June 1, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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June 2-4  SafetyFestMT Butte
                Montana Tech, 1300 W Park St
June 15 Grand Trophy applications due

June 19 Board of Directors Meeting 11:00 a.m.
             Comfort Suites, Helena, Sleeping Giant Room
June 19 Safety Meeting 4:00 p.m.
              L&C Fairgrounds Helena

June 20  Truck Driving Championships
               Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds
               Helena, MT
               SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!

June 22-24 Summer Share The Road, Billings
July 15-17 RMRSR
                  Mountain View Ranch, ID
                  Refer to flyer below 
Freight Alert I90 Snoqualmie Pass Vicinity Width Restrictions

FREIGHT ALERT: I-90 Snoqualmie Pass Vicinity width restrictions

LOCATION: I-90 eastbound, mileposts 56 to 64

DETAILS: Loads over 12 feet wide are prohibited Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5 from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning. No restrictions westbound. 


UPDATED FREIGHT ALERT: I-90 Vantage Bridge Width Restrictions   
LOCATION: I-90 eastbound and westbound, mileposts 136 to 139

DETAILS: Loads over 10 feet wide are prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily June 1 through June 5. Crews are inspecting the Vantage Bridge and contractor crews will be working on concrete barrier during these hours. 
CVSA's Annual Road Check Inspection Blitz Takes Place This Week

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, is scheduled for June 2-4 - next Tuesday-Thursday. 


Roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will  perform nearly 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses over the 72-hour period. They will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points around North America. 

Owner-Operator Alert Available
 Owner-Operator Classification Alert is now available to MCM members by clicking on the aforementioned link. The Alert provides an overview of federal and state legislative and administrative proposals that would impact independent contractor classification if enacted. Highlights in this Alert include an Arkansas law modifying the labor code's "ABC" test; a Hawaii bill that would replace the state's current ABC test in the UI context; a Massachusetts bill that would authorize stop-work orders and license revocation for businesses upon a finding of failure to pay employment taxes or unemployment tax payments; a Minnesota bill that would prohibit exclusive use of an independent contractor; a Nevada bill that would establish a new multifactor independent contractor test for wage payment purposes; a number of North Carolina bills that would establish new enforcement bodies and create a standalone misclassification violation using an ABC test; an Oregon bill that would use "integral part of the business" as the touchstone for employee classification for wage payment purposes; a Vermont bill that would establish a new uniform IC definition for UI and WC purposes; and a Washington bill that would establish an ABC/separate business entity test, and create express joint employer liability. For more information, contact Rich Pianka at rpianka@trucking.org. If you have trouble accessing the Alert, please contact Lashon Harris at lharris@trucking.org.
Federal State Trucking Associations

When you are a member of the Motor Carriers of Montana, you are part of a federation that includes 50 state trucking associations and industry related conferences and councils.  Altogether, these organizations make up the federation of the American Trucking Associations, which traces its origins to a meeting in Montana in 1933 between the American Highway Freight Association and the Federation Trucking Associations of America.  The Federation is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry.  For your convenience, here is a list of association and affiliates.

Seeking TDC Volunteers

57th Annual RMRSR Registration Now Open

Featuring Dave Mitchell "How Great Leaders Think "

  Wagon Ride, Dinner & Show 
  Mountain River Ranch in Ririe

  Captain William Reese - CVSA
  Richard York - FMCSA Update

  Fred Rice - Accident Reconstruction
                  & Investigation
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