MTA News Bytes

April 13, 2018

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Register Today for MTA's Day on the Hill

>> MTA Political Action Committee Seeks At Large Board Member

Informational Items

>> Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Webinars 

Peer Group Bulletin

>> 2018 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

>> Upcoming Peer Group Events

Safety Corner

>> 2017 Safety Trends

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent J. Christensen
Event Planner:
Ashley Crunstedt
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino

Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

April 18-19, 2018: Customer Service Peer Group Spring Conference
Whitefish Lodge in Crosslake, MN

April 24-25, 2018: 2018 Day on the Hill
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

April 26-27, 2018: Office Managers & Human Resources Spring Conference
Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

May 23-24, 2018: Administrative Assistants Peer Group 2018 Spring Conference
Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

July 9, 2018: 2018 MTA Associate Member Golf Day
Crow River Golf Club, Hutchinson

October 10-11, 2018: 2018 MTA Fall Conference  
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

March 18-20, 2019: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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MTA Updates


2018 MTA Day on the Hill

Join Us at MTA's Day on the Hill

As always, there is no registration fee for MTA members, but we need to know who will attend in order to schedule legislative visits. 

Register Here!

For more information, contact Anne Christensen at 651-288-3724 or

Day on the Hill Agenda

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2:00 p.m. – Legislative Issues Briefing
4:30 p.m. – MTA PAC Annual Meeting
5:00 p.m. – Reception

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Legislative Visits

MTA Political Action Committee Seeks At Large Board Member

At their meeting during the MTA Convention & Trade Show, the Board accepted the resignation of Kevin Larson. Kevin has served as an At Large Board member for longer than anyone could remember, even Kevin. All Board members thanked Kevin for his years of service to the PAC. Because Kevin was elected by the members, the Board has decided to seek applicants for his replacement. If you have contributed to the MTA PAC, you are automatically a member. Members will vote in person at the PAC annual meeting, which will be held after the issues briefing session at MTA’s Day on the Hill on April 24. The meeting will be held at the Best Western Capitol Ridge (old Kelly Inn) in St. Paul. If you are interested in running for this seat, please contact MTA PAC Secretary Brent Christensen at or 651-288-3723.

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Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Webinars 

April 19 from 10:00 to 11:30 am EDT
April 25 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT 

USDA will host webinars on eligibility rules and application requirements for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. Experienced USDA staff will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application.

The DLT Program’s Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published in the Federal Register on April 3. 

You can register for the April 19 session here and the April 25 session here. We recommend you register early and run a system check to ensure quick access on the day of the webinar.

If the registration links are not compatible with your browser, please copy and paste into your browser for the April 19 session or for the April 25 session.

Questions? Please contact or or call (202) 720-0800 with any questions about these events.

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Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

2018 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities Are Available!

Get tons of visibility and have engaging conversations with members, build relationships with small but highly-focused groups, and support our core cause.

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2018!

>> Sign Up Online Today! or

>> Download the 2018 Peer Group Investment Opportunities as a PDF.

Upcoming Peer Group Events

MTA Spring 2018 Customer Service Peer Group Conference

April 18-19, 2018 | Whitefish Lodge located in Crosslake, MN

>> Full Details and Registration | Download the Flyer

MTA is excited for the upcoming Customer Service Peer Group Conference. This event will be held April 18-19 at Whitefish Lodge in Crosslake, MN. This event is for any and all individuals who deal with customers in the telecommunications industry. This is a great opportunity to attend (or send your staff) for very little cost.

Rates: $150 Members/NonMembers

2018 Office Managers & Human Resources Spring Conference

April 26-27, 2018 | Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Baxter

>> Full Details and Registration

Rates: $195 Members/NonMembers

Administrative Assistants Peer Group 2018 Spring Conference

May 23-24, 2018 | Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Baxter

>> Full Details and Registration

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Safety Corner

2017 Safety Trends

2017 Safety Trends Chart
2017 MTA Safety Trends

Another year has passed and safety continues to be a concern for companies. The trends are based on the companies that have to complete OSHA 300s (over 10 employees). In 2017 there were 39 non-fatal occupational injuries, resulting in 227 days away from work. Injuries average around 40 per year which is the case this year again. Days away from work has decreased from last year, dropping 280 days.

The number one non-fatal injury in 2017 was Body Strains and Pulls. Last year it was Slips, Trips and Falls. With the class on Slips, Trips and Falls in 2017 and companies doing their due diligence with snow removal and ice clean-up, we were able to bring the number of incidents down. The more OSHA recordables, the higher a company’s MOD rate increases. The OSHA recordables that most affect a company’s MOD rate are prescription drugs and lost workdays. Workers’ compensation MOD rates can be reduced by bringing employees back to work as soon as possible — as long as the area of work falls within the doctor's recommended restrictions. Return to Work policies need to be updated stating that employees can come to work with restrictions and what they will do; this will save you money in insurance.

Body Strains and Pulls

A muscle strain, or pulled muscle, occurs when your muscle is overstretched or torn. This usually occurs as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use of a muscle. Strains can happen in any muscle, but they’re most common in your lower back, neck, shoulder, and hamstring, which is the muscle behind your thigh.

These strains can cause pain and may limit movement within the affected muscle group. Mild to moderate strains can be successfully treated at home with ice, heat, and anti-inflammatory medications. Severe strains or tears may require medical treatment.
In a mild strain, a torn muscle may feel slightly stiff, but still flexible enough for use. A severe muscle strain is when the muscle is severely torn. This results in pain and very limited movement.

The symptoms of mild to moderate muscle strains usually go away within a few weeks. More severe strains may take months to heal.

An acute strain can happen when you:

  • slip or lose your footing
  • jump
  • run
  • throw something
  • lift something heavy
  • lift something while in you’re in an awkward position

Acute muscle strains are also more common in cold weather, because muscles are stiffer in lower temperatures. It’s important to take extra time to warm up in these conditions to prevent strains.

Chronic muscle strains are the result of repetitive movement. This can be due to:

  • sports like rowing, tennis, golf, or baseball
  • holding your back or neck in an awkward position for long periods of time, such as when you work at a desk
  • poor posture

How to prevent muscle strains

You can decrease your chances of straining a muscle if you take some basic precautions:

  • Try not to sit in one position for too long. Take frequent breaks to move and change position. Use a chair that provides good support for your lower back, or use a pillow for support. Try to keep your knees level with your hips.
  • Maintain good posture when standing and sitting. If you spend a long time in one position, try to alternate putting one foot and then the other on a low footstool. This can help decrease stress on your back muscles.
  • Lift objects carefully. Keep your back straight, bend at the knees, and always lift with your legs. Hold the weight close to your body. Don’t lift and twist at the same time.
  • Take precautions to prevent falls, such as holding handrails on stairways, avoiding slippery surfaces, and keeping your floors uncluttered.
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly.

Be Safe,

Aaron Wilfahrt
Safety Consultant

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