Newsletter 2018-16 April 20, 2018
WEST VIRGINIA ADDS HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF NEW CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN NATION for second STRAIGHT month
For the second month in a row West Virginia is first in the nation for the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year. For the past number of years, the state has ranked last or next to last in construction employment. The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America’s latest analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data shows West Virginia had the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (11.2 percent, 3,400 jobs), followed by Nevada (9.0 percent, 7,500 jobs); Idaho (8.6 percent, 3,800 jobs); Massachusetts (7.7 percent, 11,500 jobs) and New Mexico (7.6 percent, 3,400 jobs).
Governor Jim Justice held a news conference at the West Virginia Construction and Design EXPO on March 22 to announce West Virginia was at the top spot in February. The governor told EXPO attendees, “Now we’re first. All kinds of things are happening in West Virginia. We had 14.4 percent growth, 4,300 new construction jobs in 2017 and the road projects haven't even kicked in.”
“The improving construction numbers have come from several sectors of the state’s economy,” CAWV Executive Director Mike Clowser stated on WV MetroNews following the governor’s announcement. “Increased road work, natural gas activity, growth in areas like Morgantown and Martinsburg, and even some aspects of coal, has led to CAWV members looking for additional workers.”
“This is excellent news for our industry and our members,” said CAWV President Scott Pierson. “We had hoped West Virginia’s jobs figures would not be a one-time flash in the pan but sustainable growth. To be ranked first in the nation for two straight months after years of being 49th and 50th for years is a testament to the CAWV’s efforts to promote investment in West Virginia’s infrastructure. This is welcome news for not only CAWV members, but the entire state.”
Registration is now open for the CAWV Annual Meeting which will be held July 12-15 at The Greenbrier. The meeting will feature many activities for CAWV members, along with a golf tournament, trap / fishing tournament, children's program, in addition to all the amenities offered at The Greenbrier. A complete meeting packet and sponsorship information will be available to members next week. A meeting and room reservation form is attached to this week’s Newsletter and can also be found online at http://www.cawv.org/events/annual-meeting.html.
“With all the construction that is going on, and the need for additional workers, we have quite a bit to talk about at this year’s annual meeting,” commented CAWV President Scott Pierson. “I hope everyone will make an effort to be part of this year’s meeting.”
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR 2018 AND BEYOND: WEST VIRGINIA HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION FORUM - MAY 4
The CAWV and West Virginia Division of Highways are holding a second highway construction forum for all CAWV contractors, subcontractors, engineers, material suppliers, equipment dealers and all other interested members on Friday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites in Charleston. State Tax Department official Byrd White and WV Division of Labor Commissioner Mitch Woodrum are the latest addition to an already informative panel. Over 125 members have already registered for the event. For complete details, see this week’s Highway/Heavy Bulletin.
Ruling on WV right-to-work will be issued by June
Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey this week said she intends to issue a ruling by June on whether West Virginia’s right-to-work law is constitutional. Bailey held a hearing this week to hear arguments about whether union contracts established between February and September 2017 were valid, but she also told attorneys she planned to issue a ruling on the law’s constitutionality before she ruled on the validity of the contract. While the West Virginia Legislature has clarified some language in the state’s right-to-work law, Bailey said it was unclear how the updated law and subsequent court rulings will affect union contracts established while the law was in limbo in the court system last year. Bailey gave attorneys a June 5 deadline to file briefs about her authority on the circuit level to rule on the contracts and the validity of union contracts established during the 8-month lifespan of a preliminary injunction that kept the right-to-work law from being in effect.
AGC ConstructorCast episode: Dealing with Legalized Marijuana
The latest episode of ConstructorCast explores the issue of legalized marijuana consumption and what it means for the construction industry. AGC talks with Mandi Kime, Director of Safety for AGC of Washington; Jeremy Taylor, Environmental Health and Safety Director for Turner Construction; and Gregg Giles, Trust Administrator for the Washington Construction Industry Substance Abuse Program, about the safety, drug testing, and communications implications for marijuana legalization. Stream or download the episode here or search for "ConstructorCast" in your podcasts app.
2018 / 2019 CAWV MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY UNDERWAY
The 2018-2019 CAWV Membership Directory and Buyers Guide is currently underway. The publication is an indexed guide of all members and the services / products they provide. The directory is sent to all members, manufacturers, oil and gas, coal and other construction owners, and government agencies in West Virginia. In the coming weeks members will receive by mail a letter containing their listing for the upcoming directory. Instructions will be provided should any changes need to be made. Ad spaces are available, and more information will be provided to members in future Newsletters.
JOIN US FOR THE CAWV FAMILY NIGHT AT THE POWER PARK MAY 3
The CAWV will host a family event at the Appalachian Power Park on Thursday, May 3. Association members, employees and families are invited to cheer on the West Virginia Power. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Cost includes access to Blue Light Party Deck. The Blue Light Party Deck offers guests exclusive access to a festive atmosphere with an ALL-INCLUSIVE food, fountain drink, draft beer and wine menu. With a bird's-eye view of right field and the home bullpen, the Blue Light Party Deck is a prime space to mingle with members throughout the game while taking full advantage of the all-inclusive menu. Menu items include hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwursts, baked beans, popcorn and MORE. Don’t miss out on this exciting event! A registration form is available online at www.cawv.org/events/night-at-the-power-park.html.
Accommodations: The CAWV has secured a $129 room rate for Thursday, May 3, at Embassy Suites. For reservations visit www.embassysuites3.hilton.com, or contact (304) 347-8700 and mention group code CAW. Embassy Suites is located at 300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301.
ANNUAL CAWV SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING JUNE 1 - REGISTER today
Registration is now open for the annual CAWV Scholarship Golf Outing which will be held Friday, June 1, at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. We are limited to 20 "Sixsomes" for both the 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. starting times. For morning golfers, a luncheon will be held immediately after play. For the afternoon golfers, dinner will be held immediately after play. Awards will be presented at the luncheon for the morning flight and at dinner for the afternoon flight. All proceeds from the golf outing benefit the CAWV Scholarship Foundation. Members can register by clicking here.