November 24, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee, we wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday! 

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Stay Informed
 
What Construction Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Shots
WebEd - December 9, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

What Construction Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Shots
December 9, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Member Price: $0
Non-Member Price: $49

Description:
Discussion of key issues that construction employers should consider when deciding whether and how to implement a mandatory vaccination program, including shots for this flu season and for the COVID-19 vaccine once approved.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the current legal landscape that is relevant to the vaccine issue
  • Understand the current legal landscape that is relevant to the vaccine issue
  • Assess employers’ options in this environment
  • Weigh the benefits and risks of implementing a vaccine policy…or not implementing one
  • Identify many practical issues related to these questions

This session will be presented by attorneys from Fisher Phillips, one of the country’s largest labor and employment law firms dedicated to representing employers.

Learn More and Register for this Event

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National Apprenticeship Week Safely Promotes Union Construction

National Apprenticeship Week | Apprenticeship.govThis year's National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) safely and effectively highlighted the benefits of an apprenticeship and how it properly prepares a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers through social media campaigns, virtual tours, virtual informational sessions, pre-recorded roundtable discussion and much more!

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee has a long and proud tradition of supporting apprenticeships in the construction industry.  We recognize and salute all of the apprentices who will build the new tomorrow, and special thanks to all of our members who provide opportunities for these men and women to learn their craft!

Below you'll find two of our Industry Partners who help cultivate and develop the next generation of Union Construction workers. Learn more about what they do below.

Manufacturing Job Openings in Milwaukee & Waukesha - Wisconsin State  AFL-CIO BlogWRTP BIG/STEP

WRTP BIG/STEP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce intermediary dedicated to connecting people to family-sustaining jobs. Their mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging sectors of the regional economy.

EVENT HIGHLIGHT - WRTP BIG/STEP has been hosting a weekly virtual chat for local students looking to learn more about careers in the trades, entitled “Getting into the Trades. These sessions explore a variety of construction trades and union apprenticeship programs to find the best path for attendees.

Learn more about WRTP BIG/STEP and their upcoming events here.


Building AdvantageBuilding Advantage

Building Advantage promotes union commercial construction as a first choice on behalf of union members and the contractors who employ them.

Created by the Construction Labor Management Council of Southeast Wisconsin, Building Advantage actively promotes the benefits of hiring union construction contractors and trades people. Building Advantage is comprised of thousands of trades people, hundreds of contractors and five management associations.

Learn more about Building Advantage here.

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CLC Connects with Milwaukee County Executive, David Crowley
Civic Engagement Speaker Series
No alternative text description for this imageOur Construction Leadership Council (CLC) recently hosted Milwaukee County Executive, David Crowley, for their brand new Civic Engagement Speaker Series. David joined the CLC on a Zoom call to discuss his role, how it relates to the construction industry, and how construction professionals can get more involved in the communities they work and build in.

This is the first of many speakers in the Civic Engagement Speaker Series. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the next Civic Engagement speaker!

Want to learn more about the CLC? Visit our website or contact Henry Kruger at (414) 778-4100 or hkruger@agc-gm.org for more information.

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AGC URGENT ACTION ALERT
 
Keep Construction Essential

ImageAs COVID-19 cases spike throughout the country and states and localities impose new shutdowns on businesses, it is critical for you to remind your local, state, and federal officials how the construction industry has worked in a safe and essential manner. The message to send them is clear: continue treating the construction industry and the work it performs as essential.

CONSTRUCTION IS ESSENTIAL: Keeping the men and women of the construction industry mobilized throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has proven necessary to meeting the needs of our communities and economy. Construction workers have built, maintained, and repaired critical infrastructure, health facilities, and data centers, among other projects. Moreover, they have responded to immediate recovery needs before and after hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

CONSTRUCTION IS SAFE: Not only has the construction industry built to meet the demands of the pandemic, but it has also maintained a careful eye toward the safety of its workforce. The industry closely monitors and provides guidance on all recommended health and safety job site precautions for construction workers so that proper measures are deployed to ensure a safe work environment for those on the job. The industry’s efforts have enabled it to avoid the kind of workplace coronavirus spreads that hobbled many other sectors of the economy.

Taking action is easy. Simply follow the link below and complete the form to submit the pre-written message as is or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.

-TAKE ACTION!-

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AGC Survey
 
Tell Us About the Impact of Lean Construction Strategies on Your Jobsite
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AGC's High Intensity Lean Construction Survey
 
Five Principles That Support the Lean Construction Concept | RIB  InternationalIn an effort to learn more about how Lean tactics affect project outcomes on a jobsite, AGC's Lean Construction Forum Steering Committee has created the High Intensity Lean Survey. The survey will collect information on the most recent High Lean Intensity (HLI) project you have completed. A HLI project is one that uses multiple Lean tactics such as, but not limited to: Prefabrication, Last Planner System® (or elements of LPS such as pull planning, daily huddles, etc.), 5S, Big Room, IPD Contract, etc.
 
This survey will close Friday, November 20, 2020. Thank you for assisting us in learning more about the benefits of Lean Construction strategies!
 
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Industry News
 
Couture Starts Construction in January with HUD Guarantee for $103.5M Loan
By Sean Ryan Reporter, Milwaukee Business Journal

Federal officials have approved a guarantee to back $103.5 million in private lending for the Couture high-rise at the downtown Milwaukee lakefront, setting up an expected start of construction in January.

That federal backing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would secure the primary loan for the development, making Friday’s approval another big step toward the estimated $188 million development finally starting construction after it was first proposed in 2012.

“HUD’s firm commitment marks the final financial commitment required for us to begin construction on The Couture,” said Couture developer Rick Barrett.

The HUD program offers the government’s guarantee of repayment for the project loan should the Couture project and developer Barrett Lo Visionary Development be unable to meet their obligations. HUD spokeswoman Marta Juaniza confirmed HUD on Friday made a firm commitment for that loan guarantee.

The 44-story building would have 322 apartments and 42,000 square feet of retail space in its base, including restaurants and a food store. A public transit station in the Couture’s ground level for streetcar and bus rapid transit service is to open to passengers by end of 2022, but other parts of the building are expected to still be under construction at that time.

“The Couture is a beautiful addition at an exceptional location," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "The project will create construction jobs for city residents and work for emerging businesses; and it will add a transportation link that connects more people to the lakefront."

J.H. Findorff & Son is the general contractor. Barrett Lo Visionary officials in the past had anticipated construction would take about 28 months, which would make the estimated completion date May 2023.

The Couture would become the second luxury apartment building under construction in downtown Milwaukee. Construction started...Read full article here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Stay Informed
What Construction Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Shots
National Apprenticeship Week Safely Promotes Union Construction
CLC Connects with Milwaukee County Executive, David Crowley
AGC URGENT ACTION ALERT
Keep Construction Essential
AGC Survey
Tell Us About the Impact of Lean Construction Strategies on Your Jobsite
Industry News
Couture Starts Construction in January with HUD Guarantee for $103.5M Loan
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