Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

June 3, 2014

ACCNJ Signs Alliance with OSHA

As you know, ACCNJ hosted a Safety Symposium in late April, opening the event with a formal signing of our OSHA Alliance, witnessed by more than 50 ACCNJ contractor members and guests, including six representatives from OSHA. The Alliance establishes a forum for ACCNJ members to address safety issues, make safety a priority and enhance communication about safety issues with workers and the public by raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, through training and education, and with outreach and communication.

Signing the Alliance with ACCNJ CEO Jack Kocsis was Robert Kulick, OSHA Region II Administrator, who called the signing "symbolic" and stated it solidified the relationship between ACCNJ and OSHA, distinguishing ACCNJ members from other contractors because of their active participation in safety initiatives.

In Bulletin 45-14, we included a copy of the Alliance, accessible in the members-only section at accnj.org.

In Memoriam:  Margaret Mary Baumgardner

With deep regret, we informed you this month of the passing of Margaret Mary Baumgardner, mother of George and John Baumgardner. Mrs. Baumgardner was 95, and passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014. She was the mother of 10 children, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of six. Born in Philadelphia, she married her husband George in 1948 and shared 52 years of marriage with him until he passed away in 1999. Ocean City, New Jersey, eventually became their permanent home after spending countless summers there with children, friends and family. The funeral was held May 20, 2014, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Ocean City, with interment at Cape May Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Cape May Court House. Donations in memory of Margaret Baumgardner may be made to Holy Redeemer Hospice, 1801 Route 9 N., Swainton NJ 08210 or Ocean City Ecumenical Council's Community Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet, PO Box 1001, Ocean City NJ 08226. We extend our deepest condolences to the Baumgardner family.

Labor Information Online

Dockbuilders, Local No. 1556 - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 43-14, we included the latest rate package for the Dockbuilders, Local 1556, effective May 1, 2014. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Important State Activity

NJ DOT Proposes FY2015 Capital Plan

Early in May, we sent Bulletin 42-14 with information on the New Jersey Department of Transportation's proposed capital construction program of approximately $3.7 billion, supporting the department's mission of investing in bridges and roads, increasing mobility of the traveling public and maintaining assets in a state of good repair. For the DOT press release that details spending by transportation sector and includes state and federal funding allocations, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Federal News of Note

Congress Passes New Water Resources Bill

Both the House and the Senate handily passed a new Water Resources Reform & Development Act that authorizes $12.3 billion over 10 years, spending $5.4 billion in the first five, $6.9 billion in the second five. It was the first water resources bill enacted since 2007, and includes a new federal loan program for Army Corps of Engineers and EPA water projects called WIFIA -- Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act -- patterned after the TIFIA transportation loan program. The water bill now awaits President Obama's signature.

AGC of America Resources  

Membership Discounts

AGC of America offers discounts to members every month on a variety of business-related products. During the Chrysler Commercial Truck Season, through June 30, 2014, members can save up to $2,000 on 2013 and 2014 Ram commercial vehicles, upgrades and options. For details, visit www.agc.org or email Sarah Black at blacks@agc.org.

Safety Matters

OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down

As we told you in Bulletin 46-14, this week begins OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The week-long event, June 2-6, is designed to promote awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of fatalities in the construction industry. For more information on how to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certificate Program

Bulletin 47-14 announces the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certificate Program offered by the Northern New Jersey Federal Safety & Health Council and the Atlantic OSHA Training Center. Scheduled for July 30 & 31, 2014, at the PSE&G Conference Center, 234 Pierson Avenue, Edison, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, the 10-hour course is intended for entry-level workers. For further details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Upcoming Events

Coffee Talk with SDA CEO Charles McKenna - June 13

Members are invited to the next program in our Coffee Talk Series, a candid discussion with Charles McKenna, who took office as CEO of the Schools Development Authority in January of this year. Please join us on Friday, June 13, 9 - 10:30 am, at the Association Offices in Edison. A light breakfast will be served. While there is no charge to attend the program, space is limited and pre-registration is required by June 9. For a registration form, please call Leigh-Ann Burgos at 732.225.2265 or email her at lburgos@accnj.org.

NEW DATE:  Wine v. Stein - July 17

Originally scheduled for May 15, we had to change the date for Wine v. Stein, a spectacular members-only event featuring "fresh-from-the-farm" epicurean fare paired with fine wine and craft beer. Now set for Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 6 to 10 pm at 90 Acres at Natirar in Peapack, this Political Action Committee event is limited because of space to the first 40 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. If you registered for the original date, we ask that you re-register to confirm your attendance. If you have not yet registered, there are still tickets available. For the flyer and registration form, contact Jill Schiff at 732.225.2265 or jschiff@accnj.org.

Save These Dates -- More Info to Come!

  • Fishing Trip out of Brielle - August 12
  • Golf Outing at Fiddler's Elbow - September 15