Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org September 5, 2019
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Workforce
Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers
Complimentary WebEd: The Construction Workforce Outlook
Regulations
AGC Joins EEOC EEO-1 Litigation
Advocacy
AGC on the Road in Kansas
AGC Pushes for Highway Bill
Media
New ConstructorCast episode: ‘Handling a Crisis’
Events
Registration Open for the 23rd Annual Construction Financial Management Conference
Workforce
Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers
 
Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey recently released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. In conjunction with releasing the survey results, AGC called on the federal government to boost funding for career and technical education at media events and member of Congress project tours throughout the nation. AGC also called on federal leaders to allow more immigrants to enter the country to work in construction, let construction students at community and career colleges qualify for federal Pell Grants, and make it easier for firms to establish apprenticeship and other training programs. For state and region-specific survey results, click here
 
For more information, contact Brian Turmail at brian.turmail@agc.org
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Complimentary WebEd: The Construction Workforce Outlook
Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. ET
 
Register today for this AGC-member complimentary webinar—The Construction Workforce Outlook: Challenges, Best Practices & Solutions—during which AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Brian Turmail, Senior Director of Congressional Relations for Labor, Human Resources and Safety, James Young, and Autodesk’s Head of Construction Integrated Marketing Allison Scott review the results of the 2019 Autodesk and AGC Construction Workforce Survey, detailing national, regional and state workforce data; discuss several new technologies that may change aspects of construction delivery for some markets; and evaluate recently enacted and pending federal legislation and regulations concerning career and technical education, immigration reform, and apprenticeships.
 
To register or for more information, click here
 
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Regulations
AGC Joins EEOC EEO-1 Litigation
Opposes Component 2 Pay Data Requirement
 
On August 19, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit seeking to overturn the district court’s decision from March that reinstated the EEOC’s revised EEO-1 Component 2 form. On August 26, AGC—with the help of its Construction Advocacy Fund—joined 13 other associations on an amici brief that explains to the court the problems employers have with the new EEO-1 form; a narrative that was not included in the parties’ briefs. Currently, the court has yet to schedule a date to hear the appeal and is doubtful to do so before the end of the month since the DOJ never filed a request for expedition. Eligible contractors should continue to plan to submit EEO-1 Component 2 pay data by the September 30th deadline if they have not done so already. More information and resources can be found here.
 
For more information, contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or (703) 837-5382.
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Advocacy
AGC on the Road in Kansas
Discusses Construction Workforce with Rep. Marshall
 
On August 29, U.S. Representative Roger Marshall toured JE Dunn Construction and Martin K. Eby’s $75 million joint venture project for a new minor league baseball stadium in Wichita, Kansas. The new stadium will seat about 10,000 people and be used for sports festivals, high school football, concerts, and ice skating in the sports offseason. During a policy roundtable with the Congressman following the tour, AGC and company representatives discussed workforce development and its impact on the construction industry. The group thanked Rep. Marshall for his support of the industry and asked him to cosponsor other pro-construction legislation such as H.R.3497, the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, which would expand Pell Grant eligibility to construction training and credentialing programs.  
 
Contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org for more information or to learn how your company can host a member of Congress for a job site tour.
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AGC Pushes for Highway Bill
Rep. Stanton Visits Project in Arizona
 
On September 3, in partnership with Arizona Builders Alliance and Arizona Chapter-AGC, AGC of America hosted U.S. Representative Greg Stanton for a tour of the South Mountain Freeway. Also known as “Loop 202,” this freeway will add 22 lane miles to the existing Phoenix metropolitan transportation system. The freeway will connect the east and west valley while providing much-needed relief to existing freeway corridors and local streets. It is estimated to be used daily by up to 190,000 vehicles by 2035. While touring the facility, board members from Arizona Builders Alliance and Arizona Chapter- AGC discussed workforce and infrastructure advancement. Specifically, the group discussed the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act recently passed by the Senate Environment & Public Work Committee which is a 5-year, $287 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. The group urged Rep. Stanton and his colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to follow the Senate’s lead on this critical legislation and pass a highway bill before the 2020 deadline. 
 
Contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org for more information or to learn how your company can host a member of Congress for a job site tour.
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Media
New ConstructorCast episode: ‘Handling a Crisis’
 
On AGC’s latest podcast episode, AGC speaks with two industry experts on how construction firms can best prepare for and handle the aftermath of a crisis. The panel discusses the logistical implications of crisis preparedness as well the imperative to address the psychological and emotional repercussions of job site accidents. Additional resources and customizable tools – developed by guest speakers Tyler Henson with J.E. Dunn Construction and Patricia Kagerer with Gallagher – are available on AGC’s website here
 
Search for ConstructorCast in your Podcast app, or stream and download all available episodes here. If you’d like to suggest a topic or speaker for an upcoming episode, please contact Leah Pilconis at leah.pilconis@agc.org.
 
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Events
Registration Open for the 23rd Annual Construction Financial Management Conference
October 16-18 | Las Vegas, NV
 
Jointly sponsored by AGC and CFMA, the 23rd Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Oct. 16-18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration is now open for this three-day conference which offers programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The 38 interactive sessions will cover the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Participants may earn up to 19 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.
 
For more information, contact Matthew Turkstra at matt.turkstra@agc.org.
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