Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

September 2, 2014

Rough Seas But a Grand Haul

More than 70 members and industry friends joined ACCNJ on August 12 for our Fishing Trip on The Paramount out of Bogan's Basin in Brielle. The seas were rough but the fish -- flukes and sea bass -- were biting, leading to a terrific catch by day's end. Our thanks to all who supported the event.

New Jersey Construction Seeks Member News

As you know, the Fall 2014 issue of ACCNJ's magazine, New Jersey Construction, will be published in November. In Bulletin 64-14 we distributed the advertising package and are greatly appreciative of the support we've received to date. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org for all the information you need to take advantage of advertising opportunities in the magazine.

COMING SOON:  Look for more bulletins inviting input for our "Member News," "Giving Back" and "Award-Winning Projects" features. We encourage members to contribute photos and information about stellar company events and announcements.

Important State Activity

NJ Transportation Trust Fund

Governor Christie financed his first TTF renewal in December 2010, which laid out a five-year spending plan for transportation projects. As part of that TTF plan, the Administration planned to provide at least $1.4 billion in “pay as you go” financing from state revenues, but to date the program has almost entirely relied on new debt. The political reality is that the Christie Administration has been forced to divert a large percentage of Turnpike toll money for the past two years to the state’s general treasury to fill budget gaps. Through the NJ Legislature’s recent budget sessions on FY2015 this past spring and summer, DOT leadership disclosed that the fifth year of the plan is in serious jeopardy due to a $600-800 million spending shortfall. To combat this crisis, ACCNJ, along with our labor partners and labor-management organizations, has been exploring solutions to NJ’s transportation funding, such as additional dedicated revenue to the fund and indexed increases within current revenue sources.  ACCNJ will remain an active participant in those discussions, while continuing to advocate for a robust and sustainable plan for highway project funding.

Atlantic City Summit to Convene September 8

A bipartisan summit of state and local business leaders, legislators and non-profit organizations will convene in Atlantic City on September 8 to seek solutions for the challenges that face the city, which will in all probability see the demise of four casinos by year-end. 

Federal News of Note

Obama Signs $10.8 Billion Highway Fund Bill

As you know, Congress passed an eleventh-hour, $10.8 billion bill on July 31 to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent for the next 10 months. President Obama signed the bill on August 8.

OSHA Extends Comment Period on Injury and Illness Tracking Rule

On August 13, OSHA announced an extension to the comment period for its proposed rule to improve tracking of injury and illness in the workplace. The new deadline is October 14, 2014. For more information, visit www.osha.gov

AGC of America Resources

Perspectives on State and Metro Construction Employment

As a follow-up to Bulletin 62-14, in which we shared AGC of America's latest state fact sheets that indicate the impact construction activity has on the state and national economy, we recently distributed more AGC economic research. Bulletin 66-14 shares perspectives on state and metro area construction employment post-recession, with some key New Jersey findings highlighted on the cover page. For details, access both bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

2015 AGC Alliant Build America Awards

The annual competition honoring AGC of America member firms is now open for entries until October 31, 2014. Access Bulletin 68-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Update on Pension Plan Reform

Bulletin 67-14 provided the second update this year on AGC of America initiatives to legislatively address issues in funding multiemployer pension plans. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org to read a report from Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, who serves as Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, of which AGC is a very active member.

Safety Matters

OSHA Safety Courses in October

OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course - October 7, 14, 21 & 28 (consecutive Tuesdays)
ACCNJ will host this class at the Association office in Edison. The course will cover OSHA policies, procedures and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. For full details and to register, access Bulletin 65-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certificate Program - October 10 & 17
The Northern New Jersey Federal Safety & Health Council and the Atlantic OSHA Training Center will offer this class at the PSE&G Conference Center, 234 Pierson Avenue, Edison, 9 am to 3:30 pm. Intended for entry-level workers, the program trains workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. For full details, access Bulletin 69-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Member Notes

Mourning the Passing of Alliance for Action's Cliff Heath

Cliff Heath, who served as Executive Vice President of the New Jersey Alliance for Action from 1996 to 2012, passed away on July 29, 2014. He was 88. An Army veteran of World War II, Cliff was born in Englewood, graduated from Teaneck High School, and after the war attended Lawrenceville Prep, Princeton and Columbia universities, majoring in government and political science. As part of his long career in construction and related industries, Cliff was president of the New Jersey Asphalt Paving Association from 1981 to 1992. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan, six children and 13 grandchildren. Known for his gracious diplomacy and integrity, Cliff will be missed by all who knew him.

Let It Grow, Inc., 19th Annual Benefit - September 6

All are invited to another rockin' benefit hosted by Let It Grow, Inc., featuring the music of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers on Saturday, September 6, at the landscape firm's headquarters, 52 Ackerson Street, River Edge. Doors open at 3:30 pm, music on stage at 4 pm. Adults $25, children under 12 FREE. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation. For information, call Let It Grow at 201.489.9499 or visit www.letitgrow.com

Northeast Remsco Founder to Receive Eagle Award

We extend our congratulations to Juan Gutierrez, founder and Chairman of JAG Companies, which includes ACCNJ member Northeast Remsco, who will receive the Ellis Vieser Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Eagle Awards Dinner hosted by the New Jersey Alliance for Action. The dinner is scheduled for October 30, 2014, 5 pm, at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick. Also receiving an Eagle Award that night:  New Jersey's Building & Construction Trades Council will be honored with the Sigurd Lucassen Labor Award.

 

Upcoming Events

Golf Tournament and Dinner - September 15

Register now for the ACCNJ 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.

International Masonry Institute Seminar - September 16

On behalf of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, signatory members are invited to participate in an IMI seminar, "Estimating Rain Screen Wall Systems," scheduled for September 16 at the BAC Administrative District Council, 3281 Route 206, Bordentown. Free-of-charge, but pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Roy Ingraffia at 202.215.8390 or ringraffia@imiweb.org

ACCNJ December Membership Meeting - SAVE THE DATE - NEW LOCATION

Look for information in the coming weeks on the ACCNJ December Membership Meeting, December 9 at 5:30 pm at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth.

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 were distributed in Bulletin 61-14, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Industry News

NAIOP New Jersey:  “Public Policy Issues are Highest Priority”
http://njbmagazine.com/njb-news-now/naiop-new-jersey-public-policy-issues-highest-priority/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=naiop-new-jersey-public-policy-issues-highest-priority

Christchurch’s Approach to Rebuilding After a Disaster Should Be a Model for Cities
http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/08/christchurchs-approach-to-rebuilding-after-a-disaster-should-be-a-model-for-cities/375757/

How big investors are shaping the (boring) future of transportation
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101876008