US infrastructure competitiveness currently ranks No. 11 in the world, and AEM suggests policy recommendations to help America regain the economic strength of its globe-leading position
Construction staff wages grew by 3.6% in 2016, according to the latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly from research firm PAS. PAS also predicts that wages will rise by an average of 3.4% in 2017, though the predictions are often 0.5% low, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The research group looked at positions like chief estimator, project manager and superintendent, and it did not include data about skilled trade workers. PAS noted that not every position would see the average increase, and it found that field-related positions, in particular, grew at a more rapid pace. Pay for entry-level project engineers (PE) increased 5%, and experienced PE wages grew 6.8%. Other positions that garnered higher-than-average raises were senior project managers (5.5%), project superintendents (6.1%), risk managers (6.7%) and safety directors (8%).
The Department of Labor has withdrawn Obama-era guidance that held companies to a stricter interpretation of rules governing the use of independent contractors and made more firms jointly responsible for misclassified employees, according to ValueWalk. The informal guidance was considered a crackdown on worker misclassification and made it easier for companies to be held equally responsible for labor violations committed by contractors who they had "indirect control" over. However, the National Labor Relations Board's stance on joint employment has not changed, which means that employers aren't entirely off the hook, according to HR Dive. A case regarding this question, Browning-Ferris, is still working its way through the courts.
Randy Bondi had never given solar energy much thought until he noticed a serendipitous advertisement. One day in the fall of 2015, he saw an item in Etna’s borough newsletter about a campaign launching to promote solar by connecting residents with installers. The roof over Mr. Bondi’s modest home was about 15 years old, and he was already planning to replace it. Within a week, he had two local installers — Robinson-based Energy Independent Solutions and Thornburg-based Scalo Solar Solutions — give him price estimates. Because Scalo performs both roof replacement and solar installations, Mr. Bondi said, he went with that bid. “I probably wouldn’t have done it on my own, because I didn’t think I could afford it,” Mr. Bondi said. But he ultimately decided it was worth taking out a home equity loan and installing 12 panels that provide nearly all of the electricity he consumes during the year. Mr. Bondi is precisely the type of person that Solarize Allegheny wanted to reach over the course of its two-year campaign.
Safety excellence was recognized at the February 2017 DCA Annual Convention, where companies were rewarded for the effectiveness of their safety programs.
Over 490 DCA members and guests, including a record number of first time attendees, gathered February 6 –11 at The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii for DCA’s 2017 Annual Convention. The event was a well-blended mix of business and pleasure and featured the installation of the 2017 Board of Directors.
Natural gas industry groups are decoding a federal agency’s advice for identifying threats to safe pipeline operations and say they are concerned that it may overreach.
In times of prosperity or economic uncertainly, providing good-paying and family sustaining jobs for our members is the top priority for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA). That’s why LiUNA fully supports the Federal Energy Regulation Commission’s (FERC) conclusion that the PennEast Pipeline project can be built with less than significant environmental impact.
Seven students were selected by the Curtis Allen Scholarship committee as recipients of the Curtis Allen Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 2010 in honor of the late Curtis Allen and emphasis is given to students entering a vocational, trade or technical school. The scholarship is funded by Halliburton and is matched by DCA.
11 students were given a financial boost at the 56th Annual DCA Convention in February when they were selected by the scholarship committee as recipients of the DCA-Dale R. Michels Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 1998 in honor of deceased DCA Honorary Member and Past President Dale R. Michels from the proceeds of the DCA’s Annual Auction. It is designed to award students each year from a $100,000 endowment.
July 19–23, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Day 1 at the 2017 NASTT No-Dig show was greeted by awesome weather and enthusiastic attendees and finished strong with the annual educational auction. Attendance so far for the conference is approximately 2,200 — the third year in a row that the No-Dig Show has exceeded the 2,000-attendee mark. Day 2 is under way this morning.
By: Mark Bridgers
In his published work, The Star Thrower, Loren Eiseley crafted a tale about a man on a beach picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. This portion of the story has been adapted countless times and is perhaps better known as a parable about attacking a large challenge (thousands of stranded starfish) one step at a time and teaches the moral of the power within each one of us to make a real difference. How then to make that difference?
Mud recycling systems were once deemed an optional element to the horizontal directional drilling process. Hard to believe, huh? Those days are long gone, with these systems proving to be invaluable and integral to HDD projects, no matter the size.
President Trump and congressional Republicans are poised to roll back a series of Obama-era worker safety regulations targeted by business groups, beginning Monday night with a vote by the Senate to kill a rule that required federal contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations.