Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

February 2015

Inside…

  • Labor News…updated Business Agent Directory and Fringe Benefit Fund Directory now on website
  • Education/Workforce Development…students available for the summer program!
  • Safety...plan events for Safety Day 2015, coming April 22
  • Member Events...The AGC Alternative private health insurance exchange now open to ACCNJ members!

Labor News

Fringe Benefit Fund Directory

In Bulletin 15-15, we distributed an updated Fringe Benefit Fund Trustees & Administrators Directory for Active Members' Labor Information Reference Binders. The directory, which includes contact information for the Fund Administrator, Legal Counsel, Actuary and management and labor trustees for various fringe benefit funds, is also available via the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Business Agent Directory

In Bulletin 20-15, we emailed an updated Business Agent Directory for placement in the Labor Information Reference Binder. It contains a list of International Union Presidents, New Jersey International Union Representatives, New Jersey Trades Councils by County and the Business Agents by Trade. It can be found with the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Laborers - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 24-15, we distributed the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the New Jersey Construction & General Laborers, Local Nos. 172 & 472, effective March 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Education/Workforce Development

Summer Internship Program - Students Available!

We sent an email this month to Active Members reminding you that, despite the snow, summer is approaching -- and it's time to start thinking about the Student Summer Program. Nearly half of the 60 students who qualified to attend January's Career Fair have received offers of employment from contractor members. Our goal is to see them all employed for summer work no later than March 21. These students are all capable, intelligent and motivated, and all were vetted by a panel of contractors and Association representatives prior to being selected to participate in the program. You can find details online in Bulletin 06-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org. If you would like copies of student resumes, please contact Jill Schiff at the ACCNJ office, 732.225.2265 or jschiff@accnj.org.

Government Affairs

Governor Christie Takes Action on Legislation

As we detailed in Bulletin 14-15, Governor Christie took action on February 5 on several construction-related bills. The Governor signed into law the Water Infrastructure Protection Act as well as measures related to Hackensack and the Meadowlands, creating a Meadowlands Regional Commission from the former New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and allowing the American Dream project to access to the state's incentive programs and tax subsidies. In other construction-related action, the Governor conditional-vetoed one bill and absolute-vetoed five more. For complete details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

"Ban the Box" Legislation In Effect March 1

In Bulletin 22-15, we sent details on the "Ban the Box" legislation signed into law in August 2014 that limits when businesses can ask about a job applicant's criminal record. The law went into effect Sunday, March 1, and impacts New Jersey companies with 15 or more employees. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Legislative Briefs...

  • Governor Christie proposed a $33.8 billion spending plan in his budget address to the state on February 23. The proposal contained no additional revenue for the Transportation Trust Fund.
  • The NJ DEP created a new web page, http://www.nj.gov/dep/permitextension/, to provide information on the Permit Extension Act of 2014, signed into law in December, that extends the expiration date of the previous Permit Extension Act of 2008 by one year, through December 31, 2015.

School Construction

School Construction Referenda Results

In Bulletin 17-15, we reviewed the school construction projects approved or rejected in January and February in five districts across the state. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Safety

ACCNJ Safety Day 2015

As we announced in Bulletin 16-15, ACCNJ is pleased to sponsor Safety Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, aimed at promoting the importance of safety in all aspects of the construction industry. Our hope is to raise public awareness about using caution when traveling around all construction sites and refocus worker attention on key elements of staying safe on the job. Safety Day will also highlight the substantial investment in safety training and education made by union contractors and craftworkers. With the bulletin, we attached a registration form for contractors to participate, along with a list of suggested activities. We hope members will join us in supporting this important event. Access all the information in the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

NJ Work Zone Safety Excellence Awards

In Bulletin 19-15, we emailed information to Active Members about the New Jersey Work Zone Safety Excellence Awards sponsored by the Work Zone Safety Partnership. The awards recognize effective temporary traffic control in planned work zones on New Jersey roadways. The program is open to public and private entities, regardless of affiliation. Proactive and preventive solutions that improve safety for all road users and workers will be considered. Winners will be recognized at the 16th Annual New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference on April 29, 2015, at Rutgers Bush Campus Student Center in Piscataway. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015, 5pm. For detailed information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course - May 18-21, 2015

ACCNJ will host an OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course May 18-21 (Monday-Thursday), 8 am to 5 pm at the Association office in Edison. The course will cover OSHA policies, procedures and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA construction standards, with special emphasis on those areas that are most hazardous. Participants must attend all four days and be able to complete homework assignments to be eligible. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive an OSHA Construction Safety and Health 30-Hour course completion card. In Bulletin 21-15, members received complete details and the registration form. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

AGC's Advanced Safety Management Training Course

AGC of America will offer the course April 22-24 at AGC's national headquarters, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22201. This unique, three-day course provides construction safety and health professionals knowledge to manage a company-wide safety program. In the email sent to members on February 26, a flyer about the training was attached. Members may also visit www.agc.org.

