Construction Legislative Week in Review
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TRANSPORTATION
Participate in AGC, Transportation Construction Coalition’s August Highway Trust Fund Grassroots Push
LABOR/HR
AGC Tells OMB that Proposed EEO-1 Report is Overly Burdensome for Construction Employers
ENVIRONMENT
The Cost of Trucks to Increase Under New Federal Standards
AGC PODCAST
New ConstructorCast Episode Explores Multiemployer Pension Reform
AGC EVENTS
New Sessions for the 2016 Utility Infrastructure Conference
Early Bird Ends Tomorrow! Register for the AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
TRANSPORTATION
Participate in AGC, Transportation Construction Coalition’s August Highway Trust Fund Grassroots Push
Meet with Your Federal Representative While They are in Your District
 

Last week, the AGC co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) kicked-off a grassroots effort to remind members of Congress that although they passed a five-year transportation bill last year, their job is not done and the Highway Trust Fund is still in need of a long-term revenue source.  Use the August recess to meet with your federal Representative and advocate for a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix to be included in any comprehensive tax reform package.

The House Ways & Means Committee released their blueprint for tax reform several weeks ago, which failed to mention the funding problems with the Highway Trust Fund. The Ways and Means Committee needs to hear our industry’s concern about the failure to include a Highway Trust Fund fix in that blueprint.  Visit Hardhats for Highways for talking points to help you in your meeting with your federal Representative, along with information on providing comments directly to the Ways & Means Committee about the importance of fixing the Highway Trust Fund.  If you are unable to meet in person with your member of Congress, you can send a letter to your representative through our Hardhats for Highways website.

For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892. Return to Top

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LABOR/HR
AGC Tells OMB that Proposed EEO-1 Report is Overly Burdensome for Construction Employers
 

On August 15, AGC submitted a second set of comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opposing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed rule to revise the Employer Information Report (EEO-1).  The proposal intends to collect compensation and hours-worked data in addition to already collected race and gender data.  AGC submitted comments on the rule, as initially proposed, in April.  A final rule is expected in the Fall.

The proposal to revise the report references wage discrimination as the basis for the need to collect compensation data from employers.  In both comment letters, AGC explains that the collection of wage data is not necessary, because research from both the Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program shows there is scant evidence that such discrimination exists.  Additionally, AGC addresses other reasons why the collection of wage data is unnecessary in our comments.

While AGC’s comments stress that this data collection is not needed, AGC urged the Commission to consider a number of revisions to the final proposed rule in an effort to limit the burden on contractors if the rule is finalized.  AGC will continue to monitor the developments of the proposal and will keep members informed. 

For more information, contact Tamika Carter at cartert@agc.org or (703) 837-5382. Return to Top

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ENVIRONMENT
The Cost of Trucks to Increase Under New Federal Standards
Agencies Finalize New Fuel Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks
 

The cost of new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are expected to rise as a result of the latest federal fuel efficiency standards for manufacturers. On August 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized their Phase 2 fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new trucks for model years 2018-2027.  These standards do not affect existing vehicles.

EPA claims the resultant fuel savings will be significant.  The agency estimates the new measures will “save vehicle owners fuel costs of about $170 billion, and reduce oil consumption by up to two billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program.” Vehicle manufacturers are currently reviewing the final standards and according to some news reports appear “cautiously optimistic” about the provisions, but it remains to be seen whether the actual outcomes will match well with customers’ needs.  An estimate of the proposed standards (the final is more stringent) found the sticker price increases could be as high as $10-12,000 for Class 8 trucks.

For more information, visit EPA’s website to read the new standards or contact AGC’s Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org Return to Top

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AGC PODCAST
New ConstructorCast Episode Explores Multiemployer Pension Reform
 

Go in depth on the troubles facing multiemployer pension plans, what is being done to address the growing problems, and what it all means for the construction industry and the economy at large on the latest episode of the ConstructorCast. For this episode, we sit down with James Young, AGC's Director of Congressional Relations for Labor, HR and Safety, for the full story on where reform might be headed and how government can help develop long-term solutions. 

Stream or download the full episode here! Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
New Sessions for the 2016 Utility Infrastructure Conference
October 27-28, 2016 | Atlanta, Georgia
 

At the 2016 AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference, come hear presentations on stationarity and sustainability in construction & engineering and the unique opportunities the future holds for a paradigm shift in the way we design and build infrastructure. Or you could prepare yourself and your company for new safety regulations on crystalline silica, OSHA recordkeeping, and increased OSHA penalties. You can also learn to protect you company by learning the steps you need to take to manage risk and liability after a utility damage on your jobsite.

The AGC UIC will bring together contractors, owners and key industry constituents involved in every aspect of utility and infrastructure construction. The day-and-a-half program focuses on the latest legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry, technology and operation trends shaping the market, and updates on AGC’s efforts to fund infrastructure investment. This event is an opportunity to connect not only with fellow utility infrastructure contractors, but also with emerging construction leaders from across the country. This year’s conference will be co-located with the AGC CLC Leadership Development Conference, the top gathering for emerging construction leaders from across the country.

For more information, contact Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or berrys@agc.org. Return to Top

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Early Bird Ends Tomorrow! Register for the AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
Register Now and Save: Early Bird Registration Ends Aug. 19
 

Jointly sponsored by AGC and CFMA, the 20th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Oct. 19-21 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This three-day conference offers programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The 32 interactive sessions will cover the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Participants may earn up to 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Register at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma.

For more information, contact Brynn Huneke at (703) 837-5376 or brynn.huneke@agc.org Return to Top

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