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As part of a nationwide push, Republicans in Missouri have now voted to bar local governments from “tipping the scales” when it comes to so-called “project labor agreements” on construction sites across the state. The governor is expected to sign the measure, which he asked lawmakers to put on his desk as soon as possible.
May 02, 2017
The Construction Labor Research Council issued Union Construction Labor Cost Trends and Outlook 2017, covering construction union local pay agreements ratified in 2016. First-year increases are projected to rise from 2.8% in both 2015 and 2016 to 2.9% in 2017 and 3.1% in 2018. Among 17 crafts, 2017 first-year increases range from 1.6% for boilermakers to 4.1% for painters. Among eight regions, increases range from 2.3% in New England to 3.4% in the South Central region.
May 01, 2017
Construction Dive’s Hallie Busta recently listed six construction documentary films that you should watch if you are interested in construction. One of those films, Block by Block documents the men who are building the tallest building in India, a country not known for its safety on construction sites.
April 28, 2017
After conducting a detailed analysis of three years’ worth of construction fatality information, the Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a series of recommendations aimed at improving safety for workers on jobsites in Texas and across the nation. Speaking in Austin this month, AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr said contractors throughout Texas "have been particularly successful in improving workplace safety." In fact, Texas had the 17th largest decline in its construction fatality rate of any state between 2008 and 2015, Sandherr said, adding that in 2015 Texas had the second lowest construction injury rate of any state.
April 27, 2017
While at the ABC 2017 National Craft Championships, I enjoyed talking with three individuals who are all involved in training programs for the skilled craft trades.  This is the third in a series of posts featuring excerpts from conversations I had with some of the industry leaders I met at the event.  
April 26, 2017
Construction schedules are a lot like peanut butter – smooth and creamy or crunchy. That might seem like a bit of a stretch but check this out. Anyone who has been around the design and construction world for even a short time knows that the project schedule makes or breaks a build’s safety, profitability, and even its ultimate marketability.
April 25, 2017
Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 39 states from March 2016 to March 2017, held steady in West Virginia, and fell in 10 states and the District of Columbia, an AGC analysis of BLS data released today showed. Oregon again had the largest percentage gain (9.2%, 8,200 jobs), followed by Nevada (8.3%, 6,200), Rhode Island (8.2%, 1,500) and Florida (7.9%, 36,500).
April 24, 2017
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) voiced its strong support for the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 622). The bill, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), will reduce costs for taxpayers by encouraging all qualified construction companies to compete for federal and federally funded construction projects.
April 21, 2017
There have been occasions during my tenure as C3’s executive director where I have felt as if we were trying to change the world, and in many ways we are – the world of construction.
April 20, 2017
Romero’s bill, House Bill 3357, stipulates that contractors or subcontractors for public work projects can’t misclassify workers as independent contractors. It also ups the current fine for violations from $60 to $90 each day the misclassification persists and requires an audit on pubic work contracts to ensure compliance.
April 19, 2017