April 17, 2007 / Issue No. 2-07
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  Union Contractors Learn About New Building Trades Drug Testing Program During AGC Convention

The Union Contractors Committee met during AGCís Annual Convention on March 21.† Wayne Rice, executive director of the Building Trades National Drug and Alcohol Program, provided a presentation about the program, which is designed to create a nationwide pool of pre-tested and pre-qualified workers in order to maximize jobsite safety, eliminate duplicate testing, and save on costs.

The program establishes standard policies and procedures for testing, employee assistance, supervisory training, and employee education, and has been endorsed by the Construction Users Roundtable.†

The meeting also featured an update on activities of the National Construction Alliance (NCA) by its executive vice president, Ray Poupore.† Poupore reported on AGC-NCA cooperation on legislative and labor relations concerns.† He also spoke on such issues as:† public-private partnerships, jurisdictional dispute policies, and the effect of the NCA split-off from the AFL-CIOís Building & Construction Trades Department on project labor agreements and on project progress.† The NCA is an alliance of the Laborers, Carpenters, and Operating Engineers unions.

In addition, AGC Past President Ralph Johnson gave an update on activities of the CURT Tripartite Initiative, including the Merck Productivity Demonstrated Project and recently released publications on workplace attitudes and on project stakeholder responsibilities.†

Wayne Rice describes the features of the new Building Trades National Drug and Alcohol Program.

Ray Poupore talks about current activities of the National Construction Alliance. [ return to top ]