Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

July 2016

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Labor News

 

Carpenters Collective Bargaining Agreement Available

In Bulletin 65-16, we announced that we have posted on the Association website the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. A hard copy is also available upon request. For details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Ironworkers and Teamsters Agreements on Website

Also posted in July in the members-only section at accnj.org:  new Collective Bargaining Agreements for Ironworkers Local 399 and Teamsters Local 469. 

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Association News

ACCNJ Welcomes Mike DeVito, Information & Communications Manager

In Bulletin 63-16, we announced that Mike DeVito has joined the Association staff as Information & Communications Manager, managing information and publications dealing with Labor Relations, maintaining the ACCNJ website, and assisting with New Jersey Construction magazine and safety-related programs and services. Mike brings intimate knowledge of the construction industry, having worked at the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association for nearly three decades. We are excited to have Mike on board and are sure our members will benefit from his experience and work ethic. We invite you to reach him via email at mdevito@accnj.org. 

Jill Schiff Re-Elected to Head County Workforce Development Board

In July, the Middlesex County Workforce Development Board, formerly known as the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), re-elected Jill Schiff, ACCNJ Executive Director of Operations, as Chairperson for her fifth one-year term, July 2016 through June 2017. Jill joined the state-certified Middlesex County Board in 2005, one of nearly three dozen volunteer members who plan and oversee local workforce development and job training programs. She served as secretary and vice chair for several terms while also chairing the Board's Literacy Committee. During her 27 years at ACCNJ, Jill has focused on workforce development, training and safety programs. For many years she coordinated Construction Industry Career Day, which many members will remember as a unique, statewide event that brought together students, parents, educators and job-seekers with representatives of both labor and management in the state's union construction industry. Jill continues to publish a Construction Career Brochure as an outreach to high school teachers and guidance counselors throughout the state. Currently, Jill is also active in "Sisters in the Brotherhood," a program of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpetners designed to attract women into careers in Union Carpentry. 

ACCNJ Staff Participate in Meeting of NJ Council of County Schools

ACCNJ's Chief Operating Officer, Darlene Regina, and Executive Director of Operations, Jill Schiff, participated in the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools Summer Meeting in July. As speakers on a panel on the future of the construction industry, Darlene and Jill shared information on the industry's current landscape and insights into the positive relationship between unions and management. They organized the joint presentation with the New Jersey Building Trades and also distributed dozens of copies of the newly reprinted Build Your Career in Construction brochure. The Association will continue to work with the Council to educate and expose students to the benefits of a construction career. 

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Government Affairs


Updates: Project Shutdown and Transportation Trust Fund Negotiations

Throughout July, we kept members updated on the continuing legislative negotiations to provide a sustainable solution for reauthorizing the Transportation Trust Fund. As you know, effective July 1, Governor Christie shut down all TTF-funded projects except for emergency work, idling thousands of union craftworkers and many ACCNJ member firms. The Association issued press statements expressing our dismay over the shutdown. We continue to be in contact with key legislators as we strive to find a viable solution. On July 29, we issued Bulletin 72-16 announcing the Senate Budget Committee's passage of two bills, one that aims for tax fairness and a second that reauthorizes TTF funding. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Hal Wirths Departs NJ DOL

As we posted in Hot Topics, on July 18 Governor Christie announced the departure of Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths, who had headed the Department of Labor and Workforce Development since February 2010. Hal worked closely with ACCNJ on many issues, and is most particularly credited with developing an anti-fraud program to prevent Unemployment Insurance benefits from being improperly paid. The program has saved taxpayers as much as $800 million since March 2011, given "unprecedented" tax savings to New Jersey businesses, and successfully brought New Jersey's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund back into full solvency. ACCNJ extends our thanks and best wishes to Hal as he leaves NJ DOL. 

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Safety

LIUNA Silica Webinar - Sign Up Now for August 10!

In Bulletin 66-16, we invited Active Members signatory to the Laborers' Agreements to register for the Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America's next webinar, "Complying with OSHA's New Silica Standard:  What You Need to Know," scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, 2-3 pm. Open to all LIUNA signatory contractors and affiliates, the seminar will give a brief overview of the new standard, cover compliance choices and effective engineering controls, discuss respirator requirements under the new standard and review work practices, medical surveillance, record-keeping and training. For the registration link, 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.

OSHA Penalties Increase After August 1

Following our Hot Topic posted in June, we sent Bulletin 62-16 with news of OSHA's new penalty levels that will take effect after August 1 of this year, per an interim rule released June 30. Last adjusted in 1990, the current maximum penalties will increase 78% this year, and will then be adjusted annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. For details and a list of OSHA penalties, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Provisions in Injury Tracking Rule; AGC of America Presses for Meeting with OSHA Head

OSHA announced a delay in its enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in the new injury and illness tracking rule from August 10 to November 1. The broadly written provisions on the surface purport to protect workers from retaliation if they report work-related incidents. However, AGC of America is deeply worried about OSHA's interpretation of the provisions. As of this writing, AGC, which has expressed its opposition to OSHA's interpretation in lengthy comments to the agency, has requested a formal audience with top OSHA official David Michaels to continue to press its concern. In particular, per AGC, are two problems: 1) "OSHA has threatened to interpret these provisions to prohibit mandatory post-incident drug testing; and 2) "...the agency has similarly threatened to construe (the provisions) to restrict safety incentive programs, specifically any programs that link their rewards to the number of incidents reported to the employer." In a statement dated July 26, AGC continues, "AGC of America continues to oppose any effort to twist the new regulations to the point where they have such effects. Indeed, they would threaten many positive and pro-active efforts to improve the construction industry's safety record."

