Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

January 2015

Inside…

  • Labor News…printed copy available of Operating Engineers heavy/highway agreement
  • Education/Workforce Development…student resumes available for summer internships
  • Safety...members' safety professionals may join state council of federal safety program
  • Member Events...AGC's Steve Sandherr to headline March Membership Meeting

Labor News

Bricklayers, Cement Masons: Revised Rates

In Bulletin 12-15, we distributed a revised wage and fringe benefits schedule for Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Nos. 4 & 5, and Cement Masons & Plasterers, Local No. 5/2, effective February 1, 2015.

Operating Engineers: Heavy/Highway Agreement

In Bulletin 09-15, we announced a printed copy is available of the heavy and highway agreement with  the Operating Engineers, Local 825, effective April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2017. Active Members may download or view the bulletin and the Collective Bargaining Agreement in the members-only section at accnj.org and contact the Association via the form enclosed with the bulletin.

Operating Engineers: Drug-Testing Program - February 19

Contractors signatory to Operating Engineers, Local No. 825, received an email invitation to attend a program on the Local 825 substance testing program on February 19, 2015, 10 am, at the ACCNJ office in Edison. Presenter is Dr. Jeffrey Altholz of Clarity Testing Services, administrator of the program. Also attached with the email was the Policy and Program on the Use of and Testing for Controlled Substances and Alcohol. The Association encourages signatory contractors to attend, accompanied by the individual identified as the Designated Employer Representative. Please contact the Association office with questions or concerns, 732.225.2265.

Ironworkers, Local No. 11:  Bargaining Rights Authorization

As we told Active Members in Bulletin 10-15, the Ironworkers, Local No. 11's Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on June 30, 2015. With the bulletin, Active Members received a form to be used to stipulate whether they will assign their bargaining rights to the Association. The form must be returned to ACCNJ by February 27, 2015. Active Members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Reminder:  Heavy/Highway Laborers Contract Expires

The Heavy/Highway Laborers, Local Nos. 172 & 472, and Asphalt Laborers, Local No. 172, Collective Bargaining Agreement expires February 28, 2015. Active Members are reminded to return your bargaining rights authorization form if you have not yet done so.

FASB Disclosure

In Bulletin 04-15, we distributed to Active Members information on the various Pension Funds, to which ACCNJ members may be party through corresponding Collective Bargaining Agreements, that members will need to disclose on the footnote of balance sheets in order to comply with a FASB Plan Disclosure requirement. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Education/Workforce Development

Summer Internship Program - Resumes Available

In Bulletin 06-15, we sent detailed information on the 2015 Summer Internship Program offered to Active Members. For contractors who were unable to attend the January Job Fair, student resumes for summer internships can be obtained by contacting Jill Schiff at the ACCNJ office, 732.225.2265 or jschiff@accnj.org. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Government Affairs

Governor Christie Orders Emergency Management in Atlantic City

As we posted on Hot Topics January 23, Governor Christie issued an executive order that installs an emergency management team in Atlantic City to help solve the city's financial crisis. Kevin Lavin, an attorney specializing in corporate finance, and Kevyn Orr, who guided Detroit through bankruptcy, have been hired to design a plan within 60 days to stabilize Atlantic City's finances. The team can recommend operational changes, debt restructuring and cost-cutting measures, as well as negotiate with municipal employees.

NJ DOT Begins Bridge Inspections

Also posted on Hot Topics January 23, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced it will "immediately" begin inspections of 300 state-maintained bridges, about half of the approximately 600 New Jersey bridges deemed structurally deficient, with the option of closing any that are considered a threat to public safety. DOT closed two bridges recently, one in Franklin (Somerset County) and one in Dover (Morris County). With the Transportation Trust Fund nearly empty, the department says there is no money to fix the bridges. Negotiations to replenish the TTF are ongoing.

