Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

March 2016

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Labor News


Ironworkers Bargaining Rights Authorization Forms

In Bulletin 31-16, we sent Active Members notice of the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Association and Ironworkers, Local No. 68 and Local No. 399, that expire June 30, 2016. With the bulletin were Bargaining Rights Authorization Forms to be completed and returned in March. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Association and Member News

 

Kevin Duncan Headlines ACCNJ Membership Meeting with Presentation of Prevailing Wage Study

At the ACCNJ Membership Meeting on March 15 at the Doubletree in Eatontown, guest speaker Kevin Duncan presented his study, "The Economic, Fiscal and Social Impacts of State Prevailing Wage Laws: Choosing Between the High Road and the Low Road in the Construction Industry." More than 100 ACCNJ members, labor partners and legislators listened as Duncan, a professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo, reviewed what happens in states that have repealed or weakened their prevailing wage laws as opposed to those states that have strengthened or expanded the laws. His research revealed that serious, peer-reviewed studies indicate construction costs do not increase with prevailing wages, and that prevailing wages have a positive impact on local economy and on the individual income of construction workers, which in turn results in less reliance on public assistance and social services. The study, a two-page Report Fact Sheet and the PowerPoint presentation are available under March Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Welcome New Members

Five new members were accepted into the Association at the March Board of Trustees Meeting. Visit their websites through the Membership Directory at accnj.org.

ACTIVE MEMBERS

• Grace Industries LLC - Plainview, NY

• Jersey Precast - Hamilton Twp., NJ

• McCrossin Foundations LLC - Bellefonte, PA

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

• Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. - Whippany, NJ

• Haftek Concrete Washout Systems - Paterson, NJ


ACCNJ Member Wins 2016 Alliant Build America Award

Gilbane Building Company received a 2016 Alliant Build America Award in the Building Renovation $10 Million to $199 Million Category for Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. We extend our congratulations to Gilbane and will include a photo and complete details in the Fall 2016 issue of New Jersey Construction magazine. 

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Government Affairs

OSHA Releases Final Silica Rule

As we told you in Bulletin 34-16, OSHA released its final silica rule on March 24, effective June 23, 2016. Construction contractors have one year from the effective date to comply. However, many of the requirements in the new federal rule are already part of New Jersey's silica law. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

School Construction Referenda Results

In Bulletin 30-16, we distributed the results of the school construction special elections on March 8, 2016. With 13 school districts in seven counties seeking funding for construction projects, approximately 50% of the requested $252.8 million was approved by voters. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Education and Workforce Development


2016 ACCNJ Scholarship Program Launched

In Bulletin 26-16, we announced the launch of the 2016 ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation Program. Intent to Participate forms are due Friday, April 1, and completed applications must be received by April 22, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Membership Meeting on June 7, 2016, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Student Summer Internship Program Update - RESUMES AVAILABLE

Reminder to Active Members:  In Bulletin 11-16, we told you 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.

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Safety

 

NJ Work Zone Safety Conference - April 27, 2016

In Bulletin 27-16, we told Active Members about the Work Zone Safety Partnership's 17th Annual New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Recognized by the New Jersey Legislature as the state's official work zone safety event, the Conference promotes work zone safety awareness on local and state roadways. For event information and registration, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Other Upcoming Safety Events

Information on the following events appeared in the February Update. Access the bulletins listed for each event in the members-only section at accnj.org.

• ACCNJ Safety Day - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Bulletin 19-16

• OSHA Safety Stand-Down - May 2-6, 2016 - Bulletin 24-16

• OSHA 30-Hour Course Hosted by ACCNJ - May 23-26, 2016 - Bulletin 23-16


LIUNA Webinar: Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace - April 12, 2016

In Bulletin 29-16, we shared with Active Members an invitation from the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America to join a webinar, "Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace in 2016 and Beyond," scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 2-3pm. To register, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Training Center Construction Safety Courses

In Bulletins 28-16 and 35-16, we distributed to Active Members the schedules of construction safety courses offered in March and April by the training centers affiliated with the general construction trades. For the April schedules, access B-35-16 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA Releases Results Following First Year of Injury-Reporting Requirement

OSHA announced in March that during the first full year of the administration's new injury-reporting requirement, the rule had "met its intended goals of helping OSHA focus resources where they are most needed," helping employers identify and mitigate or eliminate hazards. For the complete Impact Evaluation, visit https://www.osha.gov/injuryreport/2015.pdf

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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

ACCNJ Annual Conference - May 1-5 - Almost filled!

We have just a few rooms available for the ACCNJ Annual Conference at the beautiful and serene Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fl. All members are welcome to join us for valuable business and networking sessions in an informal setting. Call the Association office for more information or access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under October 2015 Bulletins - you won't want to miss the opportunity!

ACCNJ Golf Tournament & Dinner - June 20 - Filling quickly!

We emailed the flyer on March 7, and already foursome spots are filling up fast! Don't wait - sign up now for the ACCNJ Golf Tournament and Dinner on Monday, June 20, 2016, at Trump National in Colts Neck. And remember, sponsorships are still available. Access the GOLF TOURNAMENT flyer under March Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Fall Convention Sponsorships - First deadline is May 2!

In Bulletin 33-16, we invited members to participate in sponsorship opportunities for the Fall Convention, September 7 & 8, 2016, at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch. While the convention is still months away, your early commitment guarantees inclusion of your company name on all material for this outstanding event. The most immediate deadline for sponsorships is Monday, May 2, 2016. You may also choose to provide a contribution to the gift auction and donation for the overnight bags. For all the information and deadlines, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. We thank you for your support!

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

• DRBA May Build New Business Space at Cape May Airport

• Port Authority and Amtrak to Put $70 Million Toward Gateway Project

• Metros Add Construction Jobs in January Growth Spurt

• EPA Announces Final Clean-Up Plan for Lower Passaic River

• January Construction Employment Up Year-Over-Year

• PSE&G Boosts Capital Plan to $16 Billion

• AC Casino Revenues Up 15% in February

• Burlington Masonic Home To Expand and Rebrand

• Blatstein Considers Hotel on AC's Garden Pier

• FHWA Report Blasts NJ Bridges - Again

• $230 Million Expansion for Westchester Medical Center

• Big Leaps in January Construction Spending

• Lending May Get Tighter for Multifamily Construction

• $1.6 Million Daniels Bridge Replacement Necessary

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