August 14, 2020

Third Special Session Ends without a Bonding Bill, Senate Ousts Labor and Industry Commissioner

On Wednesday, Governor Walz extended the peacetime state of emergency powers for another 30 days, which brought the legislature back into special session for a third time this year. No action on capital investment or tax bills was expected during the one-day session as the state is currently in a blackout period while they sell state bonds. Even though the House and Senate are at odds over peacetime emergency powers, they negotiated and passed a bill to allocate $20 million in coronavirus relief funds to disability services providers.

After passing the bill and the House adjourning, the Senate took up the confirmation of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Commissioner Nancy Leppink and voted 34-32 along party lines to deny her confirmation. Confirming the governor's commissioner appointments is left to the Senate, but it is a rare event to deny such confirmations. Senate Republicans have expressed frustration over the governor's emergency orders and this action is largely seen as a shot across the bow. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) commented there will be informational hearings held regarding other commissioner confirmations soon. While the current situation does not help future negotiations, AGC and many other advocates remain steadfast in communicating and insisting that the legislature pass a robust bonding this year.

Roslyn Robertson has assumed the role of Temporary Commissioner of DLI. She previously served as deputy commissioner and has more than 30 years of experience working at DLI in a variety of leadership roles and has significant experience in the program areas of Labor Standards, Apprenticeship, OSHA and Construction Codes and Licensing.
Construction Safety Week: September 14-18, 2020

Construction Safety Week is coming up quickly in September! Find resources and templates here for use at your firm. Do you have some great photos of employees representing best safety practices on your job sites?  Send them to Renee for inclusion in our Safety Week promotions!
AGC Members: Apply for AGC of America Awards

The AGC of America awards programs recognize the nation's most pioneering projects as well as talented and community-minded contractors, innovative and successful AGC chapters, student chapter achievements, and contractors implementing outstanding safety programs.

AGC member companies who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition.  Deadline: October 21, 2020.

Below: four AGC of Minnesota members receiving their awards at the 2019 AGC of America Annual Convention.  Click thumbnails for larger versions.

JE Dunn Construction and C.S. McCrossan, Inc. receiving their
Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA).

Mortenson and Ames Construction receiving their Build America Awards.
MnDOT Constructability Review Notice

MnDOT is looking for feedback on a concrete rehabilitation project coming up in the I-94/35E area in St. Paul.  Please click here for more details.
2020 AGC of America Workforce Survey

The construction industry has experienced some very significant and sudden changes during the past few months that have led to dramatic changes in demand for work and the need for new workers. 

AGC of America is asking construction firms to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey.

Your responses will be kept confidential; only aggregated results will be reported. The results will help AGC of America better outline the current situation to elected and appointed officials, the media, educators and your peers within the business community. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of current construction labor market conditions, the more likely they are to enact measures to support the industry.
90 days to complete foundation construction for the new home to McDonald's Corporation's world headquarters in Chicago's West Loop

The 9-story commercial building called for accelerated project delivery methods. The overlapping of construction schedules with design phases that were still in flux meant that the foundation system had to be able to facilitate a variety of design scenarios that could occur while attempting to minimize the use of conservative design assumptions to keep project costs down. Learn more
David Sutfin, P.E., S.E. Engineering Program Manager, Foundations Operations 
Joseph Lodde, Project Manager, Estimator, Foundations Operations
Last Chance to Submit Your Nomination for a Jeff Jensen Memorial
Construction Safety Excellence Award

One week from Monday is the deadline to submit an application for the Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Award! This award, based on safety standards achieved in 2019, will presented in three different categories. The awards will be recognized this fall at the 2020 AGC Recognition Evening. 

Read more about the award here.

Completed applications are due no later than August 24, 2020 and should be returned to Merry Beckmann or mailed to the AGC office.
2020 Sporting Clays Fundraiser

Team registrations and sponsorships are coming in, but we still have room for you at the 21st AGC Sporting Clays Fundraiser, which will take place on September 16, 2020 at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club.

Click here for more information, to register, and for sponsorship opportunities. Contact Lisa Larson with any questions.

The Sporting Clays Fundraiser benefits the AGC of Minnesota Foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the construction industry. 

Thank you to all of our current sponsors!  
Don't see your logo here?  There's still time to sign up!



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