The Goose Damage Management Workshop is the second of a series of workshops hosted by the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The goal is to provide practical real-world training to individuals and organizations interested in learning about all aspects of goose damage management. Workshop participants will be certified by the National Wildlife Control Operators Association, whose training is accepted by Indiana and Connecticut Wildlife Departments.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of his speech during NPMA Legislative Day, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele had this advice for attendees before they headed to Capitol Hill: “The conversation they want to have is not the conversation that you want to have and you must have,” said Steele. “So what will it take for them to listen to you? It’s not what you say — it’s how you say it. I say you go in there with a big ole sledgehammer and say, ‘Pay attention and listen to me.’”
What’s different about this year’s visits to Capitol Hill as opposed to previous Legislative Days? Americans are becoming increasingly frustrated with a government that has become more and more partisan and less effective, meaning that constituents are more likely to vote out their elected officials. “The American people are looking at issues differently, they are engaging differently and the sledgehammer that could fall is the heads of the incumbents — both Democrats and Republicans,” said Steele. “There is a very different dynamic…you are in the driver’s seat.”
With that advice, Legislative Day attendees headed to Capitol Hill to encourage their representatives to consider the industry’s position on the following:
CARD CHECK. The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409, S. 560) also referred to as "card check." EFCA is proposed legislation to "amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to establish an easier system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes."
Currently, NLRA establishes two primary ways that employees are able to form or join a union: 1) a private ballot election administered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after at least 30 percent of workers have signed authorization cards or 2) the collection of signed authorization "check cards" from a majority of employees in a bargaining unit.
EFCA fundamentally alters the NLRA by allowing unions to use the "card check" process or signature campaign each time they try to organize employees. If enacted, EFCA would require the NLRB to certify any union that secures a simple majority of signatures through this petition-like process. Such a process effectively allows the establishment of unions everywhere without a valid vote. Under the "card check" method, union organizers present employee signatures on authorization cards as representing the true intent of the workers. However, even a Federal Appeals Court has noted that, "Workers sometimes sign union authorization cards not because they intend to vote for the union in the election, but to avoid offending the person who asks them to sign, often a fellow worker, or simply to get the person off their back."
Many businesses, including pest control businesses, believe that the only way to guarantee worker protection is through the continued use of a federally supervised private ballot so that personal decisions about whether to join a union remain private. Swapping federally supervised private ballot elections for a "card check" process tramples the privacy of individual workers who should not have to reveal to anyone how they exercise their right to choose whether to organize their coworkers in a union.
Terminix’s Norm Goldenberg reviewed this issue with attendees prior to their Legislative Day visits. Goldenberg said that EFCA is an effort by unions to make money by increasing membership, and thus collecting more union dues. Goldenberg said the bigger issue is that EFCA divides a company’s workforce. “Let’s say you have 10 people in your company and six of them sign the card check to become a part of a union. Then what about the four other people that didn’t sign? You will have two opposing workforces in your operation.”
SEPA. In December 2009, a new version of the School Environment Protection Act (SEPA), H.R. 4159, was introduced in Congress by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.).
NPMA and its members believe that this most recent federal school pesticide bill is unnecessary, overreaching legislation that unjustifiably restricts the use of commonly used pest control products at schools.
Moreover, SEPA imposes bureaucratic and onerous notification and posting requirements upon school districts including advance notice of all applications of pesticides not designated as a “least toxic pesticide” as well as annual notice of the school pest management plan.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that SEPA is “one-size-fits-all” legislation that requires schools in Florida to manage pests the same as schools in Alaska, completely ignoring the different pest pressures in each state.
Additionally, close to 40 states already have laws or regulations in place specific to pest management in and around schools. Adopting a federal bill would create chaos and confusion — not only among PMPs but in school districts — in states that already have some sort of school pest management law or regulatory requirement in place. Mike Katz, president of Western Exterminator, Anaheim, Calif., who reviewed this issue with Legislative Day attendees, said school pesticide legislation is “a better state issue.”
