The weather is perfect / overcast and about 68 - could not be better!The first full day of seminars was enlightening, interesting and very worthwhile. Our own John Corcoran won the Danny Parrish award - we are so proud of him. The award this year is shared with Tony Stagliano - his brother from another mother! Congratulations to both John & Tony - they are both very deserving! (pictures to follow in the next couple of days).
Tomorrow also promises to be another great day - weather AND education wise! Stay tuned for lots of pictures!
Happy Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice is sometimes referred to as "Midsummer" Litha". It's the
longest day of the year. The amount of daylight only goes down from here....for
the next six months (more on that later). Summer Solstice is the meteorological
start of summer. It's time to enjoy vacations, great weather, pools, baseballs,
and everything else that goes along with the favorite season of kids and most
adults. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the season, because for many of us
it is all too short. Did you know? The sun does not set at the North Pole today. There is
24 hours of sunlight. Does it make up for that cold day in December when the sun
does not rise above the horizon? No, but on this day it sure does feel good
wherever you are!
ABC Testifies That Davis-Bacon Act Inflates the Cost of Federal Construction
In testimony June 18 before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, ABC General Counsel and shareholder with Littler Mendelson, P.C., Maurice Baskin said the Department of Labor’s (DOL) administration of the Davis-Bacon Act has, “hindered economic growth, increased the federal deficit and imposed an enormous paperwork burden on both contractors and the federal government.”
The Davis-Bacon Act is an 80-year-old wage subsidy law administered by DOL that mandates “prevailing” wages for employees of contractors and subcontractors performing work on federally financed construction projects. In his testimony, Baskin focused on DOL’s dysfunctional wage survey process.
“The department continues to use antiquated and outmoded wage and survey methods that guarantee inflated and erroneous wage determinations all over the country, in…
to File a Mechanic’s Lien Versus a Bond Claim In most
cases, deciding whether to file a payment bond claim or a mechanic’s lien claim
is simple because only one option is available. On unbonded private projects,
the general rule is unpaid subcontractors or suppliers can file a mechanic’s
lien against the project jobsite. A mechanic’s lien claim asserts a security
interest in the title of the property itself. These claims typically must be
filed with the recorder’s office in the county where the property is located,
and the claims usually are asserted against the owner’s interest in the
property. On a
state, county, municipal, government or federal construction project,
subcontractors and suppliers can file a bond claim. Government entities are not
going to give up interest in public property to a construction or building
materials supply entity. It is virtually impossible to claim an interest in the
underlying jobsite property when unpaid on a government project. The lien-like
Finally, some good news to end the week on a high note!
Vol. 13, No. 23 • June 10-14, 2013
on Tuesday that 26% of the construction employers it surveyed expect to
increase employment by the end of September compared with the end of June,
versus only 8% that expect to decrease employment. Both the percentage
expecting increases and the net (18%) are among the most optimistic of 13
sectors the company reported, and the net is a considerable jump from the net
reading of 10% three months ago.
Happy Sewing Machine Day! Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention -----
the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s.
It wasn't until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. What a great
invention. Prior to it's creation, clothes items were sewn together by
hand...stitch by stitch. People who know how to
use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. Our mothers and grandmothers had
a sewing machine in the house. They used it, too. But, look around your house.
Do you have a sewing machine? Chance are, the answers is no.
If you have a sewing
machine, enjoy today making things with it. If not, consider picking up sewing
as a hobby. Today's Thought
Provoking Saying: "A stitch in time
May 31, 2013,
4:38am MST The Top 10 commercial building
contractors in Phoenix The order of the Phoenix area’s
top commercial building contractors showed quite a bit of movement from the
year before, with Kitchell jumping from No. 5 in 2012 to No. 1 as the Phoenix
Business Journal published the 2013 version of the list Friday.
The list was ranked by number of
2012 Arizona billings for buildings built in Arizona. Kitchell reported $258
million in billings, topping the list.
the Heat and Keep the Job (and Air) Moving Employee
productivity is a crucial piece of the puzzle of running a successful business.
While incorporating air movement on construction sites might not be at the
forefront of owners’ and operators’ minds, the health and safety of their
employees often is a top priority. Connecting the dots between air movement and
the well-being of employees ensures everyone working on construction sites
remains productive and healthy—especially during hot summer months.
advances in mobile and portable fans allow airflow to reach workers in every
type of space, without creating a safety hazard. This air movement works to
help keep employees cool and comfortable, reducing hazardous conditions in the
workplace and maintaining productivity.
of Air Movement
from reducing heat-related incidents, incorporating air movement on
construction sites can combat other issues as well. Dust and dirt swirling
through the air, along with constr…