Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

May 1, 2014

ACCNJ Publishes First Annual Report

ACCNJ's first annual report was distributed by mail this month with Bulletin 31-14. The 2013 Annual Report reviews the history and activity of the merger and exhibits the achievements of the new Association in its first six months. As we told you in the bulletin, these accomplishments could only be reached with the tremendous support and commitment of our members. Please contact the Association office if you would like additional copies of the printed version. You may also view it online at www.accnj.org under the Communications and Publications page.

Marking the Passing of Tony Chrysanthopoulos

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Antonios "Tony" Chrysanthopoulos, father of Michael, George and Alex Chrysanthopoulos. Tony was an integral part of the Tarheel Enterprises team, an ACCNJ member. The funeral was held April 28, 2014, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, with arrangements by Bongarzone Funeral Home in Tinton Falls. We extend our deepest condolences to the Chrysanthopoulos family.

Labor Information Online

Operating Engineers, Local No. 825 - Agreement Settlement

In Bulletin 30-14, we announced a new three-year agreement reached between ACCNJ, Construction Contractors Labor Employers of NJ and Operating Engineers, Local No. 825. The bulletin details wage increases and beneficial changes to working conditions in the new agreement, which expires March 31, 2017. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Carpenters' Training Verification Cards

In Bulletin 29-14, we described the Training Verification Cards issued by the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters to UBC members. Signatory contractors can now use their smart phones to instantly verify a Carpenter's training record with a scan of the QR code on the card. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Building and General Construction Laborers - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 34-14, we distributed the latest wage and fringe benefits package for New Jersey Building and General Construction Laborers District Council Locals No. 3 & 77, effective May 1, 2014. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Laborers Locals No. 3 & 77 - Interior Demolition and House Wrecking

In Bulletin 36-14, we sent out updated wage and benefits information for the Building and General Construction Laborers Local No. 3 & 77 - Interior Demolition & House Wrecking, effective May 1, 2014. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters Local Union No. 331 - Wages & Fringe Benefits

With Bulletin 35-14, we emailed the most recent wage and fringe benefits package for Teamsters Local Union No. 331, effective May 1, 2014. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters Local Union No. 676 - Wages & Fringe Benefits

Bulletin 40-14 contained updated wages and fringe benefits for Teamsters Local Union No. 676, effective May 1, 2014. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Bricklayers and Cement Masons - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 37-14, we provided updated wage and fringe benefit schedules for the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Nos. 4 & 5, and the Cement Masons & Plasterers, Local No. 2, effective May 1, 2014. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Carpenters and Millwrights - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 39-14, you will have received the latest wage & fringe benefit information for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the Eastern Millwright Regional Council, effective May 1, 2014. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Association Focus

New Jersey Construction Magazine Out in May

Look for the Spring 2014 issue of New Jersey Construction, to be published and distributed in May. Important feature articles probe P3s -- public private partnerships that can advance both highway and building projects -- and update you on efforts locally and nationally to improve multiemployer pension plan funding status and, in some cases, save the plans from insolvency. You will also find many more articles on topics of interest to members, including labor management cooperative initiatives, legislative developments, safety issues and news from members about accomplishments and charitable acts. We extend sincere thanks to our members and labor partners who supported the magazine through advertising.

Zone Status of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Segal Consulting, which surveys zone status of multiemployer plans, reported in April that 65% of calendar-year plans in 2014 landed in the green zone, up 4% from last year. The plans are funded at an average of 88% in 2014 (based on requirements of the Pension Protection Act of 2006), a 3% increase over 2013. The improvements this year are attributed to 1) strong investment performance during 2013 that ranged from a 11.5% to a 21.4% rate of return on plan funds with 40% to 70% equity allocation; 2) steps by trustees to strengthen plan health; and 3) higher employment levels in many industries.

Important State Activity

NJ SDA Announces $500 Million for School Projects

We told you in Bulletin 32-14 the New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced the beginning of an execution of grants representing more than $500 million in funding for nearly 1,600 projects approved by the New Jersey Department of Education for the SDA's Regular Operating Districts. For the details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Federal News of Note

EPA Unveils Cleanup Plan for Passaic River

In mid-April, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to remediate pollutants from the Passaic River, an effort expected to cost more than a billion dollars and remove 4.3 million cubic yards of toxic mud and sediment from the bottom of the river's lower eight-mile stretch. For more details, access Bulletin 33-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

AGC of America Resources  

Update - AGC Private Health Insurance Exchange Website

As we announced in Bulletin 23-14, this summer AGC of America plans to launch "The AGC Alternative," a private health insurance exchange AGC is creating in partnership with Willis North America exclusively for AGC members. For further details, access Bulletin 23-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org, and visit the AGC of America site specific to the exchange at www.agc.org/exchange.

