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From the monthly archives: August, 2013

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'August, 2013'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

OFCCP Issues Final Rules on Affirmative Action for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Aug. 27 released two final rules that drastically alter federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for individuals with disabilities and veterans. ABC was critical of the rules because they, “set infeasible compliance requirements for federal construction contractors, despite the agency’s inability to demonstrate that contractors fail to meet the previous requirements under federal law.”
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OSHA Issues Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

On Aug. 23, OSHA unveiled its long-anticipated proposal to address crystalline silica exposure in the construction industry. As expected, the proposed rule drastically lowers the existing permissible exposure limit for respirable silica in the construction industry. 
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Construction Fatalities Rise in 2012

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics/Department of Labor Aug. 22 report, construction fatalities increased 5 percent in 2012, marking the first increase in six years. According to the report, there were 775 workplace deaths in the private construction industry in 2012 and 738 in 2011. That translates into a 2012 fatality rate of 9.5 per 100,000 workers, up from 9.1 in 2011
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for Project in Kentucky

The Louisville district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a project labor agreement (PLA) for the Ambulatory Health Center (AHC) project in Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
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NLRB and DOL: Fully Staffed and Ready to Implement Aggressive Agendas

As of July 30, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is fully staffed and the new members are likely to pursue issues the NLRB did not complete in past years, many of which are designed to facilitate or expedite the union organizing process. Read the rest of entry »

Summer 2013 Regulatory Alert

ABC's Regulatory Alert provides an overview of the federally mandated rules, regulations and enforcement actions from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal agencies. Below are brief summaries of current issues, as well as links to more detailed information and guidance. Read the rest of entry »

USACE Issues PLA Survey for Project in New Mexico

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a survey requesting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a project labor agreement (PLA) for the Nuclear Systems Wing & Sustainment Center Phase 2 project at Kirtland Air Force Base, Bernalillo County, N.M. Read the rest of entry »

Resources for Combatting a Bannering Campaign

ABC members can take advantage of a variety of tools, including a website, www.shameonunionbanners.com, and a member resources guide, to counteract union bannering campaigns.  Read the rest of entry »

P3 Conference in Texas to Focus on Water Infrastructure Projects

As part of ABC’s partnership with the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) to educate lawmakers and the construction industry about the benefits of public-private partnerships (P3s), ABC South Texas Chapter is sponsoring a conference Sept. 11, in Austin, Texas. Read the rest of entry »

Lean Construction Institute to Hold its LCI Congress Oct. 22-24 in Dallas

The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will be holding its LCI Congress Oct. 22-24 in Dallas, which will include presentations and training for both the design and construction aspects of lean building. LCI is providing a variety of registration options. View the options and register now. Read the rest of entry »
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