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

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

AGC of America joins Hiring Our Heroes program to add 100K vets to workforce

AGC of America announced that it is joining the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100000 veterans over five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find recruit and hire veterans association officials add...
Posted on: 06/10/2014

Help stop NLRB's “ambush” election rule

The NLRB has re-issued a proposed rule on representation-case procedures with a public comment deadline of Monday April 7. It mirrors a 2011 “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule that was ultimately invalidated by a court. To take action click ambush rule.
Posted on: 04/02/2014

AGC working on several labor-related bills

Several labor-related bills – some opposed by AGC some supported – are still alive in the current legislative session. Below is a recap; for additional information contact Van Collins at 360 352 5000360 352 5000.AGC supports:SB 5125 – Changes the statutory definition of occupational disease so th...
Posted on: 02/17/2014

AGC testifies on a flurry of labor bills

AGC opposes bills to increase apprentice utilization mandate paid vacation leave and mandate certified payrolls on public projects and supports bills to clarify independent contractor rules. Apprentice UtilizationHB 2526 would make any bidder “non-responsible” that does not meet apprenticeship u...
Posted on: 01/31/2014

Can a contractor be forced to pay twice for a subcontractor's employee benefits? Washington Supreme Court to decide (again).

By James R. Lynch Ahlers & Cressman PLLC(Editor’s note: Oral arguments can be viewed on TVW here.)In the first case of its Winter 2014 term the Washington State Supreme Court is considering whether an employee benefits trust may use the Washington public works bond and retention statutes to p...
Posted on: 01/21/2014

L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability, Lower Costs

L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability Lower Costs Editor’s note: We asked the Department of Labor & Industry Director Joel Sacks to answer a few questions for this newsletter about his thinking regarding workers’ comp rates. Click here for a separate article about the propos...
Posted on: 10/08/2013

New Affirmative-Action Rules Finalized

On August 27 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced two final rules that will expand the affirmative-action obligations of direct federal contractors and their subcontractors with regard to veterans and individuals with disabilities. The rules upda...
Posted on: 09/10/2013

74% of Construction Firms Having Trouble Finding Qualified Workers

Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country report that they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by AGC of America. Associa...
Posted on: 09/09/2013

Union Agreements Include Sick Leave Waivers; Others Still Affected

Seattles new paid sick leave ordinance takes effect September 1 and nearly all firms with at least five employees will be affected. Firms headquartered outside Seattle will also be affected if they have employees who perform at least 240 hours of work in the city within a calendar year. During ...
Posted on: 06/26/2012

Tentative Agreements Reached with All Unions

On Friday June 1 AGC reached a tentative agreement with the Carpenters Union. With this agreement negotiations with all five of the basic crafts have been completed. The Laborers Teamsters Operating Engineers and Cement Masons agreed to tentative agreements earlier last week. Common elements i...
Posted on: 06/05/2012

Labor Negotiations Update

by Doug Peterson AGC Labor Relations Director With labor contracts expiring May 31 2012 negotiations with the Carpenters Cement Masons Laborers Operating Engineers and Teamsters continue. Meetings are scheduled with all five unions into the final two weeks of the May. Even though no wage incre...
Posted on: 05/21/2012

Court Grants Injunction on NLRB Posting Rule

From Denise Gold Associate General Counsel AGC of America April 17 2012: In the continually changing saga of the National Labor Relations Board’s new regulation to require most private-sector employers to post certain notices informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations...
Posted on: 04/17/2012

AGC Talks Taxes, PLAs, Card Check with Members of Congress

As part of the AGC National & Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. AGC of Washington leaders Tom Zamzow (Granite Construction) Pat McGarry (Manson Construction) and Steve Isenhart (Tiger Construction) joined AGC’s Executive Vice President David D’Hondt Government Affairs Director ...
Posted on: 10/05/2010

Labor Update: Negotiations with Laborers and Teamsters Continue

By Doug Peterson AGC’s Director of Labor Relations The 2010 labor negotiations continue into October. The labor contracts for the five basic crafts Carpenters Cement Masons Laborers Operating Engineers and Teamsters were up for negotiations this year. The anniversary date for the labor agreeme...
Posted on: 10/04/2010

National AGC Persuades Corps of Engineers to Withdraw PLA Requirement

By Marco Giamberardino Senior Director Federal and Heavy Construction Division AGC of America Solicitations requiring bidders on certain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) construction projects to submit an executed project labor agreement (PLA) prompted AGC of America to write and call agency...
Posted on: 08/24/2010

Carpenters and Cement Masons Ratify Two-Year Agreement

The negotiations between AGC of Washington and the Carpenters and Cement Mason Unions have been successfully completed. The Carpenters extended the current wages and fringes with no increase for the final two years until May 31 2012. The Cement Masons agreement will freeze the total wage fringe...
Posted on: 07/13/2010

Operating Engineers Ratify Two-Year Agreement

The negotiations between AGC of Washington and the Operating Engineers union have been successfully completed with the ratification of an agreement by Local 302 and Local 612 membership. Recognizing the current economic conditions the Union and AGC representing its contractor members have agreed...
Posted on: 06/29/2010

Tentative Agreements Reached with OE and Carpenters

By Doug Peterson AGC’s Director of Labor Relations The Negotiating Committees for the Operating Engineers and Carpenters report that they have reached tentative agreements with their respective unions. Operating Engineers The Operating Engineers completed the final year of a three year agreeme...
Posted on: 06/15/2010

New PLA for Port of Seattle Escalator Project

The Port of Seattle negotiated a new PLA agreement with Labor for the upcoming $40 million Escalator Modernization Contract at SeaTac Airport. Despite substantial discussions with the AGC/POS Best Practices committee the new agreement is little improved over the previous document and unfortunatel...
Posted on: 05/25/2010

Members Invited to Labor Negotiation Meetings

Mike Tucci of Tucci and Sons Chair of AGC Labor Committee has announced a series of meetings to discuss the upcoming 2010 Labor Negotiations with the five basic crafts. The purpose of the meetings is to update signatory contractors on strategies and schedules for negotiations and to provide an op...
Posted on: 02/02/2010

Members Invited to Labor Negotiation Meetings

Mike Tucci of Tucci and Sons Chair of the AGC of Washington Labor Committee has announced a series of meetings to discuss the upcoming 2010 Labor Negotiations with the five basic crafts. The purpose of the meetings is to update signatory contractors on strategies and schedules for negotiations an...
Posted on: 01/26/2010

New Prevailing Wage Rates Effective Sept. 2

The Department of Labor and Industries has announced new prevailing wages rates. For a county-by-county breakdown of the new rates click prevailing wage rates.
Posted on: 08/17/2009

Unfunded Family Leave Insurance Kept Alive by Bill

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed SB 6158 which delays the implementation of the family leave program. The Legislature has not been able to find a funding source to support the family leave program since the original legislation was passed in 2007. AGC maintains that the program should...
Posted on: 04/16/2009