August 11, 2006 / Issue No. 1-06
 
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MIDYEAR MEETING
Workforce Development, Open Shop, and Union Contractors Committees to Meet During AGCís 2006 Midyear Meeting
IMMIGRATION
Register Now for AGCís August 23 Immigration Compliance Audio Conference
Interim Rule on Electronic Storage of I-9 Forms Now in Effect
DHS Announces New Program to Help Employers Avoid Hiring Unauthorized Workers
COMPENSATION
Open Shop Craft Wages to Rise Over 4.4%, Construction Staff Wages to Rise Over 4.0%
Early Collective Bargaining Yields Average First-Year Increase of 4.6% This Year
DRUG TESTING
AGC Joins DOLís Drug-Free Workplace Alliance
Building Trades Launch National Drug & Alcohol Program for CURT Projects
LABOR RELATIONS
Contractor is Bound to Laborers Throughout State Despite Union Indication That Agreement was for Project Only
AGC Delivers Union Contractor Concerns to New Basic Trades Group
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Congress Passes AGC-Supported Reform of Multiemployer Pension Laws

  AGC Joins DOLís Drug-Free Workplace Alliance

AGC joined the U.S. Department of Laborís (DOL) Drug-Free Workplace Alliance at a signing ceremony with Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao on July 10.† AGCís commitment to construction workplace safety laid the foundation for participation in this program designed to provide the industry with information to help develop and understand the benefits of drug-free workplace programs.

Through its participation in the Alliance, AGC will work with DOL to:

  • Disseminate DOLís education programs on workplace substance abuse to AGC members;
  • Educate AGC members about available drug-free workplace tools and assistance; and
  • Promote the national dialogue on workplace safety and health by raising awareness of and demonstrating a commitment to drug-free workplaces.

The Alliance was established in October 2004 by DOL and the Carpenters, Operating Engineers, Boilermakers, and Iron Workers unions.† AGC and four other contractor associations joined the alliance together, as DOL opened participation to employer representatives for the first time.† The expansion will more than double the number of workers covered by the alliance to over 2.4 million, according to Secretary Chao.†

DOL has similar drug-free initiatives in nine other industries, and construction far exceeds the other industries on drug use and heavy alcohol consumption.† Over the last year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 12 percent of full-time employees reported drug use in the last 30 days and 21 percent of full-time construction employees admitted to drug use in the past year.† Overall, the partnership is seen as giving credibility to drug testing and ensuring a safer work environment. [ return to top ]