Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

November 1, 2013

ACCNJ Adds Membership Directory to Website

We were pleased to announce in October the addition of a complete Membership Directory to our website. Bulletin 38-13 describes our new search engine feature and asks that you confirm the accuracy of your listing. The bulletin may be found in the members-only section at accnj.org. The Membership Directory is available to all website visitors, not just ACCNJ members, so we encourage you to include important key words in your online company profile that will help visitors find your profile when they search.  

Labor Information Online

Carpenters:  Updated Wage Rates

In Bulletin 41-13, we sent you updated wage rates and fringe benefits for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. The bulletin is available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

First Issue of ACCNJ's New Jersey Construction Due Out Soon

In the coming weeks, members will receive the first issue of ACCNJ's New Jersey Construction magazine. You can look forward to reading our feature article on the Association's new Board of Trustees, made up of members from the building and highways sectors who are steering ACCNJ with the renewed strength of two organizations merged into one.

We also feature the Affordable Care Act and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' new rules regarding the hiring of veterans and disabled persons. In addition, you will hear from the labor-management cooperatives that help strengthen the union construction industry in New Jersey. You can read about scholarships, educational programs and more, and find out the latest safety news and events in "Safety Matters."

We extend our thanks to all members for your support, and especially those who placed advertisements and contributed to our Member News and Giving Back sections. We welcome your feedback.

Eagle Awards Go to ACCNJ Member and Labor Partner

An ACCNJ member and a labor partner received 2013 Eagle Awards at the New Jersey Alliance for Action dinner on October 2, 2013.

J. Fletcher Creamer, Jr., CEO of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., and Secretary of the ACCNJ Board of Trustees, received the President's Award for "business, civic and charitable involvement as head of one of the region's most prominent construction firms."

Greg Lalevee, Business Manager of Operating Engineers, Local 825, received the Sigurd Lucassen Labor Award "for his dedicated support of New Jersey's infrastructure programs."

We congratulate both recipients and express our appreciation for their contributions to the construction industry in New Jersey.

Important State Activity

UI Fund In the Black

Governor Christie announced on October 24, 2013, that the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund would be solvent by the end of the month, which saves New Jersey employers from steep tax hikes. The next automatic tax hike, if the fund were not in the black, would have been $211 million. The Governor attributed the solvency to his administration's "anti-fraud reforms and fiscal management practices." To view the press release issued from the Governor's office, visit http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/news/552013/approved/20131024b.html

Federal News of Note 

Federal Government Shutdown

Of course, the big federal news was the shutdown on October 1, 2013, as a political impasse over a Congressional spending bill and implementation of the Affordable Care Act became conjoined. We outlined in Bulletin 37-13 the short-term effects that might have impacted the construction industry. This crisis was resolved when a deal was struck between the Obama administration and Congressional leaders to raise the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014, and hold spending at current levels through January 15, 2014.

 

AGC of America Resources

Register Now for 2013 AGC Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference

Scheduled for November 7-9, 2013, in Phoenix, the conference will review the OSHA perspective, Washington update, highway and water trust fund status and much more. Interested members may register, download the conference brochure and find all pertinent information at http://www.agc.org/cs/events/2013_highway_and_utilities_contractors.

Join ACCNJ or Register Now for Webinar on New OFCCP Rules

As we told you in last month's Construction Recap and again in Bulletin 39-13, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs revised its rules for federal contractors, requiring significant changes in hiring and tracking veterans and individuals with disabilities. AGC's webinar on November 7, 2013, will detail the changes in a discussion led by an attorney who co-authored AGC's Affirmative Action Manual for Construction. ACCNJ has registered for the webinar, and invites members to join us free-of-charge. If you prefer, you may register on your own. Either way, you will be able to order the new manual, with the latest regulatory changes, for a discounted price of $30. For more information and to register on your own, visit www.agc.org/OFCCPwebinar. If you wish to join us at the Association office in Edison, please call 732.225.2265 or email dteall@accnj.org.

Register Now for Federal Contracting Webinar Series

We announced in Bulletin 33-13 an AGC of America-hosted series of webinars, "Beating the Competition: How to Find & Win Federal Work in Today's Market." The six-part series began on September 25, with segments two weeks apart through November. Members may register at the discounted member rate for the series or for individual webinars. For the complete schedule, topics and registration information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Register Now for the 95th Annual Convention

AGC of America's 95th Annual Convention is scheduled for March 3-6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Registration is open (early-bird discount through December 19, 2013) and all information is available online at convention.agc.org

Transportation Publications

In Bulletin 42-13, we told you of two recent publications from the Transportation Research Board that may be of interest to ACCNJ members. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

OSHA issued preliminary figures for FY2013, highlighting the most frequently cited standards. The order varies slightly from previous years, but the same standards show up year after year.

