Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

June 2016

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Labor News

 

Independence Day Holiday Provisions

Bulletin 48-16 detailed the provisions for each trade's recognition of the July 4 holiday, which falls on Monday this year. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters Wages & Fringe Benefits

Bulletin 49-16 contained the schedule of wages and fringe benefits for Teamsters Local Union Nos. 469, 560 and 408, effective May 1, 2016. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Dockbuilders Settlement and Wage Package

In Bulletins 51-16 and 52-16, we sent Active Members news of the new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Dockbuilders, Local Union No. 1556, and the new schedule of wages and fringe benefits, effective May 1, 2016. Access both bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Operating Engineers Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 53-16, we distributed to Active Members the new schedule of wage and fringe benefits effective July 1, 2016, for the Operating Engineers, Local No. 825, covering both Building and Heavy/Highway. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers Settlements

In Bulletins 56-16 and 57-16, we announced new three-year Agreements with the Camden County Ironworkers, Local 399, and Trenton Ironworkers, Local 68, both effective July 1, 2016. Terms and conditions vary. Access the bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers Wages & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 59-16, we released the schedule of wages and fringe benefits for the Ironworkers, effective July 1, 2016. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Annual June Membership Meeting

Scholarship and Safety Awards Presented

On June 7, 2016, more than 120 members and guests congregated at Mayfair Farms in West Orange as we presented scholarships and safety awards.

Scholarship Recipients

Five deserving students each received $10,000 to help them pursue their academic aspirations in college:

• Melissa Mendizabal, a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, received the Donald R. Waters Scholarship and will attend Yale University.

• Colette Bilynsky, a graduate of Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, received the Benedict Torcivia, Sr. Memorial Scholarship and will attend George Washington University.

• Mary S. Sauerland, a graduate of Mountain Lakes High School, received the Michael Jensen Memorial Scholarship and will attend Boston University.

• Madison Kennedy, a graduate of Hackettstown High School, received the ACCNJ Foundation Scholarship and will attend the University of Michigan.

• Evan Larison, a Civil Engineering student enrolled at Rowan University, received the John F. Donohoe Scholarship. 

Safety Award Recipients

Awards for Zero Lost Work Days in 2015 went to 18 members:

Berkowsky and Associates Inc.; JR Cruz Corp.; Drill Construction Co. Inc.; Willard Dunham Construction Co.; Epic Management Inc.; Albert Garlatti Construction Co. Inc.; Gilbane Building Company NJ; Hall Construction Co. Inc.; Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB; Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp.; Network Construction Co., Inc.; J.R. Prisco Inc.; RCC Builders & Developers Inc.; Michael Riesz & Co.; Torcon Inc.; Tutor Perini Corporation; Vericon Construction Co. LLC; and Walker Diving Underwater Construction LLC.

Awards for Lost Workday Incidence Rate Below the National Average in 2015 went to 12 members:

Case Foundation Company; J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc.; JBL Electric Inc.; JPC Group Inc.; Moretrench; Nordic Contracting Co., Inc.; Railroad Construction Co., Inc.; Schiavone Construction Company LLC: Turner Construction Company; TN Ward Company; Waters & Bugbee Inc.; and Weeks Marine Inc.

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Government Affairs


Transportation Trust Fund Work Halted by Executive Order

Late in the evening on June 30, 2016, as we told you in Bulletin 61-16, Governor Christie issued Executive Order 210, shutting down all TTF-funded projects except for emergency work. Bulletin 60-16 outlined what will happen to New Jersey's construction industry and infrastructure should the Transportation Trust Fund not be replenished and sustained. As you know from Bulletins 54-16 and 55-16, ACCNJ had been tracking Senate and Assembly legislation that would have authorized a robust transportation spending program for the state. The Association, along with our labor partners, has strongly advocated for the sustainable, long-term state highway spending program the legislation would have created. We included a news release stating our support with Bulletin 54-16. Access the bulletins, a copy of Executive Order 210 and the news release in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Safety

