From left, PHCC-National Association Executive Vice President Michael Copp, Christie Mullin, Congressman Markwayne Mullin, and Arnie Rodio, Pace Setter Plumbing Inc., Sacramento, California.
The contractors felt at home in the office of fellow contractor Rep. Markwayne Mullin. From left, PHCC-National Association Executive Vice President Michael Copp, Christie Mullin, Congressman Markwayne Mullin, and Arnie Rodio, Pace Setter Plumbing Inc., Sacramento, California.

Leading contractors seek workforce funds at PHCC Legislative Conference

The contractors came to lobby Congress on energy-efficiency regulations, tax reform and workforce development, but it was the workforce issue that dominated conversations with legislators and their staffers.

WASHINGTON — Everyone’s in favor of workforce development — how can one not be? The plumbing industry needs to fill 180,000 jobs, the HVAC industry a similar number, and the construction industry as a whole has 800,000 unfilled jobs, said Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association Executive Vice President Michael Copp. Yet despite workforce development and career and technical education (otherwise known as CTE) being a motherhood-and-apple-pie issue, g

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