Broader Implications from Judge's Maury Island Ruling?

Just as Glacier Northwest was preparing to resume construction of a replacement barge loading dock at its Maury Island facility a federal judge halted further work when he ruled that the Corps of Engineers conducted an inadequate assessment of the potential environmental impacts on Puget Sound. G...
Posted on: 08/18/2009

False Claims Legislation Could Put Contractors in Catch-22

Senate Bill 5144 known as the False Claims Act is vigourlusly opposed by AGC. The legislation says that a person who knowingly presents or assists in the presentation of a false or fraudulent claim that results in losses to a state or local government entity of at least $1000 is liable for a civ...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

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

The (So-Called) Employee Free Choice Act: What You Need to Know Now

Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act could bring about major changes in labor law that will make 9(a) union organizing much easier. Join AGC for a webinar that will discuss the myths and facts surrounding this bill and explain how it could affect your company and what you should do to prepare....
Posted on: 12/16/2008

AGC Launches \We Are Ready\ Campaign

A message to members from AGC of America: On Dec. 11 AGC of America launched a new national effort to ensure that Congress and the President-elect understand the vital need for investing in infrastructure as part of the pending stimulus package. The centerpiece of this effort is frankly you. As ...
Posted on: 12/16/2008

Case Illustrates the Need for Speed When Challenging Land Use Decisions

By John Riper A new case from the Washington appellate courts illustrates how owners and contractors may have only days to react to governmental actions such as red tags and violation notices or be forever barred from challenging those determinations. The case involved the remodel of an existin...
Posted on: 11/24/2008

Never on Sunday – Termination and Layoff Advice

On Oct. 28 12-2 pm in the AGC Conference room Seattle the HR Roundtable will host Sheryl Willert Firm Managing Director of Williams Kastner and a leading labor attorney. The challenging economy may force you to make some difficult employment decisions and this session will prepare you to take me...
Posted on: 10/14/2008

Responsible Bidder Criteria Showing Up in Bid Documents

House Bill 2010 passed last year by the Legislature allows public agencies to add applicable responsible bidder criteria for specific projects. Recently both King County and Community Transit have used these criteria as included in their bid documents to eliminate otherwise qualified bidders. T...
Posted on: 07/22/2008

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

State Supreme Court Deals Blow to UI System, Employers

As reported by the Association of Washington Business in a recent unanimous opinion that is nothing short of astonishing the Washington Supreme Court bluntly erased a thoroughly negotiated battleground tested foundational component of our states Unemployment Insurance system -- its statutory excl...
Posted on: 06/24/2008