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September 22, 2017
WCC Membership Conference
WCC FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AGENDA
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2017
1:00pm – FEDERAL & STATE LABOR LAWS
2:00 – FEDERAL & STATE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
3:00 – SUCCESSFUL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS ROUNDTABLE
4:30 – WCC MEMBERSHIP MEETING
5:30 – WCC MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION RECEPTION
(Dinner on Your Own)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 2017
8:00am – ENDOW UPDATE
9:00 – WYOMING CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT UPDATE
10:00 – CONSTRUCTION LAW
11:30 – Adjourn
September 1, 2017
Free SILICA training
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is teaming up with experts at National Jewish Health and Colorado State University to offer training for construction employers and workers.
This 2-hour interactive training is free of charge and will cover silica hazard recognition and control and health effects.
The class is offered in English and Spanish. Space is limited.
- WHAT: SILICA – Why You Want to Keep Silica Dust Out of your Lungs and How to do It
- WHEN: Friday, – 10am (English), 1pm (Spanish)
- WHERE: Workers’ Compensation Center – 1510 E. Pershing Blvd., Room 1141/1142, Cheyenne
For more information and to register, contact Jason Laub at (303) 270-2791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 5, 2017
WCC Cup 2017
Thursday, June 22nd – Paradise Valley Country Club, Casper
Registration & Barbecue 11:00 AM – Shotgun Start 1:00 PM
Awards Reception to Follow
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE WCC CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
February 20, 2017
WCC is now accepting scholarship applications for 2017
APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 1, 2017
The purpose of the WCC Scholarship is to enhance and expand Wyoming’s construction industry workforce through promoting careers in skilled trades and construction related careers through furthering the education of outstanding individuals pursuing education and/or training in construction related fields.
February 12, 2017
First Annual WCC Winter Golf Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ
First Annual WCC Winter Golf Tournament, was held Sat Feb 11th 2017 at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ
Thank you to all the sponsors, golfers and volunteers that made this a successful event!
July 14, 2016
WCC Seeking State Public Construction Working Group Members
Please Submit Your Name By Friday, July 22
The Wyoming Construction Coalition (WCC) is seeking members to assist with state construction working group subcommittees that will work directly with state and local agencies to assist them with the formation of policies and procedures as well as addressing problems as they arise.
In June, WCC met with representatives from the Wyoming School Facilities Department (SFD), School District Facility Managers and the WCA met to begin the formation of these groups, and representatives decided to form 3 subcommittees:
April 13, 2016
WYO JOBS PIPELINE ESTABLISHED FOR ENERGY WORKERS
WCC MEMBERS NOW HAVE SPECIAL ACCESS TO RECRUIT WORKERS
A web-based pipeline has been created that allows WCC members to easily search for workers based on specific job skills and/or location.
WCC members will have basic contact and skills information so that they may contact workers directly. The instructions below details the steps you should take to find your next employee.
If you have any questions, or require technical assistance please contact: Brian Foster at (307) 777-4485
March 21, 2016
FINAL SCHOOL FACILITIES BUDGETS
FINAL SCHOOL FACILITIES BUDGETS
With roughly $200 million allocated and yet to be spent from previous bienniums, the Legislature is backing off school construction funding for the 2017 fiscal year (see below), however, for the 2018 fiscal year, beginning July 2017, the Legislature has funded $80 million to the SFD for construction, and it is hoped that economic conditions will permit that amount to be raised during the Legislature’s 2016 General Session. This means that SFD appropriations for the 2017-18 biennium, approximately $215 million, is just over half of what was allocated for the 2015-16 biennium.
Major Maintenance: formulary funding to each district $118.5 million statewide with up to 10% of that amount can be utilized for school safety and security projects.
Design projects: up to $4,982,000.00
Campbell #1 (Gillette) High School $ 536,154; supplemented by previous appropriations
Teton #1 (Jackson) Elementary School $ 2,702,183; supplemented by previous appropriations
Albany #1 (Laramie) Elementary School $ 477,190; supplemented by previous appropriations
Laramie #1 (Cheyenne) Junior High $ 1,204,000; supplemented by previous appropriations
Park #6 (Cody) Elementary School $ 62,473
Capital construction projects: up to $10,494,694.00
UPCOMING STATE BUILDING PROJECTS
UPCOMING STATE BUILDING PROJECTS
The Wyoming Legislature has approved funding for a number of capital building projects to move forward in the next biennium. And while some point to this and claim the state building “boom” continues, the decline in state construction projects coupled with the dramatic decline in school facility construction point to anything but a boom.