AGC Silica Webinar Now Available

In Bulletin 50-16, we passed on information to members about AGC of America's Silica Webinar, available online. The webinar provides background information on OSHA's new standard, 29 CFR 1926.1153 - Respirable Crystalline Silica, including key details on how the rule will affect construction jobsites and what is necessary to comply with the final rule, which went into effect June 23, 2016, with a staggered schedule of compliance depending on industry. For the construction industry, employers must be in compliance by June 23, 2017. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ Hosts Coffee Talk with OSHA on Silica Rule - September 23

The Association will host a Coffee Talk on OSHA's new silica standard on September 23, 2016, from 8:30 to 10 am at the ACCNJ office in Edison. Michael Corbett, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist for Region II, will review the standard for construction and the contractor's responsibilities under the new rule. To register, access the flyer under June Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org. As always with ACCNJ Coffee Talk programs, there is no charge to attend but space is limited and registration is required no later than September 15. A light breakfast will be served.

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Education & Workforce Development

Student Summer Program Breaks Record

This summer, the Association exceeded our previous record high of students employed through the CIAP Summer Internship Program. With 71 selected to participate, 61 have secured employment. 

Middlesex County College Partnership Offers Corporate Training

ACCNJ staff recently met with a Middlesex County College representative to explore creating a partnership to offer corporate education and training to ACCNJ members' employees. The courses will address skills training and be provided at no cost to the Association or its members. Potential classes include Excel (level I, II & III), PowerPoint (level I & II) and Workplace Spanish for Managers. We will keep members updated as we finalize a schedule.

Sisters in the Brotherhood Graduates First Pre-Apprentice Class

Beginning in May, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters launched its Sisters in the Brotherhood Women's Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. As part of the rigorous, six-week program, the first class of 14 participants had the opportunity to visit ACCNJ members' jobsites - and graduated in early June. We encourage ACCNJ members to host a future class at your jobsites. Contact the Association office if you are interested.

Carpenters Foreman Training Scheduled for November

With the success of the ACCNJ-hosted "Leadership Training for the Professional Foreman" in February, we have scheduled the next session for November 2, 2016, and will once again limit the class to 20 registrants. Signatory contractors will receive letters outlining the program requirements in September.

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Member News

Welcome New Members

We welcome these new members, whose memberships were formally approved at the ACCNJ Board Meeting on June 7, 2016.

• Brockwell & Carrington Contractors, Inc. - Towaco, NJ

• HC Constructors Inc. - Whitehouse Station, NJ

• Pro Scaffolding Inc. - Linden, NJ

• Twenty Four 7 Contracting - New York, NY

• Genova Burns LLC - Newark, NJ

• Safety Supplies Unlimited LLC - Bayonne, NJ


ENR 2016 Top 400 Contractors

We are pleased to report 17 ACCNJ members were counted in the latest Top 400 Contractors list from Engineering News Record:

#3   Turner Corp.                             #96   Weeks Marine 
#5   Kiewit Corp.                              #154 Jingoli-DCO
#7   Skanska USA                              #156 J. Fletcher Creamer & Son
#10 Tutor Perini Corp.                      #184 Torcon Inc.
#11 The Walsh Group                        #233 Ferreira Construction Co.
#14 Gilbane Building Co.                   #254 Barr & Barr Inc.
#21 Lendlease                                   #326 T.N. Ward Co.
#34 Michels Corp.                              #355 E.E. Cruz & Co. 
#42 China Construction America         


NJBIZ New Jersey's Top Family-Owned Businesses

Two of the ENR Top 400 also landed on the NJBIZ list of Top Family-Owned Businesses (June 6 edition):  Weeks Marine Inc., founded in 1919, is #11; Jingoli-DCO, founded in 1922, is #13.

In Other Member News...

Tishman Construction was selected to serve as Construction Manager of the $1 Billion "One Vanderbilt" office project in Manhattan.

Paul Natoli and the Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp. received the 2016 Business & Community Service Award from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce in recognition of their commitment to Morris County and the Tri-State area and their history of bringing innovation, performance and integrity to every project they undertake.