Construction Safety Course Schedules

In Bulletins 13-15 and 23-15, we sent Active Members information on the February and March training courses offered by the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. For more information, access the bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

ACCNJ Member Notices & News

The AGC Alternative - Now Available to ACCNJ Members

AGC of America's new private insurance exchange, The AGC Alternative, is now available to all ACCNJ members in good standing. Aetna, the medical carrier for the exchange, has begun quoting rates to firms with as few as 10 employees to those with more than 100. Willis of Maryland, Inc., a licensed insurance producer, is the broker of record for all insurance products offered on the exchange and provides dedicated support to AGC members to help you find the program that best meets your needs. The AGC Alternative can provide a host of valuable benefits to member firms:

  • Help reduce costly employee turnover with a competitive employee benefits package
  • Save money if your firm is eligible for exclusive premium discounts
  • Eliminate guesswork from budgeting with a defined contribution strategy
  • Simplify benefits administration by empowering employees to shop for their own benefits through your firm's private portal into the exchange
  • Give employees more choice and support with more plan options and step-by-step guidance
  • Ensure ACA compliance, as every plan offered through The AGC Alternative meets the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act

Members have received an email from AGC with more details, and can find more information at www.agc.org/exchange or by calling Willis at 1.800.210.5290.

Please note the information provided here is for general informational purposes only. Discounts will vary by state and number of employees enrolled. Member firms must have 10 or more employees to qualify for coverage. AGC and its representatives are not licensed insurance producers and are not attempting to sell, solicit or negotiate any insurance product or plan.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

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.

Management Trustee & Contributing Employers Program - March 31

ACCNJ will host a program for Management Trustees and Contributing Employers on Tuesday, March 31, at 10 am at the Association office in Edison. The program presenters - Jack Widman, Dan Brennan and Mark Levengood of Susanin Widman & Brennan PC - serve as Management Fund Counsel on several Multi-Employer Fringe Benefit Funds to which Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey is party. They will review various fund issues and address key topics to help attendees better understand their role as a Management Trustee and/or Contributing Employer. Registration forms will be distributed in the near future. In the meantime, please mark your calendar for this important meeting.

Legal Program - April 8

ACCNJ will host a Legal Program on April 8, 8-11:30 am, at the Association office in Edison. Panel discussions will include reportable jobsite accidents, claims, lien law, multiemployer pension reform, change orders and construction change directives. Registration forms will be mailed to ACCNJ members in the near future. In the meantime, please mark your calendar for this important program.

Safety Day - April 22

As you saw above in the Safety section, ACCNJ is sponsoring an important Safety Day on April 22, 2015. Access all the information in Bulletin 16-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Membership Orientation Program - May 6

With more than a full year as Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey under our belts, a Membership Orientation Program has been scheduled for May 6 to allow Association staff to review the various programs and services available to members. We want to make sure ACCNJ members fully understand and utilize what the Association provides and how staff can assist them on a daily basis. Members will be encouraged to bring their key employees so they can meet and interact with ACCNJ staff. Complete details and a registration form will be mailed in the near future. In the meantime, please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Wine v Stein - May 14

Scheduled for May 14, 6-10 pm at 90 Acres @ Natirar in Peapack, this popular event sold out last year, so don't delay! Return the registration form sent via email February 26 - or access it in February Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course - May 18-21

See details above in the Safety section for the course scheduled for May 18-21 (Monday-Thursday), 8 am-5 pm at the Association office in Edison, and access Bulletin 21-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org for the registration form.

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 year!

Hot Topics Recap

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

  • Crest Haven Has Designs on $5.2 Million Library
  • AC Electric Plans New Avalon Substation
  • Road Construction in Carteret to Start in Spring
  • AC Casino Revenues Up in January
  • Millville High School Slated for Renovations and Expansion
  • December Construction Employment Strong in Metro Areas, Construction Spending Rose to Six-Year High