Remaining Cautious is Essential
AGC Houston welcomes Governor Greg Abbott's executive order allowing businesses that have been closed or seriously impacted by COVID-19 the opportunity to hit the restart button and/or ramp up their operations.
However, now is not the time for members of the commercial construction industry to loosen restrictions, but rather stay the course. That means continuing with the recommended jobsite practices developed at the outset of the pandemic, as well as any other protocols your company may have put in place. Although vaccinations continue to rise and cases and hospitalizations are on the decline, individuals continue to contract the virus.
It was through the efforts of many of our members that not only helped our industry merit the “essential” tag, but also ensured that our workers were put in the safest work environments possible. Now is not the time to lose focus and diminish, in any way, the outstanding work of AGC and its members over the past twelve months. Let’s finish how we started – strong and committed.
It is essential that we do so!
Congress to Vote PRO Act
Take Action on the Greatest Threat to Construction Industry — Union and Open-Shop
Take action now and tell your members of Congress and President Biden to oppose the misleadingly named “Protecting the Right to Organize” Act (PRO) Act (H.R. 842/S. 420), as the House of Representatives is anticipated to vote on it the week of March 8. The PRO Act would provide unions with additional and significant economic weapons without regard to their detrimental impact on workers, employers — union and open-shop — and the economy. If enacted, the PRO Act would, among other things, eliminate all prohibitions on picketing against any employer, even those having nothing to do with a labor dispute; impose a “backdoor card check” exception to employees’ well-established right to a secret ballot election; effectively repeal 27 states’ Right-to-Work laws; and impose mandatory third-party arbitration in which a union and employer do not reach agreement, undermining the collective bargaining process. To contact your federal officials and for more information, click here.
Check out AGC of America CEO's message regarding the PRO Act (video duration 1 min. 10 sec.):
AGC Houston: On Being Essential
AGC of America's Workforce Development Scholarship
The AGC Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1 to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation.
New Immigration Bill Protects the Legal Status of More Than 100,000 People in Dreamers and TPS Programs Who Work in Construction
Offering undocumented immigrants a path to legal status will put an end to unfair competition and labor explointation, but the bill fails to create a construction worker visa program and more. AGC of America will work with Congress to address the bill’s significant flaws and to protect or provide legal status for many who currently work in the construction community so they can continue to support economic growth and development.
AGC’s Annual Call for Presentations is Open
The Associated General Contractors of America is now accepting proposals for speaking opportunities for 2021 conferences, webinars, and our headliner event, AGC's Annual Convention, Sept. 21-23, 2021 in Orlando.
AGC is accepting proposals that fall into the following educational topics:
- Financial Management and Business Development
- Highway, Transportation, and Infrastructure
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Job Site Productivity
- Safety, Health, and Environmental
- Technology and Innovation
- Workforce, HR, and Diversity
Presentations should be geared towards mid-to senior-level management professionals who work in any of the commercial construction markets: building, federal, heavy, highway and transportation, and municipal and utilities.
Proposals will be considered for presentation at the AGC Annual Convention, as part of AGC’s annual webinar schedule, and the following AGC conferences:
- Safety, Health, and Environmental Conference
- IT Conference
- HR and Training Conference
- Construction Financial Management Conference
- CLC Leadership Development Conference
The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 2.
START YOUR SUBMISSION HERE.
Verizon Connect Reveal
Verizon Connect Reveal provides one software solution to manage your entire fleet of vehicles, drivers and assets. As one of the largest commercial fleet management providers in the world,Verizon Connect provides a product and customer experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Using accurate, meaningful data, it delivers easy-to-use dashboards, reports and alerts to help you keep everyone productive and your assets secure.
AGC Houston members can sign up for free with NPP and take advantage of deals on Verizon, Office Depot, Sherwin-Williams, Priceline and more.
Simply click here to sign up. NPP membership is free to AGC members and there is no obligation to purchase. Enjoy exclusive business discounts and even deals you can share with your employees.
AGC Provides Vaccine Policy Resources Free to Members
In response to the present situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, AGC of America (AGC) has recently produced several resources to assist construction employers as they consider any vaccine policies. Learn more.
What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19
Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, you may have questions about what happens before, during and after your appointment to get vaccinated. The CDC offers tips to explain the different vaccine options available, what to expect when you get vaccinated (like common side effects), what information you should expect your provider will give you, and resources you can use to monitor your health after you are vaccinated.
March is National Ladder Safety Month!
The American Ladder Institute (ALI) has many resources to help your company recognize National Ladder Safety Month. Key themes for 2021 include:
- Choosing Your Ladder
- Safety Before the First Step (Inspection and Set Up)
- Safety While Climbing
- Safety at the Top
- Ladder Safety Misconceptions
Women in Construction Week: March 8-12, 2021
Next week, our social media channels will feature videos that celebrate women in the industry. The deadline to enter a video has been extended to Friday, May 5 at noon. For a little inspiration, visit the AGC Houston Women in Construciton Facebook page to see what we did last year: https://www.facebook.com/agchoustonwomen
Here are the guidelines to submitting this video:
- Make sure you are wearing your company gear.
- Be mindful of background noise and wind as it can impact the audio portion of your recording.
- Turn your phone horizontally and record yourself or a colleague(s) stating the following:
“Hi, I’m <<Jane Doe >> and I work for <<Insert Company>> on << Insert Project Name - Optional>> as a <<Insert Title>> and I’m celebrating Women in Construction Week!
- Send the video via email to Charlene Anthony at Charlene.firstname.lastname@example.org
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