Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

July 1, 2014

ACCNJ Convention Features Economic, Labor and Legislative Insights, Scholarship and Safety Awards

With views of the Wawayanda and Pochuk Mountain ranges from Vernon Valley, Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg provided a spectacular setting for the more than 150 members and guests who attended ACCNJ's Spring Convention June 5 and 6, 2014.

Economic, Labor and Legislative Forums

Thursday afternoon, the first featured speaker, Jeff Otteau of Otteau Valuation Group, offered a sobering review of current and projected economic conditions for the construction industry in New Jersey. The Association will bring him back for an encore presentation on July 28 (see details in Events below).

On Friday, two panels, one made up of labor leaders and the second of government leaders, gave members an opportunity to discuss issues with people who directly impact the state's construction industry.

  • Representing Labor: Michael Capelli of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; Greg Lalevee of the Operating Engineers, Local 825; Rich Tolson of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers; Carl Styles of the Building Laborers, Local 77 and District Council; and Tony Oliveira of the Heavy & Highway Laborers, Local 472.
  • Representing the New Jersey Legislature: Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Senator Steven Oroho and Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald.

Safety Awards

During Thursday night's dinner at the Grand Cascades Lodge, members applauded 35 of their peers for superlative safety records that resulted in Zero Lost Work Days and Lost Workday Incident Rates Below the National Average. OSHA Region II Administrator Robert Kulick, who recently signed the OSHA Alliance with ACCNJ, sent his personal congratulations to both the safety award winners and the scholarship recipients who also were recognized at the dinner.

  • Recognized for Zero Lost Work Days:  Atlantic Concrete Cutting; Berkowsky and Associates Inc.; JR Cruz Corp.; Drill Construction Co., Inc.; Willard Dunham Construction Co.; Epic Management Inc.; Hall Construction Co. Inc.; John D. Lawrence, Inc.; Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB; Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp.; JR Prisco Inc.; RCC Builders & Developers; Schnell Contracting Services LLC; Turner Construction Company; Walker Diving Underwater Construction LLC; TN Ward Company; Waters & Bugbee, Inc.; and West Bay Construction Inc.
  • Recognized for Lost Workday Incident Rates Below the National Average: Wm. Blanchard Co.; CCA Civil, Inc.; J. Fletcher Creamer & Son; Crisdel Group Inc.; Hall Building Corp.; Hutton Construction; J-Track, LLC; JBL Electric Inc.; Macedos Construction LLC; Moretrench; Railroad Construction Co., Inc.; Schiavone Construction Company LLC; Tilcon New Jersey; Torcon Inc.; Tutor Perini; Vollers Excavating & Construction; and Weeks Marine, Inc.

Scholarship Recipients

Six students were awarded scholarships by ACCNJ's three programs, and a seventh received the Floor Covering Institute of New Jersey's 6th Annual Scholarship Award. All of the recipients were able to attend the dinner, accompanied by family members.

ACCNJ Foundation Scholarships ($5,000 each):

  • Ryan Kellerman, a graduate of Hillsborough High School who will attend Rutgers Engineering Honors Academy this fall.
  • Lindsey Ottesen from Staten Island Technical High School, who is enrolled at the University of Alabama.
  • Nicholas Sessler, who graduated from Waterloo (NY) High School and will enter Penn State University in the fall.
  • Erin Sulovari, a graduate of the Academy for Medical Science Technology in Hackensack who will attend Vassar College.

Donald R. Waters Scholarship ($10,000):

  • Kristen Grotheer, a graduate of Mahwah High School, who will attend NJIT this fall.

John F. Donohoe Scholarship ($10,000):

  • Marcos Luna, a graduate of Stroudsburg (PA) High School who is entering his junior year at Rutgers.

Floor Covering Institute of New Jersey Scholarship ($2,500):

  • Rebecca Yaffee, a graduate of Egg Harbor Twp. High School, who will enter the University of Delaware in the fall.

In addition to these recipients, another five well-qualified students each received a $500 stipend to assist with books, computers and other college-related needs.

Member News

Welcome New Members

We welcome the following new members into the Association, and invite all members to locate their listings for contact information, specialties and more in the Member Directory at accnj.org.

