Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

November 2014

Inside…

  • Labor News…new rates for Dockbuilders plus more
  • Government Affairs…update on multiemployer pension reform
  • Member Certifications…help us compile a database
  • ACCNJ Membership Meeting…new format to support scholarships

Note:  New Name for Monthly Construction Recap

Beginning with this issue, the Construction Recap will be renamed the Monthly Update, and will continue to include news from the month just completed. As always, your feedback and comments are welcome.

Labor News

Dockbuilders, Local No. 1556

In Bulletin 90-14, we distributed the wage and fringe benefits package for Dockbuilders, Local No. 1556, effective November 1. Active Members may download or view the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Operating Engineers: Temporary Layoff

In Bulletin 94-14, we reminded contractors about the seasonal suspension of the temporary layoff provision in the agreement with the Operating Engineers, Local 825. Active Members may download or view the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters:  Bargaining Rights Authorization

In Bulletin 96-14, we distributed Bargaining Rights Authorization forms to Active Members who hire Teamsters from Local Nos. 331 and 676 for a successor agreement to that which expires April 30, 2015. Active Members may download the bulletin and authorization form in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER:  Heavy-Highway Laborers Bargaining Rights Authorization

If you hire Heavy-Highway Laborers from Local Union Nos. 172 or 472, we remind you to complete and return the Bargaining Rights Authorization form you received in Bulletin 74-14, dated September 12, 2014. Active Members may download the bulletin and authorization form in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER:  Carpenters' Electronic Benefits

Effective December 1, 2014, signatory contractors will be able to utilize the New Jersey Carpenters Funds E-Remittance and ACH Payment programs. The E-Remittance program allows a contractor to enter and submit a remittance report electronically. The ACH Payment program allows a contractor to pay an electronically submitted remittance report. Contractors with large payrolls now have the ability to upload their payroll information directly to the e-remittance file following the report's required format. Only contractors reporting benefits at the standard commercial contribution rate will be able to utilize the ACH Payment and E-Remittance Report programs at this time. Shops, casinos, residential, dock builders, millwrights or special projects contractors cannot use these programs. ACCNJ provided the Carpenters Funds with members' email information. The Fund Office should have reached out to you with more detailed information. Any contractor interested in utilizing these programs must contact the fund office, which will provide you with a unique identification and password.

Carpenters' Apprentice Commencement

ACCNJ member Robert Epifano, Co-Chair of the New Jersey Carpenters Funds, and Darlene Regina, ACCNJ Chief Operating Officer, were guests at the November 10 commencement of 108 apprentices, presented at the Hilton Woodbridge by the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the New Jersey Carpenters Apprentice Training and Educational Fund.

Education/Workforce Development

Summer Internship Program

In Bulletin 91-14, we provided information on the 2015 Summer Internship Program offered to Active Members. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Government Affairs

2014 Election Results

As we reported in Bulletin 89-14, there were not many electoral surprises in the Garden State following mid-term elections on November 4. Incumbent Democrat US Senator Cory Booker won by 12 percentage points over challenger Jeff Bell, and incumbents won by comfortable margins in nine of the state's Congressional races. For other details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Post-Election MEPP Reform Update

On November 19 we emailed members with an update from AGC of America on its efforts to bring legislative reform to multiemployer pension plans. That same week, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation released a report noting that although the PBGC has less than $2 billion in assets to cover $42 billion in projected multiemployer plan liabilities, most of the deficit -- $26 billion -- can be traced to the expected insolvency of two large plans, and another $9 billion tracks to 14 smaller plans. Removing those 16 from the 1,400 multiemployer plans covered by the PBGC, the deficit is roughly $7 billion for the remaining 1,384 plans. We will continue to keep you updated through the lame-duck session of Congress in the event that action is taken on the AGC-backed legislation. In the meantime, if you would like an electronic copy of the AGC report, please contact the Association office.  

Safety

Construction Safety Course Schedules

In Bulletin 97-14 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.

OSHA Issues New Wallet Cards

OSHA has made available new wallet cards with helpful information in a convenient size. Of particular interest to contractors are the "OSHA Reporting Requirements for Employers" (the new reporting rules go into effect January 1, 2015) and "OSHA's Hazard Identification Training Tool." The reporting card can be found at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3754.pdf and the hazard identification card can be found at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3738.pdf. Both are easily printed PDFs that fold into wallet-size.

ACCNJ Notices to Members

Member Certifications

As we announced in Bulletin 92-14, ACCNJ is compiling a database of member certifications as specified by federal, state and local contracting authorities and the Small Business Administration. We hope to create an additional resource for members and a helpful tool for others who inquire. To respond with your company's certifications, please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

2015 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook

In Bulletin 95-14, we encouraged contractors to complete an AGC of America survey that provides input for AGC's annual Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. Active Members will have received an email from AGC with a link to the survey, which we also included in the bulletin, accessible in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Upcoming Holidays

The following holidays are observed by the General Construction Trades:

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day

Please refer to the Contract Summary in your labor information binder or online at accnj.org for provisions regarding holidays. The ACCNJ office will be closed on those holidays.

Upcoming Events

LAST CALL - ACCNJ December Membership Meeting - December 9, 2014

You still have time to register! Check out Bulletin 77-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org and plan to attend the ACCNJ Membership Meeting, December 9 at 5:30 pm at the new location: Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The event begins with cocktails at 5:30 pm. Plus, we have a new format, as we are hosting a basket raffle to raise money for the ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation. So come on out and help build our scholarship program! We extend our thanks to those who supported the year-end Souvenir Journal, which will be distributed at the Membership Meeting.

Stephen Sweeney to Speak at BCAAC Membership Meeting

The next membership meeting for BCAAC has been scheduled for December 17, 2014, at 5:30 pm at Linwood Country Club. We have confirmed Senate President Stephen Sweeney as the guest speaker, and encourage BCAAC members to attend the program. For a registration form, please contact the ACCNJ office at 732.225.2265. 

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.

Hot Topics Recap

In November, we posted these Hot Topics at accnj.org:

  • Improvements Planned for Camden's Haddon Avenue
  • Hartz Mountain Plans Warehouse or Datacenter on Panasonic Site
  • Stockton College Plans to Purchase Showboat Casino
  • NJ Supreme Court Announces "Complex Business Litigation Program"
  • AC Revitalization Report Released
  • HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley Plans Expanded ER
  • $120 Million Upgrade for Newark's Terminal C
  • Northfield Considers Zoning Law Change for Apartment Project
  • Resorts Casino Building Its Own Conference Center
  • Cape May County Plans New Jail
  • Lakewood Public Housing Moves Closer to Redevelopment