
As always, if you don’t want to participate, please let us know. Otherwise, we will sign up your company for this great opportunity.
The PLC would also like to thank our sponsors of the 2022 Safety Trainings below. We could not offer these trainings without you!
Mud Season Work Search Waiver Period Extended Through May 28
*MDOL launches new chatbot feature for unemployment questions (Learn more below)
Members, PLC learned in early May our effort to secure an extension of the mud season work search waiver cutoff date for Maine loggers in 2022 has been successful; Maine’s Department of Labor will extend the blanket waiver through Saturday, May 28th.
Following extensive efforts by the PLC in 2018, laid off loggers have annually been granted up to a 6 week work search waiver while on unemployment, as long as they are able to provide a definite recall date to Maine’s Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.
This year the waiver dates were initially granted from March 27-May 7 but thanks to the information on startup dates provided by many of you in our recent survey the PLC was able to lobby successfully to extend the cutoff date through May 28 this year. This is not a regional waiver, it is statewide.
This means a laid off logger can get more than 6 weeks of the waiver if they submitted their original claim more 6 weeks prior to May 28th.
In addition, the DOL has informed PLC it has attempted to get spreadsheets of logger employee names in order to identify logger claimants and manually put in waiver extensions for those still actively filing. If one of your employees has a claim in and are being told they have to do a work search, tell them to call the claim center at 1-800-593-7660 so DOL can manually update their claim. Phone wait times have been way down. Monday and Tuesday have the longest wait times.
If you have not already filed, then these are the most important steps for logging contractors and employees to follow in order to take advantage of the work search waiver:
1. A company provides an employee with a recall date. If this date is after May 28, you will still enter May 28 as your recall date.
2. The employee contacts the Bureau at 1-800-593-7660 selects option 2 and tells them the name of the company employing them and the recall date the company has given them. If this date is after May 28, you will still enter May 28 as your recall date.
3. The Bureau sends separation paperwork to the Company, at which point the Company will verify the recall date on the paperwork.
4. Phone lines are open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.
5. For online self-service, click HERE. There are zero wait times and this option is available 7 days a week. Select “Create ReEmployME Account” if you do not already have an account created from prior years, or “Claimant Login” if you have filed through the ReEmployME system sometime within the last three years. Then select the “Unemployment Claim” tab at the top of your screen and go to “File Unemployment Claim.” Follow the prompts on the screen to file a new claim, or reopen an existing claim. * As part of filing your claim, you will be asked if you have a definite recall date. Please select “YES” when prompted and enter a definite recall date of 05/28/2022 (even if you are not sure of a definite recall date, or have an expected recall after that date), which will add the work search waiver to your claim. The department is manually putting in a waiver through that date.
Any questions may be directed to the Bureau at 1-800-593-7660.
*Maine Dept. of Labor Launches Online Chatbot for Unemployment Insurance Questions
AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Labor has launched a new online tool for unemployment insurance claimants to assist them in navigating the claim process and ReEmployME system. LEARN MORE
MLOP Program Recruiting Students for Summer 2022!
*Two instructors also being sought
Through the generous support of Skowhegan Savings, $1,000 scholarships are now available for all accepted students.
The Mechanized Logging Operations Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Class starting in June of 2022. If you know of anyone who may have an interest in the program they can apply at the link below. You may also encourage them to call, text or email MLOP Coordinator Donald Burr at 207-356-1541 or email@example.com to learn more.
*MLOP is also seeking two instructors for the program! One instructor will need delimber experience and the other feller buncher experience. Contact Donald Burr at 207-356-1541 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
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Logger’s Voice Spring 2022!
The Spring 2022 Edition of The Logger’s Voice is now available!
PLC Members Only!
Equipment Cost Calculators Available
With expenses rising rapidly in the industry we know you are struggling to get a handle on your costs. This is a great time to utilize the cost calculators created in 2021 for PLC Members.
These new, easy to use, logging equipment and log trucking cost calculators are available on the PLC Members Only section of our web site You may access this private section of the web site with your member login or set up a login HERE.
These calculators allow you to quickly estimate the hourly cost of operation for any piece of your equipment.
DISCLAIMER: These calculators are being made available for your business use as a member benefit. They produce equipment estimates and are not official products of the PLC nor should they be used for negotiation purposes.
PLC Online Store
Looking for great PLC items and apparel? Gifts? First Aid packs, safety items and more? You will find them at the new PLC Online Store on our web site. Ordering is easy.
New Unsafe Zone Safety Video – Gabe Rioux: Hydraulic Injection Injury!
Featured HumpDay Safety Video – Ticks!
The Safety Resources Page is located in the Members Only section of the PLC webite and contains many additional safety videos, resources, and materials for contractors. To check them out, click the link below and log in to the web site. If you do not have a login yet follow the instructions to create one. If you need help accessing the section contact the PLC office!
You are invited to a Zoom class on June 7 that will cover what the key paperwork requirements are that commercial truck drivers, clerical employees, contractors, and owner-operators must keep track of.
WHO – This class is designed for anyone who handles paperwork related to commercial trucking, including contractors and employees.
WHAT – Topics will include • Driver Qualification • Drug & Alcohol Clearing house • Hours of Service (ELD) • Truck Maintenance Records • Motor Carrier Safety Planner online.
WHEN – The class will run from 9-10 a.m. June 7 via Zoom.
You must register in advance for this meeting. To do so, click the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
You have about 30 days to get ready for the annual inspection blitz aimed at commercial vehicles.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates ar May 17-19, and will have a focus on wheel ends.
Logging Industry News
MAINE (WABI) – The State’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Land Use Planning Commission has proposed a rezoning plan for the Moosehead Lake region.
Workplace Labor Law Posters Available in Multiple Languages
The Maine Department of Labor now has required workplace labor law posters available in these additional languages: Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin), and Somali.
All posters are available to print/download at no cost on the MDOL website – https://www.maine.gov/labor/
We encourage all employers to display posters in the language(s) of their employees.
If you have questions about labor law, please reach out to the Bureau of Labor Standards at 207-623-7900 or https://www.maine.gov/
Infected deer ticks can spread the bacterium that causes Lyme disease when they bite. For transmission to occur, the deer tick must be attached for 24-48 hours. Use frequent tick checks to find and remove ticks as early as possible.
TRUCKING DISCOUNTS THROUGH THE ALC!
PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts on truck purchases! Click on the brand names below to learn more!
Fabian Oil Discount
Traction Heavy Duty Special
Maine Trailer Discounts
Scandinavian Forestry Equipment
PLC Members get a 5% discount on culverts purchased at Treeline and Frank Martin & Sons
Hale Trailer discounts for PLC Members on new trailer purchases! Call Neal at 207-232-7969 for details!
Cross Arena Discounts for PLC!
Check out the equipment and job opportunities our members have listed at the LOGGING ZONE! If you have equipment for sale, are looking to buy, are looking for employees, or