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New Requirements for Design-Build and Lease-Leaseback in CA

The California State Legislature recently enacted legislation to modify the contract procurement methods of certain state and local agencies. SB 785 modified the design-build process for the Department of General Services (DGS) and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) while AB 566 altered how school districts can enter into lease-leaseback agreements. A key provision… Read more »

Restoring Communities, Creating Opportunities

Restoring Communities, Creating Opportunities Pacific States Environmental Contractors and Sukut Construction Cleanup the Communities Destroyed by the Valley & Butte Fires Residents throughout most of California enjoy a Mediterranean style climate which is marked by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Unfortunately, these dry summers often set the stage for wildfires later in the… Read more »

Building the Land of Enchantment

Building the Land of Enchantment Jaynes Structures Reshapes the Skyline of New Mexico For more than 70 years, Jaynes Structures has been changing the landscape of New Mexico.  Established in 1946 as a small concrete subcontractor, Jaynes Structures has grown to become New Mexico’s largest concrete subcontractor and the standard bearer in that market.  In… Read more »

Site Safety and Health Program

Site Safety and Health Program New Online Program for LIUNA Signatory Contractors The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) provides a variety of services to help LIUNA signatory contractors stay productive while keeping LIUNA members and their families safe. One of these services is reviewing and creating injury and illness prevention programs… Read more »

Removing History

Removing History California Engineering Contractors / Silverado Contractors Dismantle the Bay Bridge Beginning in 1936 cars and trains were able to go between San Francisco and Oakland as they never had before. That year, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge was put into service after many years of planning and three years of construction…. Read more »

Resolving Claims and Saving Money

Resolving Claims and Saving Money Alternative Dispute Resolution As a contractor, you are aware that California state law requires every employer to have workers’ compensation insurance in case an employee is injured on the job. In exchange for the premium paid by an employer, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier provides wage replacement and medical benefits… Read more »

California’s Pothole Penalty is Too High

California’s Pothole Penalty is Too High by Rocco Davis, LIUNA Vice-President and Regional Manager If California’s roads were people, a share of them would have been buried by now and as many would be drawing Social Security. As our state’s governor noted recently, many of our roads were built in the 1950s. They are deteriorating,… Read more »

Building Water Reliability

Building Water Reliability KSD Constructs the Carlsbad Desalination Project Construction on the Carlsbad Desalination Project is more than two-thirds complete and is scheduled to be finished in late 2015.  As near as that seems, it has taken many years to get to this point. The project was first proposed in 1998 and challenged by more than… Read more »

An Early Start to the Holiday Season

The holiday season started a little earlier this year for the construction industry.  Voters seemed to be in the spirit of giving during the November elections and offered up a lot of reasons to be optimistic about 2015 and beyond. Throughout the three states in our territory (California, Arizona, New Mexico), billions of dollars in bonds… Read more »

Which Way in the Southwest?

Which Way in the Southwest? Which way is construction headed in the Southwest and what can the Laborers do to help? From the valley of 2011, construction employment has been on the rise. In 2013 it was up more than 12% over the lows of 2011 in the three states that LECET Southwest monitors (CA,… Read more »