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Beacon Hill Roundup - January 19, 2022

    Overview On Wednesday, January 26th, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is holding a hearing regarding ‘Miscellaneous and Late Files’ including one bill of interest, H.3821 - An Act creating a municipal and public safety building authority filed by Representative Natalie Blais (D - 1st Franklin).   On Monday, January 10th, a state-managed digital vaccination verification system was launched which may bring lawmakers a step closer to reopening the State House. The State House has been closed to the public for nearly two years, since the initial March 2020 surge of COVID-19. House Speaker Mariano and Senate President Spilka had said they planned to reopen the building to employees and the public last fall and while the House and Senate have established protocols for lawmakers and staffers to return to the building, the public still has no access. When Governor Baker discussed the proof ...

ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in December; Contractor Confidence Continues to Improve

  via ABC National   TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022 9:45 AM     WASHINGTON, Jan. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.2 months in December, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 16 to Jan. 4. The reading is down 0.2 months from November 2021, but up 0.9 months from December 2020.     ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels increased in December. All three indices stand above the threshold of 50, indicating expectations of growth over the next six months.     “Demand for construction services in America remains strong,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Contractors have been upbeat about sales and employment prospects for months. What changed in December is that a growing fraction of contractors now believe that profit margins will rise during the next six months despite rising ...

Massachusetts Adopts CDC’s Newly Issued Guidance Relating To Isolation & Quarantine

  By: Laura M. Raisty, Esq. & Michelle M. De Oliveira, Esq. On January 9, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) provided additional guidance to clarify its December 27, 2021 update, in which it shortened recommended COVID-19 quarantine and isolation periods. According to the CDC, the shorter periods focus on when a person is most infectious and also “facilitate individual social and well-being needs, return to work, and maintenance of critical infrastructure.” On January 11, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker announced new isolation and quarantine protocols aligned with the newly issued CDC guidance. Quarantine If an individual has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19[1] the CDC recommends as follows: If the individual is not up to date with vaccination(s): stay at home and quarantine for at least 5 days, at which point they can leave quarantine if they are symptom free.[2]  ...

Nonresidential Construction Employment Up 27,000 in December, Says ABC

  Jan. 7, 2022   The construction unemployment rate rose to 5.0% in December. Unemployment across all industries fell from 4.2% in November to 3.9% last month.   WASHINGTON, DC — The construction industry added 22,000 net jobs in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered slightly more than one million (92.1%) of the jobs lost during earlier pandemic stages. Nonresidential construction employment expanded by 27,000 positions on net, with all three subcategories posting gains for the month. Nonresidential specialty trade added 12,900 jobs, heavy and civil engineering added 10,400 jobs, while nonresidential building employment increased by 3,700 positions. The construction unemployment rate rose to 5.0% in December. Unemployment across all industries fell from 4.2% in November to 3.9% last month. “Today’s jobs report has ...

Thank You to Diana Hasan for Volunteering Her Time for ABC Pre-Apprentice Graduates!

 

ABC MA owes a delayed thank you to board member Diana Hasan, who is also Director of Human Resources at C.E. Floyd, for volunteering her time to interview the graduates of the first cohort of the chapter's PACMAN pre-apprenticeship program and spoke at the graduation.

 

"A huge shout out to Diana Hasan for participating in the recent pre-apprenticeship graduation", said ABC MA Director of Workforce Development Steve Sullivan. "Diana's involvement in our program is critical for these participants. She has a deep understanding of the skills our member companies are looking for in new hires, and learning how to interview well can be a game changer for these graduates."

 

If you're interested in talking to some of our pre-apprenticeship graduates or getting involved in the program, contact Steve at [email protected] or (781) 281-6860.

 

 

Beacon Hill Round-Up - January 4, 2022

   On Tuesday, January 4th at 1pm, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture is holding a hearing regarding ‘Fishing, Hunting and Trapping and Miscellaneous Matters’ including one bill of interest S.548 - An Act relative to crumbling concrete foundations filed by Senator Anne Gobi (D - Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex).    On Monday, December 20th, Senate President Karen Spilka (D - Second Middlesex and Norfolk) disclosed that in mid-November she had "a mild stroke" and was told by her doctors to rest, which explains her weeks-long absence from the State House. Spilka said her doctors expect her to make a full recovery within a matter of weeks. In a separate statement, she also announced that she intends to seek reelection to her seat in 2022 and to the Senate president’s post in the next two-year session. Before serving in the legislature, Spilka was a social wo ...

Thank You for Making Our Annual Blanket Drive a Success!

 

We would like to thank members for participating in our annual Blanket Drive to benefit Mission of Deeds and providing much-needed help to the less fortunate. With your generous help this holiday season, we were able to collect the most blankets in our three years of partnering with Mission of Deeds! We would like to thank athe companies that donated, including Energy Electric Co. Inc., Skilled Trade Partners, JM Coull, Inc., D & D Electrical Contractors, Plumb House, Inc,, Nardone Electric Corp., and all those that donated anonymously.

 

 

New GCI Course to Prepare Students for Careers in Construction

  The Gould Construction Institute is pleased to offer Introduction to Construction 101, a 22-week course to be held at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in Taunton that will provide students with a foundation in construction and prepare them for more complex, trade-specific coursework.   The course will provide 135 hours of construction training. Beginning with safety, it will cover construction math, introductions to hand and power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging basic communication skills, employability skills and materials handling.   “We’re excited to grow our partnership and collaborate with Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School to meet the needs of a growing construction industry and give people the tools they need for a lucrative and rewarding career,” said GCI President Julie DeStefano. “This course will teach students core construction-related skills as well as introduce them to some licensed trades.& ...

Government Affairs Update - Dec. 21, 2021

  On Monday, December 13th, Governor Baker signed the $4 billion federal aid and surplus disbursement bill that deploys $2.55 billion in American Rescue Plan Act money and $1.45 billion in fiscal 2021 surplus state tax revenue, while preserving a little more than $2.3 billion in federal ARPA funds for future use. Governor Baker vetoed a policy section that required a large commission be consulted before premium pay could be awarded to frontline employees who worked during the COVID-19 state of emergency and returned another similar outside section with proposed amendments. The spending itself is mostly concentrated on health care ($964 million), housing ($624 million), infrastructure ($414 million), education ($389 million) and economic development ($267 million), as well as on specific workforce issues ($500 million allotments for both premium pay awards and the state's unemployment insurance system). If the Legislature is to override Baker, it will take two-thirds votes in both the ...

Vaccine Mandate Update: Stay Lifted On Federal Vaccine Mandate, But Injuntion Against Contractor Mandate Upheld; New Guidance From MA Attorney General

    On Friday, December 17, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the 5th Circuit’s stay of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees.   Meanwhile, OSHA has announced a delayed re-start of the ETS enforcement until Jan. 10, and they will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before Feb. 9, “so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.”  Multiple emergency appeals have been filed with the Supreme Court, and it’s anticipated that the Court will issue a decision well in advance of Jan. 10, possibly as early as this coming week, on whether to reinstate the stay pending further review. Soon after the 6th Circuit decision was issued, the 11th Circuit kept in place a Georgia Court’s nationwide injunction against the ...

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