Construction Legislative Week in Review
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IMMIGRATION
Court Temporarily Blocks Executive Actions on Immigration
LABOR
Take Action: Stop the NLRB's “Ambush” Election Rule
AGC EVENTS
Participate in TCC Fly-In – Make Your Voice Heard
Get Ahead of Your Competition at the AGC Federal Contractors Conference
IMMIGRATION
Court Temporarily Blocks Executive Actions on Immigration
 

This week, a federal judge granted a request by 26 states to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  The president’s executive action would, among other provisions, suspend deportation orders for millions of unauthorized immigrants and grant them temporary permits to legally work in the U.S. if they have lived here for at least five years, have no criminal record, register with the federal government and pay a fee. However, these executive actions failed to address the overall broken immigration system.

The preliminary injunction will apply while the challenge proceeds through the court system and will likely conclude in front of the Supreme Court. The injunction was timely, as the executive actions were set to go into effect this week had the court not blocked them.

Congressional Republicans continue to grapple with the presidential actions and those deliberations have stymied the passage of a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.  Without this funding bill, the nonessential functions of the department will shut down at the end of next week.

AGC has long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform. In fact, the 2013 Senate-passed bipartisan, comprehensive legislation generally met AGC’s priorities for reform. However, the House failed to act and chose a piecemeal strategy that never fully materialized. It had been AGC’s hope that Congress could again attempt to address immigration reform in 2015. The decision by the court this week further complicates the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.

For more information, please contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133. Return to Top

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LABOR
Take Action: Stop the NLRB's “Ambush” Election Rule
Contact your Legislators Today, Rule to Take Effect April 14
 

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule on representation-case procedures goes into effect on April 14, 2015. Known as the “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule, it would expedite the union representation election cycle to as few as 14 days from the union’s filing of a petition for an election. It is bad for both employers and employees. It would deny employers due process by limiting review of critical issues such as identifying the appropriate bargaining unit and voter eligibility potentially until after the vote is held. It would also limit workers’ access to information and provide inadequate time for workers to consider information about joining the union.

The rule would have a particularly difficult application in the construction industry due to the complexity of identifying the appropriate bargaining unit, determining voter eligibility in the industry, and due to the decentralized nature of construction workplaces operated by the same employer.

Please send a letter to your legislators supporting legislation to roll back the rule before its effective date.

For more information, please contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133. Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
Participate in TCC Fly-In – Make Your Voice Heard
Register at www.agc.org/tcc_fly-in
 

On May 31, the current highway and transit authorization expires, leaving states and contractors with great uncertainty about the availability of federal funding for future transportation projects. In addition, the Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money this summer and will be unable to reimburse state DOTs for on-going highway construction projects. 

The TCC Fly-In is your opportunity to help educate Congress about the real word impacts their lack of action in passing a funding bill and finding transportation revenue has on your company, our industry and the economy as a whole.  Join us and your transportation construction peers April 14-15 at the Transportation Construction Coalition’s (TCC) 2015 Legislative Fly-In, held in Washington, D.C.

The TCC Fly-In will focus on educating members of Congress on the following questions:

  1. Do your senators and representative understand the impact this uncertainty has on your DOT’s ability to plan long term?
  2. Do they understand the impact short-term extensions have on the ability of your company to make long-term decisions concerning market projections, equipment purchases, hiring and training a work force?
  3. Do your senators and representative understand the impact lack of transportation improvements will have on their district and state?
  4. Do your legislators understand the impact their failure to act has on the national economy, safety, and the daily commutes of their constituents?

In addition to the TCC legislative briefing, AGC has scheduled meetings with the Federal Highway Administration and a Washington briefing luncheon to get you up to speed on other key legislative and regulatory issues that could impact your businesses.

Please visit www.agc.org/tcc_fly-in to register and make your hotel reservations. Return to Top

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Get Ahead of Your Competition at the AGC Federal Contractors Conference
Register Now & Save $100!
 

Want to learn about the latest federal agency projects set to hit the street in your market? Need to brush up on the latest barrage of federal regulations your business must follow?  Attend the AGC Federal Contractors Conference May 12-14, 2015, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. to learn all this and more. Your attendance will help to ensure you stay ahead of your competition.

Top agency headquarters’ representatives scheduled to attend include those from the:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Military Construction & Civil Works Programs)
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • General Services Administration
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of State
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Bureau of Reclamation

For more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/fedcon.    Return to Top

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