School Construction Referenda

In Bulletin 11-15, we reviewed the school construction projects approved in December 2014 and for the whole year, which reflected the strongest approval percentage and highest total spending in many years. A snowstorm caused some districts to postpone the special school election scheduled for January 27, 2015; we will report those results when they are recorded. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Safety

ACCNJ Safety Awards Program

As we announced in Bulletin 02-15, ACCNJ is pleased to sponsor a "Safety Awards Program" to recognize members for their safety excellence. In this non-competitive, recognition-driven program, a plaque of commendation goes to members who have made the greatest achievements in terms of lost workday cases with an incidence rate below the national average. A special award is presented to contractors who completed the year with zero lost or restricted occupational injury or illness workdays. Awards will be presented at the Association's June Membership Meeting. Deadline for entry was January 30, 2015, but we encourage members who missed the deadline to send in their entries no later than February 9, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Opportunity for Safety Professionals to Join NNJFS&HC

In Bulletin 07-15, we emailed information to Active Members about the opportunity for safety professionals to join the New Jersey Field Federal Safety and Health Council, known as the Northern New Jersey Federal Safety & Health Council (NNJFS&HC). The Council meets approximately four times per year, and there is no fee to join. For the membership application, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

NNJFS&H Training Courses

In Bulletin 08-15, we sent Active Members information on the upcoming training courses offered by the Northern New Jersey Federal Safety & Health Council. For details and registration information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

ACCNJ Member Notices & News

Two ACCNJ Board Members Elected to AGC Board of Governors

ACCNJ Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Hall and Trustee Art Corwin have been elected to serve three-year terms on the National AGC Board of Governors, representing New Jersey. Their terms commence at the close of the AGC 2015 Annual Convention in March.

2014 Bulletin Summary

In Bulletin 01-15, we distributed the summary of bulletins emailed during 2014. Members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. All 2014 bulletins are still available on the Association website.

AGC's 2015 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook

On January 23, we emailed members a PDF of the New Jersey responses to AGC of America's survey, the 2015 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. The PDF is posted in the members-only section at accnj.org under January Bulletins, and the full report from AGC of America may be viewed and downloaded at www.agc.org.

AGC 2015 Annual Convention

AGC of America's 2015 Annual Convention is scheduled for March 18-20 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. Find more information at www.agc.org.

Upcoming February Holiday

The following holiday will be observed by the General Construction Trades:

Presidents' Day - Monday, February 16

For holidays observed by the General Construction Trades and pay provisions, please refer to the Contract Summary in your Labor Information Reference Binder or online at accnj.org.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Review of Operating Engineers Drug-Testing Program - February 19

As we said above in Labor News, contractors signatory to the Operating Engineers, Local No. 825, are invited to the Association office on February 19, 10 am, for a review of the substance-testing program that went into effect January 1, 2015.

Membership Meeting - March 10

In Bulletin 05-15, members were invited to the next ACCNJ Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Eatontown. Steve Sandherr, CEO of AGC of America, will be our guest speaker and will address many federal issues most important to our industry, including multi-employer pension reform, transportation funding, DBE rules and regulations, P3s and immigration reform. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

2015 Calendar of Events

For a listing of events scheduled in 2015, visit accnj.org and click on the "Events" tab in the lower-right corner of the home page. We look forward to seeing you throughout the new year!

Hot Topics Recap

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

  • New Jersey on List for Enhanced myE-Verify Features
  • Bayonne Bridge Construction Update
  • Wildwood Proposes Development-Incentive Tax Breaks
  • Settled Lawsuits Could Advance NextGen Aviation Park
  • State Construction Employment Up in 40 States in December
  • Liberty Science Center Plans Major Development on Adjacent Acres
  • AGC Upgrading EPA Compliance Website
  • Governor EOs Emergency Management for AC
  • Michele Brown Moves from EDA to Choose NJ
  • NJ DOT's Fox Moves to Stop TTF-Linked Municipal Aid
  • NJ DOT Orders Inspections of 300 Structurally Deficient Bridges
  • AC's South Inlet Development to Break Ground in April
  • No Money In TTF as State Closes Bridge
  • New Jersey Demanded Industrial Space in 2014
  • Sussex County Commuter Rail to Get New Station
  • Announcing...Atlantic City Sports Commission
  • Metropark Expansion in the Planning
  • AC Alliance CEO Resigns
  • Virtua Proposes New Hospital In Westampton