Get-Out-the-Vote 2018

People fail to vote for a lot of reasons —lack of awareness, apathy, confusion, or the belief that “my vote won’t make a difference.” No matter how well AGC educates and motivates its members, it’s important to remember that our work won’t count unless we register their employees. It takes inspiration plus registration to increase voter participation.

Chapters can mobilize their members by first making sure company employees are registered to vote — and that includes members of their families!

The key to making every vote count is to make every vote easy, no matter what the circumstances.

AGC makes sure members always know when elections are happening, and have the right information to vote with confidence. At advocacy.agc.org/vote or ConstructionVotes.com, members can download election-related resources (coming soon!) and their employees can sign up to receive election reminders, register to vote, and apply for your absentee ballot!

Download these resources for your chapter:

Save the date: RISKCON2018

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Save The Date
Thursday, August 23rd
9:00am-3:30pm

Designed by Contractors for Contractors, The Construction Risk Summit presented by CompTRUST AGC is the only one-day event in Alabama dedicated to administrative and job site risks facing those working within the construction industry.

With an outstanding and distinguished list of speakers soon to be announced, this year's presentations this year include:

* Creating a Culture of Safety Within Your Company
* Building in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
* Safety Leadership
* Battling Opioids in the Workplace
* How to Prepare Your Company for an OSHA Inspection
* Harassment in the Workplace - Surviving the #MeToo Movement
* Workplace Violence & Active Shooter Situations


This mini-conference is appropriate for:
•Business Owners
•Senior Management
•Risk Managers
•Project Supervisors
•Field Management
•Safety Professionals
•Attorneys
•Insurance & Bonding Professionals

Association Health Plan Survey

In a continuing effort to serve the needs of our Association, Alabama AGC has been working on solutions to deliver quality, affordable healthcare to our membership. Last month, via executive order, President Trump made significant changes to the law. This change will allow Associations such as ours to develop an Association Health Plan (AHP). The concept is not new, however, regulations have made it difficult in the past. Our hope is that this deregulation will allow us to broaden the scope of healthcare by providing access, cost containment features and control back to the plan payers, not the insurance companies and regulators. 

In order to move forward, we ask you to participate by completing the attached survey.  The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete, and should be completed by the person within your company responsible for your company’s health plan.  We ask that all surveys be completed by Wednesday, July 25.

As always, thank you for your efforts and continued support as we continue to explore these options. Trust Alabama AGC will treat your information confidentially, and we request you keep our research confidential at this point.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H93XL2Q

AGC needs your help to measure the scope of construction labor shortages by taking a quick survey

The survey will close early August
 

AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we are promoting to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs.

Take the survey today!

Training Course to Meet OSHA Requirements for Trenching and Excavation

COMPETENT PERSON TRAINING COURSE

TO MEET OSHA REQUIREMENTS FOR TRENCHING AND EXCAVATION

SPONSORED BY THE ALABAMA AGC

This one-day class will be held on

Friday, July 20, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AT THE AGC OFFICE IN IRONDALE

(5000 Grantswood Road)

Cost: $35.00 Per Person for CompTrustAGC Members

$50.00 Per Person for AGC Members

$125.00 Per Person for Non-Members

Each attendee will need to be at the AGC office no later than 7:45 a.m. on the day of the class.

Please call Susan Collins at the AGC office in Irondale 205-451-1422, or email susanc@alagc.org to reserve space for your employees. Reservations need to be made no later than July 17, 2018. This course will be limited to the first 20 persons to register. The AGC office will invoice member companies for registrants and non-member companies will need to mail a check in advance to reserve space(s). Registration is on a first come-first served basis & is NON-REFUNDABLE.

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT REACHES 10-YEAR HIGH AS INDUSTRY ADDS 13,000 JOBS IN JUNE AND 282,000 FOR THE YEAR; HOURLY EARNINGS TOP PRIVATE SECTOR BY 10.1%

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               CONTACT: Brian Turmail

Friday, July 6, 2018                                                                                        (703) 459-0238, turmailb@agc.org

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT REACHES 10-YEAR HIGH AS INDUSTRY ADDS 13,000 JOBS IN JUNE AND 282,000 FOR THE YEAR; HOURLY EARNINGS TOP PRIVATE SECTOR BY 10.1%
Construction Officials Say Tax & Regulatory Reform and Recent Increases in Infrastructure Investments are Helping Boost Employment, But Warn that Trade Fights and Labor Shortages Threaten Future Growth

Construction employment increased by 13,000 jobs in June and by 282,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said many construction firms appear to be more willing to hire amid lower tax rates and a more favorable business environment, but caution that trade fights and labor shortages pose risks to future growth.

“The construction industry continues to add workers faster than the economy as a whole, and the industry is paying premium wages to attract and retain those workers,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.  “The employment gains are occurring in both residential and nonresidential construction. However, the industry is having to rely more and more on workers without construction experience, as the pool of unemployed construction workers has nearly evaporated.”

Construction employment totaled 7,222,000 in June, the highest level since May 2008 and a gain of 4.1 percent over the past 12 months. The economist pointed out that the­­ year-over-year growth rate in industry jobs was more than double the 1.6 percent rise in total nonfarm payroll employment.

Hourly earnings in the industry averaged $29.71 in June, an increase of 2.9 percent from a year earlier. That put average hourly earnings in construction 10.1 percent higher than the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, which rose 2.7 percent in the past year, to $26.98, Simonson added.

