AGC Members Give Hawaii Congressman Djou Construction Site Tour in Honolulu
Pictured L-R (all from Watts
Ryan Terayama, Project Manager; Bill Gulstrom, Quality Control Manager; Congressman Charles Djou; Denny Watts, President; Daniel Kelly, Project Engineer;Tony McCullough, Project Superintendent
On Friday, August, 27, Congressman Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) toured
a construction job in Honolulu, Hawaii. AGC member company Watts
Constructors, LLC, hosted the Congressman at the Arizona Memorial Visitor
Center Replacement project.
AGC encourages members to host Members of Congress at job
sites around the country to help educate them about the construction industry
and to demonstrate how decisions made in Washington, D.C., affect our
For more information, contact Kelly Knott at
(202) 547-4685 or email@example.com.
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Review Commission Upholds OSHA's Multi-employer Citation Policy
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld
citation policy in a reversal of a decision the Commission made during the
previous administration. Under the policy, OSHA inspectors may cite employers
on multi-employer worksites for violations that do not expose their own workers
to occupational hazards. For example, a general contractor who controls the
worksite may be responsible for violations created by a subcontractor whose
workers are exposed to safety or health hazards.
In reaching its Aug. 19 decision,
the Commission agreed with an earlier decision by the Eighth Circuit Court of
Appeals, which had rejected the Commission's previous contrary view that
employers are only legally responsible for protecting the safety and health of
their own workers. The case under consideration involved Summit Contractors
Inc., a general contractor constructing an apartment complex in Lebanon, Pa.,
in 2005. An OSHA compliance officer cited Summit for a safety violation after
observing workers of a subcontractor using electrical equipment that lacked
ground fault circuit interrupters and had been brought onto the worksite by
For questions and comments, please contact Kevin Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Campaign for Highway and Transportation Bill Continues in Columbia, S.C.
Casey Schwager of AGC member company Sloan
Construction leads Congressman James Clyburn on a tour of the company's
Columbia, S.C., asphalt plant.
The Transportation Construction Coalition and Americans
for Transportation Mobility continued efforts for passage of the long-delayed
highway and transit bill on Tuesday with the unveiling of new billboard and
online advertisements in Columbia. Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.)
participated in the event and shared his support for passing a multi-year
surface transportation bill. Clyburn agreed that enacting a highway and transit
bill will be the best boost we can give to the economy right now.
The effort, which will cover dozens of states during the
coming weeks, is designed to educate the public about why passing a federal
transportation bill is essential to improving road conditions in states like
In mid-August, AGC helped launch the multi-state campaign
Dakota, and will unveil new ads in Iowa next week.
Read about the effort and take action here.
The news was covered by several local television
stations, including WBTV,WACH andWSAV,
in addition to the Charleston
Post and Courier, Columbia
Business Report and Charleston
Regional Business Journal, to name a few.
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill
at (202) 547-8892 or email@example.com.
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Corps of Engineers Withdraws PLA Requirement on Army Reserve Project
Once again, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
initially required that a contractor submit an executed project labor agreement
(PLA), this time on an Army Reserve project in Los Alamitos, California.
Over the past week, AGC members and staff made inquiries to the
Louisville District Command in charge of the project,
demanding justification for including a PLA mandate in a solicitation.
Like previous efforts, the inquiries questioned how it determined that the
conditions listed in President Obama's executive order on
PLAs were present. On September 1, USACE informed potential bidders that the
requirement had been removed.
AGC pointed out that the executive order leaves the
agency free to refrain from requiring a PLA on the Patrick Air Force Base
project and that it permits the agency to require a PLA only if the USACE has
determined that all of the following conditions exist:
1. The project will cost the federal
government $25 million or more;
2. Use of a PLA on the project will advance the federal
government's interest in achieving economy and efficiency in federal
3. Use of a PLA on the project will advance the federal government's
interest in producing labor-management stability;
4. Use of a PLA on the project will advance the federal
government's interest in ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
governing safety and health, equal employment opportunity, labor and employment
standards, and other matters; and
5. Use of a PLA will be consistent with law.
This is the latest of AGC's continuing efforts to educate
government agencies about PLA issues and implications. While AGC neither
supports nor opposes PLAs in general, AGC strongly opposes government
mandates for PLAs on publicly funded construction projects. AGC
is committed to free and open competition in all public construction markets
and believes that publicly funded contracts should be awarded without regard to
the lawful labor relations policies and practices of the government contractor.
For more information, contact Marco
Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Another Election Surprise in Alaska
Following the weeklong process of counting the absentee
ballots for Alaska’s primary, Fairbanks Attorney General, Joe Miller (R), was
pronounced the official winner of the Alaska Republican senatorial primary by a
mere 1,469 votes. The Alaska Secretary of State announced on August 31,
just seven days following the primary election, that Miller, the “Tea Party”
candidate who was endorsed by former vice presidential candidate and former
Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, had defeated sitting senior Senator Lisa
Murkowski (R). Murkowski was first appointed to the Senate seat in 2002
by her father, Frank Murkowski, who vacated the Senate seat after he was
Louisiana held its primary on August 28 and announced
current Senator David Vitter (R) would remain the party’s nominee on the
ticket. Vitter beat out two opponents – Nick Accardo and Chet Traylor –
with an overwhelming 88 percent of the vote.
West Virginia held a special Senate primary election on
Saturday, August 28, to decide on two party nominees to fill the seat of late
Sen. Robert Byrd (D). Republicans chose businessman John Raese, who will
face current West Virginia Democrat Governor Joe Manchin in November.
September 14, the second “Super Tuesday” primary date is
right around the corner. Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin will all vote.
Please deliver AGC PAC checks for any candidates in these states before the
primary date. For any other state, please deliver AGC PAC checks before
September 30, the FEC filing deadline for campaigns.
The final state primary prior to November’s general election
will be held September 18, in Hawaii.
For more information, contact Blair Hood at
(202) 547-5013 or email@example.com.
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