AGC understands and supports the administration's goal of modernizing trade agreements and punishing unfair trade practices. Nevertheless, the administration can narrowly tailor its trade actions to minimize the negative impact to YOUR construction markets-both public and private.
This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider bipartisan legislation that would allow Congress to eventually end the sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum. In some instances, these tariffs are leading to double-digit steel price increases and mills delaying fulfillment of orders for months - increasing project costs and delaying project delivery, respectively. Bid prices for future projects are on the rise, causing owners to reconsider the number or scope of projects they put out to bid. And, various reports forecast tens of thousands of construction jobs will be lost because of these tariffs.
Contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to support the bipartisan legislation that will help end the sweeping steel and aluminum tariffs that are hurting your construction business.
Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico and the European Union effective tomorrow, June 1. These countries were previously spared from the March 23 imposed 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. At least 30 percent of imported steel came from these nations in 2017. As a result, contractors may expect further increases in domestic steel prices and mill delivery delays that could increase their construction costs and delay project delivery. These countries are expected to subject U.S. goods to trade retaliation.
AGC members are encouraged to contact the President and Congress to note their opposition to these tariffs and their negative impact on the construction marketplace. You can find a steel and aluminum action alert here, if you would like to again share it with your membership: https://advocacy.agc.org/action-alerts/.
In addition, AGC has put together a number of tariffs educational resources for members, which you can find attached. Those resources include:
- A Primer on 2018 Trade Actions Affecting the Construction Industry
- An AGC Tariff Memo for Private Contractors (re price escalation clauses, so forth)
- An AGC Tariff Memo for Federal and Federal-Aid Contractors (re price escalation clauses, so forth)
- A ConstructorCast podcast on steel and aluminum tariffs
AGC continues to advocate for members before the Administration and Congress:
- AGC urged the president to take a more calculated trade response on steel and aluminum tariffs
- AGC noted its concerns in response to a House Ways and Means hearing on the topic of tariffs (attached)
- AGC submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative about its concerns with Chinese construction products and materials being subject to tariffs aimed at Chinese efforts to undermine American intellectual property rights, innovation or technology.
- AGC remains engaged through multi-industry coalition efforts
In addition, AGC continues to generate media coverage on the impacts of the tariffs on the construction industry. We will continue to provide more details as they become available.
Ever wonder if you are correctly completing the Form I-9? Concerned about having your I-9s audited? Who better to hear from than someone that works in the very government division that houses and oversees the Form I-9. A host of in-depth areas will be covered to include; do you have to insert ‘N/A’ in various blocks?, the differences in the fillable version versus the paper copy; how to and who can make corrections during a self-audit; how the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division can assist you with how to avoid work-related discrimination, in regards to the Form I-9 and E-Verify, and other ‘in the weeds’ areas that will have even the most seasoned I-9 professionals saying, “I didn’t know that”! Better yet, your questions are highly encouraged during the session. A very engaging and high energy presentation unlike any other government session you’ve attended.
Upon conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
● Conduct employment eligibility verifications, correctly, using the revised I-9
● Examine the differences in the paper vs. the fillable versions to ensure proper completion of the form
● Provide resources to improve your employment eligibility verification compliance processes and program
● Discuss real world examples that will assist in your understanding and answer questions you may have
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval
The Marcum Mid-South Construction Summit, presented in collaboration with TRBA, ABC and AGC, is an annual "must" for construction contractors, and finance and accounting professionals, providing business-critical updates on the state of the industry from the country's preeminent construction economist.
This complimentary event is expected to draw more than 200 leaders in the construction industry from across the region.
What do you do on a beautiful Friday in May? You fish the Shoals Section Bass Tournament! That’s exactly what 72 fishermen did last Friday, May 11th, on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes.
Results from the 32nd Annual tournament are:
1st Place – Danny Province & Danny Joe Province – MG Roofing (16.07 lbs.)
2nd Place – Chris McGregor & Chris Perkins – Marathon Electric (15.48 lbs.)
3rd Place – Todd Clark & Jamie McClure – Hodgson Concrete (15.23 lbs.)
Lunker Award – Chris McGregor & Chris Perkins – Marathon Electric (5.67 lbs.)
Lunker Cash Prize – Dennis Smith & Brad Dill – Russo Corporation (5.23 lbs.)
A very special thank you to our sponsors:
2.3 IACET CEUs
This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program.
Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC’s Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety’s role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program.
Participants will also focus on the importance of “selling” safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
Topics covered include:
- Managing a Field Safety Program
- Training Supervisors
- Record keeping Requirements and Best Practices
- Legal Aspects of Construction Safety
- Insurance and Risk Management
- How to Handle Multi–Employer Worksites
- Crisis Management Tactics
Participants should have first–hand experience managing construction safety and health issues on either a project or corporate level and a working knowledge of OSHA Construction Standards. Successful completion of AGC's Safety Management Training Program or an equivalent construction–focused safety primer course is encouraged.
