• AGC Advocacy Report

  • Michael Gifford, AGC President & CEO
    April 16, 2018

    AGC Testifies on Bills at the Capitol

    AGC testified today in opposition to HB18-1278 Apprentice Utilization on Public Projects.  While in favor of workforce training in general and apprenticeship training, mandatory use of U.S. Dept of Labor Registered apprentices for all trades would make it difficult to deliver public projects, especially in this tight labor market. 

    HB18-1316 - Extend WORK Act.  The AGC/CCA supported bill continues to move forward.  The bill was approved in the House Finance Committee last week on a bipartisan 11-2 vote. It has cleared the appropriations committee and now moves to the House Floor.  The WORK Act grant program has provided outreach and recruitment funding to the AGC & CCA Construction Careers Now program at Emily Griffith Technical College. To date, 750 participants have graduated from the program and 450 have been hired into great paying careers in the construction industry.

    AGC Joins Calls for Administration to Approve H-2B Immigration Visas
    The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 government funding bill passed in March included language that allows the Department of Homeland Security to work with the Department of Labor to increase the number of H-2B worker visas issued. The H-2B program allows certain U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. to fill temporary (seasonal) non-agricultural jobs. In order to ensure the administration makes timely determinations and resumes visa processing, AGC has joined a broad coalition in a letter urging DHS and DOL to immediately process visas up to the full number authorized by Congress last month.

    For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133.

    Senate Approves Administration’s Labor Nominees
    This week, the U.S. Senate approved John Ring to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ring is a former management-side labor attorney and provides the NLRB with a full complement of board members. The now 3:2 Republican majority board has important decisions ahead of them, including the possibility of revisiting the joint employer definition and the quickie election rule.

    The Senate also approved Pat Pizzella for Deputy Secretary at the Department of Labor. The position is the second highest political position and is the latest high-profile administration position to receive political leadership. AGC is monitoring other agencies still lacking political leadership, including OSHA and the Wage and Hour Division. There is no timeframe for when the respective nominees may receive senate votes.

    For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133.

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