New Plan Offers Comprehensive Solutions to Protect Multiemployer Retirement Security

A unique partnership of labor and business groups -- including AGC of America -- today moved to take proactive action to shore up the nation’s multiemployer pension plans releasing a report offering private sector solutions for solvency opportunities for growth for employers and retirement secu...
Posted on 02/19/2013

GCCM, DB, JOC Legislation Passes Senate Committee

Legislation to reauthorize and revise the State’s alternative public works contracting procedures has been passed out of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee with the support of AGC. The law authorizing the use of GCCM Design-Build (DB) and Job Order Contracting (JOC) on certain public p...
Posted on 02/19/2013

Why Are New Transportation Investments Needed?

One of AGCs top policy goals this year is passage of a transportation investment package. With coalition partners from business labor and the environmental community AGC has urged Governor Inslee and the Legislature to develop and pass during the 2013 legislative session a comprehensive statewide...
Posted on 02/15/2013

Senate Passes Workers' Comp Bills; More in the Works

A trio of workers comp reform bills backed by AGC were passed by the State Senate yesterday after scores of AGC members sent messages in support to legislators. Three others may be voted on soon so please contact your Senators about them by visiting this AGC Action Alert. The bills that passed ...
Posted on 02/05/2013

Don't Forget to Do Your OSHA Log

From Mandi Kime AGC Safety Manager: This is a friendly reminder from the Safety Department at AGC to get your OSHA logs complete for 2012 and get the summary sheets (the 300A form) posted as they are required to be posted on Feb 1 through April 30 each year. Remember that there is a difference ...
Posted on 02/04/2013

A Path to Achieving Higher Performance Building

by Kirsten Barnes McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge (Editors Note: Kirsten Barnes is Strategic Account Manager for McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge and is the contact for AGC of Washingtons alliance with Dodge that gives AGC members the lowest prices for bidding tools and market intelligence. Emai...
Posted on 02/04/2013

Members Helping Members: The PPI Group Offers Discounts

(Editors note: Members Helping Members is a new feature promoted within AGC! Were shining the light on AGC member companies that provide great deals for fellow AGC members. If you would like to participate in Members Helping Members contact Stacy Mullane 206-284-0061.) The PPI Group is pleased t...
Posted on 02/04/2013

Bills Expand Apprentice Quotas, Prevailing Wage to Some Private Projects

AGC opposes both HB 1023 which extends apprenticeship utilization quotas to certain private projects and HB 1025 which extends prevailing wage laws to some private projects. Basically the bills redefine as public works those projects for which: a party to the contract for the public work rece...
Posted on 02/04/2013

Act Now: Senate Voting on Workers' Comp Bills Early Next Week

The State Senate will be voting on a package of workers compensation reform bills strongly supported by AGC. Please take a moment to urge your Senator to vote YES on all of these bills: SB 5127 - Allows any worker regardless of age (currently only those 55 and older may do so) to accept structu...
Posted on 01/30/2013

Support Senate Bill 5112: Granting Scheduling Authority for Qualified Retro Plans

Please ACT NOW! The Washington State Senate is expected to vote on Senate Bill 5112 early next week. Please send your Senator a message urging him to support 5112. Bottom line: SB 5112 is a common sense bill that allows experienced Retro claims managers to schedule Independent Medical Examinati...
Posted on 01/30/2013

Bill Dickson, Jim Crutcher Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

AGC of Washington presented James Crutcher Chairman Emeritus for Lease Crutcher Lewis and William Dickson President of Dickson Company with its Lifetime Achievement Award during the association’s Annual Convention on January 25. The awards were announced by Steve Isenhart 2012 AGC of Washington ...
Posted on 01/30/2013

AGC Names Sean Woerman Contractor of the Year

AGC of Washington honored Sean Woerman Senior Account Manager for Lydig Construction as Contractor of the Year; John Huntley President of Mills Electric Co. as Subcontractor of the Year; and Michael Grace Partner with Groff Murphy PLLC as Affiliate of the Year. The awards were presented during A...
Posted on 01/30/2013

AGC Elects New Officers and Board Members

At its Jan. 25 annual meeting AGC of Washington elected its 2013 slate of officers and board members. The officers are: Butch Brooks President Butch Brooks is the owner of Brooks Construction Management which specializes in construction management services preconstruction and value engineeri...
Posted on 01/30/2013

AGC Efforts with Tacoma's HUB Program

AGC members have experienced problems with the City’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program over the years. As a result AGC members and staff have turned-up the temperature on our oversight of the program and are meeting with the City’s new HUB Manager. Some notes from these meetings...
Posted on 01/23/2013

AGC Opposes Covered Loads Bill

AGC is opposing covered loads legislation. House Bill 1007: Requires that from August 1 2013 through June 30 2014 any vehicles operating on a paved public highway hauling dirt sand rocks or gravel susceptible to escaping must use a cover if the vehicle is equipped with a load cover. Requires...
Posted on 01/22/2013

AGC of America Honors Lydig

During the first six months of 2012 Lydig employees spent over 6600 hours training and fund raising for The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. The company raised over $110000 toward life-saving research and was recognized for setting a new standard in corporate...
Posted on 01/22/2013

Global Harmonization...Say What?

Many AGC members are being solicited to purchase Hazard Communication Management Programs and Training Materials from marketing groups claiming that the members are out of compliance with the new Global Harmonization Standard. This is absolutely not true and not necessary. Federal OSHA did prom...
Posted on 01/22/2013

Valuable Info Within L&I Report

The Department of Labor and Industries published a new resource on the top 25 hazardous industries in Washington as ranked by the prevention Index. The data spans a five year window and looks at the most hazardous NAICS codes in Washington based on the formula of #of claims/10000 full-time equiv...
Posted on 01/22/2013

After I-502: Be Consistent in Policy Enforcement

by Mandi Kime AGC Safety Director In early January AGC hosted a Safety Forum on the topic of drug testing now that Initiative 502 (legalization of marijuana) has passed. With representatives from WCISAP Ahlers & Cressman PLLC and an Employee Assistance Program we discussed the impacts of th...
Posted on 01/22/2013

Members Helping Members: Safety-Source Offers Discounts

(Editors note: Members Helping Members is a new feature promoted within AGC! Were shining the light on AGC member companies that provide great deals for fellow AGC members. First up: Safety-Source! If you would like to participate in Members Helping Members contact Stacy Mullane 206-284-0061.)...
Posted on 01/08/2013

Help Us Help You: Be Involved in AGC Government Affairs

AGCs clout in Olympia is due not only to our excellent Government Affairs team but also to the active involvement of AGC members. Active engaged members are by far the most effective weapon used by our lobbying team! You can bolster AGCs clout -- and the business environment in which your compa...
Posted on 01/04/2013

New L&I Medical Network Underway

L&I has established its first-ever medical provider network to deliver health care to injured workers in Washington state. Effective January 1 workers who suffer a job-related injury or illness can see any provider for their first visit to a doctor’s office or an emergency room but for ongoin...
Posted on 01/04/2013

AGC Working with City of Tacoma

AGC members and staff have been meeting with the City of Tacoma in an effort to change their Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program. In addition the AGC was appointed to the City’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Permitting Reform. For more information on the HUB Program click HUB. To learn ...
Posted on 12/12/2012

Ram Construction, SSC Named \Businesses of the Year\ by Chamber

Congratulations to AGC-members Ram Construction honored as the Large Business of the Year and Sanitary Service Company named Green Business of the Year by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce! Many entrepreneurs dream of taking their idea of a start-up business and growing it into a strong...
Posted on 12/10/2012

0% Overall Increase in Workers' Comp Premiums Final

Its official: L&I recently announced that there will be no overall increase in workers comp insurance premiums in 2013 thanks to safer jobsites and the reforms pushed by AGC last year. Note that the average increase is zero but the proposed increases for individual construction classificati...
Posted on 12/10/2012