Court issues nationwide stay of EPA/Corps' “Waters of the US” regulation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a nationwide stay of the new federal regulation redefining "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.
Posted on 11/03/2015

Volunteers needed for AGC of America’s Environmental Steering Committee

Each year AGC of America seeks nominations for qualified and motivated individuals from the AGC Environmental Forum to serve on the steering committee for the forum. Would you like to play a leadership role in AGC of America’s environmental advocacy, education and outreach efforts?
Posted on 11/03/2015

Make your voice heard — VOTE!

You should have received your ballot in the mail for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3. It is important that you take the time to vote -- and before you do, check out AGC's BUILD PAC's endorsement list.
Posted on 10/22/2015

Looking ahead to 2016

Legislators are already looking ahead to the 2016 elections which will be a very big deal for our state Legislature. All 98 members of the State House and 25 member of the State Senate are up for election plus all of the statewide races such as Governor and Lt. Governor.
Posted on 10/22/2015

Talk to your employees about the election!

Let your employees know who you will be voting for and why. Research tells us that 4 out of 5 employees want information from their employers about candidates and elections.
Posted on 10/22/2015

Shortfall could put cleanup and new construction on hold

Washington State Department of Ecology has suggested that many projects to clean up contaminated sites – and redevelopment that could follow the cleanup – could be put on hold due to a shortfall in the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) account.
Posted on 10/19/2015

AGCWA leaders visit Congress to urge passage of highway bill, pension reform

Act now! All members of the U.S. House of Representatives need to hear from their constituents that any further extensions are unacceptable.
Posted on 10/13/2015

L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers’-comp rates for 2016

The Department of Labor and Industries proposed a two percent average increase in workers’ comp rates for next year.
Posted on 10/13/2015

Having trouble finding qualified workers? You’re not alone!

An overwhelming majority of construction firms report trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots as demand for construction continues to rebound in many parts of the country, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by AGC of America.
Posted on 10/13/2015

Make your voice be heard: VOTE!

Late next week, you will receive your ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. AGC’s BUILD PAC 2015 general-election endorsements are listed here.
Posted on 10/13/2015

October Retro Think-Tank meeting schedule announced

Mark your calendar and don’t miss your upcoming October EMR Think Tank meeting! You can leave the meetings with your 2016 proposed EMR and valuable information that will save you time and money by lowering your L&I rates and maximizing your premium refund.
Posted on 09/28/2015

NLRB’s joint-employer decision could have implications in construction

While employers were troubled by the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to issue a complaint against McDonald’s last year based on the alleged unfair labor relations acts of its franchisors, the Board’s pending Browning-Ferris decision represented more potential downside for the construction industry based on the Board’s potential expansion of the definition of “joint employers.”
Posted on 09/28/2015

AGC of America comments on CMGC proposal

The MAP-21 transportation bill allows states to use the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC, also known as GCCM) contracting method for Federal-aid highway projects. The Federal Highway Administration has now proposed the regulations that will govern how this contracting method can be used.
Posted on 09/28/2015

Comment sought for proposed State Building Code Council rules

The State Building Code Council (SBCC) is conducting rulemaking to update the State Building Code. The council is seeking public comments on proposed rules through Oct. 23.
Posted on 09/28/2015

State Supreme Court rules that gas tax rebates to Tribes are constitutional

AGC and allies within the business community lost a legal battle recently when the State Supreme Court ruled that gas-tax rebates to tribes are constitutional.
Posted on 09/28/2015

Is your subcontractor an ‘independent contractor'? GCs could be at risk.

The DOL now says carpenters, construction workers and electricians may be misclassified as independent contractors, and that most workers are employees.
Posted on 09/28/2015

Washington State still has highest workers' comp benefit costs

Latest figures show that Washington States benefits costs per worker are the highest in the nation at $827.
Posted on 08/25/2015

Is your subcontractor an 'independent contractor?' GCs could be at risk.

The DOL now says carpenters construction workers and electricians may be misclassified as independent contractors and that most workers are employees.
Posted on 08/25/2015

US Senate passes long-term highway bill; focus now on the House

The US Senate passed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill – the first time in years that an actual long-term bill was passed rather than a “kick the can down the road” short-term fix. Now it’s up to the House.
Posted on 08/07/2015

All endorsed candidates advance after primary

All of the state and local candidates endorsed by AGC’s BUILD PAC survived the August 4 primary and will appear on the November ballot.
Posted on 08/07/2015

New SEPA exemptions for structurally deficient bridges

Planning is now underway for new SEPA exemptions for certain structurally deficient bridges.
Posted on 08/25/2015

Inslee creates subcabinet to boost business diversity

Gov. Jay Inslee convened a new subcabinet focused on increasing access for small and minority- women- and veteran-owned businesses to contracting opportunities with Washington State government. The Governor said diverse businesses make up only about 1 percent of the $6.1 billion that the state s...
Posted on 08/07/2015

Gov. Inslee developing regulatory cap on carbon emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee recently directed the state Department of Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. The Governor said the regulatory cap on carbon emissions would force a significant reduction in air pollution and will be the...
Posted on 08/07/2015

2015 Construction Adventure Camp wows kids once again

The AGC Education Foundation recently completed its 2015 Construction Adventure Camp with students getting plenty of hands-on science technology engineering and math experience. Photo: Students from the Seattle Nativity School enjoy hands-on construction experience as they build their toolchests...
Posted on 08/07/2015

Volunteer sought for soil and sediment workgroup

AGC is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Soil and Sediment Workgroup a committee established by the Department of Ecology for the purposes of providing input on new solid-waste rulemaking activity. The workgroup will be creating definitions of clean soil which will include numeric analytica...
Posted on 07/27/2015