Smith, Munro to lead AGC of Washington in 2015

AGC of Washington elected a new group of association officers at its 2015 annual convention held Jan. 23 at Seattle’s Four Seasons Hotel. The association welcomed Gary Smith Lease Crutcher Lewis as president; Nancy Munro MidMountain Contractors as first vice president; Jake Jacobson Osborne Co...
Posted on 02/02/2015

Alaska Business Forum: the economic relationship with Washington's northern trading partner

Launch of the Ties that Bind Report:A first look at the economic relationship with Washington’s northern trading partner-- PLUS the 2015 economic forecast featuring Neal Fried A Seattle Chamber event -- AGC members are welcome to attend;see registration info below. Its been ten years since the ...
Posted on 02/02/2015

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand 2015 payrolls

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only 7 percent expect to reduce headcounts according to survey results released on Jan. 21st by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey conducted as part of Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Constructio...
Posted on 01/30/2015

CITC opens craft-laborers program

As of January 15 2015 CITC has been approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) for a Construction-Craft Laborers apprenticeship program. The new program is statewide which means that if a company participates in their laborers program apprentices can work anywher...
Posted on 01/30/2015

AGC-WSDOT Administrative and Environmental Excellence award winners

Granite Construction Guy F. Atkinson KLB Construction West Company and Spokane Products were among those honored for administrative and environmental excellence by WSDOT and AGC of Washington. Awards were presented at the AGC-WSDOT annual meeting January 8 in Tacoma. Partnership for Excellence i...
Posted on 01/17/2015

Right ways and wrong ways to fund transportation

One of AGCs top legislative priorities is passage of a comprehensive transportation package to address congestion unmet preservation and maintenance needs and freight mobility. One of the big questions is how to pay for a package. Governor Inslee recently introduced a carbon cap-and-trade mechan...
Posted on 01/17/2015

AGC's Government Affairs Committee prepares for new legislative session

AGC’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) recently met to set the stage for AGC’s involvement in the 2015 State legislative session which begins Jan. 12.  Among the issues discussed and policy positions taken by the GAC are:• Prevailing wage   Support legislation to eliminate requirements that app...
Posted on 01/06/2015

Pension reform passage is culmination of years of labor and management cooperation

Thanks to a huge push by AGC of America and its members Congress recently passed legislation to revamp the multiemployer-pension program in an attempt to bolster plans that are in dire financial shape. Click multi-employer pension reform.
Posted on 12/17/2014

AGC of America plans legal challenge to “quickie election” rule

NLRB ruling not only makes it easier for unions to organize open-shop contractors it also limits union contractors’ flexibility by converting from 8(f) to 9(a) relationships. Click “ambush election” rule.
Posted on 12/17/2014

Old E-Verify records to be deleted; employers must download historic records prior to Dec. 31

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) effective January 1 2015 E-Verify transaction records more than ten years old will be deleted from the system. As a result employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to cases created prior t...
Posted on 12/09/2014

2015 workers' comp rates will be lower than first proposed

The average increase in workers’ compensation premiums in 2015 will be less than half of the amount initially proposed. L&I recently announced a final average increase of 0.8 percent.Among construction classifications the rates will range from a 14 percent decrease for Overhead Power and Tran...
Posted on 12/05/2014

Immigration: AGC supports earned path to legalization; says executive order makes bipartisan reform difficult

AGC of America released the following statement regarding the President’s Nov. 20 immigration executive order:For over a decade when the Bush Administration began its push for immigration reform through today AGC has supported comprehensive immigration reform. That support included an endorsement...
Posted on 11/21/2014

AGC'S BUILD PAC instrumental in maintaining Senate's Majority Coalition Caucus

We did it! And couldn’t have done it without your help! With AGC’S BUILD PAC members help we were instrumental in helping maintain the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) in the Senate.During the 2014 general election we had a success rate of over 91% and invested more than $84000 in business-friendl...
Posted on 11/10/2014

Federal Facilities presentation materials now available

Presentation and handout materials from the November 5 Federal Facilities Three-Year Outlook meeting at AGC Seattle are now available on AGCs Wheres the Work? page here including materials from NAVFAC the Army Corps of Engineers and the US Coast Guard. See the New Presentations section in the mid...
Posted on 11/06/2014

AGC Health Plan first to be approved by State Insurance Commissioner

According to an Oct. 29 2014 press release issued the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has approved UnitedHealthcare of Washington Inc.s 2014 association health plan for Associated General Contractors of Washington. This is the first approval for the more th...
Posted on 10/30/2014

Current-law transportation budget funds 520, tunnel, preservation/maintenance

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Posted on 10/27/2014

AGC calls for additional workers' comp reforms at rate hearing

(Editor’s note: For the proposed 2015 workers’-comp premium rates per job classification click here.)AGC called for additional reforms of the state’s workers’ compensation system during rate hearings held by the Department of Labor and Industries.“A significant problem within our system is our hi...
Posted on 10/27/2014

Important union-benefit trust seminar, Nov. 14

If you are a union contractor you are responsible for submitting monthly reports to trust administrators for both pension and health trusts. Your company is periodically subject to payroll audits and you may have had to deal with collection attorneys if your trust contributions become delinquent....
Posted on 10/14/2014

Make your voice heard -- vote in the general election

Later this week you will receive your ballot in the mail for the upcoming general election. It is important that you take the time to vote because the control of the Senate stands in the balance. The AGC BUILD PAC’s primary focus for the 2014 elections has been to help the Majority Coalition Cau...
Posted on 10/14/2014

DOE suggests changes to construction stormwater permit

The Construction Stormwater General Permit expires Dec. 31 2015. The Department of Ecology has begun the process of reissuing it and disseminating its list of suggested changes.  Questions for AGC members: 1. Aside from DOE’s suggested changes (see below) are there aspects of the permit which y...
Posted on 10/13/2014

New fiscal year, same old highway trust-fund problems

With October 1 marking the beginning of fiscal year 2015 the 31-member organization Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) urged Congress to find a way to pay for and pass a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible. They cautioned that failure to act would lead to ano...
Posted on 10/13/2014

Construction manager sought for Project Review Committee

The Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is recruiting a construction manager to serve a three-year term on its Project Review Committee. The PRC reviews and approves projects and project teams proposing to use the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) and Design Build (DB) c...
Posted on 10/13/2014

Oct. 28 HR Roundtable: challenges with employee-owner relations

Most employers are well aware that in Washington employees are terminable at will unless agreed otherwise. A little known exception to this rule applies when an employee is also an owner. This may create unanticipated limitations when working relationships sour.  Join us on October 28 as we discu...
Posted on 10/13/2014

Students go hands-on at 2014 Construction Career Day

Hundreds of students from area high schools once again converged on Seattles Magnuson Park on October 9 to get up-close and personal and even hands-on with a wide range of construction trades. Students tried their hand at activities such as laying mortar on brick survey map reading and running a ...
Posted on 10/13/2014

AGC opposes specialty-sub requirement on public projects

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Posted on 10/03/2014