However, the state is budgeting $418 million for capital construction projects and land purchases that they hope to be fully funded through various mechanisms, by the end of fiscal year 2018.
With over a dozen different projects listed in the state’s capcon appropriation bill, there are at least twice that many convolutions to fund all of these projects. Some projects will be funded immediately, some will only be funded after the state receives federal funds from the federal governments, other projects will be partially funded through one mechanism or another, only to receive full funding if the state’s investment accounts over the next two years increase at certain levels.
Here’s our best attempt at defining upcoming state capcon projects:
January 22, 2016
FEDS RAISE OSHA FINES
Senator Suggests WYO “Get out of the OSHA Business”
The Congressional budget bill that was passed last fall contained an entire section of language that will increase OSHA fines, maximum costs of a “serious” citation could raise from $7,000 to $12,500, while repeat offenses may be fined up to $125,000. The bill also contained provisions to annually adjust fined corresponding with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
A federal rule making process will begin in July 2016 to address the fine increases. The legislation does allow the Assistant Secretary for OSHA to adjust fines downward if there is a finding of economic impact outweighing the benefit of a proposed fine. There will likely be some changes to the proposed fine structure before it is set in stone by August 2016.
OSHA fines are currently proposed to raise by the following amounts:
“Other than Serious” citations: Violations of health and safety that are unlikely to result in serious injury or death would raise from $7,000 to $12,500.
“Serious” citations: violations as a result of serious injury or death in which the employer knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard would raise from $7,000 to $12,500.
“Willful” citations: violations in which the employers knows it is in violation of OSHA standards, is aware of the hazard, and makes no reasonable effort to mitigate the condition would raise from $70,000 to $125,000.
“Repeat” citations: violations for which there has already been an initial charge for the same or similar violation would raise from $70,000 to $125,000.
November 20, 2015
State Budget & School Facilities Project Priorities Update
State Revenues Down; Number of Construction Projects to Gradually Reduce
The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee met in Casper in October to review the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group’s (CREG) report for state revenue for the current biennium, the 2017-18 biennium and beyond.
There has been much discussion about declining state revenue, largely due to declines in oil and gas prices and coal production. There is a projected shortfall of nearly $160 million for the 2016 fiscal year, which means that if no other sources of funding are found or utilized, state expenditures will need to be cut by roughly 15% before the end of the 2016 fiscal year, June 30.
Revenue for the 2017-2018 biennium is projected to decline further from 2016, projected shortfalls of $208 million in 2017 and $224 million in 2017.
Perhaps the single biggest reason sagging mineral prices are not impacting the state’s budget as dramatically as in the past is due to state investment accounts, different accounts amassing billions of dollars, the interest earnings from these accounts helps to fund state government operations.
And while these accounts certainly help the state from immediate cuts as soon as mineral revenues decline, some say that the state needs to stop putting any money into savings, at least temporarily as we are now in leaner times. Some income flows have been directed away from savings already, but not all.
WCC Proposes Changes to Public Construction Processes
Proposals Include Formalizing Some School Facilities Processes
WCC has been working with state agencies, the Wyoming School Facilities Department in particular, to improve processes that will make projects go more smoothly for all parties involved. While WCC has been working for these processes for some time, it is understood, as with most processes, they are a work in progress, and encourage our members to not only inform WCC of their thoughts on these proposals, but also project owners, public and private, as well as Legislators and other officials that regulate the processes we use to conduct projects. While we understand these proposals may not be perfect, they further the conversations with everyone involved in a project so that we can work together to improve processes, and the end result, for all of us.
WCC is proposing formalizing some of the procedures the School Facilities Department has been utilizing to move projects forward when they come in over budget, as well as further simplifying bidding processes, particularly when bidding numerous, or complex alternates.
Proposed Process for Proceeding with Projects That Come in Over Budget
When projects bids come in over the estimated budget, projects are often shelved, meaning that the owner will likely pay more for a project having less value in the future. This leaves contractors, architects and engineers without a project to work on.
