Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

April 1, 2014

AGC's Brian Deery Speaks at ACCNJ March Meeting

AGC of America's Brian Deery, Senior Director, Highway and Transportation Division, was the featured speaker at the ACCNJ Membership Meeting on March 11, 2014, at the Doubletree in Tinton Falls/Eatontown. With nearly 90 members in attendance, Brian shared insight and advice about US DOT requirements for hiring DBEs. Approximately a dozen Associate Members hosted table-top displays during the cocktail hour.

Upcoming Events for Spring

We're putting the hard winter behind us with a number of important ACCNJ events in the near future. Look for more information in the Safety and Upcoming Events sections -- April Safety Symposium, May Wine v. Stein, June Convention and more. We look forward to seeing you!

Labor Information Online

Operating Engineers, Local No. 825 - Negotiations Update

In Bulletin 28-14, we updated Active Members on current negotiations with the Operating Engineers, Local No. 825, whose Heavy/Highway Agreement expired on March 31, 2014. During negotiations, the Operating Engineers will continue to work under the terms and conditions of the current contract. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Important State Activity

School Construction Referendum Results

As we reported in Bulletin 25-14, voters in 11 of 13 New Jersey school districts approved bond issues to fund school construction projects in special elections on March 11, 2014. For the details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Federal News of Note

"Buy America" Guidance for Clean Water Fund Projects

In late March, the EPA released a guidance document for contractors and owners on the use of American iron and steel products in projects funded with Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water SRF dollars. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 requires that SRF recipients use iron and steel products produced in the US for construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public water system or treatment works project if the project was funded this year, from January 17 through September 30. AGC Division Leadership will issue a white paper in the near future explaining how contractors can comply with all the various Buy American provisions. In the meantime, access the EPA guidance document at http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/upload/AIS-final-guidance-3-20-14.pdf.

Bill to Prohibit Reverse Auction Advances

In mid-March, H.R. 2751, the Common Sense Construction Contracting Act of 2013 that would prohibit federal agencies from procuring construction services via reverse auction, was released unanimously from House Committee assignment. That marked the first major hurdle for the bill to jump before additional advancement. We will keep members updated as we track progress.

AGC of America Resources  

AGC Private Health Insurance Exchange

In Bulletin 23-14, we distributed AGC of America's information on "The AGC Alternative," a private health insurance exchange AGC is creating in partnership with Willis North America exclusively for AGC members. The bulletin and attachments can be found in the members-only section at accnj.org. AGC hopes to roll out the exchange this summer. We will keep you posted as we receive updates. 

Safety Matters

ACCNJ Safety Symposium - April 30, 2014

In Bulletin 22-14, we announced a new program for members, the ACCNJ Safety Symposium, a half-day discussion of important safety matters with our Union training partners, OSHA area directors and industry experts. During the Symposium, scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 8:30 am to noon, we will sign our monumental ACCNJ/OSHA Alliance. The program is free, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. The morning includes a Continental breakfast. For complete details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course

Bulletin 24-14 details the ACCNJ-hosted OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course scheduled for Monday-Thursday, May 19-22, 2014, at the Association office in Edison. The course will cover OSHA policies, procedures and standards, construction safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA construction standards, with special emphasis on those areas that are most hazardous. Access the bulletin and registration form in the members-only section at accnj.org and return the completed form as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Construction Safety Courses at Training Centers

In Bulletin 27-14, we distributed the April schedule for safety training classes at the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Comment Period Closed on OSHA's Proposed Crane Certification Delay

The comment period closed on March 12 for OSHA's proposed three-year delay on mandatory crane operator certification requirements. The delay proposal came about after industry groups, including the International Union of Operating Engineers, expressed disagreement over the testing regulations, primarily centered on requirements that specify type and capacity. The original deadline for certification compliance was November 10, 2014; the delay would push it back to November 10, 2017.

ACCNJ Mailing and Website Notes

In mid-March, members received an "As a Reminder..." email with information to ensure you reach us by mail and web. If you're sending something to us via the US Postal Service, please be sure to include our suite number, A19, on all correspondence:

ACCNJ
Raritan Center Plaza II
Suite A19
Edison NJ 08837

Every member has a user name and password to access the members-only section at accnj.org -- one user name and password per company. Please share it with your staff and contact us at 732.225.2265 if you have misplaced it.

51st Annual NJ Concrete Awards Dinner

ACCNJ members are invited to join industry colleagues at the 51st Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at The Heldrich, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 pm. This year, the dinner program recognizes the concrete industry's outstanding projects of 2013 and honors Antonio Vazquez, Sr., and Dianne Johnston. For program advertising and sponsorship opportunities, plus the dinner reservation form, visit http://njaci.com/?page_id=78. Deadline for dinner reservations: May 2, 2014.

Upcoming Events

BIM Testing

ACCNJ will offer BIM testing on Monday, April 7, Thursday, April 10 and Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Association office in Edison. Register for testing through the AGC of America website at www.agc.org, and don't hesitate to call or email Jill Schiff at ACCNJ, 732.225.2265 or jschiff@accnj.org.

Emerald Financial Seminar

ACCNJ member Emerald Financial will host a realBUSINESS (sm) seminar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Association office in Edison. Over breakfast, the Construction Advisory Team at Emerald Financial will address these important questions: 

--What is the plan for my business when I retire?
--Can my business continue in the event of my or my partner's untimely death or disability?
--Have I done everything I can to attract and retain my key employees?
--Have I given sufficient thought to who is the right successor to my business?
--Do I understand the importance of knowing what my business is worth?

Seating is limited. Emerald invites you to RSVP by April 15 to 732.677.7008.

ACCNJ Safety Symposium

ACCNJ will host a Safety Symposium on April 30, 2014. Read more about it above in "Safety Matters" and access Bulletin 22-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Wine v. Stein

We are quickly reaching capacity for Wine v. Stein, a spectacular members-only event featuring "fresh-from-the-farm" epicurean fare paired with fine wine and craft beer. Scheduled for May 15, 2014, from 6 to 10 pm at 90 Acres at Natirar in Peapack, the event is limited because of space to the first 40 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. For the flyer and registration form, contact Leigh-Ann Burgos at 732.225.2265 or lburgos@accnj.org.

Spring Convention, Safety Awards and Scholarships

Members are invited to the 2014 ACCNJ Spring Convention at the elegant Grand Cascades Lodge at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg on June 5 & 6. The convention offers networking opportunities and special business programs featuring statewide labor leaders and government decision-makers. In addition, ACCNJ will recognize members for safety excellence and bestow the inaugural scholarships from the ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation. Find out all the details in Bulletin 26-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Industry News

Online Map Lists Potholes on New Jersey Roadways
http://www.govtech.com/state/Online-Map-Lists-Potholes-on-New-Jersey-Roadways.html

Testing Companies Debate OSHA Crane Operator Delay
http://enr.construction.com/products/equipment/2014/0324-65279testing-companies-debate-osha-crane-operator-delay.asp

Letter Signed by 31 State Chambers of Commerce to Congress Seeking Long-Term Transportation Bill
http://ilchamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/State-Chambers-Transportation_Final_1-41.pdf