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TAUC Welcomes Two New Governing Members

TAUC is pleased to welcome two new Governing Members to our organization: Hayden Wrecking Corporation and Sachs Electric. Hayden Wrecking describes itself as "a full-service demolition, dismantling, and asset recovery company with the people, equipment and expertise to tackle every …

TAUC Magazine Wins Four Prestigious Marcom Awards

TAUC is pleased to announce that our official magazine, The Construction User, recently won four prestigious 2014 Marcom Awards from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals! The Marcom Awards is one of the most highly respected recognition programs in the …

Midwest Steel Wins 2014 TAUC Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce that TAUC Governing Member Midwest Steel, Inc. is the winner of the 2014 The Construction User Photo Contest. The winning photo was taken by Brad Hetzer, who served as Field Superintendent on the project, and depicts the construction of a new coker …

TAUC Submits Comments to EPA on Clean Power Plan

TAUC has submitted a formal set of comments to EPA regarding its proposed Clean Power Plan. The comments lay out in detail TAUC's objections to the government's misguided attempts to slash carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. EPA's plan would impose severe, unrealistic emissions …

2014 TAUC-NMAPC Holiday Open House and State of the Union Construction Industry Forum!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. The annual TAUC-NMAPC Holiday Open House will take place on Tuesday, December 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center in Washington, D.C.! Don't miss the union construction industry's premiere holiday …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Settlements Report, September 2014Member Only Content

 The latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council -- the September 2014 Settlements Report -- is now available to members as a free PDF download! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

TAUC Members: Tell EPA What You Think -- Your Voice Needs To Be Heard!

Attention contractors - TAUC needs your help! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting public comments on its proposed rule to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants. Called the Clean Power Plan, it would impose severe, unrealistic emissions …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 1 - McGraw-Hill's Bob Murray)

The TAUC 2014 Summer Summit - a special half-day conference for all members of the tripartite union construction community - took place in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, August 13. If you weren't lucky enough to attend, here's a brief overview of the event - and you can click here to download …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 2 - Bob Murray Continued)

  Public Works, Utilities & Manufacturing Turning to the public works sector, Murray said that "on balance, we are seeing an improved state and local government funding picture." At the federal level, a $10.8 billion "patch" to the Highway Trust Fund passed by Congress last July will …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 3 - Bob Fitzgerald on Human Performance)

Human Performance and Safety What is Human Performance - HP for short - and what does it have to do with safety? That was the question Bob Fitzgerald set out to answer on Wednesday morning with a high-energy presentation.  Fitzgerald, the Manager of Project Safety and Health …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 4 - Brent Booker)

Aiming for the Gulf If you haven't heard about international unions' efforts to gain new market share in low-union density regions of the country, then chances are you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Led by President Sean McGarvey, North America's …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 5 - Pension Reform)

    Pension Reform Update As almost everyone in our industry knows, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 expires at the end of this year. Unions, contractors and trade associations like TAUC have been working at a breakneck pace to convince Congress to pass much-needed reform …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 6 - AEP's John Hendricks on EPA regs)

  EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck No union construction conference would be complete without a discussion of the federal government's shortsighted regulatory actions. Over the past several years, the EPA has proposed several major regulations aimed at destroying coal-fired power …

TAUC Summer Summit: Tackling the Big Issues in Cincinnati (Part 7 - Wrapping Up)

  The Final Verdict The 2014 TAUC Summer Summit delivered on its promise of updating attendees on the most pressing issues facing their businesses, both in the short and long term. We wish to extend our thanks to all of our presenters for taking time out of their hectic schedules to join us in …

Switching Channels

By Steve Lindauer, TAUC CEO It’s summertime, and as usual, there’s nothing to watch on television except reruns. The big broadcast networks are busy recycling old episodes of their boring sitcoms and crime dramas, hoping we won’t notice it’s the same old …

TAUC Summer Summit - Download PowerPoint Presentations

Cincinnati, OH - TAUC held its Summer Summit on August 13, 2014 and experts from across the construction and maintenance industry provided important, up-to-date information on various regulatory, legislative, economic and business topics with ample time for networking, making it a must-attend event …

TAUC Welcomes Newest Affiliate Member: Environmental, Health & Safety Solutions, Inc.

TAUC is pleased to announce that Environmental, Health & Safety Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Industry, Pennsylvania, recently became our newest Affiliate Member! Environmental, Health & Safety Solutions, Inc. offers a wide variety of professional consulting services, including safety audits, …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Settlements Report, June 2014Member Only Content

 The latest settlements report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), dated June 2014, is now available to TAUC members as a free download in PDF format. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REPORT IN PDF FORMAT

TAUC Summer Summit Coming to Cincinnati on August 13!

  This summer, TAUC is coming to Cincinnati! We're heading to the Midwest on Wednesday, August 13 for a special FREE one-day forum specially designed for union construction and maintenance contractors, their partners in labor and owner-clients! We're coming to Cincinnati to …

EPA's New Carbon Pollution Proposal Will Endanger Jobs and Weaken America's Energy Infrastructure

ARLINGTON, VA - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), the country's premier trade association for contractors in the union construction and maintenance industry, today joined dozens of other major business groups in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rethink its …

TAUC Welcomes New Governing Member Shelby Mechanical Inc.!

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is pleased to announce our newest Governing Member -- Shelby Mechanical Inc., an industrial general mechanical contractor based in Cinnaminson, New Jersey! Shelby Mechanical Inc. provides an array of plant services to industrial clients across New …

Multiemployer Pension Reform: Contractor Resource Page

The Association of Union Constructors' (TAUC) membership of 2,000+ contractors all contribute to one or more multiemployer pension plans throughout the United States.  These plans have historically provided a stable retirement fund for those union construction employees who work for our members and …

Four Union Leaders Address TAUC Leadership Conference

  An old adage tells us there is "strength in numbers." The truth of that statement was never more apparent than when TAUC welcomed the leaders of four international building trades unions to our 2014 Leadership Conference, held May 6-9 at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay near San …

Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Awards winners announced

HALF MOON BAY, CA - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 7 announced the winners of the annual Thomas J. Reynolds Awards for Excellence in Construction Safety and Health during a special ceremony at the 2014 TAUC Leadership Conference at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay …

Three New TAUC Board Members Elected

HALF MOON BAY, CA - TAUC Governing Members on May 7 elected three new members of the Board of Directors at the 2014 TAUC Leadership Conference, held at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay near San Francisco, California. The names of Chuck Binkowski (Barton Malow Company), Dan Kilgore (Graycor …

TAUC, Iron Workers Team Up To Advance Pension Reform

  TAUC and the Iron Workers agree on many things, including the need for quick and comprehensive reform of the current multiemployer pension system. That's why both organizations recently penned a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation that would …

Celebrate 10 Years of "The Construction User" Magazine with Huge Ad Savings!

This summer marks the 10th anniversary of TAUC's award-winning magazine, The Construction User! To celebrate, we're launching a special advertising sale for the Summer 2014 issue. Place a commemorative ad in our special anniversary section and save 50% off the regular ad rate! …

Bruce Bennett Named 2014 TAUC Craftperson of the Year

HALF MOON BAY, CA - Bruce Bennett has been named the 2014 TAUC James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year. The award, which recognizes outstanding labor-management cooperation and quality craftsmanship in the union construction and maintenance industries, was presented at a special …

Announcing the 2014 TAUC Magazine Photo Contest

How would you like your project featured in TAUC's official magazine, The Construction User? TAUC contractors are invited to submit their favorite industrial construction and maintenance project photos for our sixth annual photo contest. Labor representatives and industrial …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Union Construction Labor Cost Trends & Outlook 2014Member Only Content

The latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), the "Union Construction Labor Cost Trends & Outlook 2014," is now available to members as a free download in PDF format.

We Need Your Help to Get Multiemployer Pension Reform Across the Goal Line!

As a union contractor and member of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), you are no doubt well aware of the crisis facing multiemployer pension plans. Fortunately, TAUC and others are working towards legislative and regulatory reforms that, if enacted, would protect …

TAUC Submits Comments Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline

TAUC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of State providing support for the development of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Department of State requested comments after publishing their final report of the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The comments that TAUC submitted are …

The Association of Union Constructors Urges OSHA to Withdraw Silica Rule

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), submitted comments requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule in its current form to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) …

It's TAUC Awards Season - Apply for Thomas J. Reynolds and James J. Willis Honors Today!

TAUC is now accepting applications for the James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year and the Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Awards. The James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award honors a member of the building trades at any career level who has a gift for recognizing the vision of a project and can …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Settlements Report, December 2013Member Only Content

The latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), titled "Settlements Report" and dated December 2013, is now available to members as a free download in PDF format.  

TAUC Welcomes New Governing Member - The State Group

TAUC is pleased to announce that The State Group has joined our association as a Governing member. Founded in 1961 as State Electric in Toronto, The State Group has expanded over the past 50 years to service the commercial, institutional and industrial markets, and have established offices …

TAUC Statement on Operating Engineers' Decision to Re-affiliate with Building and Construction Trades Department

On December 19, the International Union of Operating Engineers announced that it had decided to re-affiliate with the Building and Construction Trades Department. TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer issued the following statement: "TAUC views this as a very positive step not only for the Operating Engineers …

FREE DOWNLOAD: TAUC Quick Reference Guide to OSHA Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda

On November 19, 2013, OSHA released its Fall 2013 semi-annual regulatory agenda, an overview of what the agency plans to accomplish in the coming months. The agenda includes updated information on a number of major rulemakings and proposed rulemakings that will have a direct …

Register Now for the 2014 TAUC Leadership Conference!