  • #1   Fall protection in construction (1926.501) - 8,241 violations
  • #2   Hazard communication (1910.1200) - 6,156 violations
  • #3   Scaffolding in construction (1926.451) - 5,423 violations
  • #4   Respiratory protection (1910.134) - 3,879 violations
  • #5   Electrical, wiring methods (1910.305) - 3,452 violations
  • #6   Powered industrial trucks (1910.78) - 3,340 violations
  • #7   Ladders in construction (1926.1053) - 3,311 violations
  • #8   Lockout/tagout (1910.147) - 3,254 violations
  • #9   Electrical, general (1910.303) - 2,745 violations
  • #10 Machine guarding (1910.212) - 2,701 violations

Resume on File

Chief Financial Officer/Controller

Analytical and performance-driven executive has expert proficiency in running the finance and accounting functions of large, global and growing companies. With a focus on the construction industry and three decades building expertise, this individual's entrepreneurial mindset and leadership experience complement an ability to drive processes and motivate teams. Holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. For a copy of this resume, please call ACCNJ at 732.225.2265 or email dteall@accnj.org.

Upcoming Events

Registration Open for Winter Conference

In Bulletin 02-13, we issued details on the ACCNJ Winter Conference, scheduled for February at the Regent Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos. Members may access the bulletin with registration information in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Registration Open for BIM Unit 2

ACCNJ will host BIM Unit 2, "BIM Technology," on Friday, December 6, 2013.  Members may access Bulletin 22-13 with complete information and registration form in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Gala Dinner Dance

Invitations were sent to all members for our Inaugural Gala Dinner Dance on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Nanina's In the Park, Belleville. We are happy to report the event is almost sold out, and thank those who took advantage of Souvenir Journal advertising and opportunities to support the ACCNJ Political Action Committee through sponsorships. We look forward to seeing you at the dinner. If you have questions, please call the Association office at 732.225.2265 or email jschiff@accnj.org.

Change of Date for Coffee Talk with Port Authority's Bill Baroni

As we announced via email, because of a scheduling conflict in Mr. Baroni's office, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has requested a change of date for the Coffee Talk in the Association Office. The program has been rescheduled for December 11, 2013. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you can join us in December. A new registration form was attached with the email. Please call the Association office at 732.225.2265 or email jschiff@accnj.org with questions.

Registration Open for Annual Membership Meeting

In Bulletin 40-13, we invited members to our last membership event of the year on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Robert B. Meyner Reception Center, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel. The event begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and our program at 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, please use the form sent with the bulletin, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

November 2013 Holidays

The following holidays are observed by the General Construction Trades:

  • Veterans Day - Monday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 28

Please contact the Association office if you have questions.

Industry News 

 

Rooftop Solar Set To Soar   

Published in the October 7, 2013, issue of ENR, this article makes the case for a potential new surge in solar installations, and lists New Jersey among the top five states in residential, non-residential and utility market segments for most solar installations in 2012 and 2013. Read the complete article online: http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/power_industrial/2013/1007-some-rooftop-solar-markets-expected-to-soar.asp

 

In other news...

Road builders unveil highway trust fund calculator                                                                        http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/infrastructure/325919-road-builders-unveil-highway-trust-fund-calculator

Report:  Internal Emails Contradict Christie Account on NJ Transit http://www.wnyc.org/story/report-emails-contradict-christie-account-nj-transit/#

Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother http://www.tripnet.org/

Rowan University mapping project charts suburban, commercial sprawl http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/10/rowan_beings_nj_maps_growth_program_outlines_changes_in_housing_commercial_developments.html#incart_river

Government shutdown slows transportation construction projects http://www.betterroads.com/government-shutdown-slows-transportation-construction-projects/print/

Oil Boom Fuels Freight Rail Renaissance http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/transportation/2013/1021-oil-boom-fuels-freight-rail-renaissance.asp

 

Read more industry news in Hot Topics 

In October, we posted numerous news items on our website at accnj.org/hot-topics/. Every Friday, members receive an email recapping the Hot Topics posted for the week. We encourage members to check the Hot Topics site often for late-breaking news of interest to the industry.