Monthly Archives: February 2020

Collectively Bargained First Year Increases Remain Steady at 2.9%

February 18, 2020

Construction-industry collective bargaining negotiations completed in 2019 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and fringe benefits of $1.67 or 2.9 percent, according to the annual year-end Settlements Report issued by the AGC-supported Construction Labor Research Council (“CLRC”). 

BLS Releases Annual Report on Worker Earnings and Union Represenation

February 18, 2020

Union representation across occupations in the construction industry modestly declined in 2019, from 13.8 percent to 13.6 percent of workers employed, according to an annual release recently issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”).  Union membership in the industry also modestly declined, from 12.8 percent to 12.6 percent, but remains considerably higher than the all-industry average in the private sector, which declined from 6.4 percent to 6.2 percent over the year.  Construction union representation and membership decreased by a larger margin in 2018 but increased slightly in both 2017 and 2016.  The total number of workers in construction (regardless of union affiliation) rose in each of those years.  In 2019, the number rose from 8,169,000 to 8,352,000. 

Business Development Forum Member Highlight: Meet Mauricio

February 17, 2020
Mauricio Henderson, 37, is the President of Perseverance in Denver, Colorado. Mauricio joined AGC's Business Development Forum for access to a peer network to get other peoples perspectives on industry challenges and share information that can add value to other organizations. Mauricio states that the "BD Forum is beneficial because we all have blind spots and it gives us a platform to help member organizations grow and become more effective."

The BD Forum’s Activities at AGC Annual Convention

February 17, 2020

Because AGC understands that Business Development is a crucial topic in the construction industry that interests and affects all of our members,  we will be offering several BD-related educational sessions and networking opportunities.

Educational Sessions:

Business Development & Marketing Check-Ups: The Forum Partners with the Society for Marketing Professional Services to Bring Expertise to AGC’s Annual Convention

February 17, 2020

AGC of America’s Business Development Forum, is partnering with The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), to offer free one-on-one BD “Check-Ups” for AGC Convention attendees to review and offer guidance on their BD and marketing related efforts. Subject matter experts from across the nation will be paired with attendees to answer questions and challenges relating to BD planning, sales, proposals, client presentations, branding, brochures, websites, social media, and more. 

President’s FY21 Budget Proposes Increased Highway and Transit Funding; Includes Top-line Surface Reauthorization Figures, Additional Infrastructure Investment in Request

February 10, 2020


On Feb. 10, the Trump administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request that includes an outline for a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal. The proposal is centered around two main components: 1) an $810 billion, 10-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs and 2) a new $190 billion investment across a variety of infrastructure categories, including water, broadband, and additional transportation programs such as bridge and transit repair.

Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Rochester is the Nation's Third-Fastest Growing Construction Job Market, but Contractors Are Struggling to Find Enough Workers to Meet Demand

February 11, 2020

The Rochester metro area was the nation’s third fastest growing construction job market during the past 12 months, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America today. As local construction firms expand their payrolls, the national association and its local chapter, however, are taking steps to prepare the next generation of construction workers amid significant construction worker shortages.

AGC on the Road in Kentucky; Rep. James Comer, Construction Officials Discuss Workforce Shortage Facing Industry

February 6, 2020

On Jan. 31, AGC, along with AGC of Western Kentucky and Ray Black & Son, led U.S. Representative James Comer of Kentucky on a tour of the $26.2 million construction of the Paducah Innovation Hub. The facility will house several traditional technical center classes including carpentry, welding, and electricity as well as classes in computer-aided design, engineering, and robotics. During the tour, the group spoke about the workforce shortages facing the construction industry and how facilities like the Paducah Innovation Hub will help address these concerns.

Final Version of Mandatory Cybersecurity Requirements for Defense Contractors Released

Proposed Updates to Migratory Bird Treaty Act Add Clarity on Prohibited Actions

February 6, 2020

AGC is preparing comments on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed update to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) that would clarify when damage to protected birds would result in criminal charges. The Feb.

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