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Legislation holds GCs liable for specialty contractors’
unpaid wages and fringes

The Legislature is currently considering legislation that would make a general contractor liable for any unpaid wages and fringes of specialty contractors on all private construction projects. The bills are SSB 1395 and SB 5565. AGC is strongly opposed to this measure; members are encouraged to send their own Action Alert to legislators right away to oppose these bills. Recently, two AGC members traveled to Olympia to testify against it before the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. “We are an ESOP—Employee Stock Ownership Plan company—100% employee owned,” said Dawn Stephens, CFO of Charter Construction and AGC second vice president. “Every decision that effects our company effects our people. I see this bill literally taking money from my employee’s retirement funds to foot the bill for someone else.” Read more...
State Senate passes revised bid-listing bill

Legislation that would alter the state’s bid-listing statute has been passed by the State Senate. The original version of the bill would have required a general contractor to list all specialty contractors at the time of bid. AGC strongly opposed that measure and was able to negotiate several improvements to the bill. The new version, ESB 5457, requires the listing of the structural-steel installation and rebar-installation contractors. It allows two days to list these contractors. The bill also makes a small change with regard to the current listing requirement for mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. Current law requires that these contractors be listed at time of bid “or within one hour;” this bill basically takes out the “or,” clarifying that the GC does indeed have the hour to list the mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. Read more...
Congratulations to the 2020
Excellence in Contract Administration award winners

Winners of the 2020 Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration awards, co-sponsored by AGC and WSDOT, were announced at the AGC-WSDOT Annual Meeting on Jan. 9. These awards recognize and encourage extraordinary achievements by the contractor/WSDOT partnership responsible for delivering transportation projects in a timely, professional and responsive manner while also considering the needs of others affected by the project. The winners were announced by AGC of Washington past-president Tom Balbo, who also served as judge. Read more...
Calling all contractors ready to hire!
Jin us for this special networking event being held on Monday, March 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Seattle Vocational Institute’s Wood Technology Center.

This is an excellent opportunity for contractors to meet SVI's PACT students and graduates, as well as Urban League clients who are all skilled and ready to work. Participating AGC members will get a table to advertise your company, and a chance to speak with candidates one-on-one. Late lunch will be provided for all participants. Click here for event information and here to email Sonja Forster at AGC of Washington.
Great people, programs and projects? Let's hear it!
Join us on Wednesday, May 13 at Seattle’s Museum of Flight for the 2020 Build Washington Awards, once again honoring our members' best and brightest from the past year! On-line entry deadline is March 2 at 5:00 p.m. With 31 award categories in all, this is a great chance to show your industry peers your best stuff! Read more...
NAWIC opens nominations for 2020
Women in Construction Week

This year, during national WIC Week (March 1 - March 7), NAWIC will be honoring an award recipient each day on their website, Facebook and LinkedIn page. Award winners will also be recognized at a special event during WIC Week. Find the full award descriptions and criteria at Nominations can be submitted here and will be accepted until Feb. 7.
Annual CMAA conference coming to Lynnwood
AGC of Washington is a co-sponsor of the Construction Management Association of America Pacific Northwest Chapter's 2020 Annual Construction Conference, coming up on March 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. This event is for construction managers, engineers, contractors, owners, designers and providers. The event runs from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.and includes full breakfast and lunch, keynote speaker and break-out sessions throughout the day. Topics include agency updates, contracting methods, emerging technology, new construction trends and much more. CMAA is sponsoring a limited number of student tickets available at $20.00 each. Click here for more event information and registration.
Register now for AGC's 2020 Federal Contractors Conference
Register today for the 2020 AGC Federal Contractors Conference taking place June 8-10, 2020, in Washington, D.C. This is the premier conference for contractors on federal projects to discuss the latest projects, policies and contracting issues with federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, General Services Administration and many more. Hear from legal experts about the latest federal regulations that will impact their businesses. Click here for more information and to register.
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-- the AGC of Washington mobile app -- provides you with instant access to AGCW events, news, member forums and more. You can also connect to AGC of America. It's free for all registered AGC members -- download it today. Look for AGC CONNECTION in the Apple or Google Play app store, and put the power of partnership in the palm of your hand. Get it today!
Upcoming Education Foundation classes

Construction Technical Skills A: Reading Blueprints
February 24 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Lean Module 1: Foundation Course: Initiating the Change to a Lean Culture
March 5 (7:30 am – 11:30 am)

Supervisory Training Program Unit 3: Planning and Scheduling
March 9 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Foreman Training
April 6 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

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Late May completion for
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