Registration is now open for the 2014 TAUC Leadership Conference, scheduled for May 6-9 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay resort just outside San Francisco! Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to network with union contractors, industrial business owners and labor …

The Seven R's of Workforce Development in the Union Construction Industry

TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer was the keynote speaker at the North Dakota Construction Council's Second Annual Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Nov. 19. In keeping with the conference's theme of workforce development, Steve gave a presentation entitled "The Seven R's of …

Tripartite in Tucson: TAUC Makes the Case for Union Construction at CURT Conference

How many partners does it take to explain the unique cost-saving benefits of union construction's tripartite approach? Three, of course! Leaders from TAUC, along with representatives from the labor and owner-client communities, traveled to Tucson on Nov. 12 to deliver a lively educational …

Register Now for the 2013 TAUC State of the Union Construction Industry Forum!

This year's TAUC State of the Union Construction Industry Forum will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from industry experts on the most important issues …

TAUC Magazine Wins Four Prestigious MarCom Awards

TAUC is pleased to announce that our official quarterly magazine, The Construction User, won four prestigious MarCom Awards in this year's international creative competition administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP)! The Fall 2012 issue won the highest …

Join TAUC on Social Media!

TAUC is now on social media! We have launched a Twitter feed, Facebook page, and LinkedIn group to facilitate further communication with our members and other stakeholders in the union construction industry. Social media also allows us to further our reach and our brand recognition by directly …

TAUC welcomes new Governing Member - Gallagher Kaiser Corp.

TAUC is pleased to announce that Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation has joined our association as a Governing member. Gallagher-Kaiser was founded by Ed Gallagher, Joseph Kaiser III, and August Fegert in Detroit, MI in 1952. The company grew steadily to become one of the top Paint Finishing supplier in …

TAUC Joins Advocates for Better Silica Regulations, Calls for Comment Extension

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is pleased to announce it has joined the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, a new coalition of national construction industry trade associations that want a practical and cost-effective crystalline silica regulation that will improve the safety and …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Settlements Report, September 2013Member Only Content

The latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), titled "Settlements Report" and dated September 2013, is now available to members as a free download in PDF format.

TAUC Safety Chair to Lead New OSHA-NAWIC Task Force on Women in Construction

OSHA last month announced it has signed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction to develop training resources to protect women in the construction industry. "The alliance will focus on musculoskeletal and sanitation hazards and issues related to …

MEMBER ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to support multiemployer pension reform

TAUC is encouraging its membership to send the template letter below to your representatives in Congress so that meaningful reform can be enacted prior to when the Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 sunsets at the end of 2014.  TAUC members cannot wait for plans to fail, for the Pension Benefit …

TAUC Welcomes New LEO Member: Colorado Association of Mechanical & Plumbing Contractors

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FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: TAUC Quick Reference Guide To OSHA Spring 2013 Regulatory AgendaMember Only Content

On July 3, 2013, OSHA released its Spring 2013 semi-annual regulatory agenda, an overview of what the agency plans to accomplish in the coming months. The agenda includes updated information on a number of major rulemakings and proposed rulemakings that will have a direct impact on …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD CLRC Settlements Report, June 2013Member Only Content

The latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), titled "Settlements Report" and dated June 2013, is now available to members as a free download in PDF format.

TAUC Congratulates Steve Burton on retirement

Steve Burton, who led the Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council for 24 years, recently retired. A special celebration held at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia drew union construction officials from around the country -- including TAUC CEO and NMAPC Impartial …

TAUC welcomes new Affiliate Member

TAUC is pleased to announce that Beeline Purchasing has joined as an Affiliate Member. Check out their website today!

PowerPoints from this year's TAUC Leadership Conference

This year's TAUC Leadership Conference -- held May 7-10 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia -- featured a stellar lineup of expert speakers. Now you can download the PowerPoint Presentations for each speaker in PDF format (click to open and view online; right-click to …

TAUC CEO Speaks at Operating Engineers Convention

Until union contractors and their labor partners decide to put aside their differences and work together to gain market share, potential clients will continue to look elsewhere for their industrial construction and maintenance needs, TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer said recently. "Union …

New TAUC board member, LEO chair elected; Cakrane honored

GREENSBORO, GA - TAUC Governing Members elected a new member of the Board of Directors at the 2013 TAUC Leadership Conference, held May 7-10 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. Ken Perry of Fluor Constructors, whose name was placed into nomination by the nominating …

Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Awards winners announced

GREENSBORO, GA - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 8 announced the winners of the annual Thomas J. Reynolds Awards for Excellence in Construction Safety and Health during a special ceremony at the 2013 TAUC Leadership Conference at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds …

John Balik Named TAUC Craftperson of the Year

GREENSBORO, GA - John Balik has been named the 2013 TAUC James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year. The award, which recognizes outstanding labor-management cooperation and quality craftsmanship in the construction industry, was presented at a special ceremony on May 9 at TAUC's …

QCA: Pension Reform Takes Center Stage

Union construction contractors from around the country converged on Washington, DC last week with a single, overriding message for their legislators: the multiemployer pension system is in deep trouble, and Congress needs to pass a significant set of reforms - fast. "We must face the hard truth," …

BCTD's McGarvey sees bright future for union construction

The union construction industry is facing down some serious problems - including pension and immigration reform - but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about what the future holds, said Sean McGarvey, President of the Building & Construction Trades Department (BCTD). McGarvey spoke May …

TAUC-NMAPC Statement on the Passing of George Kratzer

George Kratzer, First General Vice President for the Ironworkers International Union, passed away on Saturday, March 23 at the age of 62. George began his 42-year career with the Ironworkers as an apprentice in 1970. He subsequently held several elected offices with Local 290 in …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD CLRC Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook, February 2013Member Only Content

The latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), titled "Construction Labor Rate Trends & Outlook" and dated February 2013, is now available to members as a free download in PDF format.  

TAUC Applauds Release of Proposed Reforms to Safeguard Multiemployer Pension Plans

After 18 months of work and input from more than 40 stakeholders from business and labor - including The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) - the Partnership for Multiemployer Retirement Security on Tuesday released a report outlining a series of reforms to ensure that …

TAUC 2013 Leadership Conference Scheduled for May 7-10

The TAUC 2013 Leadership Conference, scheduled for May 7-10 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.! The theme for this year's Leadership Conference is Industry Upgrade: New Vision, New Strategies. Attendees will hear from a wide variety of experts on …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CRLC Settlements Report - December 2012Member Only Content

The latest Settlements Report from the Construction Labor Research Council, dated December 2012, is available for download by clicking here. Last fall, CLRC introduced an upgraded version of the Settlements Report, featuring new content and a new format. The changes include the following …

TAUC-NMAPC Statement on the Passing of Jack Bartnett

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) offer their sincere condolences to the family of John (Jack) Bartnett, who passed away on January 26 at the age of 81. Jack was a past Management Co-Chair of the NMAPC …

TAUC welcomes new affiliate member

TAUC is pleased to welcome the National Union Insulation Contractors Alliance as a new Affiliate Member. Based in Schaumburg, Illinois, the NUICA serves as the national voice for union insulation contractors. TAUC Affiliate members optimize the visibility of their organization through networking, …

Become a sponsor for the 2013 TAUC Leadership Conference!

This year's TAUC Leadership Conference will be held May 7-10 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Gergia. The conference is one of the union construction industry's must-attend events, offering a valuable opportunity to network with contractors, owner-clients and …

Contractors: Is Your Company on DOJ's Radar Screen?

TAUC announces a FREE WEBINAR on contractor collaboration designed specifically for industrial and commercial union contractors interested in better understanding joint ventures and antitrust compliance. Last year, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice set a record for …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: TAUC Quick-Reference Guide to OSHA Fall 2012 Regulatory AgendaMember Only Content

On December 21, 2012, OSHA released its Fall 2012 semi-annual regulatory agenda, an overview of what the agency plans to accomplish in the coming months. The agenda includes updated information on a number of major rulemakings and proposed rulemakings that will have a direct impact …

TAUC Statement on the Passing of Jim Walker

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) offers its sincere condolences to the family of D. James "Jim" Walker, Jr., who passed away on December 5. Jim was CEO of the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association (GLFEA). He also served as chairman of the TAUC Local Employer …

State of the Union 2012: pension reform, new political landscape, and much more

The annual TAUC State of the Union Construction Industry Forum was held Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C. As always, the 2012 event featured a first-class slate of speakers discussing a number of issues vital to contractors, owners and unions as we head into the new year. Brent Booker, …

TAUC welcomes new LEO member

TAUC is pleased to welcome the Ohio/Michigan chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as the newest Local Employer Organization (LEO) member! LEOs are comprised of regional, state, or local union employer associations whose mission and purposes are …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Special Report - Wage and Fringe Benefits Settlements AnalysisMember Only Content

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has prepared a special report entitled "Wage and Fringe Benefits Settlements Analysis," and TAUC members can download a free copy in PDF format at the link below. "This report shows where recently negotiated settlement increases are being distributed …

TAUC Congratulates its' Members for Achieving Zero Injuries

TAUC would like to congratulate its members, both Governing and Regular, for their stellar safety performance on projects worked under the National Maintenance Agreements in 2011. The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) recognized their efforts, along with their counter …

Kiewit Power Constructors Co. Wins 2012 Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce that TAUC Governing Member Kiewit Power Constructors Co. (KPC) is the winner of the 2012 Construction User Photo Contest. The winning photo was taken by KPC Project Engineer Michael Scholz and depicts the company's work at the Tennessee Valley Authority's …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Settlements Report, September 2012Member Only Content

The latest Settlements Report from the Construction Labor Research Council, dated September 2012, can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the link below.

MEMBERS ONLY: MCAA Inventory of Construction Industry Pension PlansMember Only Content

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently released a new report entitled Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans, and TAUC is pleased to offer its members a free copy at the download link below. The report is a valuable resource for all contractors involved with …

TAUC issues updated Antitrust Policy Statement

TAUC recently updated its Antitrust Policy Statement for members. The statement, available for download in PDF format at the link below, contains important information for contractors. TAUC urges its members to download and read the statement today.

New website highlights savings for TAUC members with Enterprise Fleet ManagementMember Only Content

TAUC is pleased to announce a new website that highlights the benefits available to our members through Enterprise Fleet Management! Click here or log on to http://tauc.efmdrive.com/ to learn more. With more than 1.1 million vehicles under management and 58 fully staffed offices nationwide, …

TAUC welcomes new affiliate and LEO members

Several companies and organizations have recently joined TAUC, and we want to take this opportunity to welcome them aboard. New Affiliate Members Affiliate members optimize the visibility of their organization through networking, sponsorship and advertising opportunities many of which are not …

Preparing for Change

In 2008, TAUC brought together the leaders of several building trades for a "town hall" question-and-answer session that drew rave reviews from our member contractors. At this year's Leadership Conference, held May 15-18 in Hilton Head, South Carolina, we put on an encore, and the …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlement - 2012Member Only Content

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released its latest report, datedJune 2012, titled "Wage and Benefit Settlements - 2012."  The entire report can be downloaded in PDF format at the link below.

Introducing Your New Committee Chairs

TAUC's Labor, Safety & Health, and Local Employer Organization (LEO) Committees each have new leadership as of May. Labor Committee Chair Bill Cornell of McCarl's Inc. William "Bill" Cornell is General Manager of Industrial Operations for McCarl’s Inc.  Bill has spent his …

TAUC submits comments to EPA on proposed carbon rule

TAUC has formally submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed Carbon Pollution Standard. You can read and download the comments here. Background: On April 13, EPA issued a proposed rule setting strict carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits for new fossil fuel-fired …

FREE DOWNLOAD: "Behavior-Based Approach to Safety"Member Only Content

At last month's TAUC Leadership Conference, Southern Company's Regional Manager for Construction Safety and Health, Kurt Friend, gave an in-depth presentation on a "behavior-based approach to safety." Many attendees requested a copy of his PowerPoint slides, and we are pleased to present them as a …

Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Award winners announced

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 16 announced the winners of the annual Thomas J. Reynolds Awards for Excellence in Construction Safety and Health during a special ceremony at the 2012 TAUC Leadership Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. …

Tom Felton elected President of TAUC

Tom Felton, President of MC Industrial, was elected President of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) at the group's annual Leadership Conference, held May 15-18 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Felton succeeded Robert Santillo, President of McCarl's, Inc., who was honored …

TAUC presents Helmets to Hardhats with $100,000 check

TAUC recently presented Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Darrell Roberts with a check for $100,000 to further his organization's efforts in helping returning military veterans transition to rewarding careers in the union construction industry. A special ceremony was held on …

Bob Hoover honored with Spirit of Union Construction Award

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 17 honored Bob Hoover with its prestigious Spirit of Union Construction Award, reserved for individuals who have dedicated their entire careers to the advancement of the industry. Mr. Hoover was presented with the award during a …

Brad Boeke named TAUC Craftperson of the Year

Brad Boeke has been named the 2012 TAUC James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year. The award, which recognizes outstanding labor-management cooperation and quality craftsmanship in the construction industry, was presented at a special ceremony on May 17 at TAUC's Leadership Conference …

Six new members elected to TAUC Board of Directors

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Governing members of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 16 elected six new members to the TAUC Board of Directors: Scean Cherry of Day and Zimmermann NPS; Bill Cornell of McCarl's Inc. Kathi Dobson of Alberici Constructors; …

TAUC 2012 Leadership Conference Round-Up

This year's TAUC Leadership Conference was held May 15-18 at the beautiful Westin Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It was a jam-packed week, beginning with the election of a new TAUC President and ending with the Fourth Annual James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Gala Dinner and …

TAUC partners with Enterprise Fleet Management to help cut vehicle costs

Because vehicle costs are among the largest operational expenses for contractors, TAUC is pleased to announce a new benefit available to all members. In partnership with Enterprise Fleet Management, TAUC members can receive up to 15% savings in their vehicle operational expenses, as …

TAUC Statement on the Passing of Mark Ayers

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) offers its sincere condolences to the family of Mark Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO. Mark passed away on Sunday, April 8. At the BCTD, Mark worked closely with TAUC on a number of …

TAUC welcomes new affiliate, LEO members

Several companies and organizations have recently joined TAUC, and we want to take this opportunity to welcome them aboard. New Affiliate Members Affiliate members optimize the visibility of their organization through networking, sponsorship and advertising opportunities many of which are not …

TAUC congratulates Fluor's Ric Carter on forthcoming retirement

Ric Carter, President of Fluor Constructors and current First Vice President of TAUC, recently announced that he will retire in June, bringing to a close a construction career that spanned more than forty years. "I drew my first construction paycheck in 1964 from the Gerometta …

TAUC CEO represents organization at several events

TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer has had the opportunity to represent the organization at several industry events recently. In February, Mr. Lindauer moderated a special panel discussion featuring owners at the 2012 North American Ironworkers/IMPACT Labor Management Conference in Las Vegas …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Labor Rate Trends & OutlookMember Only Content

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released its latest report, dated February 2012, entitled "Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook." The entire 14-page report can be downloaded in PDF format at the link below.

Brian Doran to serve as new TAUC alternate to A10

Brian Doran, Corporate Safety Director for J.J. White, Inc., has agreed to serve as TAUC’s Alternate to the ANSI A10 Accredited Standards Committee.   The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on …

Joint TAUC-NACBE Safety and Health Committee welcomes owners

Last month, as part of an ongoing strategic alliance, the TAUC Safety and Health Committee held a joint meeting with the Safety Committee of the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE.) in Des Plaines, Ill.  Representatives from two power industry customers participated …

OSHA publishes new white paper on injury prevention programs

While OSHA continues to work on new regulations for its Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2), it has developed a new white paper to assist employers in developing their own injury and illness prevention programs. Elements discussed in greater detail include management leadership, worker …

FREE DOWNLOAD: TAUC Quick Reference Guide to Fall 2011 OSHA Regulatory AgendaMember Only Content

On January 20, 2012, OSHA released its Fall 2011 semi-annual regulatory agenda, an overview of what the agency plans to accomplish in the coming months. The agenda includes updated information on a number of major rulemakings and proposed rulemakings that will have a direct impact on …

Keystone Rejection Slams Brakes on Economic Recovery

ARLINGTON,VA - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) expressed its disappointment and frustration over the Obama administration's decision to reject a permit for TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline. The proposed Keystone Pipeline would stretch nearly 1,700 miles from Canada to Texas and …

TAUC magazine wins 2 prestigious MarCom Awards

TAUC is pleased to announce that our official magazine, The Construction User, took home two prestigious prizes in the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals' (AMCP) 2011 MarCom Awards competition. The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition judged by industry …

Mike Dorsey named Director of Industrial Relations

TAUC and NMAPC are pleased to announce that Mike Dorsey has been named Director of Industrial Relations. Mike has been with TAUC and NMAPC since 2006, previously serving as Manager of Membership and, most recently, Assistant Director of Industrial Relations for both organizations. …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlements, December 2011Member Only Content

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its latest report, Wage and Benefit Settlements, dated December 2011. You can download a free copy of the report in PDF format by clicking on the link below. 

TAUC welcomes three new affiliate members

TAUC is pleased to announce the addition of three new affiliate members to our growing ranks: Bond Beebe Accountants and Advisors Mobile Medical Corporation The Segal Company We welcome our new members and look forward to working with them to advance the union construction industry! …

TAUC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)     Alphabetical list of topics (click on link to jump to a specific topic): About TAUC Advertising & Marketing Billing & Invoices Committees Company Contact Information - Updating Employment …

Advertise with TAUC in 2012 -- new media kit available!