BED BUGS. Another important objective of Legislative Day was for attendees to educate legislators about bed bugs to sort of “prime the pump” should a bill aimed at addressing the bed bug crisis be introduced in Congress.
Attendees were asked to advise Congress to consider the following options
Provide additional resources and direct CDC to provide leadership. Additional resources are needed to help combat bed bug problems that plague lower or fixed income housing. Congress can provide much needed relief by directing the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to divert existing resources to fight bed bugs in lower and fixed income housing. Specifically, Congress should direct EPA and HUD to make funds available fromt eh Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, Environmental Justice Small Grants and other programs to states, local governments, and loca housing authorities to combat bed bugs. To ensure that the funds are used effectively, eligibility should be limited to entities that adopt and implement a bed bug action plan and require treatments to be performed by state-certified pesticide applicators, trained in effective pest management strategies.
Authorize research. The pest management industry has funded a number of bed bug related research projects and will continue doing so. EPA’s continuing pesticide re-evaluation program will likely lead to the loss of additional products. Because of the relatively small size of the bed bug product market and the high cost of developing new products, there may not be sufficient incentives for the private sector to develop new safe and effective bed bug control products. Congress should rectify this problem by establishing a research program to helped develop effective methods of controlling bed bugs and other resurgent household pests. The program could be house at the U.S. Department of Agricultures IR-4 program or the Agricultural Research Service in conjunction with land grant universities with structural pest management expertise
Consider additional criteria in approving pesticide products. When EPA registers new products, alters or reevaluates the registration of existing products or considers petitions for emergency exemptions, it should consider factors such as (1) the impact on Americans “quality of life” when residential and other pests are not able to be controlled; (2) the risks that arise when consumers resort to overapplying ineffective products or use unregistered products or other homemade remedies and 3) the opportunity for the proliferation of inefficacious or “snake oil” type products when affordable, effective products do not exist.
In a related issue and to discourage the marketing of inefficacious products by unscrupulous companies, Congress could require efficacy data for all pesticide products claiming to control bed bugs, to provide assurance to the professional industry, consumers and federal and state regulatory officials that such products work as advertised. This is especially important for bed bugs control products because it is not immediately obvious when a product does not work.
A concerted federal effort is needed to combat the crises. EPA should create an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, chaired by the assistant administrator, advising the Agency on strategies it may adopt to effectively combat bed bugs. Members of the committee would be drawn from state and local health and housing officials, pest management industry representatives and state pesticide regulatory agencies
Congress should require the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development and EPA Administrator to report to Congress on steps the federal government could take to combat the bed bug epidemic.
Congress should demand greater intergovernmental cooperation and coordination by instructing the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development and EPA Administrator to take measures to coordinate the federal government’s response to the crisis.
Legislative Day 2010 was sponsored by FMC and Dow AgroSciences.
FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced today a call for nominations for NPMA’s Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin. This is the second year the NPMA will recognize women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. Nominations open today and may be submitted online at www.npmapestworld.org by no later than Friday, July 30. Self-nominations will be accepted.
“NPMA is proud to provide a forum through the Women of Excellence Award to honor women who are making significant and lasting impacts upon the industry. This is the premier recognition program for women pest control professionals and is the only such program in the industry “said Rob Lederer, executive vice president for NPMA.
The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry. Deserving candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership and make notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession and to other women are encouraged to apply.
Nomination criteria. An eligible nominee meets the following criteria:
• Works in the pest control industry (pest control operator, manufacturer, researcher)
• Demonstrates leadership in her professional career
• Makes notable contributions to the good of her profession
• Helps other women succeed in the industry
The winner of NPMA’s Women of Excellence Award will be chosen by an esteemed and independent judges panel comprised of professionals with backgrounds in pest management, human resources and other industries. The judges are Tory Johnson, Women for Hire magazine; Emily Thomas Kendrick, 2009 Women of Excellence Award recipient; Rob Lederer, NPMA; Jean Seawright, CMC, Seawright & Associates and Barbara Thorne, Department of Entomology of the University of Maryland.
