Unions and Management Agree to Major Construction Cost Reductions at Twelve Large Development Sites in New York City

Historic Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement is Expected to Stimulate 10,000 Jobs and over $2 Billion in Construction Activity New York — Under a historic compact that will deliver significant cost reductions at major construction sites across the city, New York City’s construction unions and their management counterparts have agreed to reduce building costs by an average of 16-21 percent at a dozen, previously delayed or stalled development projects. “The Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement” (PLA) will stimulate over $2 billion in construction activity, creating or saving 10,000 jobs. In addition to the twelve projects where the PLA has been … Read more

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GBCI Begins Testing for New LEED Credentials

Registered Candidates Can Test for New LEED Green Associate and LEED AP Operations + Maintenance Credentials Washtington, DC — May 29 – The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) this week began testing candidates who wish to pursue the new LEED Green Associate credential or the new LEED Accredited Professional (AP) Operations and Maintenance (O+M) credential.   The LEED Green Associate credential is intended for individuals seeking to propel their professional journey into the green building industry. It represents the demonstrable knowledge and skills needed in the allied professions and non-technical fields of practice related to green design, construction and operations. … Read more

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U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA Strengthens Integrity of Outreach Training Program

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in an effort to crack down on fraudulent trainers, is strengthening the integrity of its 36-year-old Outreach Training Program by improving how trainers become authorized to teach and ensuring these trainers are in compliance with OSHA program guidelines. This voluntary program has grown to a national network of more than 16,000 independent trainers eligible to teach workers and employers about workplace hazards and to provide OSHA 10-hour course completion cards. However, some trainers have fraudulently not provided the appropriate training in accordance with the program. “The … Read more

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Trading Helmets for Hardhats, Veterans Find Construction Jobs Despite Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the nation pauses this Memorial Day to remember its fallen soldiers, at least one group remains on active duty to help our veterans find work during these tough economic times. High unemployment rates have made it harder for recently discharged servicemen and women to transition into civilian careers. And with homebuilding down, the construction industry would seem to offer slim opportunities for our returning heroes. Yet despite these challenges, Helmets to Hardhats has been able to launch nearly 2,000 veterans into careers in the building and construction trades last year alone. Helmets to Hardhats is a … Read more

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