Active Members
Collavino Corp., Jersey City
LRC Development Corp., North Bergen

Associate Members
Construction Agency Professionals (CAP), Chester
Lockton Companies, LLC, Blue Bell PA
MSPC Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, PC, Cranford
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Florham Park

Labor Information Online

Teamsters, Local Nos.560/408 and Local No. 469 - Agreement Reached, Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 50-14, we announced an agreement was reached with the Teamsters, Local 560/408 and Teamsters, Local 469, whose previous agreement expired on April 30, 2014.  In Bulletin 57-14, we distributed the schedule of wages and fringe benefits for those locals. For details, access the bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers, Local No. 350 - Agreement Reached

In Bulletin 52-14, we reported an agreement was reached with the Atlantic County Ironworkers, Local 350, whose previous agreement expired on June 30, 2014. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 56-14, we distributed the schedule of wages and fringe benefits for the Ironworkers, effective July 1, 2014. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Operating Engineers, Local 825 - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 55-14, we distributed updated Building and Heavy/Highway schedules of wages and fringe benefits for the Operating Engineers, Local No. 825, effective July 1 2014. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Carpenters Portability and Apprentice Placement

As of May 1, 2014, portability of workforce increased to 18 union members with 1 union referral to 1 key employee thereafter, up from 12. On May 1, 2015, that number increases to 22. All jobs must be reported for portability to apply. In addition, the Carpenters are asking contractors to employ apprentices whenever they can.

Shop Steward Certification

In the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Carpenters and Laborers, language was added that would allow for a shop steward to be appointed from an employer's contingent of employees, provided that individual completed the shop steward training class and became certified by the union. To date, the Carpenters have trained 2,167 shop stewards, and the Laborers have trained 550. Laborers Local No. 3 has 243 Certified Shop Stewards and Local No. 77 has 146.

Building Laborers, Local Union No. 3

Jose Colon, Business Manager of Building and General Construction Laborers Local Union No. 3, has retired, replaced by Al Castagna.

Carpenter Contractor Trust Call for Hall of Fame Vote

In June, we distributed information from the Carpenter Contractor Trust asking for votes for Peter J. McGuire, a founder and First General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (1852-1906) and driving force behind the 40-hour work week and the creation of Labor Day, who was nominated by the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Voting closed June 20, 2014, and the inductees are expected to be announced in mid-July.

Important State Activity

Coffee Talk with SDA CEO

On June 13, two dozen members attended the latest ACCNJ Coffee Talk to meet with Charles McKenna, CEO of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. In a lively, open discussion, McKenna addressed member concerns and his emphasis on collaboratively working with contractors. Encouraging members to call him, McKenna shared his personal cell phone and direct office line, and said he would be pleased to return to meet with ACCNJ members again this year.

State Legislature Directory

The directory for the 216th New Jersey State Legislature is available to members free-of-charge. This pocket guide is intended to increase knowledge of and participation in the legislative process. For a copy, please contact Michael Travostino, Government Affairs Director, at 732.225.2265 or mtravostino@accnj.org.

Federal News of Note

Support Letter for PLA

ACCNJ recently sent a letter in support of a PLA on miscellaneous projects at Military and other Federal Facilities throughout New England that might extend within the US Army Corps of Engineers' North Atlantic Division Region, including New Jersey. Each time the Corps of Engineers has a project that will exceed $25 million, they solicit comments from the construction community addressing the potential use, benefits or downfalls of a PLA.

Safety Matters

OSHA's Personal Accountability System

As we told you in Bulletin 49-14, OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights Area Director Lisa Levy, a guest at the ACCNJ Safety Symposium in April, showcased a system of accountability that allows companies to have contact and medical information available for emergency response personnel in case an employee gets hurt or falls ill on the job. With the bulletin, we included templates for employers and employees to customize and file. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA Electrical Work Standards Rule

In Bulletin 54-14, we updated you on the final OSHA rule for performance of electric power generation, transmission and distribution work, which goes into effect July 10, 2014. The rule revises OSHA's 40-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with the corresponding general industry standard, and also makes some revisions to the construction and general industry requirements, including revised approach-distance requirements, new requirements to protect workers from electric arcs, and revised standards for electrical protective equipment. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org and visit www.osha.gov/dsg/power_generation/.

