September 2, 2014
Associatioin Highlights
 
AGC's Private Insurance Exchange Goes Live
The AGC Alternative Features Comprehensive Insurance Coverage from Aetna, MetLife and Group Vision Service

The AGC Alternative, AGC’s private insurance exchange, has begun offering AGC member firms quotes for coverage.  The private exchange, developed in collaboration with Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, features comprehensive insurance coverage from Aetna, MetLife and Group Vision Service as part of its introductory suite of benefits.  MetLife will offer dental, life, disability and legal service coverage while Group Vision Service will offer vision coverage.  Willis of Maryland, Inc., a licensed insurance producer, will act as the broker of record for all insurance products offered on the new AGC private exchange.

The exchange was designed to reduce costs and the administrative burdens for AGC members that provide insurance benefits.  Because the exchange offers a broader range of options than typically available to individual firms, employers and their employees will get more of the benefits that meet their particular needs. And, instead of struggling with unpredictable insurance premiums, employers will be able to define the amount they will provide to their employees for health and other insurance benefits and then direct their employees to an online store where they will have more options than they have had in the past.  State-of-the-art technology also gives employees the flexibility and guidance they need to choose a comprehensive benefits portfolio tailored to fit their individual needs.  AGC’s new exchange will also make it easier for firms to comply with the Affordable Care Act. 

AGC member firms with 100 or more employees in all states may obtain a quote from Willis at this time.  In addition, firms with 10 - 99 employees in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin may submit a request for a quote at this time.  Aetna will begin quoting groups below 100 employees once they receive state approval by state.  Willis anticipates this to be in mid-to-late September.  Willis is asking these interested groups to go ahead and submit their requests now so that they will be ready to quote once the approval is received.

For more information about The AGC Alternative or to get a quote, watch the video here, visit www.agc.org/exchange or call Willis at 1-800-210-5290.

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Register This Week for the CLC Networking Event (Registration Closes Friday!)

The CLC invites you and a guest to an evening of food, fun, and socializing on Wednesday, September 10th at Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in the Historic Pabst Brewery Redevelopment! This event is a member favorite, because this event provides an excellent means to strengthen your professional network in a fun, friendly & relaxed atmosphere. It’s work that feels like fun!

Appetizers will be provided along with a Deluxe Build-Your-Own Slider Bar. This event is a cash bar with our own designated cocktail servers. We would like to thank our Early Bird Food Sponsors, CornerStone Plumbing and JM Brennan, Inc.! If you would like to help sponsor this event, please contact Brian Eigenfeld for details using the contact information below.

This event has proven to be one of our more popular events, so be sure to sign up ASAP!

RSVP by Friday, September 5th by fax at (414) 778-4119, or by email at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org

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Take Action: Ban Reverse Auctions for Construction

Urge your Senators to ban federal agencies from procuring construction services through reverse auctions.

The Senate is currently considering amendments to its version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The House passed its NDAA bill in May, which included an AGC-supported provision that would help ban federal reverse auctions for construction services.

AGC wants to ensure that the Senate, like the House, hears the construction industry’s voice on reverse auctions. To do so, please take action and contact your Senators. It can help improve the construction contracting environment by prohibiting federal reverse auctions for construction once and for all.

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AGC Calls for Storm Water Systems to be Excluded from “Waters of the United States”

AGC and 11 other groups active in the real estate development, construction, and management fields called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to categorically exclude municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) from being considered “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) in official comments submitted to the agencies’ proposed rulemaking.

The proposed rule, published for comment in April, redefines “waters of the U.S.” and for the first time includes a definition for tributary, characterizing it by “the presence of a bed and banks and ordinary high water mark” and stating specifically “a tributary … can be a natural, man-altered, or man-made water and includes waters such as rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, impoundments, canals, and ditches…” With this categorical inclusion of ditches, many that discharge stormwater into MS4s (which themselves are already regulated under different parts of the Clean Water Act) are left wondering if they face the double regulation of both what goes in to an MS4 as well as what comes out of one.

The groups point out in their comments that “nowhere does EPA specifically address ditches that are components in permitted MS4s” and states “to the extent that ditches (and other system components) are mapped and identified as part of an MS4, and subject to an NPDES permit governing the MS4 of which they are a part, then such ditches (and components) should not be WOTUS.”

While these comments do not represent the totality of the points the groups, including AGC, wish to raise about the WOTUS rulemaking, it is nevertheless an important enough singular ask that the groups felt comfortable submitting separate comments on this issue specifically. AGC and the members of the Waters Advocacy Coalition will be submitting extensive comments on the entirety of the rule – highlighting the significant process, regulatory, scientific, and economic problems the groups find with the proposed rule. AGC will also be preparing its own set of comments specific to the construction industry. You can easily submit individual comments through AGC’s Regulatory Action Center.

