CAWP News 15-12
September 14, 2012
Operating Engineers Break Ground on New Training Facility
Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund
held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the
site for its new LEED-certified training center. The new facility will
be located at 457 Christopher Road, New Alexandria, PA 15670, with
construction scheduled to begin October 1, 2012. Scheduled completion
of the training center is targeted for October 1, 2013.
30,000-square-foot future training site will boast four large multimedia
classrooms, including a “dirty classroom,” a mud room, administrative
and instructor offices, and a lunch room. It will also offer
apprentices and instructors the ability to utilize a 200-foot-by-80-foot
equipment maintenance and training area with four drive-through
equipment repair training bays (including a half bay), a ten-ton
overhead crane to service the entire building, and a vehicle lift.
Enhancements also include eight welding booths and a heavy equipment
welding station, a mechanic classroom, a component rebuilding room, and a
machine tool area.
As part of its
LEED-certification, the training site will feature environmentally
friendly measures such as natural daylighting, high-efficiency heating
and cooling systems and plumbing fixtures, a geothermal ventilation
system, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting. This new
state-of-the-art training center will enable the Western Pennsylvania
Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program to offer
an enhanced level of training vital to the construction industry’s
Winners of the 2013 CAWP Kids Construction Safety Calendar Contest
Congratulations to the winners of the
2013 CAWP Kids Construction Safety Calendar Contest. First place
winners will each receive a $1,500 savings bond, second place winners a
$750 bond, and third place winners a $500 bond.
First: Aidan Jones, Joseph B. Fay Co.
Second: Evan Brady, Quaker Sales Corporation
Third: Haley Chilenski, Swank Construction Company, LLC
First: Nathaniel Beyer, Quaker Sales Corporation
Second: Ethan Brady, Quaker Sales Corporation
Third: Cooper Stahlman, Francis J. Palo, Inc.
First: Cejae Margan Wyman, Swank Construction Company, LLC
Second: Thomas Beyer, Jr., Quaker Sales Corporation
Third: Maria Kimmel, Swank Construction Company, LLC
First: Ashley Canovali, Matcon Diamond, Inc.
Second: Kierra Shreffler, McKinney Drilling Company
Third: Troy Stahl, Gulisek Construction, LLC
As a special thank-you for participating, entrants who did not place in
the contest will receive an engraved medal and official certificate
recognizing them as an Honorary Member of the CAWP Safety Patrol.
There are still sponsorship opportunities remaining for the Kids Construction Safety Calendar. Don’t
miss the chance to promote the importance of safety in the heavy and
highway construction industry. If you are interested in becoming a
sponsor, please contact Gina at 412-343-8000 for more information and a
The 2013 Kids Construction Safety Calendar will be distributed this fall.
Over 80 Trained at AGC Fall Protection Program in Pittsburgh
On September 6 and
7, The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) presented a
one-day training program covering best practices on fall protection in
the construction industry. Over 80 contractor members of both CAWP and
MBA attended the class, which was held at the MBA offices.
industry on fall hazards is vital. Every year, falls consistently
account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction
industry. Over the last five years, on average, more than 350 workers
were killed every year in construction-related falls, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Recruitment into the Heavy/Highway Construction Trades
To enhance your
firm’s recruitment initiatives, H2AP developed a flyer as a tool for
your firm to use in attracting potential employees to the industry. It
highlights the benefits of the heavy/highway union contracting industry
and how to get started in a career in one of the crafts.
The flyer includes
pertinent information for someone searching for a career in this
industry. A description of each craft is listed along with the
apprenticeship program contact information and websites.
flyers at career days, and post on your company’s website or on a
bulletin board. The flyer will also serve as a resource to walk-in
applicants or referrals to your company. Note, as part of your firm’s
EEO compliance program, this flyer, when provided to minority and female
applicants, can be used toward your good faith efforts in assisting
applicants in finding employment in the industry.