New ACCNJ Member Benefits

Credit Card Payments

As we told you in Bulletin 48-14, ACCNJ is now able to accept credit-card payments for many Association programs and services. PAC fundraisers/contributions and annual dues payments remain exempt from this service. For complete details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Employment Opportunities Online

In Bulletin 53-14, we announced the newest feature on the ACCNJ website, an "Employment Opportunities" page, www.accnj.org/jobs/. Members may post jobs online for 45 days free-of-charge. For further details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Upcoming Events

LAST CALL:  Wine v. Stein - July 17

Wine v. Stein, a spectacular members-only event featuring "fresh-from-the-farm" epicurean fare paired with fine wine and craft beer, is nearing capacity. Scheduled for its new date on 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. For the flyer and registration form, contact Jill Schiff at 732.225.2265 or jschiff@accnj.org.

The Affordable Care Act for Construction Employers - July 23

This ACCNJ-hosted program will be presented by Jack Widman, Esq., Mark Levengood, Esq., and Jennifer Abrams, Esq., of Susanin Widman & Brennan, PC, who serve as management co-counsel on the various fringe benefit funds to which ACCNJ members are party. Some of the topics to be covered include the ACA's employer mandates and reporting requirements, the ACA's impact on employers who contribute to multi-employer health plans, and updates on the use of a transient workforce as it relates to ACA compliance. Scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10 am - Noon at the Association Offices in Edison, the program cost is $30 per person. Members of ACCNJ, BCA of Atlantic County and the Floor Covering Institute of New Jersey are invited. If you need a reservation form, call ACCNJ at 732.225.2265 or email lburgos@accnj.org.

New Jersey Construction Forecast Part II - July 28

As we told you in Bulletin 51-14 and above in this newsletter, we presented a study by Otteau Valuation Group that analyzed projected future construction spending in various market sectors. This report followed an in-depth study commissioned in 2012 by labor and management. The most recent study looks at the economy five years after the recession, and identifies various factors that are impacting the pace of recovery. On July 28, 2014, at the National Conference Center in East Windsor, Jeff Otteau will present the findings of the Construction Activity Market Study for the stakeholders and their respective memberships. For complete information and the response form, please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ PAC Fishing Trip - August 12

Members are invited to join the fishing trip on Tuesday, August 12, beginning with breakfast at 7 am, followed by departure at 7:30 on The Paramount out of Bogan's Basin, Brielle. For details and the registration form, access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under June 2014 Bulletins.

Golf Tournament and Dinner - September 15

You will recently have received details on the Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on September 15 at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 and shotgun start at 12:30, followed by dinner and prizes. PAC sponsorships are available. We encourage members to register early for this popular event. For the registration form, access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under June 2014 Bulletins.

2015 ACCNJ Winter Conference - January 19-23, 2015

Plan to travel to the all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic for the next ACCNJ Winter Conference in January. Registration and additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Industry News

Under Scrutiny, States Trim List of Bad Bridges
http://www.governing.com/news/headlines/gov-under-scrutiny-states-trim-list-of-bad-bridges.html

Saint Peter’s center is latest higher ed project build with an eye toward neighborhood renewal
http://www.njbiz.com/article/20140616/NJBIZ01/140619853/Saint-Peter%27s-center-is-latest-higher-ed-project-built-with-an-eye-toward-neighborhood-renewal

HTF 101:  How the Highway Trust Fund works
http://www.betterroads.com/htf-101-how-the-highway-trust-fund-works/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=06-13-2014&utm_campaign=BR&ust_id=c1dd8120d2&*

Many South Jersey bridges structurally deficient with little funding for repairs
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/many-south-jersey-bridges-structurally-deficient-with-little-funding-for/article_eb50b684-f954-11e3-9333-001a4bcf887a.html 

Colleges see construction boom about to start
http://www.njbiz.com/article/20140612/NJBIZ01/140619895/Colleges-see-construction-boom-about-to-start?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.njbiz.com%2farticle%2f20140612%2fNJBIZ01%2f140619895%2fColleges-see-construction-boom-about-to-start&utm_campaign=The+Daily%3a+Colleges+see+construction+boom+about+to+start