Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

June 2015

Welcome New Members

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

ACTIVE

  • Warrior Installations Group LLC, Glastonbury CT
  • Pro Construction Specialty Corp., Linden

ASSOCIATE

  • Aon Risk Solutions, Morristown

ACCNJ 2015 Scholarship and Safety Awards

At the ACCNJ Membership Meeting on June 9, 2015, at Hilton Gardens Inn, Edison, the Association honored its student scholarship recipients and members with exemplary safety records.

Scholarship Awards

ACCNJ awarded scholarships totaling $50,000 to eight students through the Association's scholarship programs. In addition, two other students each received an award through the Floor Covering Institute of New Jersey's 7th Annual Scholarships.

Donald R. Waters Scholarship
John Sauerland, a graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, who will attend Boston College

ACCNJ Foundation Scholarships

Benedict Torcivia, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Eric Taleghani, a graduate of Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News, VA, who will attend the University of Virginia

Michael Jensen Memorial Scholarship
Thomas vanVeldhuisen from Northern Burlington County Regional High School, who is enrolled at Embry-Riddle

Laura Romanski, who graduated from Hanover Park High School and will enter Penn State University

Anna Colonna, a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, who will attend Boston College

Michael Pais, a graduate of Morris County School of Technology, who is enrolled at Hofstra University

John F. Donohoe Scholarships

Nadia Tolli, a graduate of The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY, who is entering her senior year at Manhattan College

Leon E. Collins III, a graduate of Cinnaminson High School, who is entering his junior year at The College of New Jersey

Floor Covering Institute of New Jersey Scholarships

Melissa Hand, a graduate of Somerville High School, who will enter the University of Delaware

Katherine Lund, a graduate of Atlantic City High School, who is enrolled at East Carolina University

Safety Awards

A record 39 members received awards for exemplary safety records during 2014 that resulted in Zero Lost Work Days and Lost Workday Incidence Rates Below the National Average.

Recognized for Zero Lost Work Days:  Berkowsky and Associates Inc. of Cranbury; CJ Drilling of Dundee IL: Drill Construction Co., Inc. of West Orange; Willard Dunham Construction Co. of South Plainfield; Epic Management Inc. of Piscataway; Fitzpatrick & Associates Inc. of Eatontown; Foster Contracting Inc. of Somerville; Albert Garlatti Construction Co., Inc. of Highland Park; Gilbane Building Company NJ of New Brunswick; Hall Building Corp. of Farmingdale; Hall Construction Co. Inc. of Howell; Hutton Construction LLC of Cedar Gove; Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB of Ewing Twp.; Merco Inc. of Lebanon; Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp. of Pine Brook; JR Prisco Inc. of Summit; RCC Builders & Developers of Paterson; Schnell Contracting Services LLC of Freehold; Sundance Construction/BD Malcolm Co. of Lincoln Park; Torcon Inc. of Red Bank; Vericon Construction Co. LLC of Mountainside; TN Ward Company of Atlantic City; Walker Diving Underwater Construction LLC of Hammonton; Waters & Bugbee, Inc. of Hamilton; Weeks Marine Inc. of Cranford; and West Bay Construction Inc. of Absecon.

Recognized for Lost Workday Incidence Rates Below the National Average:  Atlantic Concrete Cutting Inc. of Mt. Holly; Wm. Blanchard Co. of Springfield; J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. of Hackensack; JR Cruz Corp. of Aberdeen; JBL Electric Inc. of South Plainfield; Moretrench of Rockaway; Nordic Contracting Co., Inc. of Ledgewood; Railroad Construction Co., Inc. of Paterson; Schiavone Construction Company LLC of Secaucus; Tilcon New Jersey of Wharton; Tishman Construction Corp. of Newark; Tutor Perini of New Rochelle NY; and Vollers of North Branch.

Labor News

Teamsters Local 331 - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 49-15, we distributed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package for Teamsters Local Union No. 331, effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Operating Engineers - Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 51-15, we sent Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the Operating Engineers, Local No. 825, including both Building and Heavy/Highway schedules, effective July 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers - Settlement, Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 52-15, we sent Active Members notice of the three-year agreement reached between Iron Workers Local 11 and ACCNJ and Construction Contractors Labor Employers, effective July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018. In Bulletin 53-15, we distributed the latest schedule of wages and fringe benefits for the Ironworkers, effective July 1, 2015. Access both bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

July 4th Holiday Provisions

In Bulletin 54-15, we distributed to Active Members a summary of how each trade recognizes the 4th of July holiday when it falls on a Saturday, which it does this year. For further details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Government Affairs

Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes NJ Legislature

As we announced in Bulletin 55-15, S-2489/A-3859, which establishes mechanisms to allow public-private partnerships for various building and highway infrastructure projects in New Jersey, passed in both houses of the NJ Legislature. Under the bill's provisions, a public body would be authorized to use private capital financing to fund viable projects while encouraging competition and further delivering cost-effective means of financing construction projects. Most important, this initiative has the potential to create additional work opportunities for the contracting community and our labor partners that might not otherwise happen. The bill is currently on the Governor's desk for consideration. For further details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Five Other Bills Approved, Head to Governor's Desk

In Bulletin 56-15, we told you of five other bills that received final passage in the Legislature prior to summer recess and now head to Governor Christie for his consideration. The bills cover permission for developers to receive tax credits for certain mixed-use parking projects; appropriation of funds to DEP for infrastructure projects in the new fiscal year; authorization for the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Fund to make loans for infrastructure projects; changes to the financing program of the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust; and a requirement to release the bid list prior to bid date under Local Public Contracts Law. For further details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Governor Signs New State Budget Into Law

In Bulletin 57-15, we reported the $33.8 billion FY2016 State budget was signed into law by Governor Christie. Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature had passed their own versions of the budget, but the Governor used his authority to line-item veto several components of the Legislature's spending plan, scaling back state pension payments, removing an income tax increase, a corporate business tax surcharge and the proposed millionaire's tax, and adding a provision seeking an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit. For further details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

Safety

NNJFS&H Training Courses

In Bulletin 50-15, we distributed information about two upcoming safety programs from the Northern New Jersey Federal Safety & Health Council. The two-day OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Certification Program is scheduled for October 9 and 16, 2015, and the three-day OSHA 7600 Disaster Site Worker course is scheduled for October 30, November 6 and November 13, 2015. For registration details and a link to the OSHA webpage, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA Hazard Communications Rule in Effect

As we told you in Bulletin 48-15, OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard went into effect on June 1 for chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers. The standard now requires a common approach, known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), for classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals and communicating the hazards uniformly on labels and safety data sheets. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

ACCNJ PAC Fishing Trip - August 13

ACCNJ will host the annual ACCNJ PAC Fishing Trip on Thursday, August 13, on The Paramount out of Bogan's Basin in Brielle. Join us for breakfast at 7 am with a departure time of 7:30 am, returning at 3:30 pm. The package includes breakfast, lunch, beer/wine/soda, equipment and tackle. Register soon for this popular event! Access the flyer and registration form under May Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ Golf Tournament & Dinner - October 5

A special members-only early registration opened in June for the ACCNJ Golf Tournament & Dinner on October 5, 2015, at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck. NEW THIS YEAR: In additional to traditional golf on the Championship Course, we are offering 9 holes of golf on the short course, limited to 9 foursomes. Register now - we will open registration to our labor partners and other guests on July 6. Access the flyer and registration form under June Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Gala Dinner Dance - October 23 - Save the Date!

Look for your invitation in the mail for the ACCNJ Gala Dinner Dance, scheduled for October 23 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, honoring Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary Treasurer Michael Capelli.

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 June, we posted these Hot Topics at accnj.org:

  • Redevelopment Planned for Jersey City Pasta Factory Site
  • May Construction Employment Picks Up in the Northeast - But Not in New Jersey
  • $164 Million EDA Grant Goes to American Water Works
  • Teaneck to See New Glenpointe Hotel Development
  • Kenneth Feinberg to Review Applications to Cut Multi-Employer Pension Benefits
  • NJ Assembly Approves AC Bailout Bills
  • Track Port Authority Projects with Website Dashboard
  • Update on Next Gen Aviation Park:  Stockton Gets Lease
  • April Construction Employment Up in 65% of US Metro Areas
  • Roller Coaster for AC?

Industry News & Events

Masonry Day - Bordentown & Fairfield July 28 & 29

The International Masonry Institute is sponsoring two Masonry Days in July at the Bordentown and Fairfield offices of the New Jersey Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Structured for Construction Managers, Signatory Contractors, Owners, Architects and others, the program offers three workshops covering the benefits and maintenance of masonry, including the care of historic masonry. For more information, contact Roy Ingraffia at 202.215.8390, ringraffia@imiweb.org, or John Bachenski at 732.261.6823, jbachenski@imiweb.org.

Masonry Webinar Series - July 15/16 & August 5

The New Jersey Structural Masonry Coalition, made up of the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey, the New Jersey Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Labor Management Fund and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, presents three webinars in July and August. While primarily targeted for structural engineers, others in the design and construction community are welcome. The first webinar is in two parts on July 15 and 16:  Engineering a Masonry Building Using the Structural Masonry Design Software. The second is scheduled for August 5:  Masonry Code Update with Emphasis on the 2011 MSJC ADS Changes. ACCNJ emailed the registration flyer to members. For questions, contact Carol Ciesielski at carol@mcofnj.org or 609.324.1140.

Sample ConsensusDocs Contracts for Members

As we announced in an email, ACCNJ members may obtain sample ConsensusDocs contracts via the ConsensusDocs website. If you did not receive or can't locate the email, please contact Deb Teall at dteall@accnj.org or 732.225.2265.