Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

March 2015

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome these eight new members into the Association. Please visit the Membership Directory at accnj.org to learn more about them.

ACTIVE

  • Archer Steel Construction Co., Inc., Manalapan
  • Brennan Industrial Contractors, Inc., Kearny
  • TAAS Contracting, LLC, Hackensack

ASSOCIATE

  • Allan Briteway Electrical Utility Contractors, Inc., Whippany
  • American Global LLC, Morristown
  • Excelize Software Private Limited, Chesterfield
  • The Gordian Group, Greenville, SC
  • Grassi & Co. CPAs, Jericho, NY

Labor News

Asphalt Laborers - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 32-15, we distributed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the Asphalt Laborers Local No. 172, effective March 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Contract Expiration Dates

With Bulletin 27-15, we sent Active Members the updated Contract Expiration Dates list to be included in the Labor Information Reference Binder. Active Members may also access the list in the members-only section at accnj.org.

AGC of America CEO Featured at Membership Meeting

Steve Sandherr, CEO of AGC of America, headlined the ACCNJ Membership Meeting on March 10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Eatontown, telling members that, despite a "dysfunctional" Congress, AGC was able to carve out significant victories on the national front. Included in those wins:  passage of the Water Resource Development Act, extension of the highway funding authorization, business tax extensions, prohibition of reverse-auction bidding and restriction of single-phase design/build in federal contracts, and passage of the multiemployer pension reform bill. Sandherr also encouraged members to take advantage of The AGC Alternative, the private healthcare exchange exclusively for AGC members. As he discussed each issue in detail, he thanked ACCNJ for its immediate and committed support of the initiatives, particularly pension reform.

Preceding the dinner and program, Associate Members exhibited their business expertise with tabletop displays during the cocktail hour.

Members Get Update on Union Benefit Plans, ACA

At a meeting on March 31 at the Association office for contributing employers and management trustees, Jack Widman, Dan Brennan and Mark Levengood of Susanin Widman & Brennan presented an update on various Union Pension, Welfare & Annuity Funds sponsored by ACCNJ. The presenters serve as Management Fund Counsel on most of these funds. During the session they covered funding status of the pension plans; contributing-employer liability; the new Multi-Employer Pension Reform Act of 2014; fiduciary responsibility of trustees in investing the assets of the plans; and many other topics dealing with cost controls and compliance.

Education & Workforce Development

2015 ACCNJ Scholarships

In Bulletin 25-15, members were sent a comprehensive package of materials pertaining to the 2015 ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation Program. This exciting program provides members robust opportunities to assist with their children's and grandchildren's higher education needs. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.orgReminder:  Deadline for all applications is May 1, 2015.

Summer Internship Program - Students Available!

While many of the 60 students who qualified for the Student Summer Program have received offers of employment from contractor members, we do still have some students available. 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

ACCNJ Testifies at TTF Hearing

ACCNJ staff testified March 19 before the State Assembly Transportation Committee on the funding crisis that faces the Transportation Trust Fund. Stressing the critical consequences of inaction, we detailed for the committee that, without a solution in the near future, key areas of the construction industry could very well be at risk, including future project-planning through the design and engineering phases, the construction and completion of several active multi-year projects, and the loss of substantial matching federal monies. We also told the committee of ACCNJ's work as part of the ForwardNJ coalition to define a sustainable, constitutionally dedicated infrastructure spending plan.

Changes at the Helm of Two State Agencies

As we reported to you in Hot Topics this month, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Department of Community Affairs saw leadership changes. Melissa Orsen was named the new Chief Executive Officer at EDA, filling the position vacated by Michelle Brown when she left to take over as head of ChooseNJ. And DCA Commissioner Richard Constable left for a position in the private sector; DCA Deputy Commissioner Charles Richman is now Acting Commissioner.

School Construction

School Construction Referenda Results

In Bulletin 30-15, we reviewed the school construction projects approved or rejected in the March 10 special elections in seven districts across the state. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Safety

Highway Work Zone Safety Training

As you read in Bulletin 31-15, ACCNJ submitted an RFP to AGC of America to serve as a host site for the Susan Harwood Training Grant offering a Work Zone Safety Training Program. We are excited to have been selected as one of eight locations around the country. The one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices will be held at the Association offices in Edison at no cost. Participants may select one of two dates:  June 15 or June 16, 2015. For the registration form and more program details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER - OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course - May 18-21

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. In Bulletin 21-15, members received complete details and the registration form. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER - ACCNJ Safety Day 2015

As we announced in Bulletin 16-15, ACCNJ is pleased to sponsor Safety Day on Wednesday, April 22, 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.

REMINDER - 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.

Highway Work Zone Safety Conference - April 29

The 16th Annual New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference will be held April 29 at Rutgers Bush Campus in Piscataway. The day will include panel discussions, presentation of Safety Excellence Awards and tabletop displays. For details, visit http://cait.rutgers.edu/cait/16th-annual-work-zone-safety-conference.

National Fall Safety Stand Down - May 4-15

In Bulletin 28-15, we sent information on OSHA's National Construction Fall Safety Stand Down, scheduled for May 4-15. Now a two-week event, the Stand Down is part of OSHA's initiative to prevent falls in construction, the leading cause of construction fatalities. We encourage ACCNJ members to participate. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

Construction Safety Course Schedules

In Bulletin 33-15, we sent Active Members information on the April training courses offered by the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

Communications & Publications

Member News for New Jersey Construction Magazine

In Bulletin 26-15, we invited members to send us in-house news and photos of projects, people and events for inclusion in the Member News section of the Spring 2015 issue of New Jersey Construction, due to be distributed in June. We also asked for story and photo contributions to the magazine's "Giving Back" feature, which highlights the many volunteer activities of our contractors and their craftworkers. While the deadline for submission is today, April 1, we encourage members who haven't yet contributed to send us their news this week.

