Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgMay 19, 2009 / Issue No. 2-09
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On the Inside
DHS to Focus on Prosecuting Employers Who Hire Illegal Workers
New I-9 Form Now in Effect
Federal Contractor E-Verify Rule Suspended to June 30
Wages & Benefits
Construction Executive Salaries Rose 4.6% in 2008, Expected to Rise Further in 2009
Increased Unemployment Taxes Probable for Employers
Short-Term Changes for Health Coverage Certificates and Transit Benefits
Collective Bargaining
CLRC Issues Reports on Costs of CBA Terms and Conditions and on Labor Rate Trends and Outlook
Obligation to Make Local Fund Contributions on General Presidents Maintenance Agreement Projects Turns on Whether Contractor Signed Local Agreements
Supreme Court Clarifies Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Collective Bargaining Agreements
Open Shop
NLRB Finds Laborers Unlawfully Threatened to Picket Job with Nonunion Contractor
Hot Topics in Construction Labor Law Covered at AGC's Annual Symposium
Hot Topics in Construction Labor Law Covered at AGC's Annual Symposium

The AGC Labor and Employment Law Council - a network of labor lawyers who represent AGC members and chapters - held its 25th Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium on April 24 in Washington, D.C. 

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Commissioner Horace “Topper” Thompson III (left), AGC of Alaska Assistant Executive Director Ralph "Monty" Montgomery (center), and National Labor Relations Board Member Peter Schaumber (right) 

Attorneys and chapter labor relations managers from across the country attended, while council members and guest speakers provided presentations on various developments in construction labor and employment law, including:

  • Union Organizing in a Post-Employee Free Choice Act World
  • Bargaining Units and Voter Eligibility in Construction
  • Dual Shop in the Current Labor Environment
  • The New Executive Orders and How They May Affect the Construction Industry
  • Immigration Law Compliance:  What Labor and Employment Lawyers Need to Know
  • Primer on Sec. 8(e) Construction-Industry Proviso
  • RICO as a Sword and a Shield
  • ADA and FMLA Update

Guest speakers included Peter Schaumber, member of the National Labor Relations Board, and Hal Coxson of Ogletree Governmental Affairs.  Member Schaumber provided his perspectives on issues currently facing the Board and on the direction that the Board is likely to take in the new Administration.  Mr. Coxson, who served as the speaker for the newly named Charles E. Murphy Keynote Address, provided his view on what to expect from the new Administration and Congress on labor and employment issues.  The address is named in memory of "Chuck" Murphy, a long-time member and past chairman of the Council who passed away last year.

Presentation handouts will be posted on the Labor & HR Topical Resources page of AGC's Web site, integrated into their respective topic areas, in the coming weeks.

Make sure that your in-house and outside labor and employment lawyers are Council members, so that they will stay on the cutting edge of construction labor and employment developments.  For information about Council membership, click here or contact Denise Gold at or (703) 837-5326.

AGC CEO Steve Sandherr (center) discusses labor relations with Bob Gasperow (left), executive director of the Construction Labor Research Council, and Bill Cowen (right), solicitor of the NLRB, at a reception for symposium registrants, government officials, and other guests.

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Attorney Hal Coxson presents Charles E. Murphy Keynote Address beside portrait of Mr. Murphy.

<p>oNLRB Member Peter Schaumber addresses symposium attendees</p>

NLRB Member Peter Schaumber addresses symposium attendees.

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