October 11, 2017
Association Highlights
 
Sell Out Crowd! The AGC of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee CLC Host Jobsite Tour of the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena

On October 12th, the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) hosted a jobsite tour for the local AGC Student Chapters at the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena. The project is being managed by member company Mortenson Construction, which recently celebrated the half-way point of the project with a successful topping off ceremony.

The Milwaukee CLC continues to grow as it approaches its fifteen-year anniversary. One of its core purposes is developing tomorrow’s industry leaders today. Working closely with the local student chapters at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Marquette University, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee CLC is a conduit for the AGC of Greater Milwaukee’s members to develop tomorrow’s construction industry leaders by promoting knowledge and opportunity through networking, education, and community service.

The tour was followed by a networking reception at the Red Rock Saloon, a few blocks from the jobsite, compliments of the event’s sponsors CG Schmidt, Inc., Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., Mortenson Construction and iSqFt.

For additional information about the CLC, contact Nathan Jurowski at njurowski@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4104.

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AGC-GM Collectively Bargained Wage Settlements Lower Than National Average

As compared to the September 2017 Settlements Report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), the Milwaukee Area wage settlements are coming below the national average for the six basic trades that the AGC of Greater Milwaukee participates in collective bargaining.

In its most recent Settlements Report, distributed by the AGC of America, the CLRC analyzed eighteen (18) separate construction related crafts. Included in these classifications are the six trades for which the AGC of Greater Milwaukee participates in collective bargaining, which includes the: Bricklayers, Carpenters, Cement Masons, Iron Workers, Laborers and Operating Engineers.

As a whole, the wage package settlement increases associated with these six trades in Milwaukee is below the national average for 2017 and 2018, both in terms of dollars and as a percentage.

The full September 2017 Settlements Report, and other collectively bargained wage and fringe data, is available to AGC Members by logging into the AGC of America website. 

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Member Spotlight - CG Schmidt
Focus on diversity helps CG Schmidt deliver a first-rate workforce for signature projects

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter, John Schmid, recently featured CG Schmidt as the 2017 Deloitte Wisconsin 75 Diversity Award recipient for brining diversity to the Northwestern Mutual Office Tower Project. 

CG Schmidt exceeded diversity quotas and brought jobs to hard-hit area...read full article.  

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New York Times gushes about Milwaukee's downtown renaissance

Milwaukee Business Journal Senior Reporter, Rich Kirchen, reports that "A New York Times columnist gushes about Milwaukee’s downtown renaissance, which the writer says brought new life to what formerly was 'an expanse of wide, windy, forlorn avenues.'”

The “Square Feet” column by Keith Schneider in today's Business Day section of the Times essentially agrees with Mayor Tom Barrett’s pep talks about the surge in capital spending downtown in recent years. The headline: “In the Heart of Milwaukee, a Gleaming Tower Leads an Urban Renewal.”  

Read full Biz Journal article.  

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Racine County, Mount Pleasant sign 'memorandum of understanding' with Foxconn

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that "Racine County, Mount Pleasant and a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group have signed a “memorandum of understanding” on the company’s plans to build, with extensive public assistance, a huge electronics manufacturing campus in the village." Read full article.

 

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Presentation - The Risk of Design Liabiltiy
Mark your calendar, the AGC's Lunch and Learn Series continues November 8th

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee invites you to attend our next Lunch and Learn program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., November 8, 2017, where we will host guest speaker, Brian Pfeil, litigation attorney with member firm Davis & Kuelthau, S.C., to lead a discussion designed to help contractors identify and develop practical steps to reduce or avoid these risks. Attendees will learn practices, protocols and procedures that can help you avoid unnecessarily incurring this additional liability.

This program will review contract terms and conditions, plans and specifications, and changes that can saddle construction managers and general contractors with liability for design defects. In-house lawyers and risk managers may not always have the expertise or time to review plans or specifications, nor be there to advise the field every time a client asks for a little help in dealing with design omissions or unforeseen site conditions.

For more information about this and other educational programs, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in November


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

November 2017

For a complete list of this semester's classes or to Register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at

kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
November 1st
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Employers do have rights during the inspection process, but you must be aware of what they are if you hope to exercise them.  As OSHA continues to change the way it does business, it’s more likely your jobsite will be inspected.  The more you know about handling an OSHA inspection, the more likely your experience will be less painful and costly.  This course will help you find out what you might be doing that catches the eye of the trained OSHA inspector and how to successfully navigate your way through the inspection process.
 
Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone who works on jobsites and is especially beneficial to field supervisors and their crews.


Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
November 2nd
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the New Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November of 2010, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must:  be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and the limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard. 
Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signal person duties on construction jobsites.  

 

STP 2: Communication
November 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their jobsite.
Unit 2 Explores:
• Effective Communication
• Learn to Listen
• Carrying on Conversations
• Persuasion, Negotiation, and Confrontation
• Communicate with Your Crew
• Putting it in Writing
• Meetings that Work
• Electronic Communication
• Improving Communication

 

OSHA’s New Silica Standard
November 7th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.  Find out what this new standard means to your operation.

 

The Risk of Design Liability
November 8th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75

This program will review contract terms and conditions, plans and specifications, and changes that can saddle construction managers and general contractors with liability for design defects. In-house lawyers and risk managers may not always have the expertise or time to review plans or specifications, nor be there to advise the field every time a client asks for a little help in dealing with design omissions or unforeseen site conditions. 

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is designing a program to help contractors identify and develop practical steps to reduce or avoid these risks. You will learn practices, protocols and procedures that can help you avoid unnecessarily incurring this additional liability. 

 

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
November 28th, 30th & December 5th, 7th
 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. 


For a complete list of this semester's classes or to Register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at

kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

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AGC WebEd: DOL Training on Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Federal Contractors
November 8, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The requirement for federal contractors to provide seven days (56 hours) of paid leave to employees for sickness and other purposes went into effect on January 1, 2017. On this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will provide training developed to assist federal contractors with compliance and offer clarity on the specifics of the new requirement.

This requirement only applies to direct federal contractors (those with prime or subcontracts with or through a federal agency—i.e., Army Corps, Navy, U.S. General Services Administration, and so forth). The requirement DOES NOT apply to prime or subcontracts with or through state departments of transportation.  

This training will provide an overview of the following topics:

1. Coverage
2. Exclusions from Coverage
3. Accrual and Use of Paid Sick Leave
4. Prohibited Actions and Violation under EO 13706

Click here to register or for more information.

For more information, contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or 703-837-5382.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Sell Out Crowd! The AGC of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee CLC Host Jobsite Tour of the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena
AGC-GM Collectively Bargained Wage Settlements Lower Than National Average
Member Spotlight - CG Schmidt
New York Times gushes about Milwaukee's downtown renaissance
Racine County, Mount Pleasant sign 'memorandum of understanding' with Foxconn
Presentation - The Risk of Design Liabiltiy
AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in November
AGC WebEd: DOL Training on Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Federal Contractors
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