June 25, 2015
NEW OSHA CONFINED SPACE REQUIREMENTS
REQUIREMENTS GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 3rd
Special Thanks to Bob Switzer and Wyoming Financial Insurance for providing this information.
In May, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued new rules and regulations regarding the safety of employees working in confined spaces. These new rules will go into effect August 3rd, 2015, and employers need to be aware and prepared for these changes.
The new rules change the definition of confined space, so that areas that are not currently considered a confined space, will be in August. The rules also increases mandatory precautions and monitoring of working in such areas, and the permitting process of working in confined spaces with potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions.
Additional confined space training a safety measures may be required for employers. To learn more about the new confined space rules, please view the Confined Space Regulatory Update from WCC member, Wyoming Financial Insurance.
June 3, 2015
WCC Mid-Year Activities Update
2015 An Extraordinarily Active Year
The Wyoming Construction Coalition has had a busy first five months of 2015. And while many members are very active in our activities, even they may not know of everything we are working on.
We divide our activities into three categories, falling under one of our three committees that oversees the activities. Our update is arranged by committee, so please read on to learn more about what we are doing this year. If you are interested in serving on a committee, or even just helping out with a single project, activity or event, please let WCC know, email: email@example.com or call 307.577.6460.
May 22, 2015
WCC Cup 2015 Golf Tournament – Registration Open!
Thursday, June 25th – Paradise Valley Country Club, Casper
FREE Barbecue 11:00 AM – Shotgun Start 1:00 PM
Awards Reception to Follow
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE WCC CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
March 23, 2015
PLAN AND BID NOTIFICATIONS
Notifications for publication are due in the WCC Office by close of business Thursday for publication on Monday. Email notifications to firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax to 307.577.6436; Attn: WCC Plan and Bid Notifications.
Please Note: Plan and Bid Notifications are a service to Wyoming Construction Coalition Members. WCC is not responsible for the content, accuracy or timeliness of these notifications. Readers should independently verify the information contained herein to ensure they have all of the required information prior to responding to any notice.
WCC EDUCATION & SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING
April 1, 2015 via Conference Call
WCC Educ & Safety Cmte meeting
Thank you to our 2015 WCC Sponsors, you helped make our 2015 Legislative Conference a success!
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
March 5, 2015
WCC NEEDS YOUR HELP TO SCHEDULE LOCAL SOCIALS IN YOUR AREA!
TO SCHEDULE OR SPONSOR A LOCAL SOCIAL IN YOUR AREA:
CONTACT: Josh Carnahan, WCC President at 307.577.6460 or email him at email@example.com
We need your help to set up WCC Local Socials in your area. We want to make sure that we make the most out of these opportunities to educate and engage our members as well as potential members and others from Wyoming’s construction community. We have learned that our most successful events are those in which our members are actively engaged.
To accomplish this, we would like to couple our local social networking receptions with informal, informational sessions. These sessions can cover any variety of topics that interest you and other construction related businesses in your area.
February 3, 2015
GOVERNOR MEAD TO ADDRESS WCC MEMBERSHIP
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, DURING LEGCON
LEADERSHIP TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR YOU & YOUR EMPLOYEES
SIGN-UP NOW TO ATTEND
WED 6PM – LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION Sponsored by GW Mechanical
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January 27, 2015
URGENT – LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
OSHA FINES BILL GOES TO SENATE FLOOR
CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS NOW!
Senate File 72, the OSHA Fines bill, a bill that would establish devastating fines on employers who have a fatality, and raise other OSHA fines is headed to the Senate floor as early as this afternoon
Please contact your State Senator, and tell them about the impact this bill would have on your business.
December 11, 2014
NEW WCC BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
Voting for the 2015 WCC Board of Directors concluded November 7th, and the current WCC Board certified election results at their meeting on November 11th.
Don Haught of Valley Plumbing & Heating in Torrington, Parker Larsen of GW Mechanical in Casper, and Erick Berdahl of Sheet Metal Specialties in Casper were all elected as new Directors, and Bruce Sullivan, of S. Conley Sales in Sheridan was re-elected to the Board.
