Senate Passes Bill to Expand Apprenticeship Quotas to Higher Ed

The State Senate passed legislation opposed by AGC which extends apprenticeship quota requirements to higher education projects and adds violations of apprentice regulations as elements in both determining bidder responsibility as well as a possible Prevailing Wage strike for bidding eligibility ...
Posted on: 03/17/2009

Card Check Bill Mandates Binding Arbitration after 120 Days

With the election of President Barak Obama and the House and Senate moving to the control of the Democrats many of the legislative initiatives of organized labor will come to the forefront in 2009. Of President Obamas first actions two were issues pushed by the Unions - the Fair Pay Act (Lilly L...
Posted on: 03/10/2009

Apprentice Bill Improved but Still Problematic

Legislation regarding apprentices has been improved but is still being opposed by AGC. The original Bill SB 5873 would have required that apprentices be used for at least 15 percent of the labor hours of each trade or craft on public works projects with apprentice utilization requirements instea...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Sound Transit to Reinstate Mandatory PLA Requirement on U Link Project

As reported previously in AGC Works (see article here) President Obama rescinded the Bush Administration Executive order prohibiting mandatory Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on projects with federal funds. Last Thursday Sound Transit announced its intention to require a PLA on the U-Link projec...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Apprentice Quota Bill Requires 15 Percent of Hours for Each Trade or Craft

Bill SB 5873 requires among other things that apprentices must be used for at least 15 percent of the labor hours of each trade or craft on public works projects with apprentice utilization requirements instead of 15 percent of the total labor hours. Plus contracts awarded by state four-year inst...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

Obama Signs Executive Orders Undoing Bush's Support for Open Shop

By Judd Lees Williams Kastner During his two terms in office President Bush did not make many friends of organized labor when he passed several Executive Orders which appeared to open up federally-funded projects to open shop contractors. One in particular did away with project labor agreements...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

Three Specialty Trades Reach Contract Agreement

The Ironworkers ratified a three year agreement by a four to one margin. This concluded the construction industry contract negotiation season for this year. Earlier this summer the plumbers and pipefitters and the sprinkler fitters reached agreement. The only negotiation which resulted in a st...
Posted on: 08/20/2008

Pension Plans for Five Basic Crafts Appear in Good Shape

By Doug Peterson AGCs Director of Labor Relations Construction professionals and craftsmen work hard for many years and deserve a decent retirement benefit. So given the volatility of the stock market over the last few years its prudent to ask: How are the pension plans co-sponsored by AGC far...
Posted on: 07/08/2008

US Supreme Court Decision May Kill WA State Union Neutrality Proposal

The US Supreme Court struck down 7-2 a California law imposing union neutrality requirements on employers doing business with the state. As reported by the Association of Washington Business this long awaited decision Chamber of Commerce v. Brown ought to tamp down the top legislative priority o...
Posted on: 06/24/2008

Court Upholds Protection Against Liens if Subs Do Not Pay Trust Funds

By Jesse Miller Stanislaw Ashbaugh Washington law continues to protect prime contractors from claims by employee benefit trust funds against general contractors payment bonds or retainage funds when subcontractors fail to pay their trust fund contributions. In 1994 in Puget Sound Electrical Wor...
Posted on: 06/24/2008