The award recipient will be notified in August and formally announced at a special award presentation during the 2010 PestWorld Convention, Oct. 20-23 in Honolulu.
“We are proud to celebrate women who have made significant strides to advance their companies, their colleagues and the pest control profession overall,” said Glen Rollins, president and chief operating officer of Orkin, the presenting sponsor of the annual award.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.—A-Pro Pest Control, Cambell, Calif., and Gene’s Pest Control, Marietta, Ga., are the most recent bedbugFREE-approved companies. These firms are now part of the the national network pest management firms committed to the guidelines and practices of Bed Bug Central.
A-Pro has serviced the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985, specializing in low-impact and environmentally sensitive applications. A-Pro became bedbugFREE members and attended Bed Bug University to ensure their treatment protocols were as comprehensive as possible.
“We are now in a position to provide our customers with a long-term action plan that will prevent their properties from becoming infested with bed bugs,” said Chuck Payton, co-owner of A-Pro. “In addition we now have the proper documentation if litigation is ever needed.”
Gene’s Pest Control is a family owned and operated company that has served the Metro Atlanta Area for more than 17 years. The company’s service professionals pride themselves on educating the customer in addition to resolving their pest issue. Gene’s Pest became bedbugFREE members to have a premiere bed bug management program that was recognized by non-affiliated bed bug experts.
“We decided to become bedbugFREE because we wanted a bed bug program that was comprehensive and worked,” said Hal Payne of Gene’s Pest. “We knew that our program had to be the best and give the customers what the wanted – a bed bug free home or business.”
For more information about bedbugFREE visit: http://www.bedbugcentral.com
|Pictured (from left to right): Alfie Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions; Ben Walker, Gregory Pest Solutions; Eric Van Houten, Copesan; Vern Toblan, Pi Chi Omega, Clarke Keenan, Waltham Services; Deni Naumann, Copesan; Russ Ives, Rose Pest Solutions; and Bery Cothern, Syngenta.|
LAS VEGAS — During its recent National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Copesan held a raffle to benefit two programs that contribute to the future of the pest management industry.
In total, conference attendees raised $5,525, which Copesan matched, bringing the total to over $11,000. Two organizations will receive the monies: Pi Chi Omega and National Pest Management (NPMA) Foundation. Pi Chi Omega will also receive $150, raised by auctioning the “Stored Product Pest Identification Guide,” which was donated by Gerry Wegner, technical director and staff entomologist of ProGuard Commercial Pest Solutions of Columbus, Ohio. Another $150 was raised by auctioning the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control, donated by Dr. Eric Smith, director of Technical Services at Dodson Bros. Exterminating Co., Lynchburg, VA.
Pi Chi Omega, a pest management industry fraternity, provides scholarships to entomology students. Several $1,000 scholarships are given each year to entomology students at universities across the country and around the world. The NPMA Foundation, which has been in existence for more than 30 years, provides grants for the research, development and refinement of pest management tools and techniques.
“Copesan is proud to support both the Pi Chi Omega scholarship fund and the NPMA Foundation for research” said Deni Naumann, president of Copesan. “Raising a record amount of money created a lot of excitement among our Partners and staff attending this event.”
The raffle, sponsored by Syngenta, awarded prizes as follows:
Grand Prize - $1,000 Target Gift Card – Jim Schmitt, Wil-Kil Pest Control, Appleton, WI
First Runner-Up - $500 Northwest / Delta Airlines Voucher - Ray Kidwell, McCall Service, Jacksonville, FL
Second Runner-Up - $300 Wal-Mart Gift Card– Mike Rodgers, American Pest, Takoma Park, MD
Third Runner-Up - $100 Starbucks Gift Card – Alfie Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions, Tacoma, WA
Fourth Runner –Up - $100 Home Depot Gift Card – Michele Vance, Schendel Pest Services, Topeka, KS