3601 20th Street East, Fife WA  98424   |   Phone 253.896.0033  |  Fax 253.896.0036

  Tim Attebery
 
District Manager
   tattebery@agcwa.com


Sue Larsen 
Membership & Events Coordinator

slarsen@agcwa.com

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Merritt wins Tacoma mayoral primary with AGC's BUILD PAC support

Of the three candidates in the August primary election, Jim Merritt got the most support from voters. Now, it's on to the general election! Learn more about Jim here, and consider supporting his campaign!

Jim has spent his entire career making Tacoma an exceptional city in which to live, work and raise a family. His leadership made Point Ruston, the Foss Waterway and Tacoma Union Station possible, providing opportunity for family-wage jobs and preserving local landmarks. As an architect in Tacoma, Jim has a long history of working with the construction industry. Join us in spreading the word and electing Jim Merritt as our next mayor.

Posted 8.29.17.

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PRIORITY HIRE: What it is; why you should care

In short, priority hiring forces contractors to have 15% of the total labor hours on a public project be completed by employees who live in economically distressed zip codes. While AGC supports a diverse workforce, we don’t think heavy-handed government mandates will work in the long run.

The City of Seattle already has a priority-hire ordinance, and other jurisdictions are moving in that direction. AGC has fought and will continue to fight ordinances like these for several reasons. First off, this pits middle-class zip codes against lower-middle-class zip codes. Workers from middle-class zip codes would not be eligible for 15% of the total labor hours on a project. Any one zip code could have a diverse population with a lower-income person living right next door to a middle income person.

Construction workers living in middle-income zip codes are the losers with priority hire. Essentially, are you penalizing people with regard to employment based on where they live. That is discriminatory, and courts have reversed ordinances like these in the recent past. All priority-hire ordinances should be laid aside so that we don’t create region vs. region conflicts with regard to employment.

Some cities believe that priority-hire ordinances solve problems for economically distressed zip codes. It does not. What would solve problems in underemployed sections of a city is a full-court press that educates people one-on-one about their potential construction employment options.

Posted 8.29.17.

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TSD presentation

USOpen Presentation

District Representative
to the Board of Trustees

Mickey Traugutt, Washington Patriot Construction

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