Registration Fees (includes training material, breakfast and lunch):
Early (Ends 6/30/2018) $1095.00
The Navy League Building
2300 Wilson Blvd.,
Arlington, VA 22201
Residence Inn Marriott
1401 North Adams Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 312-2100
www.marriott.com(link is external)
(1 minute walk)
Hilton Garden Inn
1333 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 528-4444
www.hiltongardeninn.com(link is external)
(7 minute walk)
Arlington Court Suites Hotel
1200 North Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 524-4000
www.arlingtoncourthotel.com(link is external)
(8 minute walk)
Alabama AGC and Business Alabama are proud to present the inaugural Top 40 Under 40 rising stars in commercial construction, which will recognize the top 40 individuals who demonstrate an incredibly high level of leadership, professional excellence and commitment to the construction industry throughout the state.
NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE JUNE 30TH
Please join the Alabama Associated General Contractors for an informal meet and greet with our endorsed candidates for the 2018 elections.
Invited guests include:
Governor Kay Ivey
Lt. Governor Candidate Twinkle Cavanaugh
Treasurer Candidate John McMillan
Comm. Of Agriculture Candidate Rick Pate
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Alabama AGC Headquarters
5000 Grantswood Road
Irondale, Alabama 35210
HERE'S YOUR CHANCE:
Want a high-paying job in the construction industry?
Starting pay for many contractors is $12
No Experience Needed
A Good Attitude and a Willingness to Learn
Contractors looking to hire
This is not a summer job. If interested in a career in construction please join us.
Birmingham Contractors are looking to hire! May 17 at the AGC office.
Here’s how it works:
2. Arrive at the AGC office at 5000 Grantswood Road in Birmingham between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., May17th.
If you have questions, call Josh Caton at (205) 266-7202.
Our companies are some of the best in the world and they offer excellent employment opportunities!
Check out our web-site - http://www.alagc.org/alabama-agc/
See over a 1,000 members from all over the state.
Shortage of Fly Ash Materials
Attached is a memo concerning the shortage of fly ash materials we are experiencing and the impact it may have on certain paving operations. Please review and share with your project personnel.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Skip Powe, P.E.
State Construction Engineer
Alabama Department of Transportation
Over 5,000+ eighth grade students were exposed to real world, hands on activities of available construction related opportunities this week at the World of Works and SkillsUSA career expo. The expo was held on April 24-25, at the BJCC. Exposing students at such a young age to events like WOW is important to familiarize them with the construction industry. Construction is a growing industry with many different career paths.
Several high schools across the state of Alabama offer career technical programs with many different construction aspects. Two-year colleges like Lawson State Community College and Jefferson State Community College, offer certificate and degree programs in different trades of construction. Whether your student plans on attending a two-year college, four-year college or an apprenticeship program they will learn valuable information by attending events like World of Works.
To see more pictures from the WOW Expo: Click here
The Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar invites all Alabama AGC members to attend the 27th Annual Southeastern Environmental Law & Regulation Conference on June 15, 2018 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.
This conference runs in conjunction with the Alabama AGC Chapter Convention at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, and you are welcome to attend any sessions (agenda attached) that do not interfere with the AGC Convention. A discounted rate is offered to AGC members.
The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in Mobile, AL on May 21-22, 2018, Birmingham, AL on May 24-25, 2018 and Montgomery, AL on June 25-26, 2018.
Designed specifically for municipal personnel our course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified.
Inspectors who take our course learn:
- how to inspect construction, commercial, and industrial, and municipal activities
- what to inspect
- the limits of their authority
- appropriate demeanor
- appropriate discretion
They also learn about the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the six Minimum Control Measures, and how to better implement and support their MS4 stormwater program.
Graduates of the Certified Stormwater Inspector course receive certification for 5 years and continuing education units, and ongoing, unlimited support of the National Stormwater Center. All of our instructors have stormwater enforcement experience at the Federal or State level.
Please download the announcement with course details and registration information. For your convenience, an announcement is attached. You may call Michele at 1-888-397-9414, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.npdes.com. Registration is available on our website for all classes.
Deadline for grant submissions is May 25.
The Craft Training Board awarded $1.1 million in grants in 2017 and the 2018 grant cycle is upon us.
Included here are checklists for contractors and training providers to navigate the grant application process. It all begins with forming a committee of contractors and working with a training provider to determine training needs and methods for your area. Alabama AGC members should contact your Section Manager to get the process rolling.
You can find a Grant Application Toolbox on the Alabama AGC website that provides step-by-step instructions on creating a successful grant application, synopses of NCCER curricula and a link to the grant application. Go to: Grant Toolbox
If you have questions or need help getting started, please contact Josh Caton at the Alabama AGC at (205) 451-1400 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year AGC of America conducts a survey of members involved in highway construction work to evaluate the state of highway work zone safety. We want to collect information on the number, severity, impacts and potential solutions to highway work zone crashes. Our intention is to use the information we collect from this survey as the main focus of a media and public education campaign we will launch the week before Memorial Day and the traditional start of the summer driving season.
Please take a few brief moments to complete this important highway work zone safety survey by May 11th.
And of course, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Turmail at 703-459-0238 or email@example.com with any questions, comments or concerns about this survey and our plans to use it to promote highway work zone safety.
Thank you in advance for making the time to complete this survey, and thank you to everyone who has already taken it.
Industry Review List:
Attached are two proposed General Application Special Provisions for the 2018 Standard Specifications for Highway Construction.
Please review these Special Provisions and provide any comments you may have. The deadline for comments is Friday, May 4, 2018.