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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

Fall Convention Sponsorships - Register Now and Contribute to the Gift Auction!

In May, we emailed the Registration Flyer with agenda and complete details for the Fall Convention, September 7 & 8, 2016, at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch. Access the flyer under May bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR RAFFLE ITEMS FOR THE GIFT AUCTION!
The deadline to donate a raffle item for the Gift Auction is August 1 - and your donation helps benefit the ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation.

In addition, we are pleased to announce we have "sold out" our sponsorship opportunities and extend our thanks to the following organizations: WithumSmith+Brown; Connell Foley LLP; American Pile and Foundation LLC; Susanin, Widman & Brennan, PC; Construction Risk Partners LLC; NJ Laborers'-Employers' Cooperation and Education Trust (NJ LECET); Carpenter Contractor Trust of New York & New Jersey (CCT); and Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC).

For more details on the Gift Auction, access Bulletin 33-16 in the members-only section at accnj.org under March Bulletins.

Wine v. Stein - July 14 - Limited Space Available!

We do have a few spaces left for this spectacular Political Action Committee event featuring "fresh-from-the-farm" epicurean fare! On July 14, 2016, 5 to 9 pm at 90 Acres @ Natirar, you will enjoy an evening of fine wine and craft beer pairings with every course. Don't delay! Access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under May Bulletins.

ACCNJ Fishing Trip - August 11 - Sign Up Now!

Registration and sponsorships are still available for the Association's Fishing Trip on The Paramount, leaving from Bogan's Basin in Brielle at 7:30 am sharp on August 11 (come for breafast at 7 am). Access information for this PAC fundraising event in the members-only section at accnj.org under May Bulletins.

Legal Day - October 18 - Save the Date!

ACCNJ will host a Legal Day program on October 18, 2016, featuring relevant presentations by ACCNJ member legal firms. Look for further details in the coming weeks!

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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Industry Events 

NJDOT Support Services Program for DBEs

In June, ACCNJ Active Members were asked via email to share information with DBEs about the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Support Services Program for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. With the program, NJDOT seeks to expand subcontracting opportunities for DBEs by providing in-depth business and technical training, assessment and assistance to optimize their performance as they provide services to NJDOT. The application period is open until July 11, 2016, for all certified and qualified DBE contractors who wish to bid and work on NJDOT projects. Access the NJDOT brochure under June Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Port Authority MWBE and AC/DBE Disparity Study

As we announced via email in June, the Port Authority will host a series of business community meetings to inform local businesses and community members about the upcoming 2017 MWBE and AC/DBE Disparity Study. ACCNJ members are invited to attend the meetings to ask questions about the study and learn about obtaining MWBE and AC/DBE certification. The study itself will evaluate whether Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and Airport Concessions/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises have equal access to Port Authority contracting opportunities. The first meeting is Wednesday, July 6. To register for this one or another meeting, click on this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panynj-2017-mwbe-and-acdbe-disparity-study-business-community-meetingstickets-25871880491 

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Hot Topics Recap

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

• May Construction Employment Slows in 37% of Metro Areas

• Governor Announces Latest - and Last - Release of Higher Ed Bond Funds

• Millville to Get Lidl, a German Supermarket

• ACCNJ Members Chosen to Compete for Javits Center Project

• Silica Rule Goes Into Effect Today - and in One Year for Construction

• OSHA to Release New Penalty Schedule by July 1

• State-by-State Construction Employment Up for Year, Down for Month

• New York's Palace Theatre Looks Forward to $2 Billion Lift

• Pulaski Skyway Road Work Needs Another Year

• Report Names New Jersey Driving Experience 10th Worst

• EDA Tax Breaks for Camden Mixed-Use Apartments and Parking Garage

• TIGER Grant Requests Far Outnumber Dollars Available

• Construction Employment Down, Average Pay Up in May

• Borgata Becomes MGM Casino as Boyd Sells Stake

• April's Metro Construction Employment Rose Over Last Year

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