Note Important Changes to L&I Crane Enforcement Protocols

The Department of Labor & Industries Division of Safety & Health (DOSH) has modified enforcement/ compliance protocols regarding documentation of Operator’s Hours for the Crane rules that went into effect on January 1 2010. Originally DOSH was requiring all operators to have a signed and...
Posted on 01/19/2010

Contractors Honored for Excellent Administration of Transportation Projects

Seven transportation construction projects were selected as winners of 2009 Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and AGC of Washington. For each of these projects awards were presented to the administrative team includi...
Posted on 01/19/2010

Health Care Reform Proposal Singles Out Construction Industry for Fines and Regulations

Contact your congressional representatives! Click here for more info and to access AGC of America’s easy-to-use congressional contact system. The health care reform package passed by U.S. Senate includes language by Senator Merkley (D-Ore.) that singles out small construction firms for harsher t...
Posted on 01/05/2010

Unheard of Room Rates at Hyatt for AGC Annual Convention

Want value? How about $89 per night for a room at the spectacular Hyatt Regency Bellevue? Yes! Attendees at AGC’s Annual Convention can have that rate from Jan. 21-23. Stay at the Hyatt and enjoy the fine dining shopping and nightlife that beautiful downtown Bellevue has become famous for! Click ...
Posted on 01/05/2010

Members Report Unauthorized Membership Dues Invoices

The National Association of General Contractors and Subcontractors is in NO WAY AFFILIATED with AGC! AGC of WA members have reported an unaffiliated Membership Directory Listing Application under the guise of a “Membership Invoice.” Specifically members have reported receiving “membership dues in...
Posted on 01/05/2010

Let Your Voice be Heard! Attend AGC's Lobby Day Jan. 26 in Olympia

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet face-to-face with legislators who will be making decision on workers’ comp reform infrastructure investments sales tax permit changes and more. The event begins at noon in AGC’s Olympia office for lunch and a briefing on the issues followed by meetings w...
Posted on 01/05/2010

Attorney General Rob McKenna Featured at AGC Annual Convention

Attend lunch at the AGC Annual Convention and hear from one of the most widely respected public officials in the state! Attorney General Rob McKenna will share his views of how the state can dig its way out of the current budgetary and the importance of infrastructure investments to economic deve...
Posted on 01/05/2010

New AGC Southern District Headquarters Purchased

By Tim Attebery AGC Southern District Manager In late 2008 AGC sold its office space on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma and is now finishing the purchase of a building in Fife. In a survey AGC members reported that they would prefer office space that did not require paid parking and was conve...
Posted on 01/05/2010

Brace Yourself: Washington Legislature Convenes Next Week

State lawmakers return to Olympia on Monday for the start of the 2010 legislative session and many issues important to the construction industry will be in play: workers’ comp reform infrastructure investments retainage release improvements fixes to the wholesalers’ sales tax permit system and mo...
Posted on 01/05/2010

AGC-WSDOT Annual Meeting Jan. 7

AGC members are invited to attend the AGC/WSDOT Joint Cooperative Committee annual meeting in Fircrest WA. Highlights include a discussion of WSDOT’s tolling plans the federal and state legislative outlooks environmental updates and more. Click AGC/WSDOT annual meeting for details and registration.
Posted on 01/05/2010

AGC Challenges Proposed \Responsible Bidder\ Ordinance

(Editor’s note: Have you come across questionable responsible bidder criteria in bid notices? If so contact Van Collins AGC Legislative Counsel 360-352-5000.) Two years ago the Legislature passed “responsible bidder” legislation that gives public agencies the option of using supplemental criteri...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Leading Through Turbulent Times Presented at AGC Annual Convention

This year’s Annual Convention at the Hyatt in Bellevue features eleven enlightening break-out sessions. One of those is a special presentation by experts from the Disney Institute. You will learn to lead with vision while managing with discipline create and sustain a high performance culture enha...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Unemployment Insurance Tax Changes for 2010

By Christine Swanson AGC Government Affairs Manager During the week of December 7 the Employment Security Department started mailing tax notices for 2010. Unfortunately tax rates will rise in 2010 for many employers. The average tax rate in 2010 will be 2.38 percent up from 1.55 percent in 2009....
Posted on 12/22/2009

Termination Do's and Don'ts

There is a right way and a wrong way to terminate an employee. In a webinar for AGC Stanislaw Ashbaugh described seven steps to take when it unfortunately becomes necessary to terminate someone. The Daily Journal of Commerce covered the webinar and produced a detailed review with the “seven steps...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Data Shows Low Construction Prices May Soon be Coming to an End

New federal data showing sharp increases in the prices of key construction materials like diesel copper and brass mill shapes likely foreshadow future increases in construction costs the AGC of America announced. The new November producer price index (PPI) report from the Bureau of Labor Statisti...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Crane Certification Checklist

The last issue of AGC Works included a recap of the looming crane and crane operator certification rules – and the fact that many firms have not yet begun the certification process. As one more reminder AGC’s Safety Department has prepared a simple checklist of what needs to be done prior to Jan....
Posted on 12/22/2009

AGC Welcomes New Members

The following firms were recently approved for membership by the AGC Board of Trustees (click links for more info): Omega-Morgan; Puget Sound Refrigeration Inc.; and ProBuild.
Posted on 12/22/2009

From the AGC President: The Year in Review

By Lee Kilcup CEO and Chairman of GLY Construction and AGC President 2009 may not have been the year to be a contractor but it was a great year to be an association that provides real value in a time of need. From the very beginning of the year our focus was on creating real help to our member...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Gregoire's Move Toward Streamlined Permitting Applauded by AGC

In what appears to be a significant win for AGC and a stride to increased government efficiency Gov. Chris Gregoire signed an executive order last week last week to transform the way multiple state agencies handle environmental permit reviews. The executive order promotes AGC’s position that agen...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Pease Construction Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Patty Candiotta and Loren Pease at Pease Constructions 25th Anniversary party Twenty-five years ago there was an addition to the Pease family when Pease Construction was born. Pease Construction spun-off from Pease & Sons Inc. in 1984 to capture federal small business cont...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Crane Certification Rules Apply to YOU (Most Likely)

By Mandi Kime AGC Safety Director New crane certification rules take effect in less than a month – and it looks like only a fraction of construction cranes have been certified! During the promulgation of the new crane safety standards for Washington the Department of Labor and Industries estima...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Registration Open for AGC's Annual Convention

It’ll be unlike any convention the AGC of Washington has produced in recent memory so don’t miss out! The event features 11 educational and leading edge breakout sessions lunch with Attorney General Rob McKenna invaluable networking at the Berntson Porter reception and plenty of fun at the Stanis...
Posted on 12/08/2009

L&I Confirms 7.6 Percent Workers' Comp Increase; Reform Battle Looms

The Department of Labor & Industries announced Nov. 30 that the proposed 7.6 percent average increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums will indeed take effect January 1 2010. The increased rate remains unchanged from the amount originally proposed by the Department in October desp...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Workers' Comp Release Takes Effect for Retainage on Public Work

L&I can now collect unpaid workers’ comp premiums from the retainage funds kept by a public agency on most prevailing wage projects. Upon completion of a contract over $35000 the new law requires the public agency that contracted the project to notify both L&I and the state Department of...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Earl Bell, Long-Time Staff Member and Friend to AGC, Passed Away

It was with a great deal of sadness that the AGC of Washington members and staff learned of the loss of one of its long-time staff members Earl Bell to cancer on November 6. Earl had been living in Arizona with his wife Robynn since he retired from AGC in 1995. Earl was born in Gresham Oregon No...
Posted on 11/18/2009