Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

August 2016

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Labor News

 

Heavy/Highway Laborers Wage Package

In Bulletin 80-16, we emailed Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package, effective September 1, 2016, for the New Jersey Construction & General Laborers, Local Nos. 172 & 472, and Asphalt Laborers, Local No. 172. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Hazardous Waste Laborers Wage Package

In Bulletin 81-16, we distributed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package, effective September 1, 2016, for the Asbestos, Lead and Hazardous Waster Laborers, Local No. 78. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Dockbuilders Bargaining Rights Authorization

In Bulletin 76-16, we announced the agreement we entered into with Wharf and Dockbuilders and Pile Drivers Local No. 179, and recommended that Active Members who hire Dockbuilders from Local 179 assign bargaining rights to the Association for both the current and successor agreements. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Contract Expiration Dates

In Bulletin 78-16, we sent Active Members the list of Contract Expiration Dates for the New Jersey trades, updated as of August 2016. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Contract Summary

In Bulletin 83-16, we distributed to Active Members the updated Contract Summary for the general construction trades. It now includes all the Teamster Locals in New Jersey, Dockbuilders 179 covering South Jersey, and language from the Collective Bargaining Agreements on the most-often-referred-to work rules. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Labor Day Holiday Provisions

In Bulletin 74-16, we emailed Active Members the holiday provisions for Labor Day, which falls this year on Monday, September 5, 2016. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Contract Summary Provisions

In Bulletin 83-16, we emailed Active Members updated contract summary provisions. In this version, we included the Teamsters and the Dockbuilders L.U. #179, which covers the Southern part of the state. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

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Government Affairs


Updates: Project Shutdown and Transportation Trust Fund Negotiations

Just as we did in July, throughout August we kept members updated on the continuing legislative negotiations to provide a sustainable solution for reauthorizing the Transportation Trust Fund. In addition, we had requested member input regarding any TTF-funded jobs affected by the shutdown. After detailing the inactivity due to political posturing during the first half of the month, we reported in Bulletin 82-16 that Governor Christie had issued Executive Order No. 213 directing the State Treasurer to transfer general funds to the TTF as necessary for projects deemed "absolutely essential" or those that "are required to ensure the receipt of federal funding." Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.  

North Jersey Casinos on Ballot for November

As we reported via Hot Topic and the Spring 2016 issue of New Jersey Construction, the November ballot will include a constitutional amendment to permit casino gambling in two counties other than Atlantic County, with the state's share of the revenue from that gambling to benefit senior citizens, disabled residents and Atlantic City recovery efforts. In the coming weeks, we anticipate a ramp-up of media comments and advertising both for and against the amendment.

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Safety

Safety Grant Opportunity

In Bulletin 75-16, we told Active Members of grant opportunities through the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's NJ Clean Construction Program to retrofit and modernize off-road construction equipment. Such retrofits will provide valuable reductions in particulate matter as well as VOC and NOx, which are ozone precursors. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER - ACCNJ Coffee Talk 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

REMINDER:  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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ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

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. Information on the program was emailed to all members on August 31st.

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 issues & Events 

ACCNJ & AGC of America Win Landmark Insurance Case

In Bulletin 77-16, we told you of the landmark case on insurance coverage for construction defects decided in the New Jersey Supreme Court this month. The court's decision on the case regarding commercial general liability (CGL) has become the latest to hold that the CGL policy does provide significant coverage for such defects. This was a major victory for ACCNJ and our parent organization. We had jointly filed a brief amicus curiae with the court in strong support of coverage. It also marked a major turn in the nationwide debate over CGL coverage for construction defects. For details of the case, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Port Authority DBE Study

As we informed members via email, the Port Authority is conducting a disparity study to evaluate whether Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and Airport Concessions/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (AC/DBE) have equal access to the Authority's contracting opportunities. Accordingly, the Port Authority is hosting community business meetings to offer companies a forum for asking questions and learning more about obtaining MWBE and AC/DBE certification. For registration and the schedule of meetings in September, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panynj-mwbe-and-acdbe-disparity-study-business-community-meetings-tickets-25871880491.

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.

AGC Webinar Series: Drones In Construction - Begins September 28

AGC of America reports that through January of 2016, 48% of the 3,136 exemptions granted by the FAA allowing drone use were specifically for the construction industry, making construction one of the early adopters and heavy users of small drones for commercial use. To help us learn more, AGC is offering a five-part webinar series on consecutive Wednesdays beginning September 28 and running through October 26. Each one-hour webinar begins at 2 pm EST. For more information and to register, visit https://www.agc.org/learn/education-training/events/webed-drone-series-part-one-how-building-and-heavy-civil-contractors.


Masonry Summit & Exhibitor Showcase - October 6-9

Masonry Contractors of New Jersey invites ACCNJ members to the Masonry Summit & Exhibitor Showcase, October 6-9, 2016, at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. For more information, email carol@mcofnj.org or janice@mcofnj.org, or call 609.324.1140. 

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

• US DOT Launches Mobile App for Pocket Guide to Transportation

• NJ Construction Employment Plummets With Work Shutdown in July; National Picture Not Strong Either

• AC Gets Two Bids in Bader Field Auction 

• Appeals Court Says Belmar Voters Will Decide Pay-to-Play

• Food Commercialization Center Coming to Cumberland County

• This Week's UPDATE #2 on American Dream Financing

• UPDATE:  NJSEA Approves New Financing for American Dream Project

• Freehold Voter Decisions Struck Down in Favor of $32 Million School Expansion

• June Construction Jobs Rise in Nearly Two-Thirds of US Metro Areas

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