2014 Annual Report

With Bulletin 29-15, we sent all members a copy of the ACCNJ 2014 Annual Report, also available online at accnj.org under the Communications & Publications page. For additional hard copies, please contact the Association office at 732.225.2265.

ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

Construction Law for Construction Professionals - April 8 - REGISTER NOW!

ACCNJ will host a Legal Program on April 8, 8 am to 12 Noon, 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. Please return your registration form as soon as possible or call the Association office at 732.225.2265.

Safety Day - April 22

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

Membership Orientation Program - May 6

Designed for both new members and veterans of the Association, a Membership Orientation Program has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 10 am to Noon, at the Association offices in Edison. During this interactive, two-hour program, Association staff will review the various programs and services available to members, allowing your employees to better familiarize themselves with ACCNJ offerings in labor relations, government affairs, education/career/workforce development, safety, communications and publications, and industry affiliations. Lunch will follow the program. There is no cost to attend. However, registration is required, and members are encouraged to bring their key employees. Find complete details and a registration form at accnj.org under March Bulletins.

Wine v Stein - May 14 - REGISTER NOW - SPACE IS FILLING UP FAST!

Scheduled for May 14, 6-10 pm at 90 Acres @ Natirar in Peapack, this popular event sold out last year, so don't delay! Contact the Association office if you have not yet registered and plan to attend.

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.

Membership Meeting - June 9

Mark your calendar for the ACCNJ Membership Meeting on June 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Edison. Program details and registration forms will be distributed in April.

Highway Work Zone Safety Training - June 15 or 16

As we told you above in the Safety section, we are offering this training through a grant from AGC of America. Refer to Bulletin 31-15 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 year!

Hot Topics Recap

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

  • White Horse Circle DOT Project Expedited
  • Most States Saw Rise in February Construction Employment
  • East Windsor Looks Forward to New Aurobindo Pharma Plant
  • New York Investment Firm Plans Private Port on the Delaware
  • DCA Commissioner Leaves for Private Sector
  • Edison Set to Replace School Destroyed by Fire
  • January Construction Employment Trends Up in Metro Areas
  • AC Eyes Concepts for Bader Field and Gardner's Basin
  • Millville Ready for Downtown College Campus
  • Cape May County MUA Plans New $5 Million Building
  • Coming Soon - Toronto to AC on Air Canada
  • Funding Found for Bridge Repair
  • Melissa Orsen Named New CEO at EDA
  • PSE&G's Gas System Modernization Plan Filed
  • Construction Spending Up for the Year in January But Down for the Month

Industry News & Events

BCA of South Jersey Invites ACCNJ to Membership Meeting - April 16

Building Contractors Association of South Jersey has extended an invitation to all ACCNJ members to join BCASJ members at their next Membership Meeting, April 16, in Voorhees. Award-winning physician and author Dr. Michael D. Cirigliano, "Dr. Mike" on Fox 29 Philadelphia, will be the featured guest, offering an evening of humor and insight into living a full and healthy life. ACCNJ members should have received the program flyer and registration form via email on March 23. If you did not receive it, please contact ACCNJ at 732.225.2265.

Members-Only Visits, Laborers Training Centers - May 1 & May 12

The Laborers International Union of North America's Construction Craft Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Fund of New Jersey and Delaware and Heavy and General Construction Laborers' 472-172 SET Programs offer outstanding training to both apprentices and journeyworkers. Come see for yourself! They will showcase their state-of-the-art training centers and topnotch instructors to ACCNJ Members in exclusive visits. We invite you to join us on May 1 (Building - Monroe) and May 12 (Highway - Aberdeen). Please note:  Local 172 SET Training Center in Folsom will offer a program once the new facility is complete. While there is no cost to attend, registration is required. You can find the flyer and registration form under March Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Annual Concrete Awards Dinner - May 14

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute cordially invites you to attend the 52nd Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards Dinner on May 14, 2015, at The Heldrich in New Brunswick. For dinner reservations and opportunities to sponsor, visit www.njaci.com and scroll down to the bottom of the home page for forms, or call 732.940.1803.

New Good Neighbor Awards Dinner - June 5

New Jersey Business & Industry Association invites you to attend the annual New Good Neighbor Awards Luncheon on June 5, 2015, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Twp., honoring outstanding companies that have built, expanded or renovated commercial and industrial buildings and development projects that improve the economy and landscape of New Jersey. For dinner reservations and opportunities to sponsor, call 973.852.6230.

The AGC Alternative - Meeting with Willis

Via email on March 19, we sent members a request-for-interest in attending a group meeting with a representative from Willis of Maryland, the licensed broker for AGC of America's private healthcare exchange. If you haven't responded, we encourage you to let us know as soon as possible if you think such a meeting would be helpful as you explore the possibility of using The AGC Alternative for your firm's healthcare coverage.

The private exchange is available exclusively for AGC members, and New Jersey is one of the first states to roll it out to all members in good standing with 10 or more employees. The provider for the medical coverage is Aetna, and the exchange offers a variety of plan options for members to make available, in turn, to employees via a defined contribution program. The plans are all in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

This kind of health insurance may be new to you and your members, so you may find a meeting with Willis beneficial, especially if your insurance comes up for renewal soon, as Willis recommends requesting a quote 90-120 prior to renewal. For more information, we invite you to visit http://alternative.agc.org.