AGC calls for additional workers' comp reforms at rate hearing

(Editor’s note: For the proposed 2015 workers’-comp premium rates per job classification click here.)AGC called for additional reforms of the state’s workers’ compensation system during rate hearings held by the Department of Labor and Industries.“A significant problem within our system is our hi...
Posted on 10/27/2014

Important union-benefit trust seminar, Nov. 14

If you are a union contractor you are responsible for submitting monthly reports to trust administrators for both pension and health trusts. Your company is periodically subject to payroll audits and you may have had to deal with collection attorneys if your trust contributions become delinquent....
Posted on 10/14/2014

Make your voice heard -- vote in the general election

Later this week you will receive your ballot in the mail for the upcoming general election. It is important that you take the time to vote because the control of the Senate stands in the balance. The AGC BUILD PAC’s primary focus for the 2014 elections has been to help the Majority Coalition Cau...
Posted on 10/14/2014

DOE suggests changes to construction stormwater permit

The Construction Stormwater General Permit expires Dec. 31 2015. The Department of Ecology has begun the process of reissuing it and disseminating its list of suggested changes.  Questions for AGC members: 1. Aside from DOE’s suggested changes (see below) are there aspects of the permit which y...
Posted on 10/13/2014

New fiscal year, same old highway trust-fund problems

With October 1 marking the beginning of fiscal year 2015 the 31-member organization Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) urged Congress to find a way to pay for and pass a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible. They cautioned that failure to act would lead to ano...
Posted on 10/13/2014

Construction manager sought for Project Review Committee

The Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is recruiting a construction manager to serve a three-year term on its Project Review Committee. The PRC reviews and approves projects and project teams proposing to use the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) and Design Build (DB) c...
Posted on 10/13/2014

Oct. 28 HR Roundtable: challenges with employee-owner relations

Most employers are well aware that in Washington employees are terminable at will unless agreed otherwise. A little known exception to this rule applies when an employee is also an owner. This may create unanticipated limitations when working relationships sour.  Join us on October 28 as we discu...
Posted on 10/13/2014

Students go hands-on at 2014 Construction Career Day

Hundreds of students from area high schools once again converged on Seattles Magnuson Park on October 9 to get up-close and personal and even hands-on with a wide range of construction trades. Students tried their hand at activities such as laying mortar on brick survey map reading and running a ...
Posted on 10/13/2014

AGC opposes specialty-sub requirement on public projects

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Posted on 10/03/2014

Agreements reached with four crafts; one remains

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Posted on 10/27/2014

L&I proposes 1.8% workers' comp rate increase for 2015

L&I is proposing an average 1.8 percent rate increase for 2015 workers’ compensation premiums. The increase comes out to about 1 cent per hour worked. Proposed rates differ considerably by construction job classification. For example the Concrete Work - Foundations and Flatwork classification...
Posted on 09/29/2014

E-Verify releases new desktop widget for employers

On September 22 2014 E-Verify released a new Form I-9 desktop widget that gives all employers a shortcut to automatically launch the Form I-9 directly from their computer desktop at any time. With one click on the Form I-9 widget it is now easier for employers to access and complete the Form I-9....
Posted on 09/25/2014

Washington Supreme Court sides with Boeing and AGC of Washington over workers'-comp employer immunity

John Riper Ashbaugh BealLast week in a case the AGC of Washington intervened in is as amicus in support of The Boeing Company the Supreme Court held in favor of employer immunity under Washington’s workers’ compensation program. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ...
Posted on 09/25/2014

Leadership changes at American Construction

American Construction Company Inc. of Tacoma has announced the following changes to the company leadership effective Sept. 1. Steve Brannon has been promoted to the position of chief executive officer focusing on strategic direction and expansion. Steve has led the company for the last twenty-th...
Posted on 09/22/2014

A perfect day for 2014 Women in Construction hike

It was yet another perfect Northwest summer day last Friday Sept. 12 as the 2014 AGC/Ashbaugh Beal Women in Construction hike took place. Thirty attendees took part and enjoyed a scenic and sunny hike up Rattlesnake Ridge near North Bend. The thirsty group then descended the trail to re-join civi...
Posted on 09/15/2014

AGC of America re-launches voter-information resource

The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake in upcoming elections across the country. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector it is especially important to elect leaders willing to work for common-sense sol...
Posted on 09/15/2014

Port of Seattle bid desk moving

Effective October 1 2014 the Port of Seattle bid desk will move from its Alaskan Way waterfront location in Seattle to the CPO Construction Services office at 2529 S.194th Street Seattle WA 98188 (south of the airport). The Port has decided to relocate the bid desk to improve the efficiency of m...
Posted on 09/15/2014

Schedule set for 2014 Experience Modification Rate workshops

Dates and locations have now been set for upcoming AGC of Washington Experience Modification Rate (EMR) workshops. No matter your level of understanding on the topic there is always more to learn. Please join us as provide you with your prospective rate notice for 2015 and allow ample time for qu...
Posted on 08/27/2014

Worker safety and health conference set for Spokane in September

One of the largest safety and health conferences in the nation is planned for Spokane next month and registration is now open for the event.The 63rd annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference takes place on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Spokane Convention Center. The event is geared towar...
Posted on 08/27/2014

AGC of America partners with Hiring Our Heroes program

The Associated General Contractors of America recently joined the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100000 veterans over the next five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find recruit and hire veteran...
Posted on 08/27/2014

Many firms joining AGC Health Plan as others shut down due to ACA rules

Many Washington State construction-industry firms need to find a new health-insurance carrier because many association health plans are shutting down under new Affordable Care Act rules. Fortunately for these contractors the AGC Health Plan offers them an attractive solution. In fact 20 firms hav...
Posted on 08/27/2014

Lease Crutcher Lewis goes all-out for Obliteride

Matt Hays Lease Crutcher Lewis After 2013s inaugural Obliteride a bicycling fundraiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute Lease Crutcher Lewis had a choice. In 2013 Lewis and its partners were the #1 fundraising and rider/volunteer team which resulted in the 2014 AGC of Washington...
Posted on 08/14/2014

AGC members support boatshop revamp

In the fall of 2012 AGCs Seattle District began a partnership with the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) to improve and repair CWB facilities. The most difficult project to come out of the relationship was the installation of a hoist system to mechanically raise historic small craft out of the water ...
Posted on 08/04/2014

Construction-Adventure campers explore the possibilities

Teaching construction skills to a bunch of tweens? The AGC Education Foundation successfully undertook that challenge through its new Construction Adventure Camp held July 14-18.Eleven 4th-7th graders participated in the camp that included hands-on building jobsite tours safety presentations and ...
Posted on 08/04/2014

No PLA for JBLM hangar project after AGC protests

The Army Corps will not be pursuing a project labor agreement (PLA) for a large hangar project at JBLM after AGC expressed its opposition. AGC applauds this decision particularly in light of the recent uptick in the use of PLAs on federal projects. The U.S. Army Corps of Seattle District (USACE...
Posted on 07/22/2014