Want to reach thousands of high-level construction industry professionals? Interested in promoting your products and services to people who can actually make purchasing decisions and cut a check? Then make plans now to advertise in TAUC's official magazine, e-newsletter and …

TAUC welcomes new LEO members

TAUC is pleased to announce that three new Local Employer Organizations (LEOs) have joined our association. LEO members are regional, state, or local union employer associations whose mission and purposes are consistent with that of TAUC. This nationwide network lends its voice to the areas of …

TAUC urges support for TransCanada pipeline

Earlier this fall, TAUC joined together with several international unions in voicing support for the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline at a rally in downtown Washington, D.C. The pipeline, which is planned to stretch nearly 2,000 miles from Canada to Texas, has come under fire from many …

FREE MEMBER DOWNLOAD: CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlements, September 2011Member Only Content

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its latest report, Wage and Benefit Settlements. You can download it in PDF format by right-clicking on the link below and saving the file to your computer.

MEMBER ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to stand up for contractors

TAUC is encouraging its membership to send the letter below to your representatives in Congress and any others which may have influence in order to help our country arrive at a more reasonable implementation timeline to execute proposed United States Environmental Protection Agency …

TAUC submits comments on MACT standards to EPA

TAUC earlier this month formally submitted comments to the EPA regarding its proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MACT), and requested that the agency reconsider the implementation timeline for the rules. "Our member companies, in discussion with their existing …

FASB officially removes withdrawal liability requirement

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on July 27 approved a revised accounting standard for participants in multiemployer pension plans (MEPPs) but cancelled a proposal to require participating employers to disclose their withdrawal liability. The decision not to include …

FREE DOWNLOAD: TAUC Quick Reference Guide to Spring 2011 OSHA Regulatory AgendaMember Only Content

On July 7, 2011, OSHA released its spring semi-annual regulatory agenda, an overview of what the agency plans to accomplish in the coming months. The agenda includes updated information on a number of major rulemakings and proposed rulemakings that will have a direct impact on the …

The auto industry and the unions: the untold story

by Steve Lindauer, TAUC CEO and NMAPC Impartial Secretary/CEO The slow but steady recovery of the major U.S. auto manufacturers after several years of disastrous financial results has launched a feeding frenzy in Washington. In recent weeks both Democrats and Republicans have …

TAUC attends apprenticeship event on National Mall

TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer attended the "Out Educate, Out Build" celebration on the National Mall on June 6. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, recognized the 100th anniversary of registered apprenticeships in the U.S. and highlighted the state-of-the-art worker …

FASB removes withdrawal liability from requested disclosures

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) met June 29 and held the second-to-last vote on its multiemployer benefit plan disclosure proposals which had threatened all union construction firms since it was originally proposed in the fall of 2010.   The efforts made by …

FREE DOWNLOAD: CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlements, June 2011

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its latest report, Wage and Benefit Settlements. You can download it in PDF format by right-clicking on the link below and saving the file to your computer.

OSHA seeks comments on proposed changes to injury reporting rules

OSHA last month released a series of proposed updates and revisions to the agency's recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. The new proposed reporting requirements revised OSHA's current regulation that requires an employer to report to OSHA, within eight …

OSHA makes changes to Outreach Training Program

TAUC members should be aware that OSHA has made a number of changes to the Outreach Education Training Program (OSHA 10-and 30-Hour). These changes went into effect July 1, and include: Signing a statement of compliance that the training is conducted in accordance with Outreach …

TAUC member to serve on ACCSH

William Hering, Corporate Safety & Health Director for S.M. Electric Co. and longtime TAUC member, has been invited by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to serve a two-year term as a member of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) as an employer representative. …

FASB meets to discuss MEPP disclosure proposal

The Financial Standards Accounting Board (FASB) met May 31 to discuss the proposed new disclosure requirements for participants in multiemployer pension plans. After months of analysis, the Board is now entering the final stages of deliberation. Although no official decision was made at the …

QCA testifies on need to repeal 3% withholding tax

Last month a representative of the Quality Construction Alliance - a coalition of specialty trade associations that includes TAUC - testified before a House subcommittee on the urgent need to repeal the onerous 3% withholding tax before it goes into effect next year. The rule would require …

OSHA launches national survey on employers' safety practices

OSHA last month announced it has initiated a survey of 19,000 private sector employers to help the agency better design future safety rules and assist in compliance and outreach efforts. The Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices asks questions about workplace safety and health management …

SIP III final rule coming soon, OSHA says

OSHA said late last month that it will soon publish a final rule streamlining and simplifying standards in an effort to reduce the burden on employers. It is the third in a series of Standards Improvement Projects (SIP) initiatives launched by the agency. "OSHA estimates that the final rule, …

General Presidents Wise, O'Sullivan talk union expansion

TAUC's 2011 Leadership Conference was held May 10-13 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The annual event brought together 175 representatives from the contractor, building trades and owner-client communities to discuss the latest industry trends and hear from an A-list …

Bill Tweet honored by NMAPC

Bill Tweet, longtime Iron Workers representative on the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) and member of the Board of Directors, was honored by the Committee for his service at the recent 2011 TAUC Leadership Conference. Tweet, who is retiring to his home in San Diego …

Brian Lang named TAUC Craftperson of the Year

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 12 presented Brian Lang with the annual James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award during a special ceremony at the 2011 TAUC Leadership Conference held at The Greenbrier. Lang is an electrician and …

Joseph La Rocca honored with Spirit of Union Construction Award

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 12 honored Joseph R. La Rocca with its prestigious Spirit of Union Construction Award, reserved for individuals who have dedicated their entire careers to the advancement of the industry. Mr. La …

Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Award winners announced

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 11 announced the winners of the annual Thomas J. Reynolds Awards for Excellence in Construction Safety and Health during a special ceremony at the 2011 TAUC Leadership Conference. The Thomas J. Reynolds Awards were …

Three new members elected to TAUC Board of Directors

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V. - Governing members of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 11 elected three new members to the TAUC Board of Directors: Michael Archer of Pioneer Pipe; Mark Douglas of Ben Hur Construction Company; and Randall Ray of Copper Range, Inc. The …

Joseph Nigro elected new GP of Sheet Metal Workers

Joseph Nigro has been elected the new General President of the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association (SMWIA), the union's General Executive Council announced. Nigro, most recently the General Secretary-Treasurer of the SMWIA, will assume his new post on July 1. He succeeds …

TAUC engages in constructive dialogue with Carpenters, Operating Engineers

Several TAUC members and CEO Steve Lindauer participated in a special presentation at the National Construction Alliance II meeting in Las Vegas in late March. For the first time, TAUC was invited to meet with the General Presidents of the Carpenters and Operating Engineers International Unions - …

CLRC names new executive director

The Construction Labor Research Council announced last month that Carey Peters has been named the new executive director of the organization, replacing Bob Gasperow, who is retiring after 30 years of service. "It is an honor to be selected to lead CLRC," said Peters. "My top priorities include …

VIDEO: UA's Hite receives MOAA Award

United Association International Union General President William Hite recently became the latest recipient of the Military Officers Association of America's Distinguished Service Award (see article here). A new video of the presentation has been released; you can view it by clicking here.

OSHA launches new campaign on heat-related illnesses

With summer fast approaching, OSHA has launched a new national outreach initiative to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses. "If you're working outdoors, you're at risk for heat-related illnesses …

NIOSH releases new bulletin on lockout/tagout procedures

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has issued a new downloadable publication on the importance of lockout/tagout procedures. "Workers are at risk of severe injury and death during machine maintenance and servicing if proper lockout and tagout procedures are not followed," …

Expert forum to be held on combustible dust

OSHA has announced it will hold an expert forum later this month to identify regulatory options for protecting workers from combustible dust hazards, which have killed roughly 150 workers and injured more than 850 since 1980. "Discussions will include identifying regulatory options that can …

FREE DOWNLOAD: CLRC Cost of Terms and Conditions in Collective Bargaining Agreements, March 2011

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its latest report, Cost of Terms and Conditions in Collective Bargaining Agreements, and you can download it for free in PDF format by clicking on the link below.

In Memoriam: Robert Georgine, 1932-2011

Robert Georgine, former president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, passed away on March 29 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, due to complications from a stroke. Mr. Georgine was born in Chicago and started his union career as a woodworker. He served in …

UA's Hite receives MOAA Distinguished Service Award

William Hite, General President of the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs, is the recipient of the Military Officers Association of America's Distinguished Service Award, to be presented at an April 12 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Major General Matthew P.…

OSHA to host small biz teleconferences on proposed injury log column

OSHA and the Small Business Administration are teaming up to hold a series of three teleconferences next week "to reach out to the small business community for input on OSHA's proposal to add a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs," the agencies said.…

OSHA seeks applications for online safety training programs

OSHA announced late last month that it is seeking applications from organizations "to provide 10- or 30-hour online OSHA Outreach Training Program courses in the construction, general and maritime industries." The program "trains workers on their rights, describes employer responsibilities, …

TAUC, industry groups continue FASB outreach efforts

One of the most important questions facing TAUC members in 2011 is whether the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will implement new financial disclosure requirements for contractors participating in multiemployer pension plans. As part of the Construction Industry FASB Coalition (CIFC), …

In Memoriam: Richard C. Higgins, 1921-2010

Richard Calvin Higgins, a construction executive for 50 years and a former board member of TAUC's predecessor organization, The National Erectors Association, passed away Dec. 30, 2010 at the age of 89. Mr. Higgins joined the family business, Higgins Erectors and Haulers in upstate New York, when …

FREE DOWNLOAD: CLRC Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook, February 2011

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its latest Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook, and you can download it for free in PDF format by clicking on the link below.

