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From the monthly archives: December 2014

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'December 2014'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Please Welcome our NEWEST ABC Member!

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. 

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Washington Minimum Wage Increased to $9.47 per hour effective January 1, 2015

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.

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ABC and AGC Fight Against New City of Spokane Apprenticeship Utilization Law Ends Unsuccessfully

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.

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National Regulatory Alert – Important! NLRB Issues “Ambush Elections Rule” -- Dangerous Implications for Employers

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. 

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OSHA 300/300A Logs for 2014 need to be completed and posted by February 1, 2015.

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.  

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Your Competition is Adopting BIM - Stay ahead with Project Virtual

As an ABC member company, you can now leverage virtual construction software technology to stay competitive, prepare for growth and improve project delivery.

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Scholarship Winners

"Winning the ABC Scholarship has been incredibly helpful in helping to pay part of my tuition at Eastern this year. It has allowed me not to work as much during the school year."

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New reporting requirements for OSHA go into effect January 1

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.

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Member Highlight

McConnell Wagner Sykes + Stacey is a Boise law firm providing comprehensive legal services to construction, real estate and commercial business clients throughout the state of Idaho.  They pride themselves on providing responsive and cost-effective legal advocacy to help their clients grow and prosper in today's competitive business environment.

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Please Welcome our Newest Member - Redbuilt

RedBuilt™ is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of proprietary engineered structural wood products for commercial applications. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, RedBuilt™ operates four manufacturing plants and 13 design and sales offices throughout the United States.

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