July 23, 2018
Network while Working on your Short-Game at the AGC Golf Classic

Monday, August 13th at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club

Register today for the Annual AGC Golf Classic!  It will be held Monday, August 13th at the exclusive Wisconsin Country Club.  All proceeds from this event go toward funding scholarships to our local universities for students entering construction studies through the AGC Education & Research Foundation.  Your participation and sponsorship is what makes providing these scholarships possible! With your help, we have raised over $300,000 for scholarship over the past 10 years.

The beautiful Wisconsin Country Club provides 18 challenging holes to test your skills. Attending the AGC Education & Research Foundation Annual Golf Classic provides a great networking opportunity for construction leaders and their staff.  Your fee includes golf, cart, lunch, reception, dinner, day-long refreshments, door prizes and skill prizes.   

Don’t be left out of one of AGC's favorite events of the year! Contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100 to register.

Thank you to all of our sponsors whose support helps us host these great networking events for our industry’s hardworking professionals (become a sponsor).

 

Current Sponsors

Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
AGC Of Greater Milwaukee
Babcock Solutions LLC
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
C.W. Purpero Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Chris Greene, Inc.
Clean Power
Common Links Construction LLC
Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
Hays Companies of Wisconsin
I Sq Ft
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
M.M. Schranz Roofing
Michels Foundations
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Milwaukee Scaffolding Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Nations Roof North LLC
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Professional Service Industries, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Spancrete
The Daily Reporter
United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
Zurich Insurance & Surety

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AGC-GM Workforce Development Initiatives & Programs 2018

Given the vital importance of developing our future workforce, we are providing the following report on AGC’s workforce development activities.  It highlights our involvement, leadership and effort in addressing the critical need for new workers in the construction industry.  With the lack of availability of employable candidates reaching record levels, AGC and the construction industry will need to develop creative means to compete against other industries in attracting talent to our contractors. 

Below are some of the programs we are actively engaged with:

1.    WRTP/BIG STEP
Serving as Co-Chair of this construction workforce development organization, AGC has worked for over two decades to guide their mission in assisting AGC contractors throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.  Additionally, earlier this year, AGC led an initiative that directed WRTP/BIG STEP to open a satellite training facility in Racine to assist contractors with their workforce development needs surrounding the mega Foxconn Project.  This new WRTP/BIG STEP facility located at the Gateway Technical College is preparing individuals for careers in construction.  They are also working closely with the AGC Safety Staff in providing required training in various areas of OSHA safety.

2.    Employ Milwaukee—Construction Advisory Board
Employ Milwaukee is the principal workforce development agency for Milwaukee County. AGC has participated on its Board of Directors for the past ten years, and Chairs its Construction Advisory Board. As the major public workforce development agency in southeastern Wisconsin, Employ Milwaukee receives over $20 million dollars annually from various state and federal government entities as well as private foundations.   AGC’s active participation assures that the necessary amount of attention and funding is directed toward construction workforce development and the needs and interests of the area’s building industry are being met.

3.    Construction Labor Management Council (CLMC)—Workforce Development Committee
As a result of the development of a new strategic plan in March 2018, the CLMC is working to become more relevant in relation to developing a more aggressive approach to workforce development.  As such, they have created two standing committees: the Workforce Development Committee and the Industry Marketing Committee, both of which are principally dedicated to recruiting more individuals into the industry.  The Industry Marketing Committee is currently working to identify a skilled communication/marketing firm that has worked in the construction area and can provide new strategies and experience in social media marketing. As for the Workforce Development Committee, AGC is working with the CLMC and the WRTP/BIG STEP to develop a coordinated approach to youth apprenticeship programs and identify under-employed individuals who could transition to successful careers in construction.

4.    Wisconsin Workforce Development Association—Talent Development Council
Because of our lengthy involvement in workforce development, AGC was recently invited to participate on this new Council which was newly formed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to educate, inform and align efforts on workforce development.  The purpose of this organization is to:

  • Identify talent requirements/needs by sector, skills and occupation
  • Identify existing talent development pipelines in progress
  • Educate public policy makers on workforce development needs and proposals


5.    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction—Career Pathways Program
This organization has asked the AGC to participate in developing strategies and practices that help students get the education and credentials necessary for life after high school.  Their goal is to work with organizations like AGC to increase the number of students that complete career pathways tied to high-skill, high demand jobs (construction), and transform the way career pathways programs are designed so high school students are ready for careers after graduation.

6.    Union/Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs (JATCs)
The AGC through its Union Labor Relations program and Labor Relations staff has been working closely with various Union leaders to step up their activity in workforce recruitment.  Workforce development has been a constant topic in the individual craft labor/management councils.  Additionally, with AGC representatives sitting on Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs, we are working to strengthen the knowledge and capabilities of apprentices to help assure that you are getting the most knowledgeable and productive individuals for your future field staff.

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Connect with the Industry While Taking in a Ball Game!
Register Today for the CLC Brewer's Tailgate Summer Social!

Register before its too late for the AGC Construction Leadership Council at our Summer Social. We'll also be having a Tailgate Party, where we’ll grill out, have a buffet of sides, and set up games and contests to network.