You may ask after
reading this, “Why should union contractors be concerned with
recruitment?” The simple answer - you have too much to lose not to be
concerned. A fair amount of craft workers are retiring, leaving behind a
void of experienced, skilled workers. Both the Unions and the
Association acknowledge this and have been working to build a pipeline
of future workers.
industry has placed commercials and run radio ads, held career fairs and
open house events, streamlined apprenticeship admission processes, and
worked with community-based organizations and non-profits to attract
minorities and females, along with many other workforce development
When your local
school or Veteran’s Assistance office asks for some career information
about the heavy and highway construction industry, provide this flyer to
them, or contact the Association for other recruitment resources. The
industry’s future depends upon it.
Click Here to download the flyer.
For additional copies of this flyer, call the Association at 412-343-8000.
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
DOT Proposes Stringent Changes to DBE Program
On September 6, 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking
for comment on significant changes it is proposing in its Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (DBE) rules. Comments are due by November 5, 2012.
The proposal suggests a series of changes in the bidding process,
counting DBE participation and documenting good faith efforts for
compliance. The proposed rule also would tighten down on the
certification process that determines whether or not a firm qualifies as
a DBE. The following is a summary of the most significant proposed
Meeting Contract Goal Requirements:
The DOT is proposing to require that all bidders on contracts that have
a DBE participation goal must submit, with their bid, a list of the
DBEs that will be used to meet the goal requirement. (Under the current
rule, states have the option of requiring that the list be submitted
with the bid or at a later time). The list must include a description of
the work each DBE will perform as well as the dollar amount. A written
confirmation from each listed DBE must be included confirming the work
and dollar amount that it will perform.
state DOT would be required to include in the contract a provision
requiring that these DBEs must be used in compliance with the list
unless the contractor obtains a written consent from the state to make a
change. The provision will also indicate that the contractor will not
be paid for the work unless it is performed by the listed DBE.
contractor must make good faith efforts to replace a terminated DBE
with another DBE. If an acceptable DBE is not found, the best faith
efforts must be detailed in writing, including a statement indicating
why an agreement with a certified DBE could not be reached. A prime
contractor’s inability to find a replacement DBE at the original price
is not alone sufficient to support a finding that good faith efforts
have been made to replace the original DBE.
Good Faith Efforts:
DOT proposes to revise and greatly expand the types of actions that
qualify as “Good Faith Efforts” by a prime contractor in order to to be
awarded the contract if it has failed to meet the contract goal
that do not meet the goal may be required to submit documentation of
their “Good Faith Efforts” (GFE) with the bid. As an alternative, the
state can require only the apparent successful low bidder to submit GFE
documentation within one day of the bid opening. The apparent successful
bidder must document its best faith efforts at that time and no credit
will be given for efforts undertaken after the bid opening. DOT proposes
that this GFE documentation include all subcontractor quotes, not just
quotes from DBEs, in order to review whether DBE price quotes are
substantially higher than other subcontractors. The state is also
required to contact all DBEs listed in the documentation to ensure that
they were in fact contacted by the prime.
States must include in contracts
a provision indicating that failure to carry out the DBE commitments is
a material breach of contract. Administrative remedies shall include
withholding of monthly progress payments, declaring the contractor in
default and terminating the contract, assessing sanctions in the amount
of the difference in the DBE contract commitment and actual payments to
DBEs, liquidated damages, and disqualifying the contractor from future
Counting Trucking Operations:
The DOT proposes to change its current requirements for how much of a
DBE trucking company’s involvement can be counted towards goal
achievement. The proposal would give credit for a DBE that leases trucks
equipped with drivers from a non-DBE entity up to the amount of
transportation services provided by DBEs with their own trucks and
drivers. DBEs that lease trucks from non-DBE entities but use their own
employees as drivers would receive full credit for these transportation
The DOT proposes to make a series of technical changes in the
requirements for certification, including modifications in
determinations related to ownership, and control.
A task force of AGC members will be reviewing the NPRM to assist AGC in
providing substantive comments to the DOT on the proposed revisions.
CAWP is reviewing the proposed rules and will providing comments as well.