The unemployment for workers with construction experience in June was 4.7 percent, virtually unchanged from the levels in June 2017 (4.5 percent) and June 2016 (4.6 percent)—a sign that the industry is operating at essentially full employment, Simonson said.

Employment in residential construction – comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors—grew by 4,400 jobs in June and by 133,800 jobs over the past 12 months, a 5.0 percent increase. Employment in nonresidential construction—including building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction—grew by 8,600 jobs in June and by 147,900 during the past year, a 3.5 percent increase.

 

Association officials observed that construction employers appear more eager to hire amid lower taxes and increased efforts to reduce needless or ineffective regulatory burdens. They added that recent increased infrastructure investments at the federal and state level are also helping boost construction employment. But they cautioned that workforce shortages, tariffs and a looming trade war could undermine future construction employment gains.

 

“The steps Congress and the Trump administration have taken to create a more positive business environment and boost employment appear to be working,” Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer, said. “But new trade disputes and chronic underfunding of career and technical education programs pose a real threat to continued employment gains in the sector.”

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Attached is the Official Press Release

Werner Co. Recalls Telescoping Aluminum Ladders

AGC Members: 

Please be aware that Werner Co. has recalled some of their telescoping aluminum ladders. We have been asked to make our members aware of this recall. 

Recall Notice

https://www.wernerco.com/us/en/news-events/recalls

 

OHS Article

Werner Co. Recalls Telescoping Aluminum Ladders

https://ohsonline.com/articles/2018/06/21/werner-recalls-telescoping-aluminum-ladders.aspx

Occupational Health and Safety

Building the National Memorial for Peace & Justice

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE & JUSTICE

On April 26, 2018 the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Doster Construction Company is honored to have partnered with the EJI and to have helped bring their vision to reality. Watch the video below for more on building this historic memorial.

 

"THE COUNTRY HAS NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE, A SOMBER, HILLTOP PERGOLA OF RUSTED STEEL OVERLOOKING THE CITY THAT SAW THE BIRTH OF BOTH THE CONFEDERACY AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE NEW MEMORIALS CREATED IN A GENERATION."  - THE WASHINGTON POST

Click the buttons below for more on the National Memorial for Peace and Justice:

The Equal Justice Initiative  

The New York Times

Oprah Winfrey for 60 Minutes 

Training Course for Confined Space Entry

TRAINING COURSE

TO MEET OSHA REQUIREMENTS

FOR CONFINED SPACE ENTRY

SPONSORED BY ALABAMA AGC

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This one-day class will be held on

Friday, June 29, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

AT THE AGC OFFICE IN IRONDALE

(5000 Grantswood Road)

Cost: $35.00 Per Person for AGC Members

         $75.00 Per Person for Non-Members

Each attendee will need to be at the AGC office no later than 7:45 a.m. on the day of the class to register.

Please email Susan Collins, susanc@alagc.org at the AGC office to reserve space for your employees.  Reservations need to be made no later than June 28, 2018. This course will be limited to 23 registrants.

The AGC office will invoice member companies for registrants.

Press Release: CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL URGES CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO REFORM THE NATION’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          CONTACT: Brian Turmail

Thursday, June 21, 2018                                                                    (703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org

 

CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL URGES CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO REFORM THE NATION’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

Letter to Congress Cites Flaws in H.R. 4760 and Supports Provisions in H.R. 6136 to Increase Investments in Border Security, Address ‘Dreamer’ Status and Provide Reforms to Visa Process

James V. Christianson, Vice President, Government Relations, for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the nation’s leading construction trade association, urged Congress “to reform the nation’s immigration system.” Christianson released a letter he sent today a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on behalf of the association’s 27,500 firms, including America's leading general contractors, specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers.

“Although the bills before Congress this week address some immigration issues, unfortunately they fail to alleviate the industry’s workforce shortage,” Christianson wrote, adding that AGC opposes the bill the House is considering today, “The Securing America’s Future Act,” H.R. 4760. “Though the bill would strengthen national security—an AGC priority—through increased investment in border security, it reduces legal immigration,” he wrote. “This will, in turn, restrict economic growth and worsen the domestic workforce shortage, especially in the construction industry.”

AGC appreciates several provisions in another bill the House is considering that help move the immigration debate forward, “The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act,” H.R. 6136, Christianson added. “Such measures include increased investments in border security, addressing DREAMer status, and providing reforms to the visa process. The bill additionally provides reforms to visa issuance and makes some improvements to the immigration system to meet economic and workforce needs.”

He concluded, “AGC remains hopeful that H.R. 6136 could address some of the immigration issues that have dogged Congress for years and provide a pathway to solving other complex immigration issues in a timely, bipartisan manner. AGC looks forward to working with you to find legislative solutions that can address the workforce needs of the construction industry while also gaining enough support to be enacted.

The copy of the letter sent to House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan is here.

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Press release attached

Take Action: Tell Your U.S. Senators to End Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

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.  

https://advocacy.agc.org/votervoice

AGCA Tariffs Update/Info for AGC Members

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. 

AGC Tariff Memo to Private Contractors 2018 

AGC Tariff Memo to Direct Federal & Federally-Assisted Contractors 2018

Ways and Means Tariffs Comments 

Primer - 2018 Trade Action Affecting Const. Industry_Final May 31