The Challenges of Marijuana in the Workplace

Attorney Bill Lynch led a series of PDCA seminars recently on the challenges of marijuana in the workplace. Some of the points he made were:
• There are two forms of marijuana: medical and recreational
• In PA, only medical is legal now
• Under federal law, no use is legal
• If employee fails a drug test, employer can base decision on the federal ban. This is most important if employee is driving or using equipment that can cause injury
• There is currently no workers’ comp coverage for medical marijuana use
For details and more information, contact Bill Lynch at or 610-316-8677.

PDCA Tailoring Seminar a Hit!

At the recent PDCA seminar Dale Kaplan explained and demonstrated techniques to upgrade alterations departments into high profit tailoring centers. The seminar took place at Kaplan's Careful Cleaners in Camp Hill, PA.

Wetcleaning Seminar in Doylestown

Cleaners from around the area gathered at Signature Cleaners in Doylestown for the PDCA seminar on wetcleaning. Tom McAllister of Kreussler demonstrated the proper use of soaps and chemicals to achieve maximum quality. John Oliveira of Laundrylux (Electrolux and Wascomat) explained how wetcleaning equipment differs from ordinary washers, and how cleaners can use these techniques to expand their businesses. We thank FM Supply, whose generous sponsorship helped to make this event possible.

Scholarships Available

There are several scholarships available to owners and employees PDCA member plants. Our Lucky Amatore Memorial Scholarship pays $1000 toward the tuition of any DLI School of Technology program. The applicant must have worked at the member cleaning plant for at least six months. To apply, contact PDCA.
There are nine scholarships available each year from R.R. Street Co. The awarding of the scholarships is solely at the discretion of DLI's Directors, and applicants should submit a written explanation of the reason for the request to our district director, Martin Young.
For details on the scholarships, call the PDCA office.

EPA Moves to Ban Tricloroethylene as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban certain uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as a degreaser and a spot removal agent in dry cleaning
Most manufacturers no longer use TCE in their stain removers. To see if you have products containing it, check the material safety data sheet.
Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in aerosol degreasing and for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities.  EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions.
EPA’s assessment also found risks associated with TCE use in vapor degreasing. The agency is developing a separate proposed regulatory action to address those risks. Recently, EPA announced the inclusion of TCE on the list of the first ten chemicals to be evaluated for risk under TSCA. That action will allow EPA will evaluate the other remaining uses of the chemical. The current action only proposes to ban certain uses of the chemical.

PDCA Wins Sales Tax Expansion Battle

After vigorous opposition and a coordinated effort, PDCA was successful in removing the sales tax on drycleaning from the proposed PA budget. Governor Wolf has declined to sign or veto the last version sent to him, so it is now in effect. There is no sales tax expansion in it.

A new budget will be proposed in a few months, and PDCA will continue to protect members by keeping up to date with what is happening and maintaining our position with legislators.

PDCA vice president Dale Kaplan recently hosted a group of legislators in his drycleaning plant to voice opposition to any increase in taxes that would affect small businesses.

The meeting was reported on March 3 on Harrisburg TV station ABC27.

We received regular briefings letting us know any activities concerning the status of the sales tax, so that we could respond immediately.

There is strength in numbers, and we will provide you with sample letters and talking points, if needed.