Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

December 4, 2013

In Memoriam:  Michael Jensen

On November 23, 2013, ACCNJ and the construction industry lost a good friend, Michael Jensen, who served as President of ACCNJ member firm Michael Riesz & Company for 54 years, until 2010. He was a Past President of BCANJ in 1979 and 1980, and remained active in the industry as a trustee on BCANJ’s Industry Advancement Fund and the New Jersey Carpenters’ Benefit Funds. Michael Jensen will be forever remembered and respected by his peers as a man who had the utmost integrity, building a company that is known today for its quality, reliability and professionalism. His son, Eric Jensen, now serves as President of Michael Riesz & Company, and is a Trustee on ACCNJ’s Board. We extend our deepest condolences to the Jensen family.

 

Gala Dinner Dance Celebrates Merger

On November 22, 2013, ACCNJ hosted a Gala to celebrate the merger of the Associated General Contractors of NJ and Building Contractors Association of NJ. More than 400 leaders of the construction business and labor community attended the elaborate event. ACCNJ CEO Jack Kocsis recognized Past Presidents and officers of BCANJ and AGC of NJ for their commitment and dedication over the years and the time and support they extended to ensure a successful merger. ACCNJ Chairman Mark Hall spoke about the goals of the new organization. The event was a huge success and a wonderful opportunity for members to network and celebrate the new ACCNJ.

Labor Information Online

Dockbuilders:  Agreement and Wage Rates

In Bulletins 43-13 and 44-13, we detailed the terms and conditions of the agreement and wage packages for Dockbuilders Local Union 1556 that were effective November 1, 2013. Both bulletins are available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters:  Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 45-13, we distributed updated Wages & Fringe Benefits information for Teamsters Local Union Nos. 408, 469 and 560, effective November 1, 2013. The bulletin is available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Holiday Summary

In Bulletin 48-13, we sent a summary describing how the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are recognized in the collective bargaining agreements. We also provided a summary of the holiday language in the agreements. The bulletin is available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

Important State Activity

NJ Election Results

In Bulletin 46-13, we reviewed the results of the New Jersey Gubernatorial and State Legislative elections held Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and discussed the leadership changes subsequent to the elections. As you know, Governor Christie won against Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. Democrats maintained their majority and returned all their members' seats in the Senate. Thus they will retain control of both houses of the 216th NJ Legislature, which convenes in January. For further details on the leadership changes, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

Transportation News  

AGC to Congress:  Exempt Construction Industry Drivers

Late in November, AGC of America submitted a statement to the House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee asking for exemption for construction industry drivers from the hours-of-service restrictions that went into effect July 1, 2013. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules do allow a construction exemption for drivers delivering construction materials within a 50-mile radius, but when drivers have to travel greater distances or work 12-hour shifts, the rules become onerous. For more information and to read the statement, visit http://news.agc.org/2013/11/22/.

State of the Nation’s Bridges Report

In November, Better Roads published its survey of bridge conditions in the US. New Jersey ranks 16th with 25% of the state’s bridges rated Structurally Deficient or Functionally Obsolete (SD/FO), tied with Iowa, Maryland and Missouri. Of the four, New Jersey has the highest percentage of interstate and state bridges considered SD/FO. The report makes mention of the damage sustained in New Jersey by Superstorm Sandy. Other states in the region ranked much worse than New Jersey:  Rhode Island ranks #2 with 51% SD/FO bridges; New York and Pennsylvania, ranked at #3 and #4, are tied with 39%; and Connecticut comes in at #7 with 36% of its bridges considered SD/FO. For the complete report, visit www.betterroads.com/the-state-of-the-nations-bridges.

 

Calls for Nominations

 

51st Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards

Nominations for the 51st Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards are now being accepted. "Noteworthy projects completed during 2013 that highlight the successful application of the premier building material -- concrete -- may be nominated." Sponsored by the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association, the state chapter of the American Concrete Institute, the awards this year have a new "green" category. Call or email NJCAA for nomination forms:  609.393.3352 or wflayt01@comcast.net. Deadline for nominations is January 10, 2014.

2014 New Good Neighbor Awards

The 54th Annual New Good Neighbors Awards competition, sponsored by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine, is open for nominations. The awards “recognize companies that have worked to bring about an improved economy in New Jersey by building or renovating a commercial facility.” Winners are selected based on architectural merit, economic benefit and job creation, and community involvement. The awards will be presented at a luncheon in June 2014. Nomination forms are available online at www.njbia.org/awards or by calling Katie Wittkamp at 609.393.7707, ext. 9481. Deadline for nominations is February 3, 2014.

 

Safety Matters

OSHA Hazardous Communication Compliance

As you know, December 1 was the first compliance date for the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, which now aligns with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, abbreviated as GHS. Employers must have trained workers by December 1 on the new label elements and the new standardized Safety Data Sheets (formerly known as MSDSs, or Material Safety Data Sheets). In Bulletin 50-13, we invited our members to a management-focused standalone review session on the revised standard and SDSs. We encourage you to access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org, and return the registration form as soon as possible.

Construction Safety Courses

As we reminded you in Bulletin 51-13, the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades offer the OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course, First Aid/CPR, HazMat and other industry-related programs on a regular basis for their members. A schedule of the December classes was included with the bulletin, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Upcoming Events

Registration Open for Winter Conference

There is still time to register for the ACCNJ Winter Conference in February 2014 at the Regent Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos. For registration information, access Bulletin 02-13, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Annual Membership Meeting Program Confirmed

As we told you in Bulletin 47-13, the program has been confirmed for the ACCNJ Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the PNC Bank Arts Center/Robert B. Meyner Reception Facility in Holmdel. “P3s:  The Legislation New Jersey Needs Now” will be presented by Steve Charney, Chairman of ACCNJ member Peckar & Abramson, and Frank Rapoport, a senior partner and leader in Peckar & Abramson’s Public-Private Partnerships practice group. For more details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. To make a reservation for the meeting, please access Bulletin 40-13.

LAST CHANCE to Register:  Coffee Talk with the Port Authority of NY/NJ

Don’t delay – registration for the Coffee Talk on December 11, 2013, closes TOMORROW - Thursday, December 4. Revised registration forms were emailed in November. If you have questions, please call the Association office at 732.225.2265 or email jschiff@accnj.org.

BIM Testing Scheduled for December 16, 2013

If you qualify to take the AGC of America BIM Certification Test, you may register for the online exam that will be administered at the Association office on Monday, December 16, 2013. For more information, please call ACCNJ at 732.225.2265, or email jschiff@accnj.org.

Registration Open for HazComm Management Training Session

To support our members' efforts as you train your employees on the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, we will host a standalone review session for management on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The registration form accompanied Bulletin 50-13. If you have questions, please call the Association office at 732.225.2265 or email jschiff@accnj.org.  

 

Upcoming Holidays

The following holidays are observed by the General Construction Trades:

  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2013
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2014

For more holiday information, access Bulletin 48-13 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

Industry News 

Speedy D.C-N.Y. train faces high hurdles

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/speedy-magnetic-levitation-train-dc-new-york-99505.html

 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $474 Million TIFIA Loan for Goethals Bridge Replacement Project

http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-foxx-announces-474-million-tifia-loan-goethals-bridge

 

Bill Clinton’s Solution for “Too Big to Jail” Banks

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12105874/1/bill-clintons-solution-for-too-big-to-jail-banks.html

 

Foxx on transportation funding:  “You can’t push a rope”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2013/11/21/foxx-on-transportation-funding-you-cant-push-a-rope/

 

Read more industry news in Hot Topics 

In November, 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.