For more information, please contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org.

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Other AGC-A Meetings, Webinars & Conferences

AGC of America offers a wide variety of meetings, events, and seminars for construction professionals that can help you improve every aspect of your business no matter what your interests, business size, or location!

Search the Events Calendar by topic, date and/or location to locate the training you need.

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Upcoming Trainings From The Knowledge Source
 
STP 10: General and Specialty Contractor Dynamics
September 15th, 17th, 22nd & 24th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Dan Burazin and Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

STP promotes an interactive training atmosphere among course participants and employs some of the most dynamic instructors in the construction industry.  Unit ten explores construction systems, contractual relationships, value, impact and quality of specialty subcontractors, selecting specialty contractors, the importance of open communication, mobilization, time management and project closeout.
Intended Audience:  This course was specifically designed for superintendents, foremen, project managers as well as those who aspire to hold these positions in the future.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
September 16th, 18th, 23rd & 25th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $115, Associate - $155, *CBA’s - $175, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Need your OSHA 10-Hour training card to get on the job?  You’ve come to the right place!  This 10-Hour construction safety course was developed by the US Department of Labor to provide construction workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with an awareness of construction safety and health concerns in the construction industry.  All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA standards for construction 23 CFR 1926.  Other construction safety and health standards are also discussed.  Attendees receive an update and review of standard construction safety and health principles and information that prepares them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions.  An OSHA card will be issued. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

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Crane Rigging Training
October 1st, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $75 plus $20 for materials, *CBA’s - $90 plus $30 for materials, Non-Affiliated IAP - $145 plus $40 for materials.
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as a “Qualified Rigger” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course.  Note: This course is four hours in length.  To receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

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Wisconsin Lien Law
October 2nd, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Brian Zimmerman, Hurtado Zimmerman S.C.

The Wisconsin lien law is often misunderstood and misapplied.  The essentials of how and when to prepare lien notices and claims will be reviewed.  Wisconsin’s lien waiver rules will be demystified and current best practices for lien waivers will be explained.  Protecting your lien rights and defending against improper liens is critical.  Whether you are a contractor, a supplier, an owner or their representative, this is the first step to protecting your lien rights.  Don’t be caught off guard!  Attend this seminar and learn strategies for tackling lien issues on any project.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

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STP 7: Accident Prevention and Loss Control
October 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Dan Burazin and Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Unit sevens includes more performance-based concepts, development of a risk management philosophy, focuses on today’s needs for overall site safety management and addresses the cost of accidents and consequences of poor safety performance.
Participants in Unit 7 course will cover:
• An introduction to site safety and health management
• Safety leadership, communication and expectations
• Planning for site safety
• Site safety management
• Site security and projection
• Multi-employer jobsite safety
• Construction risk management
• Safety and human resources
• Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documentation
• Safety reference material and other resources

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

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In the News
 
Drones: Impact for Construction

An article recently posted through AGC-A's IT-forum addresses drones in the construction industry.  An AGC member in Birmingham, AL, has purchased a drone and is using it for videos and pictures.  The question was asked if anyone else is using one.

Here is some of the forum feedback:

-I strongly advise you to ground it.  It’s completely illegal and five figure fines have already been levied by the FAA.  There’s the question of negative publicity and liability also.

-Not sure I see the issue with taking video/pictures of your jobsite

-Seems pretty simple on the surface but does present some things that need serious consideration.  A big one is liability.  We have experience with devices like this (fortunately good to date) but you must consider what could happen when things go wrong.  And they do.  Simple pictures or video of your construction site could become very complicated if you have an accident and someone decides to see how deep your pockets are.  Then there is the privacy concerns for what you might be picking up in the background or individuals on your site that may not like pictures or video of them used in other ways.

Know your local, regional and federal laws and consider using a vendor or subcontractor to perform the services.  Treat them like a subcontractor who must carry the necessary insurance and follow all the details and requirements of your contract agreement.

I love the technology and it can bring some incredible things to the table. Just think outside the box and consider everything before jumping in.

You can access the full magazine article here.

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In This Issue
Associatioin Highlights
AGC's Private Insurance Exchange Goes Live
Register This Week for the CLC Networking Event (Registration Closes Friday!)
Take Action: Ban Reverse Auctions for Construction
AGC Calls for Storm Water Systems to be Excluded from “Waters of the United States”
Other AGC-A Meetings, Webinars & Conferences
Upcoming Trainings From The Knowledge Source
STP 10: General and Specialty Contractor Dynamics
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
Crane Rigging Training
Wisconsin Lien Law
STP 7: Accident Prevention and Loss Control
In the News
Drones: Impact for Construction
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