AGC and partners push Mike M. Johnson fix

Several AGC members traveled to Olympia to testify in support of legislation to address onerous notice requirements precipitated by the Mike M. Johnson Supreme Court decision.
Posted on 02/14/2017

Paid sick leave: What contractors need to know

Last November, when voters passed Initiative 1433, commonly known as the minimum-wage initiative, they were also approving a provision in I-1433 that requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
Posted on 02/14/2017

L&I announces improvements to intent and affidavits reporting and tracking

The Department of Labor and Industries recently announced the launch of new features for the Prevailing Wage Intent & Affidavit (PWIA).
Posted on 02/14/2017

Congress to consider repealing blacklisting & other midnight Obama regulations this week

This week, Congress is considering the repeal of last minute Obama administration regulations, including the Blacklisting regulations. Urge your members of Congress to repeal this and other Obama regulations now.
Posted on 01/31/2017

Sen. Mark Schoesler named Legislator of the Year

AGC of Washington's 2016 Legislator of the Year, Senator Mark Schoesler, is a true leader in Olympia who solves problems and gets things done.
Posted on 01/31/2017

AGC shows support for CTE funding

AGC member Bob Adams, of Guy F. Atkinson Construction, testified recently before the Senate Early Learning K-12 Education Committee in support of funding for CTE (career and technical education) programs in middle and high schools.
Posted on 01/31/2017

AGC to Legislature: Restore infrastructure projects cut in Governor’s budget

As the State Legislature convenes with the issue of education funding as legislators’ top concern, AGC recently reminded policymakers that infrastructure investments should not be ignored.
Posted on 01/17/2017

AGC urges Trump to repeal PLA executive order

AGC of America and others sent a letter urging President-elect Trump’s administration to repeal President Obama’s executive order...
Posted on 01/17/2017

Paid sick leave: What contractors need to know

In November, when voters passed Initiative 1433, commonly known as the minimum wage initiative, they were also approving a provision in I-1433 that requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
Posted on 01/04/2017

Minimum-wage increases took effect Jan. 1

Washington minimum wage employees received a 16 percent raise on the first of the year -- with a few exceptions.
Posted on 01/04/2017

Governor’s budget increases taxes, spending by $8 billion

Gov. Jay Inslee recently unveiled his budget proposal. The headlines were that Inslee proposed raising taxes by $4.4 billion, and while that's substantial, it only reflects part of the taxes.
Posted on 01/04/2017

Conference looks at Seattle's construction history

Call for presentations due by Jan. 15, 2017
Posted on 01/03/2017

Workers’ comp rates going up again in 2017

The average premium for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will go up 0.7 percent.
Posted on 12/12/2016

Defense bill includes changes to DOD procurement

AGC of America reports that last week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (373-34) passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA).
Posted on 12/12/2016

Minimum wage climbing to $11 in 2017; paid sick leave starts in 2018

The minimum wage in Washington will increase to $11 an hour starting on Jan. 1, 2017, and to $13.50 by 2020.
Posted on 12/12/2016

Contractors should not have to be represented by attorneys with conflicts of interest in insurance cases, AGC argues

Attorneys representing contractors shouldn’t have a conflict of interest, right? That’s the crux of the matter in a case before the State Supreme Court.
Posted on 12/12/2016

After AGC protests, DOE pulls back for now on soil handling rules

DOE will issue a second draft of proposed solid-waste rules that could cause a contractor to unwittingly become subject to solid-waste landfill rules, or require satisfaction of onerous landfill post-closure care or financial assurance requirements.
Posted on 11/29/2016

Win for the industry: AGC and allies secure changes to DOE’s construction stormwater permit

AGC and its partner organizations settled its appeal of the new Construction Stormwater General Permit with the Department of Ecology.
Posted on 11/29/2016

WSDOT Design-Build report notes progress, recommends improvements

WSDOT is doing many things well when implementing design/build projects but could take steps to improve, according to a recently-completed report prepared for the State’s Joint Transportation Committee (JTC).
Posted on 11/29/2016

Significant New Obama Regulations, Including Overtime, Are Blocked

After waking up to the news of a Trump victory, a number of clients have asked whether the long list of pending Obama regulatory labor and employment changes, which were assumed to be “safe” under the expected Clinton win, will be rescinded under a Trump administration.
Posted on 11/29/2016

AGC’s BUILD PAC helps keep the MCC in control

AGC’s BUILD PAC Senior Council’s #1 going into the 2016 elections was for the Majority Coalition Caucus (25 Republicans and 1 Democrat) to remain in control of the Senate -- a goal which was achieved.
Posted on 11/15/2016

AGC welcomes new Seattle District manager

As you may know, long-time Seattle District Manager Jerry Dinndorf is retiring at the end of the year. Now, after a lengthy search, AGC is very pleased to welcome Sonja Forster to our staff as the new Seattle District manager.
Posted on 11/01/2016

AGC urges OSHA to reconsider unjustified policy against post‐accident drug testing

Earlier this year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new rule on recordkeeping, which highlighted OSHA’s intention to enforce policies that prohibit mandatory post- accident alcohol and drug testing
Posted on 10/18/2016

L&I proposes workers’-comp rate increase for 2017

The rate paid for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington would rise by an average of 0.7 percent next year under a proposal released by L&I...
Posted on 10/03/2016

Drug testing rules, pension reform among issues AGCWA leaders discuss with Congress

AGC of Washington leadership traveled to Washington, DC last week to encourage Congress to overturn onerous new regulations and to pass important education and jobs bills.
Posted on 10/03/2016