In January 2015, the newly elected Directors will join current Board members, Kevin Cross of Vaughn’s Plumbing & Heating in Rock Springs, Pat Allen of Wyoming Financial Insurance of Casper, Anthony Durst of AP Wyoming in Cheyenne, Wes Hayden of Caspar Building Systems in Casper, and Matt Thomas of Mechanical Systems, Inc., in Cheyenne.
OSHA FATALITY FINE BILL UP NEXT WEEK
The Wyoming State Legislature’s Joint Interim Labor and Health Committee is considering legislation that would impose a minimum $50,000 fine on employers for workplace fatalities. The legislation will be considered by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee at their meeting in Cheyenne Monday and Tuesday next week.
The bill proposed a $50,000 penalty on top of existing OSHA penalties if a fatality occurs as a result of an OSHA violation that “materially” contributes to the fatality.
November 10, 2014
INCREASED OSHA FINE SCHEDULE PROPOSED
The Wyoming State Legislature’s Joint Interim Labor and Health Committee is considering legislation that would increase OSHA fines and impose a minimum $50,000 fine on responsible employers for workplace fatalities.
Two bills were introduced at the Committee’s meeting last week in Evanston. The Committee decided that neither bill was “quite ready for prime-time” and will be working to draft a new bill before the December Committee meeting.
The first bill, introduced by Labor Committee Chairman, Sen. Charlie Scott (R-Casper) would not have increased OSHA fines across the Board, instead established a new minimum fatality fine of $50,000 for responsible employer(s), established a process for hearings to designate responsible parties, and established a process for penalizing OSHA officials who failed to properly implement citations and penalties. Continue Reading
September 18, 2014
WY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION COSTS LOWER THAN SURROUNDING STATES
Despite some news that some recent schools projects are going over budget, a recent Wyoming School Facilities Department Study presented to the Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee Shows that Wyoming’s school construction costs are not only very competitive with the costs of surrounding states, but slightly lower than most of them.
The Department utilized RSMeans, RSMeans Square Foot Costs, 34th Annual Edition 2013 to make their determinations that Wyoming’s school construction costs, coming in at an average of $141.88 are lower than all surrounding states, other than South Dakota’s, which came in at $133.44. Colorado came in the highest at $154.60. Wyoming’s square footage costs were very close to most other surrounding states. Continue Reading
August 8, 2014
IS THERE A LABOR SHORTAGE?
This article is the first in a series examining statistics to determine trends in Wyoming’s construction industry in an effort to help the public and lawmakers make better informed decisions regarding construction and to help construction companies with better predictions of when and how to ramp up, but by also helping to better evaluate Wyoming’s Construction Market.
Is there a labor shortage? In general, construction is an up and down industry, and nowhere else is that more evident than in Wyoming with our boom and bust economics. But just how much boom and bust is Wyoming’s construction industry? And is there anything we can do to help even out the highs and lows?
June 12, 2014
WCC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED
The Wyoming Construction Coalition (WCC) is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for our scholarship for 2014. The purpose of the WCC scholarship is to enhance and expand Wyoming’s construction industry workforce through promoting careers in skilled trades and construction related careers through furthering the education of outstanding individuals pursuing education and/or training in construction related fields.
One $1000 annual scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding individual who is, or will be, actively enrolled in a skilled trade program directly related to the building construction industry (i.e. Architecture, Engineering, Construction Technology, Carpentry, Electrical Apprenticeship, etc.).
May 29, 2014
WCC CUP GOLF TOURNEY JUNE 26th
The annual WCC Cup Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at the Paradise Valley Golf Course in Casper. Teams are filling up very quickly this year, so everyone is encouraged to get registered now, before there is no room left. Download more information and the registration form.
Activities on the 26th will begin at 11:00 AM with the Ferguson Barbecue, and the tourney will kick-off at 1:00 with a shotgun start, beverages at the course watering holes will be provided by United Rentals. The tourney will wind down around 5:30 and everyone is invited to the GW Mechanical Reception and Awards Ceremony to finish out the evening.
While the tournament is filling up fast, it isn’t too late to sponsor a Tee Box sponsors or donate items for grab bags.
