Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

February 2016

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Labor News

 

Carpenters Merger

On February 4, 2016, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters issued a news release announcing the merger of the former Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters into the Northeast Regional Council. As a result, the Council welcomed 13,567 new members, bringing the Northeast Regional Council total to nearly 40,000 members covering all of New Jersey and Delaware plus parts of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

Merger of New Jersey and Empire State Carpenters Funds

In Bulletin 25-16, we described in detail to Active Members the status of the New Jersey and Empire State Carpenters Pension, Health, Annuity and Training Funds following the merger of the funds on January 1, 2016. The Funds are administered out of the Carpenters' Raritan Plaza offices in Edison, with George Laufenberg as Fund Director and Dave Stewart, former Empire Funds Director, as Assistant Director. For complete details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Heavy/Highway Laborers, Local Nos. 172 & 472

In Bulletin 22-16, we distributed to Active Members the wage and fringe benefits package for the New Jersey Construction & General Laborers, Local Nos. 172 and 472, and Asphalt Laborers, Local No. 172, effective March 1, 2016. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Updated Business Agent Directory

In Bulletin 15-16, we sent Active Members an updated copy of ACCNJ's "Directory of New Jersey Building Trades Council and Business Agents," which is also available online. Access the bulletin and the directory in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Updated Fringe Benefit Fund Trustees & Administrators Directory

In Bulletin 18-16, we issued to Active Members an updated Fringe Benefit Fund Trustees & Administrators Directory, also available online. Access the bulletin and directory in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Government Affairs

Governor's FY2017 State Budget Address

Several days after suspending his bid for the White House, Governor Christie marked his return to the state in mid-February by proposing a $34.8 billion state budget in a joint session of the NJ Legislature. The Governor's proposed spending plan for FY2017 boosts spending by approximately $1 billion over the current year's budget, without gimmicks and one-shot revenue grabs. The proposed budget includes no new taxes, little new spending and a modest prediction of a 3% increase in tax collections. Additional highlights include a $1.86 billion payment into the struggling public worker pension system, a 1% increase in school funding, and building a projected state general fund surplus for property tax relief. The depleted Transportation Trust Fund was discussed briefly within the Governor's budget address remarks without referencing a front-office commitment to a specific funding solution, as negotiations with legislative leadership continue on the TTF funding issue. Budget hearings on the Governor's proposed plan will commence in the next several weeks, as the NJ Legislature debates spending components.

Sen. President Advances Voter Ballot on North Jersey Casino

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney has re-introduced legislation to put a public referendum question on the ballot to determine voter sentiment for two casinos in North Jersey. If the public votes to approve North Jersey casinos, the state's constitution, which currently limits gaming to Atlantic City, would be amended. The resolution to put the question on the ballot, SCR-1, has to be approved by majority votes twice during the current legislative session before going to the voters as a ballot question this November.

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Association and Member News

In Memoriam:  James Hamill, Schiavone Construction

James J. (Jim) Hamill, Executive Vice President of ACCNJ member Schiavone Construction, passed away on February 5, 2016. Jim served as an AGC of New Jersey trustee and was a valuable resource on industry and labor issues for many years. 

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Education and Workforce Development


Student Summer Internship Program Update - RESUMES AVAILABLE

In Bulletin 11-16, we again told Active Members 72 students were invited to attend the Career Fair on January 6. If you were unable to attend the Career Fair but would like to review student resumes for summer internships, please contact Jill Schiff at jschiff@accnj.org or 732.225.2265.

BIM Series

In Bulletin 17-16, we announced the next Building Information Modeling series of classes, scheduled for four Tuesdays in April and May at the Association offices in Edison. For details and to register, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

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Safety

 

Safety Day - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

In Bulletin 19-16, we announced the Association will once again host Safety Day, an exceptional event that draws attention in a collective way to members' year-round safety efforts. As you know, Safety Day promotes the importance of safety in all aspects of the construction industry. We hope to raise public awareness about using caution when traveling around all construction work zones and refocus the attention of workers on the key elements of staying safe while on the job. We will also highlight the substantial investment in safety training and education made by union contractors and craftworkers. We encourage members to support Safety Day with active participation. To sign up, request a Safety Day Banner and find suggestions for Safety Day activities, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA Safety Stand-Down - May 2-6, 2016

As we told you in Bulletin 24-16, OSHA and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Designed to promote awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of fatalities in the construction industry, contractors are asked to stop work at jobsites at prescribed times and conduct topic talks, demonstrations and training, or other activities that focus on fall prevention. ACCNJ encourages members to get involved and let us know your plans. For detailed information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org and visit https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/.

OSHA 30-Hour Course - May 23-26, 2016

In Bulletin 23-16, we invited all members to an ACCNJ-hosted OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course May 23-26, 2016, at the Asociation Office in Edison. The course covers OSHA policies, procedures and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. IF YOU ARE SPONSORING A SUMMER INTERN, your intern may take the course free-of-charge. For more information and the registration form, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

March Membership Meeting - March 15 - REMINDER!

In Bulletin 08-16, members were invited to the March Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 15, at the Doubletree Hotel in Eatontown -- beginning at 3:30 pm.  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. Please complete and return the registration form attached to the bulletin, which may be accessed in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ 2016 Conference - May 1-5 - Last month to register!

Registrations have been coming in quickly for ACCNJ's Annual Conference, May 1-5, 2016, at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, but there are still some rooms available. Don't wait any longer - deadline for registration is April 1! 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 2015 Bulletins.

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

• $1.6 Million Daniels Bridge Replacement Necessary

• Egg Harbor's Cardiff Substation Due for Major Upgrade

• Cherry Hill Redevelopment Slated Along Cooper River

• Port Announces Record Cargo Volumes

• Feds to Help Fund Delaware River Dredging Project

• Fatal Crane Collapse Prompts New Safety Regs for NYC

• Gateway Project Timetable:  15 Years

• Great Falls in Paterson Getting "Great Lawn"

• Metro Construction Employment Strong Year-Over-Year

• December Construction Spending Anemic After Growth Year

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Industry News & Events 
 

US Labor Secretary Posts "Unions Matter" Article

As we told members via email, US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez posted an article on www.medium.com on February 4, 2016, entitled "Unions Matter." The post takes a quick, candid look at the benefits provided by union labor to individuals and their families, the economy and American values. Perez also discusses why there is an issue with attacks on labor unions. Access "Unions Matter" under February bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ABA Forum on Construction Law Program - Newark, March 4

On March 4, the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law will present a program in Newark entitled "Construction Contracts:  Finding Common Ground in Drafting and Negotiating Design and Construction Clauses." The program is approved for CLE and AIA Credit. For details and registration, access the ABA flyer under February bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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