Movement on Budget, Workers' Comp, Transportation Reform

As of press time on Tuesday morning it appears that the special session will end without a budget agreement (meaning a second special session looms) but it will close with a flurry of activity. Here’s a brief review: Budget and taxes: Bottom line is that the Democrat-controlled House is easing ...
Posted on 06/10/2013

AGC Opposes Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance

Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance is the new name given to the Criminal Background Legislation (also down as the Ban the Box ordinance) being proposed by Councilmember Bruce Harrell. The ordinance says among other things that application forms or processes that automatically exclude all individua...
Posted on 06/10/2013

Bridge Replacement an All-AGC Safety Team Affair!

AGC would like to congratulate our members who are safely working to get the temporary Skagit River Bridge replacement done in Mount Vernon! Companies working on the bridge include general contractor Guy F. Atkinson as well as Global Diving and Salvage Pacific Pile & Marine Rhine Demolition ...
Posted on 06/10/2013

Zero Construction Fatalities This Year!

New reports from the Department of Labor and Industries indicated that there have been NO construction-related fatalities in the first half of 2013! This is great news and it occurs even as worker hours have been increasing lately. AGC Safety Director Mandi Kime says credit for this good news g...
Posted on 06/10/2013

L&I Targeting High Risk Employers

On May 23 2013 the Department of Labor and Industries with the support of business and labor representatives from the Construction Advisory Committee sent letters to nearly 200 construction employers in this state. The letter identified the recipients as the employers in their respective Risk Cl...
Posted on 06/10/2013

DBE Program Disparity Study Now Online

From WSDOT press release: A study to determine whether WSDOTs contracting activities are fair and equitable for all is now available for review. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program disparity study analyzed information about local marketplace conditions for minority-owned and women-owne...
Posted on 06/10/2013

AGC Retirement Plan Surpasses $100 Million Milestone

AGCs retirement plan reached a milestone recently surpassing $100 million in assets with the number of participants approaching 4000. Plus an independent analysis confirmed the plans below average fees. For many employers the impetus for switching plan providers comes from new rules requiring p...
Posted on 06/10/2013

AGC-Backed Unemployment Insurance Bill Signed into Law

Workers and employers scored a big win when Gov. Inslee recently signed AGC-backed Senate Bill 5355. This bill sponsored by Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry R-Moses Lake brings Washington’s unemployment insurance system into conformity with federal regulations which is expected to save the state and ...
Posted on 05/14/2013

New Seattle Recycling Rules Coming on Line

The following information is provided by the City of Seattle. More information is available at www.seattle.gov/util/CDWasteManagement or contact Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner at 386-9772 or Shirli Axelrod at 684-7804. The City of Seattle has adopted new requirements for recycling construction and bui...
Posted on 05/13/2013

Workers' Comp Reform has Second Chance

The Senate began the 2013 session on a promising note quickly approving three bills that continue the workers compensation reform that began two years ago. Of the three bills Senate Bill 5127 passed with strong bipartisan support providing optimism that it would also make it out of the House. Th...
Posted on 05/13/2013

Support transportation reforms to invest effectively!

With available funding for new projects and road/highway preservation declining at an alarming rate AGC supports additional transportation revenues. At the same time there are steps the Legislature can take to help ensure additional revenues are spent as effectively as possible. Please click th...
Posted on 05/07/2013

Where Are We on Transportation?

The legislature adjourned the 105-day regular session without passing an operating budget and a special session could begin as soon as May 13. An agreement was reached between the House and Senate on a base transportation budget however and it passed both chambers. Here is the bill that was appro...
Posted on 04/30/2013

GCCM, DB, JOC Reauthorization Passed

Legislation to reauthorize and revise the State’s alternative public works contracting procedures has been passed by both the House and Senate and awaits the Governors signature which is expected. AGC supported the bill (ESHB 1466) as the law authorizing the use of GCCM Design-Build (DB) and Job...
Posted on 04/30/2013

Seattle Considers \Ban the Box\ Ordinance

by Joe Campos Ashbaugh Beal At some point in our lives we’ve all filled out job applications that ask whether we’ve ever been convicted of a crime. To most of us it seems quite normal that an employer would want to know whether an applicant has a criminal conviction in their background. There...
Posted on 04/30/2013

Volunteers Needed to Repair SLU Wooden Boat Center

As its Community Service project for this year the AGC Seattle District has picked a series of small repair projects to help the AGC Buildings neighbor the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) located at the south end of Lake Union. CWB is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving maritime ...
Posted on 04/25/2013

Take Action to Protect Local Construction Projects

Take action to protect the Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF)! Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5895 would PERMANENTLY redirect existing funding sources out of the PWTF -- endangering dozens of infrastructure projects such as water sewer stormwater and some local roads and bridges. The PWTF provide...
Posted on 04/25/2013

Transportation Reform Bills on the Move

In addition to the transportation revenue package (SHB 1954) AGC is supporting a package of reform proposals aimed at helping transportation dollars go farther. The bills have been pushed by House Republicans adamant about a “Fix it Before You Fund it” approach stating reforms are needed before ...
Posted on 04/25/2013

Court Decision Creates Boon in Construction of Culverts - 997 of Them

The U.S. District Court recently ordered the State of Washington to fix or replace nearly 1000 fish culverts determining that existing culverts are blocking salmon from reaching important spawning grounds and are therefore infringing on tribes treaty-protected fishing rights. The decision certai...
Posted on 04/25/2013

AGC Says MATOCs Can Limit Competition, Recommends Changes

Although not opposed to federal agencies use of Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOCs) and Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACCs) generally AGC of America is concerned that these contracts can limit competition for federal construction projects are not always structured and administe...
Posted on 04/25/2013

AGC Group Retro Refunds are Highest Once Again

Workers comp Retro results are in and once again AGC Group Retros premium refunds exceeded those of our competing plans. Van Hardy Chairman of AGC Retro said “Results like this are a combination of our stringent underwriting which helps ensure peak performance member’s commitment to safety and t...
Posted on 04/25/2013

Take Action for New Transportation Projects and Preservation

Please contact your Representatives -- even if you recently did so -- urging support for the transportation funding bill. Click Take Action below to easily send messages to legislators as the bill has moved out of the Transportation Committee (thanks to many of you who responded to the earlier c...
Posted on 04/23/2013

AGC of America Position on Federal Contracting

With the South Sound area being so federal facility heavy when AGC of America produces a formal position on federal contracting we bring it to you. Several months ago AGC of America put together a task force of large medium and small federal contractors that produced a formal document stating th...
Posted on 04/18/2013

Haskell Named Contractor of Year for Alaska Safety

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Haskell Corporation as the Contractor of the Year during its 14th Annual Celebrate Safety ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Haskell Corporation was among 10 contractors and two individuals honored for their safety performance i...
Posted on 04/15/2013

Construction Safety Day in Puyallup May 8

As construction activity continues to rebound staying focused on workplace safety and preventing injuries is more important than ever. Construction industry workers owners and supervisors have an opportunity to focus on industry-specific training at the sixth annual Construction Safety Day on Wed...
Posted on 04/15/2013

Check out Projects in Capital Budget Proposals

AGC is working hard to have a new 2013-2015 State Capital Budget passed that will positively affect every segment of the construction industry. Current proposals include hundreds of projects like Edmonds fishing pier renovation Yakimas Toppenish family housing project Enumclaws water system repl...
Posted on 04/15/2013