WCC PRESIDENT SERVING WITH SAFETY ALLIANCE
WCC President, Josh Carnahan, has been selected to serve on the newly formed Wyoming Construction Safety Alliance (WCSA) Board of Directors. Carnahan joins 15 other representatives from all sectors of construction from throughout Wyoming in serving on the Alliance board.
WCSA was formed as part of a larger effort to address safety concerns in Wyoming, which consistently ranks in the top ten states for on the job fatalities. The WCSA is dedicated to improving the safety culture in the construction industry and is a modeled after a similar alliance that was formed to address safety concerns in the oil and gas industry.
May 8, 2014
PREFERENCE ACT “SNAPSHOT” SEMINARS – RAWLINS
A series of three 45 minute “snapshot” Preference Act seminars, hosted by local Department of Workforce Services, will be held during the Rawlins Job Fair on May 14th at the Jeffery Community Center (315 W Pine). The seminars will begin at 1:15, 2:30 and 3:45.
April 30, 2014
GILLETTE PREFERENCE SEMINAR
GILLETTE PREFERENCE SEMINAR
A seminar on the “Wyoming Preference Act of 1971” hosted by the Gillette office of the Department of Workforce Services has been scheduled for Gillette on Wednesday, May 7.
Please note, this information is NOT regarding bidding processes, but instead, an informative meeting regarding Wyoming Statutes and individual Contractor responsibilities for employing Wyoming residents after contracts with Wyoming governmental entities have been awarded.
March 10, 2014
THANK YOU LEGCON SPONSORS!
THANK YOU LEGCON SPONSORS!
October 25, 2013
Deadline for Mandatory Global Harmonization Training Approaching
Wyoming Construction Coalition
October 7, 2013
EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION BILL TO BE HEARD IN OCTOBER
Legislation currently being considered by the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Corporations Committee entitled Misclassification of Employees – Penalties, saw spirited debate over the issue when the bill was discussed before the committee last month in Sheridan.
The legislation is aimed at fixing existing problems with employers misclassifying employees as independent contractors. While there are likely many errors in the classification of employees due to confusion over the issue, there are certainly those taking advantage of the lack of enforcement in Wyoming to avoid paying Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment insurance and other taxes.
STATE OF MIND AND MINES
It is hard to argue that the economy has not improved in the past few years, and it is even harder to argue that it is not continuing to struggle on many fronts. Yet, through it all, Wyoming’s economy has remained solid, even strong when compared to most other areas of the country.
For those in the construction industry, its hard to believe that Wyoming’s economy has remained strong. Between the first quarters of 2008 and 2009, Wyoming construction lost 1630 jobs, down 6.3%. The industry lost another 2970 jobs, down 13.3% from 2009-10. And From the first quarter of 2010 thru the first quarter 2013, the industry only gained 1560 jobs, about 1/3 of what was lost. Source: Wyoming Administration and Information Department, Economic Analysis Division, Economic Summaries: First Quarters 2008 through 2013.
April 5, 2013
Legislative Convention 2013
In February, construction professionals from throughout Wyoming gathered in Cheyenne for the Wyoming Construction Coalition’s 2013 Legislative Convention. Throughout the history of the Association, whether as WAB, ABC or WCC, no event has had so many people from so many different companies and organizations in attendance, highlighted by the trade show, also with more vendors participating than in any previous event.
The Legislative Convention also promoted attendance, focusing on issues that are impacting Wyoming’s construction professionals, both now and in the long term. A lot of focus was given to lien laws as presented by Carl Schweitzer of Northwest Notice Service. Carl highlighted specific areas of lien laws that construction professionals need to pay specific attention, as well as some areas where clarification or even changes may need to be made. WCC is working to address many of these issues in upcoming Legislative Sessions.
January 13, 2013
Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries.
Chemically, asbestos minerals are silicate compounds, meaning they contain atoms of silicon and oxygen in their molecular structure.
Asbestos minerals are divided into two major groups: Serpentine asbestos and amphibole asbestos. Serpentine asbestos includes the mineral chrysotile, which has long, curly fibers that can be woven. Chrysotile asbestos is the form that has been used most widely in commercial applications. Amphibole asbestos includes the minerals actinolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, and amosite. Amphibole asbestos has straight, needle-like fibers that are more brittle than those of serpentine asbestos and are more limited in their ability to be fabricated