After the Spokane City Council passed a new apprenticeship quota ordinance several weeks ago by a vote of 5 to 2, the coalition opposing the ordinance, (led by ABC and AGC), was hopeful that Mayor Condon would veto the ordinance. While his veto most certainly would have been over-ridden by the extremely liberal City Council majority, his veto message could have reinforced the fact that this burdensome new regulation would do nothing for training and apprenticeship, but would most certainly have raised the cost of construction for City taxpayers.
Safety Fest of the Great Northwest – Post Falls is fast approaching. This year the event will be held from February 18th – 20th at the North Idaho College – Workforce Training Center. This event is a great opportunity for companies to send employees to get FREE safety training from the area’s best trainers in are such as Fall Protection, OSHA 10 Construction/General Industry, Flagging, Hazwoper Refresher and more. New classes this year include How Safety and Claims Management Affect Your EMR, Water Safety, and Ebola Talk.
When: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where: The Riverside Hotel
2900 W Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID 83714
Doors open and silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m.
Awards and recognition will begin at 7:15 p.m.
ALTEK has been a family-owned Washington contract manufacturing business since 1976. After moving to Spokane, working small job shops and eventually partnering in a machining company, Al Marzetta decided to leverage his entrepreneurial skills to establish a contract manufacturing service company in 1980. His vision was unique: offer a full-range of custom manufacturing services all under one roof.
Tumwater – Washington's new, higher minimum wage takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. The 15-cent increase to $9.47 was announced by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in September. The change reflects a 1.59 percent increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) over the last 12 months ending Aug. 31.
ABC and AGC members and staff teamed up over the last two weeks to fight a new local law requiring 15% apprenticeship utilization on any City of Spokane Project over $350,000.Sadly, despite our efforts the Spokane City Council approved the new regulation, 5 to 2. Mike Allen joined with Mike Fagan to oppose the rule, with Council members Stratton, Snyder, Waldref, Mumm and Stuckart supporting the rule.
On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a controversial final rule overhauling its procedures for union representation elections, commonly known as the “ambush” elections rule. The changes are currently scheduled to take effect on April 14, 2015, unless a court or Congress blocks enforcement of the new rule.
In 2010, Federal OSHA audited Washington State’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and determined that DOSH Compliance Officers are under citing employers. One of the focus areas for citations is OSHA Logs. To assist you with completing your OSHA 300 Log, ABC has scheduled training for our members.
As an ABC member company, you can now leverage virtual construction software technology to stay competitive, prepare for growth and improve project delivery.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.