Will new air regs mean big business for contractors?

Changes to EPA's air pollution regulations could result in more business for skilled construction workers, according to a new report. "Meeting new standards that limit sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and other pollutants will create a wide array of skilled construction and …

Segal releases new survey of multiemployer plans' zone status

The Segal Company has released a new report outlining the zone status - green, yellow and red - of multiemployer pension plans in 2010. The actuarial and investment firm found that more than half of the plans surveyed were in the green zone last year, a "significant increase from 2009," when just …

Register now for TAUC's 2011 Safety and Craftperson Awards!

There are only a few days left to apply for TAUC's James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year and Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Awards! The application deadline for both awards is Friday, March 11. Don't miss out on the chance to have your company recognized by TAUC! To apply for either award, click …

REMINDER for all TAUC contractors: update your company profiles now!

Here's an important reminder for all TAUC contractors: take a few minutes today and update your online company profile. Your online profile is part of the TAUC W.O.R.K. Tool, utilized by owner/clients to find qualified union contractors. When a potential client finds your listing, you'll want to …

UPDATE: TAUC members saving big with UPS Freight discount

Last February TAUC partnered with UPS Freight to offer members 70% off "heavyweight" less-than-truckload shipments. A year later, our contractors are enjoying major savings: in 2010, TAUC members moved more than 200 shipments using the freight discount, and saw an average savings of $667 per …

Mark your calendar: Quality Construction Alliance's National Issues Conference

The Quality Construction Alliance -- a coalition of five specialty union contractor associations, including TAUC -- will hold its National Issues Conference May 9-11 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The annual conference is a great opportunity for contractors to network with Washington …

FREE DOWNLOAD: TAUC Quick Reference Guide to 2011 OSHA Regulatory Agenda

On December 20, 2010, OSHA released its semi-annual regulatory agenda, an overview of what the agency plans to accomplish in the coming months. The agenda includes updated information on a number of major rulemakings that will have a direct impact on the construction industry. Below is a quick …

FREE DOWNLOAD: CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlements in Construction, 2010

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its Terms and Conditions Reference Guide for November 2010, and you can download it for free in PDF format by clicking on the link below.

FASB delays changes to MEPP disclosure rules

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has announced it will delay plans to implement new disclosure rules for employers that participate in multiemployer pension plans (MEPPs). Earlier this year FASB released Exposure Draft 715-80, which would require employers to include in their …

FREE DOWNLOAD: CLRC Terms and Conditions Reference Guide, November 2010

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its Terms and Conditions Reference Guide for November 2010, and you can download it for free in PDF format by clicking on the link below.  

Iron Workers GP Joseph Hunt to retire

Joseph Hunt, general president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, has announced that he will retire in February 2011. Hunt, who has served as general president since 2001, will be succeeded by current Iron Workers General Secretary …

Update on Indian tribal training programs

Earlier this year TAUC and the U.S. Department of the Interior signed a cooperative agreement to provide job opportunities for residents of Indian reservations (click here for more info). The Building and Construction Trades Department has also been instrumental in setting up several apprentice …

Register now for TAUC's State of the Union Construction Industry and TAUC-NMAPC Holiday Open House

Make plans now to attend TAUC-NMAPC's annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 7, followed by TAUC's State of the Union Construction Industry panel on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Both events will take place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. and advance registration is required (see …

FREE DOWNLOAD: Get the word out with the new TAUC brochure!

TAUC is pleased to unveil a new 8-page brochure that tells you everything you need to know about the organization and its unique relationship with the NMAPC. It's a great resource for contractors thinking of joining TAUC -- and who knows, even a few long-time members may learn …

FREE DOWNLOAD: CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlements, September 2010

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its Wage and Benefit Settlements Report for 2010, and you can download it for free in PDF format at the link below. CLRC reports that so far, settlements "have resulted in an average first year increase of $.64 or 1.3 percent. These …

FASB issues exposure draft on multiemployer pension plan disclosures

The Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) issued an exposure draft on September 1st that calls for participants in multiemployer defined benefit plans to disclose additional details including financial exposure, withdrawal liability, and underfunding surcharges. TAUC and its member …

MEMBER UPDATE: TAUC agreement with Bureau of Indian Affairs

Earlier this year, TAUC signed a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) to help provide crucial new careers for Native Americans in the construction industry and, at the same time, expand work opportunities for union …

FASB unveils potential changes to pension disclosure rules

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on Sept. 1 released Exposure Draft 715-80 entitled "Compensation - Retirement Benefits - Multiemployer Plans." This exposure draft is extremely pertinent to any union contractor that participates in a multiemployer pension plan, as it could …

Register now for the 10th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards

Online registration is now open for NMAPC's 10th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala, which will take place on Thursday, October 28 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Every ZISA event is special, but the 10th anniversary celebration promises to be a night to …

LIUNA rejoins AFL-CIO

The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) has announced that it will re-affiliate with the AFL-CIO after four years away from the large umbrella labor organization. "Now more than ever, working people and our country need a united union movement," said LIUNA General President …

DOL issues new interpretation on rules for protective clothing

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently issued a new interpretation of a statute that could have a direct impact on many TAUC members: when employees should be paid for time spent donning and doffing protective equipment. Under Section 3(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, …

CLRC: Construction Employment Trends, Short and Long Term, July 2010

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has just released its short- and long-term construction employment trends forecast, and you can download it for free at the link below. "Recent months' employment data provides strengthening evidence that the construction industry's long, sharp …

CLRC Wage and Benefit Settlements Update, June 2010

The Construction Labor Research Council has just released a new report on Wage and Benefit Settlements in collective bargaining agreements, and you can download it for free at the link below, courtesy of TAUC. W&B settlements in 2010 have thus far resulted in an average first-year increase of …

New TAUC-NMAPC W.O.R.K. Tool matches owners with contractors

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) have teamed up to offer TAUC members and NMA signatory contractors a new way to find additional work. The new "Work Opportunity Reference Key," or W.O.R.K. Tool, lets members of …

TAUC Leadership Conference 2010 Wrap-up

The TAUC Leadership Conference, held May 11-14 in Phoenix, Ariz., was a success on several levels. Not only did attendees enjoy two days' worth of high-level presentations and expert advice on virtually every aspect of the union construction business, but TAUC also used the occasion to honor the …

TAUC, Interior Dept. Work To Address Skilled Labor Needs on Tribal Lands

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 13 signed a cooperative agreement with the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, designed to provide crucial new careers for Native …

Roger Jayne Named TAUC Craftperson of the Year

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 13 presented Roger Jayne with the annual James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award during a special ceremony at the 2010 TAUC Leadership Conference. Jayne is a general foreman and member of Boilermakers Local No. …

Cakrane, Bruce Elected To TAUC Board of Directors

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - Governing members of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) - the largest multi-craft union contractor association in the United States - on May 12 elected two new members to the TAUC Board of Directors: Justin Bruce, Vice President of Bruce & Merrilees Electric …

Gary Bohn Named New TAUC Labor Committee Chair

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) - the largest multi-craft union contractor association in the United States - today elected Gary Bohn to serve as national Chairman of the Labor Committee. Mr. Bohn currently serves as senior advisor to Kiewit Power Constructors (KPC), …

Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Award Winners Announced

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) on May 12 announced the winners of the annual Thomas J. Reynolds Awards for Excellence in Construction Safety and Health during a special ceremony at the 2010 TAUC Leadership Conference. The Thomas J. Reynolds Awards were created …

CLRC's Cost of Terms and Conditions in Collective Bargaining Agreements, March 2010

The latest edition of the Construction Labor Research Council's report, Cost of Terms and Conditions in Collective Bargaining Agreements, is now available for download in PDF format. Left-click on the link at the end of this article to open the PDF file, or right-click and save it to your …

TAUC advocates for legislation to strengthen U.S. manufacturing

TAUC has joined more than 80 business, labor, environmental, and government organizations in urging Congress to adopt new tax policies to enhance industrial energy efficiency in order to increase manufacturing competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce pollution. TAUC and other supporters sent …

Register now for the Quality Construction Alliance's National Legislative Conference

Each year The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) joins forces with four other national union contractor trade associations to jointly host a National Legislative Conference. This year's Quality Construction Alliance Legislative Conference is taking place May 3-5, 2010 in …

CLRC's Construction Labor Rate Trends & Outlook, February 2010

For the latest edition of the Construction Labor Research Council's Construction Labor Rate Trends & Outlook in PDF format, click on the link at the end of this article. The Construction Labor Research Council is the industry's most comprehensive source of labor costs and related information …

Ironworkers, OSHA forge new training partnership

The Ironworkers International Union and OSHA have teamed up to form a new "National Training Partnership" to revise steel erection training materials and provide specialized training to OSHA compliance officers. The partnership caps off several years of sometimes contentious debate …

New OSHA eTool aims to prevent electric shock deaths

Each year, more than 75 workers die from electric shock while working with electric power, so OSHA has developed a new online "eTool" to explain the agency's safety standards and keep workers safe while working with electrical equipment or near high-voltage power lines. "We cannot allow these …

Spring 2010: "Why America Needs A Manufacturing Strategy"

The Spring 2010 issue of The Construction User is now available, featuring a cover story entitled "Why America Needs A Manufacturing Strategy" by Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. You can download a complete copy of the issue in PDF format …

TAUC representatives meet with Iron Workers executives

The Iron Workers' General Executive Council held its spring meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona in late March. Several TAUC members, including CEO Steve Lindauer, were given the opportunity to represent the association and participate in a constructive dialogue about ways to enhance the relationship …

Support HR 147

TAUC is asking its membership to support HR 147 - Establish a "Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund" Designate $3 of Your Income Tax for Homeless Veterans. Please call or write your Representative and feel free to use the following message: I urge you to cosponsor HR 147 which …

Department of Labor phases out Drug-Free Workplace Alliance

Due to a recent reorganization at the Department of Labor's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), the Working Partners program will be phased out effective February 28, 2010.  The Memorandum of Understanding that became effective February 10, 2009 …

NACBE's Boilermaker work hour projections

Below you will find an update to the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) Boilermaker workhour projections for 2010 and 2011. NACBE would like to thank those of you that helped in this effort by submitting your projections (which are kept confidential). All NACBE …

Construction Safety Conference

The Construction Safety Council held their 20th Annual Construction Safety Conference in Rosemont, IL February 16 ? 18, 2010.  The conference featured top-quality speakers from all over the country covering a variety of safety and health subjects. An awards program was part of the luncheon …

UPS Freight Savings Program

This specialized program offers TAUC Members a minimum 70% discount on LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipping. With UPS Freight you will get regional, interregional, and long-haul capabilities - all under one carrier. Your UPS Freight Savings Program applies to shipments weighing 150 …

TAUC and the Zero Injury Institute sign agreement

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the Zero Injury Institute (ZII) have penned an agreement granting TAUC Governing Members additional savings for ZII training programs. Training modules explain the Zero Injury Philosophy and steps to be taken to achieve zero injuries. …

Winter 2009: Union Contractors Celebrate Zero Injuries

The Winter 2009 issue of The Construction User is now available. Please call 703.524.3336 x112 if you do not receive your copy by Jan. 15, 2010. Also, please call us if someone you know would like to be added to the mailing list.

Cranes, health-related standards to be OSHA's focus

In maintaining its focus on safety and health for all workers, OSHA recently shared its vision of upcoming regulatory priorities. Here are a few: Cranes and Derricks Crystalline Silica Combustible Dust Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (Musculoskeletal …

State of the Union Construction Industry 2009

TAUC State of the Union Construction Industry featured a variety of experts on subject matters of high importance to union contractors, local employer associations and labor representatives. Speakers included: Jordan Barab of the Occupational Safety and Health …

Hogan named director of industrial relations

Daniel Hogan was named director of industrial relations for The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) in December of 2009.  Mr. Hogan has considerable experience within the construction association business.  Hogan, originally from Western New York, most recently held …

Preserve Benefits and Jobs Act Introduced

Surrounded by representatives of businesses, labor unions and non-profit organizations that have workers participating in defined benefit pension plans, Congressmen Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced new legislation that will provide pension funding relief which will enable …

TAUC Leadership Conference 2010: Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix

TAUC Leadership Conference 2010 being held in Phoenix, Arizona from May 11-14, 2010 at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa will be another opportunity to "calibrate your leadership compass" and network with some of the most respected leaders in the construction industry. …

TAUC Contractors Receive Prized Safety Awards

This year was the 9th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala hosted by the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc., and TAUC contractor members were well represented. Seventy three TAUC contractor members in total were recognized for their work on projects that …

Drug-Free Work Week

Take the opportunity to refresh your commitment to safety and reiterate your substance abuse program by recognizing Drug-Free Work Week.  From Oct. 19-25, 2009, the US Department of Labor held its annual Drug-Free Work Week, dedicated to communicating the importance of working …

TAUC is LinkedIn!

The Association of Union Constructors now has a presence on the online professional networking Web site www.LINKEDIN.com. To join our group, type "TAUC" in the "Groups" search box. A list of search results should appear. When you find the group called "TAUC," click on …

Fall 2009: The modern face of union construction

The Fall 2009 issue of The Construction User is now available. Please call 703.524.3336 x124 if you do not receive your copy by Oct. 9, 2009. Also, please call us if someone you know would like to be added to the mailing list.

EPA releases guidance on reducing exposure to PCBs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a series of steps that building owners and school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs that may be found in caulk in many buildings constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978. The agency is also conducting new research …

Is your business prepared for the 2009 - 2010 flu season?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with input from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has developed updated guidance for employers of all sizes to use as they develop and update plans to respond to the current H1N1 influenza outbreak …

New guidance released on controlling silica exposures in construction

OSHA recently published a guidance document addressing the control of worker exposure to dust containing crystalline silica, known to cause the lung disease silicosis. The publication is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace by including methods for controlling …

ENR tips hat to TAUC contractors

TAUC Governing Members Bechtel, Fluor Corp. and Kiewit Corp. were ranked 1st, 2nd and 5th, respectively, among ENR's Top 400 Contractors. You can find the list in the Sept. 14, 2009, print issue of Engineering News-Record, or access it online by visiting ENR's Web site. Many …

Harwood grant recipients announced

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded more than $6.8 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants. A record number of 345 grant applications were submitted, and only 30 recipients were awarded funding. Grantees include labor unions, employer …

NMAPC launches new Web site

The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee launched a new web site, www.NMAPC.org, on Sept. 8. The new and improved site boasts easier navigation, customized landing pages, a new site-wide search function, new social networking features, an expanded Zero Injury Safety …

Record crowd convenes for Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction

In the single largest meeting of TAUC's history, more than 250 union contractors, labor representatives and industrial business owners from around the country convened at Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction on Sept. 9. Despite limited travel budgets, industry leaders came …

'We want to make steel, and we want you to help us,' Surma says

U.S. Steel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Surma told more than 250 TAUC contractors, labor representatives and other industry leaders at Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction on Sept. 9 that the road forward for the domestic steel industry and its union contractors will be difficult. …

Power generation reps give blueprint for securing work inside utilities

The Association of Union Constructors was pleased to host a power generation panel discussion on Sept. 9 at Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction. Panel guests included Thomas Householder of American Electric Power, Kevin Reimer of Public Service Enterprise Group, David Szuch of Allegheny …

Want to get more involved with TAUC?

There are a number of ways you can get more involved with the association, including committee service, meeting attendance, government advocacy and magazine editorials. Please contact Todd Mustard at 703.524.3336 x112 to find out how you can get more involved with the association. The …

Craft Jurisdiction Guide on best-seller list

TAUC's Craft Jurisdiction Guide remains a best-seller, reflecting the increasing need for contractors to have a reference to help them properly assign work and avoid jurisdictional disputes. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE your copy of TAUC's Craft Jurisdiction Guide. Questions about the Guide can be …

Dorsey promoted to assistant director of industrial relations

Mike Dorsey has been promoted to the position of assistant director of industrial relations, representing The Association of Union Constructors and the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, effective Sept. 1. Mike Dorsey was hired as manager of membership in 2006, …

Study finds significant advancements in familiarity, satisfaction with TAUC

Several months ago, The Association of Union Constructors commissioned a professional research firm to conduct a membership study. The firm reached out to every association member by electronic survey, mail or telephone, and experienced an unusually high response rate, lending additional …

Construction deaths decreased in 2008

The preliminary release of the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2008 was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Aug. 20, 2009. Construction workers still incurred the most fatalities of any industry in the private sector in 2008, even though the numbers …

Fall protection webinar takes registration levels to new heights

TAUC contractors came out -- or, more accurately, online -- in droves on Aug. 13 to take part in the webinar, "Non-fatal attraction: Fall for your harness all over again," featuring Jack Moeding of Preferred Safety Products, on Aug. 13. More than 150 union contractors and …

TAUC tells feds $25M threshold is too high

The Association of Union Constructors submitted a letter to the General Services Administration on Aug. 13 expressing concerns about the implementation of Executive Order 13502. The order, announced by President Obama in February 2009, declared it the policy of the federal government to utilize …

"Death by Cell Phone" campaign gaining ground

The National Safety Council's "Death by Cell Phone" campaign will make you think twice about making that business call in the middle of your morning commute. Distracted driving continues to be an issue as more and more wireless devices are being sold and used across the globe. What kind …

W.O.R.K. tool in beta testing; contractor demographics still needed

As of August 2009, TAUC's Work Opportunity Reference Key (commonly known as the "W.O.R.K. tool") is in beta testing. The W.O.R.K. tool is designed to help contractors find available projects, and help owners find qualified contractors, in this tough economy. Before the system can fully …

TAUC opposes small employer exemptions in health care bill

In partnership with the Campaign for Quality Construction, TAUC is asking Congress to oppose small employer exemptions in upcoming health care legislation. TAUC strongly urges Congress to support small business employers that have been providing health care for employees for decades and include …

TAUC regular member to appear in new CBS reality television show

ThyssenKrupp Safway, a leading provider of scaffolding services in North America, supplied scaffolding to enclose the homes of eight Kennesaw, Ga., families on their property for "There Goes the Neighborhood," a new CBS reality show to air August 9. In the show, the eight families will compete …

OSHA creates authorized trainer watch list

Thinking of shortening that OSHA 10- or 30-hour? Want to give in to the pressure of the students, owner, contractor or client to cut the class short, not cover required topics and issue cards any way? You could jeopardize your training credentials if you do! In an effort to ensure …

Obama to nominate epidemiologist as new head of OSHA

President Obama announced his intentions to nominate Dr. David Michaels as the new head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on July 28. Michaels has conducted numerous studies of the health effects of occupational exposure to toxic chemicals, including asbestos, metals and …

The Construction User celebrates five years!

