Enforcement of Electrical Inspections for Tower Cranes Expected

Many cities will now start to enforce a law regarding electrical inspections and tower cranes that has been on the books for years. The Department of Labor and Industries and the cities that have electrical jurisdiction recently determined that enforcement had fallen through the cracks due to ov...
Posted on 12/16/2008

Workers' Comp Fraud is the Topic of Brown Bag Event

Do you have questions regarding management of workers comp claims or fraud? If so you are invited to AGCs second Brown Bag event. At the first Brown Bag workers comp fraud was raised as a particularly challenging issue. For the Jan. 8 event (11 a.m. AGC Conference Center Seattle) experienced L...
Posted on 12/16/2008

AGC Welcomes New Members

Welcome to our new member companies!Seattle District - AssociateHungry Buzzard Recovery LLCMr. Marc Christiansen1912 - 192nd St. NE Bothell WA 98082Cell: 206.718.1741Fax: 425.489.9245Specialty: Roll off containers for collection of construction recyclables.Southern District - SubcontractorGround ...
Posted on 12/16/2008

Workers' Comp Premiums Increasing by 3 Percent

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) said premiums for workers compensation insurance will go up on average three percent in 2009. Individual employers could see their rates go up or down depending on their recent claims history and any changes in the frequency and cost of claims in ...
Posted on 12/16/2008

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 Education Foundation - Upcoming Classes

CTS Unit A: Reading Blueprints (T/Th 1/6-2/5) 5pm-8pm TacomaThis is the first unit in the Construction Technical Skills estimating program. Gain confidence when working with plans. This course thoroughly introduces construction drawing organization. Learn how to find desired information in drawi...
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

AGC Members Receive \Best Of\ Awards

Congratulations to these AGC members that were recently honored with Northwest Construction magazines Best of Washington awards which recognize construction and design excellence: AMEC Earth and Environmental Inc.; BNBuilders Inc.; Hermanson Company LLP; Lakeside Industries; McKinstry Co.; MidMou...
Posted on 12/16/2008

2009 Annual Convention - Registration Now Open!

On January 23 2009 the AGC will be having its Annual Convention that includes a newly expanded program. With a noon-til-late timeframe the day will include sessions to help you maneuver the challenging economic times not to mention the customary delectable dinner national speaker and fun Stanisla...
Posted on 11/25/2008

Holiday Spirit - AGC Members Fill Tacoma Food Bank

  (AGC member Gordon Williams of F.S. & G.S. Services is seen packing a truck that his company donates for food bank use. Williams and two of his staff people deliver donated food purchased by AGC member contributions.) By Tim Attebery AGC Southern District Manager As the 2...
Posted on 11/25/2008

AGC Introduces New Staff

  AGC introduces Chris Whitten...Chris has been working in the accounting department part time and just recently came aboard the staff as a full time accountant. He handles all of the accounts payable and accounts receivable here so if you have any questions about an invoice or...
Posted on 11/25/2008

Upcoming Classes: Surviving a Recession; Ten Key Topics for a Construction Supervisor

PROSPERING IN CYCLICAL MARKETS: How to Survive a Recession in the Construction IndustryDec. 3 2008 12-4 p.m. SEATTLEThe construction economy today is certainly a different one than just six months ago. Dr. Schleifer will arm you for the challenges ahead with clear and tested methods to prepare f...
Posted on 11/24/2008

How to Survive a Recession in the Construction Industry - Dec. 3

AGC and AGC Education Foundation present a special course for top execs of firms of all sizes. Turn-around expert Dr. Thomas Schleifer will arm you for the challenges ahead with tested methods to prepare for - and prosper during - market changes. For info and registration visit Survive Recessio...
Posted on 11/24/2008

Statewide Election Recap: Silver Lining?

  AGC Legislative Counsel Van Collins with Rep. Judy Warnick (R-13) and Rep.-Elect Bruce Dammeier (R-25) at BUILD PACs Nov. 10 Candidates Breakfast. Warnick and Dammeier won their races with the support of BUILD PAC. On Nov. 4 the nation experienced a blue tide that carri...
Posted on 11/24/2008

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

Construction Industry Salary Guide

The Annual Construction Industry Salary Guide and Tools of the Trade is now available. Produced by Moss Adams LLP with the support of the AGC Chapters in Washington Oregon and Idaho the Salary Guide provides comprehensive data on salary and benefits for executive management financial administrat...
Posted on 11/24/2008

2009 AGC Membership Directory - Make Sure You're Included!

Planning for the next directory is underway! You should have received your update form in the mail at the end of Oct. If you havent already returned your form please do so by Friday Dec. 5. And remember that the directory information is used with the Find a Contractor feature of the AGC websit...
Posted on 11/24/2008

AGC Safety Events Focus on Fall Protection and Tower Cranes

Mark your calendars as the AGC Safety Department will be hosting safety forums around the state! No need to register all are welcome. For more info on these events contact AGC Safety Director Mandi Kime at mkime@agcwa.com or 206.284.0061. Steve Heist Construction Safety & Health Specialist...
Posted on 11/24/2008

Statewide Election Recap: Silver Lining?

Last Tuesday the nation experienced a blue wave that carried Democrats to the White House and to ever-larger margins in the U.S. House and Senate. But that wave seemed to ebb a bit as it reached Washington State. Despite big gains for Democrats nationally Republicans may end up picking up a sea...
Posted on 11/11/2008

U.S. DOL Issues Revised Apprenticeship Regulations

On Oct. 29 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule revising the federal regulations (29 CFR part 29) that implement the National Apprenticeship Act. The first overhaul of the regulations in 30 years substantially changes both how an apprentice can become a journeyworker and ...
Posted on 11/11/2008

Construction Forecast - A Short and Long Range View - Nov. 18

What does the States anticipated 4 billion $ budget deficit mean for construction? What does Bellevue see for building activity in 2009 and 2010? Will traditional markets keep Contractors employed over time? What will be the construction impacts of growth in the regions global health and green...
Posted on 11/11/2008

As Work Slows Down, Workers' Comp Claims Tend to Increase

By Randy Guzman AGCs Assistant Safety Director Though the economy may be slowing down it is NOT a good idea to take short-cuts on safety. As worker-hours decrease youll actually want to increase your safety training and awareness. Historically as work starts to slow down the number of workers ...
Posted on 11/11/2008

Safety Tips: Cell Phones and Winter Weather Preparation

By Mandi Kime AGCs Safety Director Help Emergency Responders Help You! Did you know that when emergency responders happen upon an unconscious victim the first thing they look for is a cell phone to identify the individual and their next of kin for medical information? When they look for whom to...
Posted on 11/11/2008

AGC Welcomes a New Member Company

Welcome to our new member company! Southern District - General ContractorParsons Construction GroupMr. J.C. Brummond1216 - 140th Ave. Ct. E Sumner WA 98390Phone: 800.848.3777Fax: 253.859.5702Email: jc.brummond@parsons.comSpecialty: Heavy Civil transportation water wastewater.
Posted on 11/10/2008

AGC Dues Discount Opportunity

Take advantage of a 2 percent discount by paying your AGC dues in full by Dec. 10! Invoices for the 2009 AGC membership dues are in the mail and are due by Jan. 15. Pay early and save 2 percent!
Posted on 11/10/2008