AGC joined 54 trades associations in a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the proposed “persuader” rulemaking from the Office of Labor-Management Standards that would broaden reporting requirements of labor relations consultants (including attorneys and associations) who conduct activities to persuade employees concerning their rights to organize or bargain collectively and of the
Take Action: Visit AGC’s Legislative Action Center to Submit Your Comments Today
On Sept. 12, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed new rule on silica exposure. AGC members, chapters and interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit comment letters opposing the proposed new rule on silica exposure through the AGC Legislative Action Center (LAC). A sample, editable letter has been provided for your convenience and can be customized to your respective operations. Click here to access the letter. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Feb. 11, 2014.
This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Economic and Budget Outlook. CBO included an update to its biannual projections of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) cash flow in the report. The report confirms previous speculation that the HTF will run out of cash on a day-to-day basis before the expiration of MAP-21 on Sept. 30, 2014. CBO estimates that only the Transit Account of the HTF will be able to meet all obligations during fiscal year 2014.
Take Action: Encourage Your Elected Officials to Support the Save American Workers Act
On Feb. 4, the House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act. The act would repeal the 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by replacing it with the more traditional 40-hour definition. AGC is encouraging Congress to pass H.R. 2575 and urges members to use the Legislative Action Center to send a letter of support to their elected officials in support of the legislation.
On Thursday, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will become the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Leader Reid’s action means no votes are needed from the party’s caucus or steering committee. Wyden following Baucus in the chairman’s role will make a spot on the committee available, with Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) expected to fill the vacancy. Wyden is the second Oregonian to serve as chairman, after Bob Packwood (R) in 1995.
Congress Tries to Fix Problem It Created
Last week, the Senate passed a measure that delays higher federal flood insurance premiums for homes and businesses located in coastal and flood-prone areas. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1926, delays dramatic National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases for four years, until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an opportunity to complete the flood map affordability study mandated in a law Congress passed in 2012—the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
On Feb. 5, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) re-issued a proposed rule that would expedite the election process in union representation cases, likely to unions’ advantage. The rule appears to be identical to a rule proposed back in 2011. A shortened version was finalized and took effect in 2012, but was invalidated by a court on procedural grounds shortly thereafter. The NLRB recently withdrew its appeal of the court’s decision and formally rescinded the rule.
Advocacy Efforts for Reform Continue
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and Horizon Actuarial Services have released a second edition of their Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans. The Inventory provides historical data from all multiemployer pension plans in the construction industry. It includes analyses of key trends in plan demographics, cash flows, investments, funding, costs, and expenses. One of the enhancements of the new edition is the inclusion of plan features by specific craft.