The Construction User celebrated its 5th anniversary this summer. Over the past five years, the magazine has grown to be one of the most respected trade publications in our industry with a nation-wide circulation of nearly 10,000 union contractors, industrial business owners …

ASSE unveils three new fall protection standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers announced three new fall protection standards have been approved by the American National Standards Institute. According to the statement, the three standards are: ANSI/ASSE Z359.6-2009 Specification and Design Requirements for Active Fall Protection …

Unionization rate increases, returns to 1990s levels

The union sector of the construction industry experienced a number of successes in the past two years, according to the Construction Labor Research Council. Notable trends include: o Rate of unionization increased in all regions; o Number of union workers increased in all regions; and, o …

Obama to pursue e-verification of federal contractors

The Obama administration announced it would implement a Bush-era program targeting federal contractors that hire illegal immigrants, according to The Wall Street Journal. To read more, please click here.

TAUC supports U.S. Army Reserve Employer Partnership Initiative

The Association of Union Constructors co-signed a memorandum of mutual support with the U.S. Army Reserve as part of the military's new Employer Partnership Initiative on July 2. The initiative encourages employers to give special consideration to members of the U.S. Army …

Governing Member's jobsite recognized as OSHA 'new star'

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified the Longview Power Project, managed by TAUC Governing Member Aker Construction, Inc., as a new star site, the highest in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs. OSHA Deputy Regional …

Summer 2009: Is the NMA too successful?

The Summer 2009 issue of The Construction User is now available. Please call 703.524.3336 if you do not receive your copy by July 10, 2009. Also, please call us if someone you know would like to be added to the mailing list.

Ironworkers breathe new life into Miami Valley marketing program

Ironworkers in the Dayton, Ohio, and Miami Valley area have reestablished a program to promote the trade to potential contractors and apprentices. The Ironworker Contractors Allied Partnership (ICAP) is focused on creating a larger market share for Ironworker contractors, and their labor force, …

Construction Safety Council conference dates set for 2010

The Construction Safety Council announced its conference will be held Feb. 16-18, 2010, in Rosemont, Ill. For more information, please visit www.BUILDSAFE.org.

'How to survive an OSHA inspection' available online

TAUC's most recent educational webinar is available through the TAUC.org store. Click Here to access the webinar.

More money for OSHA

President Obama's FY 2010 U.S. Department of Labor budget includes approximately a 10 percent boost in funding for the Department of Labor. This budget also earmarks $564 million for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, approximately a 10 percent increase from their FY 2009 …

Mirgliotta honored with Spirit of Union Construction Award

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Gruno named Craftperson of the Year

The Association of Union Constructors named Garth Gruno Craftperson of the Year at TAUC Leadership Conference 2009 on May 7. Gruno is a member of Ironworker Local No. 25, and was honored for his work with Midwest Steel, for Barton Malow Company, on the University of Michigan C.S. Mott …

McCarron signals return to Building Trades

After countless requests from our members, The Association of Union Constructors was pleased to host Douglas McCarron, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, as its keynote speaker for TAUC Leadership Conference 2009 in Orlando. While his …

Santillo elected TAUC president

  In his acceptance speech, Santillo called on union contractors to work with industrial business owners and labor leaders to create a new set of action plans for business in this modern world. "We have entered a challenging era . . . an era in which union construction needs to …

Eight new directors elected to board

The following individuals were elected to a two-year term (2009-2011): Gary Bohn, Kiewit Power Constructors Company; Robert Bowen, Bowen Engineering Corporation; Tony Downey, Day & Zimmermann NPS; Jake Hardy, NAES Power Contractors; Steve Johnson, GEM Industrial; William Ligetti, …

Excellence in construction safety and health celebrated at annual conference

The awards luncheon was held in conjunction with TAUC Leadership Conference 2009 in Orlando, Fla.  Awards were presented by TAUC Safety and Health Committee Chairman Tony Downey, safety director at Day & Zimmermann NPS, Inc.  Fluor Constructors International was recognized for the most hours …

Contractors find strength in numbers at TAUC Leadership Conference 2009

More than 130 union contractors, industrial business representatives and labor leaders met in Orlando from May 5-8 in hopes of finding solutions to the elephant in the room: dwindling market share and a challenged national economy. This year, The Association of Union …

The "Codes of Excellence"

In an increasingly competitive construction climate, several International Unions have made efforts to increase the professionalism of their trades people by adopting "codes" or "standards" of excellence.  The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) has compiled these documents below so that …

NCCCO launches rigger certification

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) announced the availability of its much anticipated certification program for riggers. Rigger (Basic) is the first level in a three-level program. Development work on the Intermediate and Advanced Rigger levels is nearing …

Spring 2009: The automotive collapse

The Spring 2009 issue of The Construction User is now available. Please call 703.524.3336 x124 if you do not receive your copy by April 10, 2009. Also, please call us if someone you know would like to be added to the mailing list.

Unionized businesses no more likely to fail than non-unionized

Economic Policy Institute's John DiNardo released a study concluding unionized businesses are no more likely to fail than non-unionized. Click here to read "Still Open for Business."

State of Washington mulling new crane safety rule

Washington state officials are planning to adopt a new crane safety rule, according to a BNA report on March 19. The report said the Washington state rule would require crane certification, as well as operator certification, and would require the operator to have 2,000 hours of experience before …

Extensive membership research under way

The Association of Union Constructors is conducting an intensive research effort to learn more about its membership. If you are a TAUC member, you may have already received and participated in the first part of this research. Our goal is to determine members' awareness of, interest in and …

Ohio's chief attorney endorses use of labor agreements

In a bold change of policy, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray says he supports local decisions to make project labor agreements a condition of bidding for construction projects involving state funds, according to a letter dated February 2009. "I am aware that some previous attorneys general …

Safety agency identifies obstacles to creating a sober workplace

Top 12 Reasons A Good Drug-Free Workplace Program Goes Bad According to the U.S. Department of Labor 1. The drug-free workplace program isn't tied into the organization?s safety plan since it's not required by OSHA regulations. 2. There is a policy on paper, but no one knows what it says. …

Nearly 900 union contractors answer call to complete W.O.R.K. profiles

If you would like to help industrial business owners find you for more work, please fill out your profile at www.TAUC.org/WORK/. Please call 703.524.3336 x124 if you need to obtain your username and password.

TAUC congratulates new labor secretary

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Association of Union Constructors looks forward to working with newly appointed Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Rep. Hilda Solis, a democrat from California, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 24, one month after she was nominated to the post by President Obama. …

Obama lifts ban on labor agreements for federal construction projects

On February 6, President Obama issued an executive order allowing federal agencies to utilize a project labor agreement on federal and federally assisted construction projects. The new order encourages agencies to consider imposing a project labor agreement but does not require agencies to do so. …

Sponsorship opportunities available for 2009

The Association of Union Constructors is pleased to announce its 2009 Sponsorship Kit. This year's kit is your tool to maximizing your investment with our association. Opportunities to align your organization with our network of union construction decision-makers are available throughout the …

TAUC memorializes Willis with annual award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Association of Union Constructors announced it plans to memorialize industry leader James J. Willis, Sr., by renaming its annual construction innovation award. The James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award will be awarded to honorees who have demonstrated outstanding …

Winter 2008: For safety's sake

The Winter 2008 issue of The Construction User is now available. …

Daughter of union shop steward tapped to be next Secretary of Labor

President-Elect Barack Obama has designated Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., as his pick to be the next Secretary of Labor. You can read Associated Press coverage of the news by clicking here. You can learn about Solis' past …

OSHA clarifies protective equipment rule

Employers are required to provide personal protective equipment to every covered employee and can be cited for noncompliance on a per-employee basis, according to the final rule that was published in the Federal Registrar on Dec. 12

Creasap named director of safety and health

The Association of Union Constructors welcomed Wayne Creasap as its new director of safety and health effective Dec. 8. "We're pleased to introduce Wayne Creasap, a well-established member of the construction community, as our new director of safety and health, TAUC Chief …

Tell Congress to support emergency relief for pension plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Association of Union Constructors is pressing Congress for multiemployer pension plan funding relief in response to the recent dramatic stock market volatility, …

Construction industry leaders tackle big issues at "State of the Union"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 120 construction industry leaders, from 22 states, gathered for the "State of the Union... Construction Industry 2008" on Dec. 3. "Significant national economic challenges and industry hurdles promise to test our resilience next year," TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer said. …

Congratulations Detroit Boiler Company, raffle winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Detroit Boiler Company, based out of Detroit, Michigan, was randomly selected in the Dec. 3 W.O.R.K. raffle for a full page advertisement in The Construction User. More than 300 contractors completed their W.O.R.K. profiles online during the month of …

Jurisdictional disputes remain problematic, members say

WASHINGTON, D.C. - TAUC contractors expressed frustration with persistent jurisdictional disputes at the "Can We TAUC Back?" panel, which was held at the Dec. 3 "State of the Union... Construction Industry." Al Black, vice …

Crane safety Webinar emphasized attention to detail, procedures

More than 60 registrants attended TAUC's Nov. 20 Webinar, "Lift your bottom line... lower the boom on crane accidents!," reflecting the union construction industry's commitment to improving crane safety. John Hartwell, crane instructor for the Operating Engineers Local 324, and Scott …

OSHA chief resigned

As Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., heads the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower …

Free boots!

