Construction Employment

Construction Industry Adds 22,000 Jobs in July as Sector’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.5 Percent

August 01, 2014

New government data today show the uneven nature of the construction industry’s recovery, as the sector added 22,000 jobs in July, but suffered a pullback in spending in June, according to an analysis by AGC of America.

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2014
AUG
27

Construction employment expanded in 223 metro areas, declined in 72 and was stagnant in 44 between July 2013 and July 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by AGC of America.  As employment grows, 25 percent of firms report labor shortages are forcing them to turn down work according to a new survey conducted by SmartBrief, an industry leader in curated business news and custom content, in partnership with the association.

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2014
AUG
25

“The AGC Alternative,” the first of its kind, nation-wide private insurance exchange to serve the commercial construction industry, begins offering quotes todayto firms belonging to AGC of America, association officials announced.  The private exchange, developed in collaboration with Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, features comprehensive insurance coverage from Aetna, MetLife and Group Vision Service as part of its introductory suite of benefits.

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2014
AUG
21

Take Action: Urge Your Senators to Prohibit Construction Reverse Auctions

Many states already have laws prohibiting reverse auctions for construction services. However, those laws do not prevent federal agencies from conducting reverse auctions in those states. And federal agencies, like the Departments of Veterans Affairs and the Interior, are increasingly turning to reverse auction procurement for construction services, which include million dollar building renovations, national park road construction, and material supply. Please urge your senators to prohibit federal agencies from procuring construction services through reverse auctions.

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2014
AUG
21

AGC submitted detailed comments on a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would give the agency the authority to cut into the paychecks of those who have unpaid debts, such as a fine or penalty for an alleged environmental violation. EPA would be allowed to garnish up to 15 percent of the “disposable pay” of delinquent debtors who do not work for the federal government via a process known as administrative wage garnishment (AWG) – all without a court order.

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2014
AUG
21

Recently, AGC sent a letter opposing the possible use of a project labor agreement (PLA) mandate posted by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest for design-build construction of a Special Forces Support Activity Operations Facility at the U.S. Navy’s Silver Strand Training Complex in Imperial Beach, Calif.

AGC has sent over 90 letters to federal agencies opposing PLA mandates and bid preferences during the Obama Administration, most in response to agency announcements that a PLA mandate or preference was under consideration for a particular project or an anticipated set of projects in a particular area. Of those, only one PLA mandate has been issued to date.

AGC neither supports nor opposes contractors’ voluntary use of PLAs on government projects, but strongly opposes any government mandate for contractors’ use of PLAs. AGC is committed to free and open competition for publicly funded work, and believes that the lawful labor relations policies and practices of private construction contractors should not be a factor in a government agency’s selection process. To view AGC efforts opposing government mandated PLAs, click here.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org

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2014
AUG
21

Alaska

Thirty percent of Alaska voters went to the polls on Tuesday in one of the nation’s last major competitive primaries.  There, former Attorney General and Natural Resources Department director Dan Sullivan claimed the Republican Senatorial nomination, winning the right to challenge vulnerable first-term incumbent Mark Begich (D).  Sullivan took 40 percent of the vote, defeating surprise second place finisher Joe Miller (32%) and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (25%).  

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2014
AUG
18

Construction firms added jobs in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014 and in 34 states from June to July, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by AGC of America. Association officials said the employment gains are good news, but that the pipeline of skilled craft workers, supervisors and other employees appears to be emptying rapidly.

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2014
AUG
15

On August 5, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) addressing how federal contractors should assess their employment relationships to distinguish “employees” from “independent contractors” or other non-employee workers.  The FAQs describe what are commonly referred to as the “Darden” factors, derived from the 1992 Supreme Court decision in Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. v. Darden, and provide examples illustrating their application in determining which workers are employees.

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