Recent AGC Publications

In late March, AGC of America released the March/April issue of Constructor Magazine, available online at www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NGCS/NGCS0214/index.php#/0.

Also in March, AGC published its 2013 Annual Report, featuring the national association's advocacy efforts in Washington and member initiatives locally across the country. This annual report and previous years' are available online at http://www.agc.org/cs/news_media/annual_reports.

Safety Matters

ACCNJ Safety Symposium

On April 30, 2014, more than 50 members and guests participated in the first ACCNJ Safety Symposium, a half-day discussion of important safety matters with our Union training partners, OSHA area directors and industry experts. At the opening of the Symposium, we signed our monumental ACCNJ/OSHA Alliance, noted by OSHA Region II Administrator Robert Kulick as "solidifying our relationship" as he encouraged members to communicate best practices to him so that he may spread them across the region and the country. Each New Jersey OSHA Area Director then shared specific areas of concern, including fall protection, heat hazards, silica exposure and Sandy-related dangers.

In the "Quick Hits" portion of the Symposium, Bob Sagendorf of ACCNJ member Eii gave an overview of the revised  labeling requirement in the Global Harmonization System; Rick Bunker of Railroad Construction dissected the potential ramifications for contractors of OSHA's proposed silica rule; Ridgeley Hutchinson of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters explained the ICRA certification for UBC members who train in best practices for working in occupied healthcare facilities; and Ted Green of NJ LTAP at Rutgers announced the Work Zone Safety event at Rutgers' Busch campus on June 10 and reviewed the Traffic Control Coordinator Program.

Wrapping up the Symposium, training coordinators and directors discussed some of the training programs offered to the union craftworkers employed by our members. Tom Feeney of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers affirmed the OSHA 30-Hour course required in the Collective Bargaining Agreement; Doug Small of Laborers Local 172 SET reviewed the mobile units available at the jobsite for toolbox talks; Ben Labrador of the Construction Craft Laborers emphasized the LIUNA training that is now ANSI-certified; Tom Somers of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters outlined rigging, aerial lift and power truck training; and John Mackay, also of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, confirmed both Carpenter training centers will participate in Stand Down Week, June 2-6, that will focus on Fall Protection, OSHA's number one priority in its "Fatal Four" Hazards emphasis.

REMINDER - 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.

Training Center Construction Safety Courses

In Bulletin 38-14, we distributed the May schedule of construction safety courses offered by the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. Courses include the OSHA 30-Hour, First Aid/CPR, HazMat and other industry-related programs. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Upcoming Events

Events Alert

On April 23, we emailed members an event alert, reminding you of these upcoming Association activities:

Wine v. Stein - May 15

We have just a few tickets left 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
June 5 & 6

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. NOTE:  Today is the deadline for submitting completed scholarship applications.

Two more May events are on the calendar:

BIM Testing - May 16

ACCNJ will offer BIM testing on 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.

OSHA 30-Hour Course - May 19-22

As we reminded you above in "Safety Matters," ACCNJ will host the OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course. Please refer to Bulletin 24-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Resume on File

Engineer In Training (EIT)

Individual seeks full-time position in Civil/Structural Engineering. Experience includes project management, most recently in new technology for offshore wind resource assessment. Previous experience emphasizes seven years as a research engineer in an ISO 17025 Accredited Testing Laboratory, managing students, staff and industry business partners, fabricating composite components and conducting structural testing. Holds Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Structural Concentration. For a copy of this resume, please contact Deb Teall at 732.225.2265 or dteall@accnj.org.

Industry News

City of Bayonne Details Proposals for Developing Harbor Station South at Peninsula; City Airing Proposals on BAY-TV
http://www.bayonnenj.org/2014/03/31/city-of-bayonne-details-proposals-for-developing-harbor-station-south-at-peninsula-city-airing-proposals-on-bay-tv/

Foxx:  Insolvent transportation system could cost 700k jobs
http://www.betterroads.com/foxx-insolvent-transportation-system-could-cost-700k-jobs/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=04-15-2014&utm_campaign=BR&ust_id=c1dd8120d2&*   

Lawmakers call for fix to highway fund using one-time revenue
http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/203463-lawmakers-call-for-one-time-highway-funds-fix

Rep. Tom Petri, House Transportation Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chair, Not Running for Reelection
http://www.aashtojournal.org/Pages/041814PetriReelection.aspx

Northeast Corridor Contributes $50 Billion to National Economy Each Year, Report Says
http://www.aashtojournal.org/Pages/041814NECeconomy.aspx

Retail Real Estate Market Vacancy Rate Drops
http://njbmagazine.com/njb-news-now/retail-real-estate-market-northern-central-nj/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=retail-real-estate-market-northern-central-nj

The Key to Saving the US Transportation Program
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/04/key-saving-nations-transportation-program/8928/