For a limited time, when you start a uniform program with Aramark Uniform Services, each of your uniform-wearers will receive a free pair of steel-toe boots. Just mention that you are a TAUC member when you call Tania Allaire at 818.973.3906. …

2008 Construction Conditions Survey

By Robert Gasperow The industrial construction market is currently in an expansion period. This is fostering a growing situation of additional work practices which increase labor costs beyond the contractual wage and fringe rate. As a result, traditional measures of labor costs …

Twenty union contractors join as new regular members

The Association of Union Constructors is pleased to announce 20 union contractors have joined TAUC to promote excellence in the union construction industry: Chapman Industrial Construction Concrete Constructors Inc Creative Crane & Rigging Inc Deig Bros. Lumber & Constrction Co.…

The Construction Industry and the Economy

By Dale Belman, Ph.D. You don't need an economist, a soothsayer or a Magic 8 Ball to tell you that the current economic downturn will affect the U.S. construction industry. The real questions are which markets will be most affected and how long will the current market conditions last? In …

Michigan Drives Union Construction Continues Dialogue to Advance Industry

Before a packed hall of union contractors, labor leaders and representatives from the owner community, TAUC's First Vice President, Bob Santillo, of McCarl's Inc., opened TAUC's annual summer safety - labor forum with …

The Craft Labor Supply and Demand Symposium: Connecting the Dots

Over 100 industry professionals from the contractor, owner, and labor communities met in Merrillville, Indiana on June 19th for the Construction Advancement Foundation's Craft Labor Supply & Demand Symposium. TAUC President, Robert Hoover of Aker Construction, Inc. and TAUC CEO, Stephen …

Can We TAUC?

The following are excerpts from the General President's panel entitled "Can We TAUC?" from the 2008 Leadership Conference. The panel was moderated by Mark Breslin, and included General President Patrick Finley of the Operative Plasters & Cement Masons' International Association, President John …

2008 Specialty Construction Industry Legislative Conference

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (ICE) held their Inaugural Specialty Construction …

TAUC Contractors Recognized for Exemplary Year in Safety

The Thomas J. Reynolds Awards for Excellence in Construction Safety and Health were created more than 2 decades ago to recognize and commend the exceptional efforts made by TAUC contractor members to prevent the occurrence of serious injury or worse on the jobsite. Along with TAUC's Craftsperson …

Ingenuity and Leadership on the Jobsite Recognized

The Association of Union Constructors' (TAUC) Annual Craftsperson Awards for Ingenuity and Innovation in Construction were presented on May 15th in conjunction with TAUC's second annual Leadership Conference which took place in Miami, FL. The Craftsperson Awards for Ingenuity and Innovation in …

Union Contractors Have Spoken!

On Friday, May 16th, the final day of TAUC's 2nd Annual Leadership Conference, CLRC's Executive Director Bob Gasperow was on hand to shed light on the findings of the 2008 Construction Industry Conditions Survey and touched on what these trends mean for union contractors. The survey's …

Union Employer Groups Align

A historic moment recently took place as The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) formed a strategic alliance that will help both organizations in advancing mutual interests. The two groups have already …

BoltTech Hydraulic Wrench Failure

At a generating plant in late March, a new hydraulic wrench from BoltTech (Model QD14 SQDR, S/N 938), was being used to loosen a bolt from a valve. As the operator was attempting to loosen the first bolt the pressure had increased to 8,000 psi when the cast housing of the wrench exploded. The …

TAUC/DOL - Drug Free Workplace Alliance

America's businesses pay a high price for alcohol and drug abuse. Some costs-increased absences, accidents and errors--are obvious. Others, such as low employee morale and high illness rates, are less so, but the effects are equally harmful. Employers have enormous power to protect their businesses …

Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act of 2008

The federal Government is the world's largest purchasing department. Prudent fiscal managers and government anti-fraud officials have long recognized they should keep better track of the legal compliance of the companies they do business with. They need legislative support and funding to create the …

TAUC Welcomes Aramark Uniform Services as Newest Preferred Service Provider

This year, ARAMARK Uniform Services, a division of ARAMARK, joined TAUC as a Preferred Service Provider. Aramark is a global leader in professional services. Since 1998, ARAMARK has consistently ranked as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune. Currently, Aramark provides uniform …

2008 Construction Industry Conditions Survey

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) have a long history of working together on this type of data analysis, to provide additional value to its' membership, but also to find ways through hard statistical analysis to make union contractors …

Laborers Rejoin the AFL-CIO Building & Construction Trades Department

Washington, DC - The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) announced today that they have rejoined the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, effective immediately.  The BCTD Governing Board of Presidents approved the re-affiliation of LIUNA by a unanimous …

American Bridge Company Repairs Chesapeake Bay Bridge

An American mainstay, American Bridge Company has been erecting bridges and  structures across the US for more than a century. Like its bridges, its legacy spans the US's modern industrial history: It has worked on landmark commercial projects ranging from New York's Chrysler Building to the San …

The Future of the Construction Industry

Part 3: How to Attract and Retain Workers in the Future The construction industry needs a paradigm shift in the way it deals with the workforce. The industry must develop a pro-worker environment because nothing less will attract and retain the necessary workers. The industry must understand and …

Study on Welding in Confined Spaces Reports Manganese Exposure Effects

With jobsite safety and health at the top of any contractor's priorities, TAUC consistently looks to keep it's membership up-to-date on the issues that matter. In a study published in the March issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, it was found that adverse …

Campaign for Quality Construction - National Issues Legislative Conference

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is co-sponsoring The Campaign for Quality Construction?s National Issue Conference, May 1-3, 2007, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C. This conference includes issue briefings, incisive guest speakers, insider Washington information, addresses by …

Six-Union MAC Group Formally Approves "Jurisdictional Warranty," Resolution Rules

Among its stated objectives, the MAC unions are committed to "marketing the skills of our crafts," "fostering cooperative efforts" among the affiliates, "maintaining craft unionism with common sense cooperative job practices," performing "quality work," and "maintaining a level of productivity" …

Awful Bosses

A bad boss, at one point or another most of us have had to endure a few months or maybe even a number of years taking orders from a superior who just doesn?t seem to care. For those of us that have been spared the ?bad boss? experience, some insight has been provided by Working America, a community …

OSHA at a Crossroads

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has some thinking to do. With close to 65% of the agency?s staff either eligible for retirement or nearing that point in time, now is the time for OSHA to decide what the future holds. Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for …

Steel Production Goes Green

The greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted from producing steel has always been an environmental concern for the construction industry. Recently though, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have uncovered a new means of processing iron, a key ingredient in steel, that removes the …

Ironworker Welding Certification Program

Since 1998, thirty-thousand Ironworkers have been trained and certified in an extensive number of pre-qualified welding procedures through the Ironworkers Welding Certification Program. This program is nationally recognized and was created in conjunction with structural welding code from the …

New Boilermaker Training Center Opens

Just last fall, the members of Boilermakers Local 132 proudly dedicated a $1 million training facility in La Marque, TX. Its goal: turn out union trained Boilermakers to meet the demand of the booming construction business. With plenty of work to go around, especially in the power plant sector, the …

Marketplace Favors Nonresidential Construction

Nonresidential construction continues to see growth according to the Federal Reserve. Despite a decline in residential construction, work in industries such as health care, education and public works is on the rise. With many project backlogs at high levels, contractors are anticipating that …

Thriving OSHA Challenge Program Continues its Success

On November 8th, 2006 The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), met with Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program (OSHA VPP) personnel and fellow OSHA Challenge Program administrators, at the Department of Labor. Over the course of an entire day, the group …

ACCSH Unanimously Votes to Support Proposed Cranes and Derricks Standard

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recently voted to support a draft proposal from OSHA on a new Cranes & Derricks Standard. ACCSH encouraged OSHA to ?move forward with deliberate speed to issue the Standard?. The Crane and …

Workplace Safety is Key Issue for Joining Unions

A recent poll released by the Employment Law Alliance finds that the leading factor for a worker?s decision to join a union is workplace safety. While factors like better benefits, higher wages and increased job security were all important, 64 percent of respondents cited safety as the top reason …

Protect Against Heat Illness

The heat wave that has blistered the United States over the past two weeks reminds us to remind you to take necessary precautions. Of course, construction is outdoor work, generally with demanding production goals. Even on the hottest days, the work must go on. Nevertheless, when high temperature …