AGC's concern is somewhat alleviated by OSHA's announcement of the delay in enforcement, which will allow OSHA to develop policies and guidelines that could prevent unfortunate interpretation. We will continue to track developments.

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Education & Workforce Development

UPDATE:  Middlesex County College Corporate Training

As we told you in Bulletin 70-16, the partnership with Middlesex County College allows the Association to host programs that will enhance the skillsets of your employees. Starting in September, ACCNJ will offer a series of Corporate Education and Training classes at no charge to attendees, available to anyone on your company's payroll. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER:  Carpenters Foreman Training November 2

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

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In Memoriam

We had the sad task of reporting the passing of three people in July who will be greatly missed.

Joe McNamara, Industry Leader, Director of NJ LECET

With great sadness we told you of the passing of Joe McNamara on July 1. Joe served as Director of the New Jersey Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust and the New Jersey State Laborers Health & Safety Fund. He worked closely with ACCNJ and our predecessor organizations on many different issues, and will be sorely missed as a friend, a mentor and an individual who had the utmost integrity and vision. 

Frank Nugent, Former President of Massett Building Company

It was with deep regret that we informed you of the passing of Frank T. Nugent on July 20. Frank was 94. He had been President and owner of ACCNJ member Massett Building Company of Egg Harbor Township, and had served on the Boards of BCANJ and BCA of Atlantic County. We extend our sympathies to Frank's son, Richard Nugent, who currently serves on the ACCNJ Building Division Board, and all the Nugent family. Donations may be made to the Frank and Eileen Nugent Charitable Foundation, in care of Steve Powers, Fabietti, Hale, Hammerstedt & Powers, 3122 Fire Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234. 

Mildred Corwin, Mother of Art Corwin, Moretrench President

It was with sadness that we informed you of the passing of Mildred Corwin on July 24, just before her 94th birthday. The mother of Art Corwin, President of ACCNJ member Moretrench American Corp., Mrs. Corwin was a lifelong resident of Farmingdale, NY, and a teacher at St. Kilian School in Farmingdale for 25 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and leaves her four children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Kilian Church Memorial Fund, 485 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

Fall Convention - Gift Auction Donation Deadline Extended!

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!
We have EXTENDED the deadline to donate a raffle item for the Gift Auction through August 8 - 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.

Coffee Talk with OSHA on Silica Rule - Register NOW for September 23

Check for details in the Safety section above and register for this free, informative event using the flyer under June Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org. Registration deadline is September 15. 

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 

ACCNJ Sponsors Port Authority Conference - September 21

ACCNJ is partnering with the Port Authority as a Supporting Sponsor for the Port Authority's 3rd Annual Conference, "Building Relationships to Drive Success," scheduled for September 21, 8 am to 1 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10016. Construction and design professionals will learn about new opportunities through the Port Authority's 10-year capital plan, which includes $27.6 billion in major regional infrastructure projects. The agenda presents detailed discussion of capital plan projects and challenges, current and upcoming construction contracts, and doing business with the Port Authority, with special emphasis on project access for MWSDBEs. The Conference includes breakfast, networking opportunities and exhibits. ACCNJ members are invited to attend at a discounted rate using a code that will be sent via email. Register online at www.portauthoritynynjconf.com.

Deep Foundation Institute Conference - October 12-15

The Deep Foundation Institute sponsors its 41st Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation at the New York Marriott Marquis, October 12-15, and ACCNJ is participating as a Cooperating Organization. Incorporated in 1976 in New Jersey, DFI is an international non-profit association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. The conference offers a wealth of information, networking opportunities and exhibitor space. To register, visit http://www.dfi.org/dfieventlp.asp?13260

AGC of America 2016 Alliant Build America Awards Open for Entries

In Bulletin 71-16, we told Active Members AGC's annual Alliant Build America Awards program is now open for entries through October 26, 2016. The program honors AGC members who build impressive projects in the US. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Hot Topics Recap

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

• Woodbine Applies for $4 Million in Fed Funding for Sewer Project

• NJ DOL Commissioner Hal Wirths to Leave Office in August

• NYC Mayor's EO Requires Union Labor and Labor Agreements on City-Financed Projects 

• More than Three-Quarters of States Add Construction Jobs for Year

• Labor Board to Report Contractors' Labor Law Violations

• Gateway Projects Get Federal "New Starts" Funding

• Construction Spending Down for May, Up for First Five Months Combined

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