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Human Resources & Labor

March 20, 2017

Company revenue size is the most relevant demographic factor in determining how a construction company pays its executives as compared to other construction companies, reports PAS, Inc. in its latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly (CCQ).  When it comes to open-shop craft compensation in infrastructure construction, though,  location and type of construction are most relevant.

March 17, 2017

AGC and its members are on the verge of a major legislative victory: nullification of the regulations implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, often referred to as the “blacklisting” rule.  Following a concerted AGC advocacy effort, the House of Representatives voted to nullify the rule through use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) on Feb. 2, and the Senate passed the joint resolution by a slim margin on March 9. The legislation now moves to the President Trump’s desk for signature.

March 16, 2017

AGC of America’s Union Contractors Committee and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) hosted a special event at the Carpenters International Training Center (CITC) in Las Vegas, NV, during AGC’s Annual Convention on March 8.  Convention attendees enjoyed small-group tours of the exceptional, recently expanded 17-acre CITC campus, which now boasts 1.2 million square feet of classrooms, guest rooms, dining rooms, conference rooms, shops, and event space.  A reception followed, at which Carpenters General President Doug McCarron, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr, and CITC Executive Director Bill Irwin gave brief remarks.

March 15, 2017

Construction-industry collective bargaining negotiations completed during 2016 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and benefits of $1.18 per hour or 2.6 percent, according to the annual year-end Settlements Report issued by the AGC-supported Construction Labor Research Council.  For newly negotiated multi-year contracts, the average negotiated second-year increase was $1.59 or 2.8 percent, and the average third-year increase was $1.61 or 2.9 percent.

January 27, 2017

Union representation in the construction industry (covering all occupations) rose from 14.0% in 2015 to 14.6% in 2016, according to an annual report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) January 26.  The number of union-represented employees in the industry also rose over the year, from 992,000 to 1,095,000, while the total number of workers in the industry rose from 7,109,000 to 7,488,000.  Union membership in the industry similarly increased, from 13.2% to 13.9%.

January 18, 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a new “resource document” about the rights of employees and applicants with mental health conditions.  The document, Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights, is written in question-and-answer format for an employee audience, but it is also useful for employers as it demonstrates the EEOC’s interpretation of the law and of employers’ obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

January 17, 2017

If you have not yet registered for AGC of America’s 98th Annual Convention, do so today and be sure to sign up for the special event at the Carpenters International Training Center (CITC)! 

January 13, 2017

Urges Trump Administration to Repeal and Replace

January 9, 2017

On December 16, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued an interim final rule to implement the Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors executive order and the related final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 30.  The FAR Council rule took effect on January 1, 2017.

January 9, 2017

On December 16, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued an interim final rule to implement the Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors executive order and the related final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 30.  The FAR Council rule took effect on January 1, 2017.

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