Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

November 2015

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Labor News


Operating Engineers, Local No. 825

In Bulletin 89-15, Active Members received information about the suspension of the Operating Engineers, Local No. 825's Temporary Layoff provision from December 1 through April 15. The bulletin may be accessed in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Asbestos, Lead & Hazardous Waste Laborers Local 78

The wage and fringe benefits package for Asbestos, Lead & Hazardous Waste Laborers Local 78, effective December 1, 2015, may be found in the members-only section at accnj.org.

December & January Holidays

• Christmas Day - Friday, December 25 

• New Year's Day - Friday, January 1, 2016
Christmas Day and New Year's Day are holidays for the General Construction Trades. For the provisions for both holidays, Active Members may access Bulletin 93-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

2016 Negotiations

In 2016, ACCNJ will negotiate with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, Dockbuilders Local No. 1556, New Jersey Building Laborers, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and Teamsters Local No. 469 and Local No. 560, all of whose agreements expire on April 30, 2016. In addition, negotiations will be conducted with the Trenton Ironworkers, Local No. 68, and the Camden Ironworkers, Local No. 399, whose agreements expire on June 30, 2016. Information will be forthcoming as the negotiation process begins early next year.

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Government Affairs

US Senate Sends Transportation Spending Patch to President

In Bulletin 90-15, we reported the US Senate approved a measure on November 19 that extends federal transportation spending for another two weeks, setting a December 4 deadline for both houses to advance a more comprehensive multi-year initiative. This was the fourth financial extension of the federal highway program this year. For complete details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Statewide Transportation Survey Results Released

In Bulletin 92-15, we released the results of a survey commissioned by the Operating Engineers, Local 825's labor/management group, Engineers Labor Employer Cooperative (ELEC), that polled likely general election voters in New Jersey on how they want New Jersey leaders to repair the failing Transportation Trust Fund. Members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Association and Member News

2016 Proposed Slate of Officers & Trustees

In Bulletin 88-15, Active Members were sent the proposed slate of officers and trustees of the Association. Active Members in good standing will vote on the slate at the Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at The Clubhouse at Galloping Hill in Kenilworth. For complete details, Active Members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Art Corwin of Moretrench to be Honored by The Moles

We are pleased to announce that Art Corwin, President and CEO of ACCNJ member Moretrench American Corp. has been selected to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award by The Moles, one of the industry's foremost construction organizations, at The Moles' Annual Award dinner at the New York Hilton on January 27, 2016. Art serves as a Highway Representative on the ACCNJ Board. During his 25 years as a member of The Moles, he has served as President and Trustee.

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Education and Workforce Development


Student Summer Program/Career Fair

The application deadline for students to participate in the CIAP Summer Internship Program has closed. We are pleased to report 125 students from the following institutions have completed applications:  NJIT, FDU, Stevens, Rutgers, Rowan, University of Delaware, Villanova, TCNJ, Elizabethtown College, Essex County College, Union County College and Raritan Valley College. The students were invited to participate in an on-campus interview with Association and Contractor representatives. From those interviews, approximately 60 will be invited to attend the Career Fair, scheduled for January 6, 2016, at the Pines Manor, Edison. If you have not yet registered and would like to participate in the Career Fair, access Bulletin 72-15 under October Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org

 

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Safety

 

Safety Day 2016

Due to the success of last year's Safety Day, we will be offering it again in 2016. On April 20, ACCNJ members will be asked to display Association banners, conduct special safety talks, host recognition programs and bring a higher, coordinated effort of safety awareness to their jobsites. We will also reach out to OSHA and our labor partners as their involvement last year was instrumental in the program's achievements.

 

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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

ACCNJ Membership Meeting - December 8 

We invite all members to join us for ACCNJ's Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and our program at 6:30 pm. We will recognize our outgoing Chair, Mark Hall, for his dedication and commitment to ACCNJ, especially during the merger. Also, back by popular demand is the basket raffle to support the ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation. Bulletin 75-15, which includes the reservation form, may be accessed in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ 2016 Conference - Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now open for ACCNJ's Annual Conference, May 1-5, 2016, at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. Plan to join your colleagues for this annual program of business and networking sessions in an informal setting. Access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under October Bulletins.

ACCNJ to Host US Green Building GPRO Series - January 15, 2016

ACCNJ will host the "Fundamentals of Building Green" certificate program on January 15. The four-hour course is a comprehensive approach to educating contractors and craftworkers by providing an experience focused on sustainability, green building, LEED and green work practices. Following the class, participants will break for lunch and then sit for the exam that leads to certification. For complete details and a link to register, access Bulletin 91-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Other Key 2016 ACCNJ Events:

 

March Membership Meeting - March 15

Doubletree Hotel, Eatontown
Featured Speaker:  Kevin Duncan, PhD, Senior Economist, Colorado State University
"The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impacts of State Prevailing Wage Laws"

ACCNJ Fall Convention - September 7 & 8

Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch
Featured Speaker:  Ken Gronbach, Demography and Generational Specialist
"A Macro View of Shifting Demographics"


AGC of America Board Elections

In October, Mr. Robert Polisano of Network Construction Co., Inc., was officially nominated to fill the vacant seat for New Jersey on the AGC of America Board of Governors. Active Members will soon receive notice from AGC of America on when election balloting is open and how to cast your ballot for Robert Polisano. 

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Hot Topics Recap

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

• Construction Employment Rises in October Across 35 States, Up for Year in 43

• Rutgers Introduces the BEAST to Determine Bridge Longevity

• PSE&G to Replace 500 Miles of Gas Lines

• AC Development Company to Build $200 Million Stockton Campus

• NJ Transit Chief to Depart at Year-End

• Christie Announces Funding for Round 2 of Higher Ed Projects

• EDA Grants $93 Million in Tax Breaks to Jersey City Tower and Tenant

• October Casino Take Down But Internet Gambling Rises

• Vineland's Four Corners Development Picks Up Again in 2016

• Two Firms -- But Not Fishermen's Energy -- Win Wind Power Development Bids

• Showboat Casino Sale Postponed Until January

• Newark's $2 Million Should Jump-Start Residential High-Rise

• Millville Plans Compressed Natural Gas Project

• Aviation Park Approaches "Mega Project" Status

• Construction Spending Strong for Year, Slows for Month

• OSHA May Increase Civil Penalties Under New Budget Act

• ACA Auto-Enrollment Mandate Repealed

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Industry News & Events 
 

AGC of America Seeks Input on Hiring and Business Outlook

In Bulletin 87-15, we asked members to consider responding to the AGC of America survey to collect input for its annual Construction Hiring and Business Outlook, a projection of construction activities and business climate for the coming year. The online survey link is included in the bulletin, which can be found in the members-only section at accnj.org.

53rd Annual NJ Concrete Awards - Call for Nominations

The New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute invite nominations for the 53rd Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards. Nominations should be of noteworthy projects completed during 2015 that highlight the successful application of concrete. Deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016. For a nomination form, call the NJCAA office at 609.392.2332 or email wflayt01@comcast.net

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