After the tailgate we will take a short hike up to Miller Park where we'll watch our Milwaukee Brewers take on the San Diego Padres. We can cheer them on from our seats in Section 237, the bleachers where fans know how to party!  We want everyone to be included, so your immediate family will be able to attend at the price of your level of membership!  This year, we will be holding a Bags Tournament, with a 50/50 Split between the winners and the AGC Education & Research Foundation towards our CLC Scholarship! 

We are also seeking Food Sponsors for the Tailgate, contact Nathan Jurowski at 414-778-4100 or e-mail njurowski@agc-gm.org for more details or register here.


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Learn how to Minimize Costs and Maximize Value on Projects with Our Lean Construction Series!
Series Begins August 30th

AGC of Greater Milwaukee is excited to be offering a Lean Construction Series to kick off this year's fall semester. This is our most vital program to increase your knowledge on Lean Construction. Units 1: Variation in Production Systems and 2: Pull in Production will be starting on August 30, 2018.

Lean Construction is driven to minimize costs and maximize value on each project completed, challenging all stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process. Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost — from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to designers and contractors who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. To develop the tools needed to build lean, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has developed the Lean Construction Education Program. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.

AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program is a series of courses that progressively cover a range of topics essential to Lean Construction, including:

•    Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
•    Unit 2: Pull in Production
•    Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
•    Unit 4: The Last Planner® System
•    Unit 5: Lean Supply Chains and Assembly
•    Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-Construction
•    Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools

 

For a complete list of next 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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Worker Compensation Rates Drop October 1, 2018 - Thanks to Safety-Conscious Industry

The Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRB) recently released the new annually adjusted Workers Compensation Rates, which go into effect October 1, 2018. These numbers continue a recent trend of declining rates.

The WCRB promulgates the annual Workers Compensation Rates, which are then approved by the State of Wisconsin, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. This year the trend of rate decreases continued, with the aggregate contracting classification dropping by 7.63%, and construction classifications by 8.45%. Click here to review the highlights of the new rates.

A driving factor is likely an increased focus on safety, represented in our industry by employers’ shifting sentiment toward prevention through the use of safety services like rent a safety director, OSHA 30 Hour and Silica Training. 
Here at the AGC, we will continue to provide valuable updates essential for efficient management of your business, as well as necessary safety services you depend on.

If you have any questions, contact Nathan Jurowski, AGC General Counsel, at njurowski@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4104.

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Build a Better Industry, Help us Reach an 80% Voter Turnout!
AGC of America Joins Top American Companys to Promote Voter Partisipation in this Years Elections

Our association, along with leading brands and organizations in America, are partnering for the TurboVote Challenge to help America reach 80% voter turnout.

The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake this November. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector, it is especially important to elect local, state, and federal leaders willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the construction industry and its workforce.

In order for our voices to be heard in this ever-changing political landscape, we must register to vote, and cast our ballots early or on Election Day.

AGC makes it very easy to receive election reminders via email or text, register to vote, and apply for an absentee ballot using the TurboVote tool. Sign up today at agc.turbovote.org.

Please share this information with your colleagues, friends, and family. Download this sample communication and send them an email today!

Help make the construction industry's voice heard loudly and clearly in this year's elections! Get registered. Get informed. Vote!

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In The News
 
Construction of Public Plaza in Milwaukee's Harbor District to Begin Soon with City Approval

A public plaza planned for Milwaukee's redeveloping Harbor District received a key city approval Wednesday, with construction beginning soon.

Harbor District Inc. plans to develop the plaza, which would include a canoe and kayak launch, at the end of East Greenfield Avenue. That site is near the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences.

The nonprofit group, which helps spur redevelopment efforts near the harbor, has raised $1.2 million for the project, and is ready to begin building the plaza, said Lilith Fowler, executive director.

The launch is to be ready by early next year, Fowler told members of the Common Council's Public Works Committee.

The committee unanimously approved leasing a city-owned lot to Harbor District Inc. That lease also needs full council approval, which is scheduled to happen at the July 31st meeting.

In lieu of paying rent for the lot, which is about one-third of an acre, Harbor District Inc. will install and maintain the plaza.

Along with the kayak and canoe launch, it will include places to sit, a "water play" area and a shipping container that will serve as a small viewing tower, Fowler said.

"I think eventually we'd love to see an opportunity for people to rent a kayak" at the plaza, she told committee members.

Harbor District boosters say the plaza will help draw more...Read full article here.

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In This Issue
Network while Working on your Short-Game at the AGC Golf Classic
AGC-GM Workforce Development Initiatives & Programs 2018
Connect with the Industry While Taking in a Ball Game!
Learn how to Minimize Costs and Maximize Value on Projects with Our Lean Construction Series!
Worker Compensation Rates Drop October 1, 2018 - Thanks to Safety-Conscious Industry
Build a Better Industry, Help us Reach an 80% Voter Turnout!
In The News
Construction of Public Plaza in Milwaukee's Harbor District to Begin Soon with City Approval
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