February 5, 2021
Federal PRO Act Introduces Sweeping Changes to Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

A new version of the PRO Act has been introduced in the Congress.  The bill provides sweeping changes to many long-standing labor and employer bargaining relationships, labor relations regulations and labor law. The PRO Act will significantly expand union rights and change well known labor laws and labor/management engagement practices. For instance, the PRO Act will legalize and expand secondary boycotts against employers that may not be directly involved in the labor dispute. AGC of Minnesota is closely watching the discussion and progress of this bill. We are concerned that it may harm Minnesota’s labor market dynamic and ultimately serve to disrupt construction employer-labor relationships over the long-term. AGC members are encouraged to become familiar with the elements of this important legislation and to use the Action Alert feature provided here to voice your concerns with your members of Congress. 

A more in-depth review of the PRO Act provision can be found in this white paper.
Pete Buttigieg Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

On February 2, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Pete Buttigieg to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) by an 86-13 vote. Buttigieg officially took the helm of the Department upon his swearing in by Vice President Kamala Harris on February 3. During his January 21 hearing, he affirmed his commitment to the Biden Administration’s plans to prioritize rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. Ahead of the hearing, AGC of America stated its support for Buttigieg’s confirmation and called on the committee to expeditiously advance his nomination.
New OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

On Jan. 29, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance on protecting workers and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Per OSHA, the guidance is not a standard or regulation, creates no new legal obligations and the recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in recognizing and abating hazards in the workplace.

Here you will find an analysis from AGC of America highlighting the key differences in the recent guidance in comparison to previous guidance issued.  
MnDOT Requesting Letters of Interest for Moorhead CM/GC Project

MnDOT plans to use CM/GC for the TH 10/75 - 11th Street Underpass project in Moorhead. Additional information about the project and a Request for Letters of Interest is now available on MnDOT’s CM/GC website.
Stay Connected. Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Telematics System?

Today, most large equipment manufacturers offer telematic systems to help you monitor important data on your machines. These systems are great tools that help you boost productivity. But are you maximizing the effectiveness of your system? Tracking operation hours, idle time, and location are the most common uses; but utilizing the technology and data in other ways can produce even more results. Learn more

By Road Machinery & Supplies Co.
MnDOT Constructability Review Request

MnDOT is asking potential contractors to assist with evaluating construction staging and risks to delivering the New Ulm to Nicollet 4-lane Expansion Project. MnDOT requests one-on-one meetings with potential construction contractors to review the proposed concepts and provide feedback. The meetings are expected to last approximately 90 minutes each, and will preferably take place between February 15-19, 2021. Meetings will be held virtually, via Microsoft Teams.

More information available here, as well as in this document.

Please contact Zachary Tess, Project Manager, at 507-317-8168 or zachary.tess@state.mn.us to schedule a meeting.
Joseph C. Weis (1932-2021)

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Joe Weis. Joe passed away last weekend in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. He was 88 years old. 

Joe and his brother Eugene took over their father’s business in 1952 and together they launched Weis Builders in 1960. Through the years, Weis Builders grew into a premier national building and development firm with strong community roots in the Rochester market.

Joe was named a Life Director of AGC of America and served as AGC of Minnesota Board Chairman in 1986. He was honored with the AGC of Minnesota Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and he served as the Co-Chair of the AGC Legislative Committee for many years. An ever-present fixture at AGC events, Joe was unmistakably outspoken and a vocal advocate for the construction industry.

The AGC of Minnesota membership and staff offer our deepest sympathy to the Weis family and to the Weis Builders team. 

Obituary details can be found here.
Member Discount: Verizon and New 5G

Whether AGC members are working from home, the office or a job site, Verizon’s new 5G network is now accessible. Plus, when AGC members join NPP (for free), you can receive a corporate discount on Verizon. Eligible business members can save 22% off Verizon monthly access fees.

Once a business has the Verizon NPP discount, they can offer a similar discount to their employees as well. Members can also save on 5G capable devices.

Interested in learning more about Verizon 5G? Verizon and NPP are co-hosting a 5G focused webinar on February 11 at 2pm ET. This event is open to all.

Learn more about this and other discounts available to AGC members here.
AGC Members: if you are celebrating a milestone or have other significant news,
please let Renee know, and we will periodically publish news from
members in the Weekly Update.
Celebrating the Historical Achievements of African Americans in Minnesota

In honor of Black History Month, AGC of Minnesota is celebrating the historical achievements of African Americans in our state. Despite the challenges of racial discrimination and civil unrest, then and now, African Americans in Minnesota continue to press forward to achieve, above all, human rights. Each week this month, we will recognize their accomplishments and contributions to Minnesota in an effort to educate, inspire, and encourage human and civil rights for all people. In the coming weeks, we will provide a brief introduction and links for more information.
John Francis (J. Frank) Wheaton, first African American to serve in Minnesota’s legislature

John Francis (J. Frank) Wheaton, a Twin Cities lawyer and orator, became the first African American elected to serve in the Minnesota legislature in 1898. A target of racial prejudice throughout his life, Wheaton believed in the political process as a means to improve the state’s civil rights laws.

Learn more here.
Nellie Stone Johnson, civil rights activist, union organizer and first Black elected official in Minneapolis

Johnson helped form the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) and spearheaded the effort to create the first Fair Employment Practices department in the nation. She counseled both Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale and was on the Democratic National Committee in the 1980s.

Learn more here.
Women's Leadership Development Cohort

A new program is being offered for women managers who want to learn more about the unique strengths & challenges of being a woman in a leadership role. Dr. Rita Webster is making her Women's Leadership Development Cohort available to women in AGC. The 3month/6-session cohort begins on April 15. Save $100 when three women from the same company enroll.

Learn more or register here.
Racial Equity in the Workplace: Learning Series

Join the Washington Business Journal for a 4-part virtual series that will help participants uncover the historic foundations of systemic racism, how that system is intertwined with the business community and what business leaders are doing to create a more equitable future. More info and registration here.
Workplace Revolution: From Talk to Collective Action

March 8 – 12, 2021
Online/Virtual Event

Topics Include:
  • Matching Intent To Impact: The Diversity of Stress
  • A Step-By-Step Guide To Developing And Implementing A Diversity and Inclusion Program
  • New Lens For Revealing Unconscious Bias
  • and more!

Click here for more information and registration.
CM-Lean March Cohort

AGC of Minnesota will be starting another Lean cohort in March! Participants can save money by taking the entire series, or may register for individual units. See all the available units here.

  • March 9 & 11: Unit 1 (Variation in Production Systems)
  • March 16 & 18: Unit 2 (Pull in Production)
  • March 23 & 25: Unit 3 (Lean Workstructuring)
  • April 6 & 8: Unit 4 (The Last Planner System)
  • April 13, 14 & 15: Unit 5 (Lean Supply Chain and Assembly)
  • April 20 & 22: Unit 6 (Lean Design and Pre-construction)
  • April 27, 28 & 29: Unit 7 (Problem-solving Principles and Tools)
PMDP Discounted Rate for AGC of Minnesota Members

AGC of Minnesota members can save $800 on the AGC of America Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) offered through AGC of Wisconsin. More information and registration details here.

For discount code to get member rate, contact Renee.
Save the Dates for Golf and
Sporting Clays

Summer may feel far off, but hold these dates on your calendars now!

AGC Golf Tournament: Friday, August 6th at Keller Golf Course

AGC Sporting Clays Fundraiser: Wednesday, September 15th at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club.
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