Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

December 2015

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Labor News


Operating Engineers, Local No. 825

In Bulletin 101-15, Active Members received the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the Operating Engineers, Local 825, effective January 1, 2016. The bulletin may be accessed in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers Local 11 (Rod)

In Bulletin 95-15, we distributed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package for Ironworkers Local #11 (Rod), effective January 1, 2016, which may be found 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 & 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. We will send out information the first week in January regarding your assignment of bargaining rights for the Carpenters, Dockbuilders, Building Laborers and Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers. Please take time to review those bulletins and complete the appropriate forms. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Association office.

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Government Affairs

Congress Passes Federal Transportation Spending Bill

In Bulletin 94-15, we let members know the US House and Senate had passed the "Fixing America's Surface Transportaiton (FAST) Act," the first long-term federal transportation bill in more than 10 years. The President signed it into law on December 4. We followed up that announcement with Bulletin 97-15, detailing the year-by-year national spending figures in the Act along with other components important to the construction industry. Access both bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Association and Member News

December Membership Meeting

We were pleased to greet 140 members and guests at the Association's Membership Meeting on December 8 at Galloping Hills Golf Club in Kenilworth. The evening's events were highlighted by recognition of Mark Hall as outgoing Chair of the Board, approval of a new slate of officers and trustees for 2016, and a splendidly successful raffle of gift baskets to benefit the ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation. We extend our thanks and gratitude to the 23 members who donated raffle baskets and all those who purchased tickets.

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new members, whose membership was approved at the December Board Meeting:

ACTIVE

BOND Brothers Inc.
Kenilworth NJ

Meco Constructors, Inc. & Affiliates
Bensalem PA

ASSOCIATE

Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola, Lundell, Blylan & Garbubo, PC
Bridgewater NJ

Service Scaffold Company
South Fallsburg NY

ULMA Form-Works, Inc.
Hawthorne NJ

Member Name Change

Please note ACCNJ member Jenson Koerner Crane Service, Inc., of Kenvil NJ, has changed its name to JK Crane. All contact information remains the same and can be found in the Membership Directory at accnj.org

New Jersey Construction Magazine Mailed

In December, we mailed the Fall 2015 issue of New Jersey Construction. We extend our thanks to all members who contributed news of company events and milestones, and who supported the publication with advertising.

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Education and Workforce Development


Student Summer Program/Career Fair

As we told you last month, 126 students completed applications for the Student Summer Program, and 72 were invited to attend the Career Fair on Wednesday, January 6, at the Pines Manor, Edison. If you did not register for the Career Fair but would like to hire a student intern this summer, please contact Jill Schiff at jschiff@accnj.org as soon as possible.

NRCC Foreman Training Program

In Bulletin 100-15, we introduced to Active Members the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Foreman Training Program, an eight-hour course designed to provide professional education for our contractors' key employees so they may gain enhanced ability and confidence to take on the role of Foreman. Signatory Contractors were asked to provide the first class of participants for this pilot program, which will begin February 9 from 8 am to 4 pm at the Association offices in Edison. Deadline for registering employees is January 15. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org and contact Jill Schiff at jschiff@accnj.org with your registrant information.

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Safety

 

Training Center Construction Safety Courses

In Bulletins 96-15 and 103-15, we distributed to Active Members the December and January schedules of safety training courses offered at the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. Active Members may access the bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org

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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

GPRO Series: Fundamentals of Building Green - January 15 

As we announced in Bulletin 91-15, ACCNJ will host the US Green Building's "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

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.

March Membership Meeting - March 15 - NEW TIME

Mark your calendars for the March Membership Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, at the Doubletree Hotel in Eatontown -- at 3:30 pm, a NEW TIME.  We are pleased to welcome Kevin Duncan, PhD, Senior Economist, BCG Economics and Professor of Economics at Colorado State University-Pueblo for a presentation on "The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impacts of State Prevailing Wage Laws."  Because this subject is of great significance to not only our industry but the state's economy in general, we are inviting government, legislative and labor leaders to join us that day. We hope your schedule allows you to be there as well.

2016 Events

For a listing of events scheduled in 2016, 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!

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Hot Topics Recap

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

• More Than Half of Metro Areas See November Construction Jobs Increase Over Last Year

• NJ Transit Appoints Interim Head

• State-by-State, November Construction Employment Grew, But Regional Growth Was Uneven

• BPU Gives Final Approval on South Jersey Gas Pipeline Project

• DRPA Approves Higher Bridge and Transit Budgets

• Retail Vacancies Rise in Central and North Jersey

• OSHA's Construction Head Announces Retirement

• Sen. President Sweeney Seeks Voter Approval on North Jersey Casinos

• GAO Report:  25% of Highway Bridges Still Deficient

• Half the Country's Metros Increased Construction Employment in October

• VDOT Wants Zig-Zag Striping As Part of Uniform Traffic Code

• Construction Spending Grows Month-by-Month, Year-Over-Year

• $180 Million in State Funding for Colleges Prompts Wish Lists

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Industry News & Events 
 

School Construction Referendum Results

In Bulletin 98-15, we detailed the school construction projects passed by two school districts in the special elections on December 8. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

NJAFA Construction Forecast

In Bulletin 102-15, we sent members the report from the New Jersey Alliance for Action's 31st Annual Construction Forecast. The report contained the two-year public and private construction estimates totaling $39.4 billion, about $4 million less than last year's forecast of $39.8 billion. For a detailed accounting, members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

NJBIA New Good Neighbor Awards - Call for Nominations

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association invites nominations for the 56th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards competition, recognizing companies that have built or renovated a commercial facility or green community project. Winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges based on architectural merit, economic benefit and job creation, and community involvement. Deadline for nominations is January 22, 2016. Nominate online at njbmagazine.com/ngnnomination, or contact Ashley Lukens at 609.393.7707, ext. 9484 for more information. 

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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