Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

November 3, 2014

In Memoriam:  Gig Manville

With deep regret, we informed you this month of the passing of Gig Manville on Friday, October 10, 2014. Gig was 73 and had battled pancreatic cancer for 18 months. A veteran, Gig served in the US Navy as a Civil Engineering Corps Officer. He was also a construction industry veteran, most recently a vice president for Railroad Construction Company in Paterson. Prior to that he worked with Damon G. Douglas Co. and George A. Fuller Construction. His colleagues and friends at Railroad Construction admired him for his knowledge and professionalism and the courageous way in which he confronted his illness. Contributions in Gig Manville's memory may be made to Eva's Village in Paterson; the Westfield School Boosters Association; or Camp Lou Henry Hoover (part of the Girl Scout Hearts of New Jersey). Our deepest condolences are extended to the Manville family.

Labor News Online

Carpenters:  Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 84-14, we distributed the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the Eastern Millwright Regional Council. Active Members may download or view the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Building Laborers:  Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 85-14, we distributed the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the New Jersey Building and General Construction Laborers, District Council Locals No. 3 & 77, including the wage package for Interior Demolition and House Wrecking. Active Members may download or view the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Bricklayers & Cement Masons:  Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 86-14, we distributed the latest wage and fringe benefits packages for the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Nos. 4 & 5, and Cement Masons, Local No. 2. Active Members may download or view the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  As of September 1, 2014, Cement Masons, Local No. 2 has now merged with Bricklayers, Local No. 5. However, there are still two different rate schedules, with the Cement Masons' schedule labeled as Cement Masons & Plasterers, Local No. 5/2.  

Teamsters:  Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 87-14, we distributed the latest wage and fringe benefits packages for the Teamsters Local Union Nos. 469, 560 & 408.  Active Members may download or view the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Carpenters Electronic Benefits

As we told you via email in October, contractors will be able to utilize the New Jersey Carpenters Funds E-Remittance and ACH Payment programs, beginning December 1, 2014. The E-Remittance program will allow a contractor to enter and submit a remittance report electronically. The ACH Payment program will allow a contractor to pay an electronically submitted remittance report. More information will be distributed via email directly from the New Jersey Carpenters Funds. We urge you to contact the Association if you wish to submit email addresses for those in your firm who should receive the information.

ACCNJ Announcements

Build Up! Kits and Promotional Brochures

As we discussed in Bulletin 82-14, ACCNJ believes it is important to continually cultivate a future workforce of skilled construction professionals by educating teachers and students about the opportunities. To that end, we have two brochures available, the award-winning Build Up! Toolkits, made possible through our relationship with AGC of America, and Build Your Own Career in Construction, a 28-page glossy brochure highlighting the construction trades, community colleges and degree-related programs in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Read more in the bulletin, available in the members-only section at accnj.org, and contact the Association office if you would like these materials, both at no cost.

LAST CALL - Souvenir Journal for December Membership Meeting

As we told you in Bulletin 70-14, ACCNJ will not hold a Gala Dinner Dance this year. However, the Association will still produce a Souvenir Journal so members may continue to show their support, as the journal is a major source of revenue used to provide programs and services. The commemorative year-end journal will be distributed at our Membership Meeting December 9 and mailed to other industry recipients. Please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org for a detailed flyer. Deadline for Souvenir Journal ads:  November 9, 2014.

Important State Activity

Governor Signs Economic Opportunity Act Part 3

As we reported in Bulletin 83-14, Governor Christie signed A-3213, "The Economic Opportunity Act of 2014, Part 3," into law in late October. The law changes the economic status of Atlantic City, establishes a new tax credit program and revises two economic development incentive programs. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. Look for an in-depth review of the initiative in the upcoming issue of ACCNJ's New Jersey Construction magazine.

Results of Special School Construction Referenda

In Bulletin 78-14, we announced the results of the special school construction elections on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, in which 17 of 21 New Jersey school districts approved 19 of 29 proposed projects, for a total of more than $300 million. Read the details by district in the bulletin, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Federal News of Note

US DOT Scam - Fraudulent Letters

As we alerted you in Bulletin 79-14, the US Department of Transportation issued a warning about another round of fraudulent letters issued in October to US DOT contractors and potential contractors. These letters, purporting to be sent by DOT, request that current or potential contractors register by submitting financial information. For details on how to respond if you suspect you received a fraudulent letter, please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

AGC of America Resources

AGC MEPP Report Calls Attention to State Impact

In Bulletin 80-14, we informed you of the latest AGC initiative to capture the attention of US Senators and Congressional representatives and persuade them of the urgency in addressing the Multi-Employer Pension Plan funding crisis as we approach the sunset of the current funding rules. With that bulletin we included the impact of MEPP contributions on New Jersey. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Safety Matters

Construction Safety Course Schedules

In Bulletin 81-14 we distributed the schedules of Construction Safety Courses available for our members' active union employees at the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. For complete details and the schedules, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

November Holidays

The ACCNJ office will be closed on these dates:

Tuesday, November 11 - Veterans' Day

Thursday & Friday, November 27 & 28 - Thanksgiving

Upcoming Events

ACCNJ December Membership Meeting - December 9, 2014

In Bulletin 77-14, you will have received registration information for the ACCNJ Membership Meeting, December 9 at 5:30 pm at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The event begins at this new location with a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and our program at 6:30 pm. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org to find out about the new format for the evening!

NJAPA Seminar - December 9, 2014

The New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association and the Asphalt Institute invite ACCNJ members to attend a day-long seminar, "Principles of Quality Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Construction," on December 9, 7:30 am to 5 pm, at the Hotel Woodbridge at Metro Park, 120 Wood Avenue South, Iselin. Designed for engineers, inspectors, technicians and contractors, the workshop is geared for the technician level and as a basic refresher course for the practicing engineer. For details and the registration form, access the NJAPA flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under September 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 were distributed in Bulletin 61-14, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.