AGC of America’s Union Contractors Committee will hold its next conference call on June 11, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. The call will feature updates from AGC staff and a roundtable discussion of labor matters around the country. Participation is open to all AGC members and chapter staff, regardless of committee membership. (AGC nonmembers may not participate.) To register for the call, click here. Call-in information will be sent to all registrants on the day prior to the call.
North America’s Building Trades Unions (“NABTU”) and CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training (NABTU’s research arm) on April 27 publicly released COVID-19 Standards for U.S. Construction Sites. The document provides recommended practices for construction employers to implement at job sites designed to prevent disease, disability, and death caused by exposure to infectious disease.
On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that allows employers to pay bonuses or other incentive-based pay to salaried, nonexempt employees whose hours vary from week to week. The final rule clarifies that payments in addition to the fixed salary are compatible with the use of the fluctuating workweek method under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) recently released its latest edition of the Union Labor Costs in Construction. The report (previously called Trends and Outlook) includes general and detailed information about trends in collectively bargained compensation in the industry, including data analyses by region, by time, and by trade. It can be a valuable resource when preparing for collective bargaining negotiations, particularly when used in conjunction with CLRC’s latest Settlements Report.
On May 11, over 135 members of the House—led by Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH)—called on Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy to support approximately $50 billion in federal funding for state departments of transportation (DOTs) in the next COVID-19 response package. AGC, along with other transportation construction stakeholders, spearheaded this effort.
Construction Official Says New Highway Funding, Employee Retention Credits and Pension Relief Will Help, But Lack of Safe Harbor Measure, Extension of Unemployment Bonus Will Undermine Recovery
The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to release today of House Democrats’ Proposed Coronavirus Recovery Measure:
On May 12, 2020, the Associated General Contractors and other construction contractor groups called on Congress to address the growing multiemployer pension crisis in a letter. While Congress debates the next round of COVID-19 related stimulus legislation to address the unprecedented public health emergency the multiemployer pension crisis has been growing.
In a recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the Cty. of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund(Maui) case, the Court expanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) reading of its authority to regulate discharges to groundwater and created a new “functional equivalent” test that now leaves contractors confused about whether their stormwater storage ponds, basins and underground storage will require discharge permitting.
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AGC is moving forward with its annual Construction Safety, Health and Environmental Conference on July 14-16, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. As a leader in construction safety, health and environment, our top priority is the safety and health of our members, attendees, speakers and staff. We have been closely monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and remain optimistic that we can deliver our in-person event this July. However, should circumstances not improve in the coming months, we are fully prepared to shift to an online format. Whether in-person or online, we are confident that we will be able to provide you with the same superior educational content and peer-to-peer engagement that you are used to from AGC.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 27,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters.