AGC Opposes I-1125 as a Hit to Transportation Project Financing

AGC’s Board of Trustees voted to oppose Initiative 1125 a proposal to limit the use of toll and gas tax revenues in Washington State. AGC encourages a “no” vote because I-1125 will severely limit the use of toll revenues. It will require that toll revenues only be used on the project for which t...
Posted on 10/03/2011

What's Your EMR Rate for 2012? How Will Reforms Work?

Both members and non-members of AGC Group Retro are invited: Come to one of AGC Group Retro’s EMR workshops and get your proposed experience rate (EMR) for 2012. Plus hear the latest on L&I implementation of workers’ compensation reforms passed in the last legislative session! (See dates an...
Posted on 10/03/2011

L&I Reduces Proposed Rate Increase; Hearings Set

After initially floating the idea of raising average workers’ comp rates 5-9 percent in 2012 L&I officially proposed an average rate increase of 2.5 percent. AGC continues to urge Labor and Industries to not raise rates at all next year given economic conditions and the fact that the system ...
Posted on 10/03/2011

Agencies Teaming-Up to Crack-Down on \Wage Theft\

by Paige Spratt and John Ahlers Ahlers & Cressman The U.S. Labor Department nine states (including Washington) and the IRS have agreed to share labor and wage information in order to decrease improper classification of workers as reported by the Washington Post on September 20 2011. Accordin...
Posted on 10/03/2011

Demand for Construction Workers in WA

The attached presentation covers the forecast for state construction employment over the next 30 years unemployment insurance claims for the top construction occupations and trends in construction sub-sectors in Washington State.
Posted on 09/20/2011

McKenna for Governor, Says AGC

AGC of Washington’s Board of Trustees voted to endorse Attorney General Rob McKenna for Governor in the 2012 election. The Board vote followed a process to gather the input of AGC members and interviews with McKenna and the other leading candidate Congressman Jay Inslee. “Rob McKenna is the bes...
Posted on 09/20/2011

AGC Opposes Workers' Comp Premium Increases for 2012

AGC of Washington calls on the Department of Labor and Industries to keep 2012 workers’ compensation premiums at their current levels. AGC and partner organizations worked hard to enact workers’ comp reforms in the last legislative session. That labor is now bearing fruit: L&I announced th...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Victory for Contractors in Supreme Court's Lien Decision

The Washington State Supreme Court voted unanimously to overturn a lower court decision that would have endangered mechanics lien claims filed by contractors. In Williams v. Athletic Field Inc. a lower court invalidated a lien filed by a lien service on behalf of the contractor. The contractor’s...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Seattle Seeks to Boost C&D Recycling with New Requirements

(NOTE: AGC Education Foundation is hosting a Stakeholders’ Forum on Sept. 29. At the forum Seattle Public Utilities will present the proposed construction and demolition recycling requirements and receive feedback. For more information and registration click Seattle’s Solid Waste Plan Forum.) ...
Posted on 09/20/2011

AGC Welcomes New Members!

The following firms have been approved for membership: Pacific Building Envelope (Multi-family remodels and repairs.); Pacific Coast General LLC (Heavy highway and utilities.); Credo Construction (Commercial construction.); Tacoma Plumbing & Heating Inc. (Mechanical contracting and site utili...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Seattle City Council Approves Sick Leave Legislation

The Council voted 8-1 to enact legislation that mandates paid sick leave for employers with five or more employees. Richard Conlin was the sole no vote. AGC opposed the bill emphasizing economic consequences and impacts to contractors’ existing benefit plans.
Posted on 09/20/2011

Is Your Company 100 Years Old or Older? Let Us Know!

At the Jan. 2012 Annual Convention AGC of WA will honor Generals and Subs that have been in business for 100 years or more. We don’t want to miss anybody so let us know if your firm is 100+ years old – even if over the decades it’s been bought merged or otherwise gone through different permutati...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Future Leadership Forum: Project Financing Presentation

On Tue. Sep. 27 Ross Pouley with URS Corporation will be covering issues like project penciling private financing public financing and public-private financing. Join us for food drinks and a great educational and networking opportunity. Register FLF Project Financing. (AGC Future Leadership Forum...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Hayes, Workman on Ed. Foundation Board

The AGC Education Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes Brad Hayes of Sellen Construction and Rick Workman of Lease Crutcher Lewis. Both of these new Trustees are former AGC Education Foundation scholarship recipients.
Posted on 09/20/2011

Louis Olsen of AGC-Member VECA Electric Honored

On Aug. 16 2010 Louis Olsen of VECA Electric and Jesse Micheletz of M.A. Mortensen were doing a job walk around and safety inspection at the Providence Regional Medical Center project in Everett when they heard of a man down. They found a worker with no signs of life and provided resuscitation ef...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Salary Guide Now Available

Moss Adams in conjunction with Northwest AGC chapters presents the 2011 Construction Industry Salary Survey. The guide details compensation metrics and trends in WA OR ID and across 25 different job functions. Click Salary Guide for more info and to order.
Posted on 09/20/2011

Material Prices Up 8% for Year

Click construction material prices for recent price trends for steel asphalt concrete products and more.
Posted on 09/20/2011

Save 20 Percent on Contract Documents

ConsensusDOCS have become the leader in developing the most fair and balanced library of documents to address all contracting needs including IPD BIM federal and green issues. AGC members receive a 20 percent discount on all documents. Click ConsensusDOCS and use partner code “AGC” and promotio...
Posted on 09/20/2011

Excellent Trend: Fatality Rates Improving Dramatically

Nationally the number of construction fatalities declined by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years according to an analysis of new federal data prepared by AGC of America. Association officials pointed to an industry-wide commitment to improvi...
Posted on 09/06/2011

Seattle's New Rules Require WMBE Plan Pre-Bid

Please share your comments on these new requirements with other AGC members by posting them on the Seattle District Government Action Blog. Prime contractors bidding on city of Seattle projects of more than $300000 must submit their plans for including WMBE firms with their bids according to an ...
Posted on 09/06/2011

New Posting Requirement by NLRB

On Aug. 30 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted to require most private sector employers to post notification to its employees of their right to unionize. Here is a link to the NLRB announcement and here is a fact sheet on what the rule entails. The rule which goes into effect on Nov...
Posted on 09/06/2011

Seattle's New Rules Require WMBE Plan Pre-Bid

Please share your comments on these new requirements with other AGC members by posting them on the Seattle District Government Action Blog. Prime contractors bidding on city of Seattle projects of more than $300000 must submit their plans for including WMBE firms with their bids according to an ...
Posted on 09/02/2011

100th Anniversary: Mills Electric through the Decades

Company President John Huntley recently hosted an open house and barbecue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Mills Electric Co. in Bellingham. Below are just a few of the projects the AGC member has worked on since its founding in 1911. Hotel Leopold 1923. When Mills Electric Co. was esta...
Posted on 08/31/2011

Message from the President: Thanks for the Silver Lining

The recent turmoil in the stock market provides another reminder – as if we needed one – that the construction industry will continue to experience a rocky road to recovery. At the mid-point of the association’s fiscal year I want you to know that AGC is striving to be of even greater value for ...
Posted on 08/23/2011

AGC Weighs in on State's Controversial Gas Tax Compact with Tribes

In an era of diminishing funds for infrastructure funding each year tens of millions of gas tax dollars are being siphoned out of the state highway fund and potentially used for non-transportation purposes in violation of the State Constitution’s 18th Amendment. That’s the essence of AGC’s conce...
Posted on 08/23/2011