April 5, 2021
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ODOT Retirements and New Appointments

Tom Pannett, ODOT’s Administrator of the Office of Contracts and Jim Welter, Engineer of Tests have recently retired from ODOT.                                             

With Tom’s retirement, Nathan Fling has become the new Administrator of the Office of Contract Sales and Estimating effective 3/28/21. Nathan was most recently the Dispute Resolution Coordinator and ADC Supervisor in the Office of Alternative Project Delivery. He came to ODOT in 2014 from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where he had spent nine years in the Transportation Section representing ODOT in a variety of matters, including DBE, ADC appeals, and eminent domain cases across the state. Nathan received his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Franklin. As a student, Nathan clerked in the Collections Enforcement Section of the AG’s Office, and worked for Sterling Commerce/IBM in Dublin doing software support. In the interim, Eric Kahlig will serve as the point of contact in Central Office for dispute resolution.

With Jim’s retirement, Dan Miller, P.E. will assume the role of Administrator of the Office of Materials Management effective April 11th. Dan will also be in charge of the office from April 1st until he officially assumes the role on the 11th. Dan has been with ODOT since March of 2014 as the Cement and Concrete Engineer in the Office of Materials Management. He is a native of the Cleveland area and a graduate of Cleveland State University, where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering. Previously, he worked at North Carolina DOT for 6 years as the Assistant Physical Testing Engineer and Quality Assurance Engineer. Dan is currently the chair for the National Concrete Consortium and is also the chair of AASHTO Technical Subcommittee 4a – Rigid Drainage Structures.

OCA wishes Tom and Jim well in their retirement. Tom has joined the staff of Kegler, Brown, Hill, and Ritter in Columbus (an Associate Member of OCA) and is already actively participating on the Heavy/Highway Committee. We will keep you posted on where Jim lands.

We also look forward to working with Nathan and Dan in their new roles. Congratulations!


News
Cement Masons Union May 1, 2021 Heavy Highway Wage & Benefit Changes (UPDATED April 4, 2021)

OCA was advised today by the cement masons union that they have changed their wage & benefit diversions effective May 1, 2021. Please disregard our earlier notices for the cement masons and make the following changes to be effective on May 1, 2021:

Wage:      +$1.04
Pension:  +$0.20 (Now, $7.35)
ITF           +$0.01 (Now, $0.07)
Total         +$1.25

All other benefit contributions not listed above will remain unchanged.

Also, please note that effective May 1st, per page 29 of the current OCA/Cement Masons agreement, the following counties will move from District III to District II:

Allen, Auglaize, Carroll, Hardin, Holmes, Logan, Mercer, Tuscarawas, Van Wert and Wayne.


If you have any questions about this revision, please contact Mark Potnick in the OCA office.

EEOC Announces Collections Dates for 2019 & 2020 EEO-1 Data
Employers Have from April 26 Until July 19 to Submit Component 1 Data

After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collections on May 8, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the collections will now open on Monday, April 26, 2021.

The deadline for submitting 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data will be Monday, July 19, 2021. Recognizing the continuing differential impacts of the pandemic on workplaces nationwide and the requirement to submit two years of EEO-1 data, the EEOC is extending the data collection period this year from 10 weeks to 12 weeks to provide employers additional time to file.

The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires all private employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a contract/subcontract of $50,000 or more to file the EEO-1 report. The EEO-1 report provides employment data by race/ethnicity, gender, and job categories. The filing of the EEO-1 report is not voluntary and is required for eligible employers by federal law, Section 709(c), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; and §1602.7–§1602.14, Title 29, Chapter XIV, of the Federal Code of Regulations. A link to EEOC’s Frequently Asked Question about the EEO-1 filing can be found here.

EEO filers can visit https://EEOCdata.org for more information regarding updates on the data collection. When the collection opens, resources to assist filers with their submissions will be available online at https://EEOCdata.org. The EEOC Filer Support Team will also be available to respond to filer inquiries and to provide additional filling assistance.


Virtual AGC of America Project Manager Development Program to be Offered

The San Antonio Chapter and AGC of Mississippi Chapters of AGC America are offering the Project Manager Development Program, created by AGC of America, to any member company of an AGC affiliated chapter. This course is designed to specifically meet the needs of the construction industry. The curriculum, along with the activities and shared experiences of course participants, provides the necessary skills and knowledge to increase the participant's ability to work successfully with others to ensure project success. To view the registration flyer, please click here.

The registration link is: https://web.sanantonioagc.org/events/PMDPProjectManager%20Development%20Program-1104/details.

Registration Fee: $1,295 for members, including books. Classes begin Tues., May 4 and conclude Tues., June 3. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT.

More information: Jennifer Muñoz, munoz@sanantonioagc.org or call (210) 349-4921.

AGC of America's Workforce Development Scholarship Application Deadline June 1st
For Students in Technical and Craft Programs

The AGC Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1st to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation. To learn more about the program, the promotional flyer can be viewed by clicking here.

To review the complete list of criteria click here. Students can click here to apply.

The Education and Research Foundation is committed to taking steps to ensure students have the technical skills needed to immediately enter into the commercial construction workforce. For further questions, contact Courtney Bishop, Courtney.bishop@agc.org.


Let Your Voice Be Heard in the 2021 Northeast Ohio Construction Survey!

For the past 14 years, this annual deep dive from Marcum (formerly Skoda Minotti) into the current mindset of the construction industry has provided you with valuable analytics on how your business stacks up against other construction firms across the nation. This year, the survey results will continue to provide actionable insights into how best to secure growth opportunities in the coming year. Everyone who completes the survey will receive a copy of the survey results and analysis as soon as they are available.

Your participation is greatly appreciated. As a thank you, one participant will be randomly selected each week to receive a $100 Visa gift card until the survey closes on April 16th.

Completing this survey does more than provide industry insights. For every survey completed, Marcum will donate $1 to the construction trades' training and job readiness programs. Click Here to Participate.

Webinar Series

This webinar series, specifically designed for Ohio public owners, covers the project delivery methods available for public construction projects and when competitive bidding is required for these projects.

Each webinar will feature a presentation by Bricker & Eckler attorneys whose practices focus on construction and bidding.

For a listing of all the webinars in the series and to register - Click here.

This webinar series has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 10.0 total CLE hours instruction. Approval is pending. Additionally, Ohio Engineering CPD credit and EPA contact hours will be available upon request for each webinar.


May 1 Wage Changes for Laborers and Cleveland Teamsters

OCA has received Heavy/Highway wage and benefit changes for the Ohio Laborers and Teamsters Local 436 Cleveland to be effective May 1, 2021 as follows:

Ohio Laborers

Wage:     +$.65

Pension; +$10 (Now, $3.90)

H&W:      +$.50 (Now, $7.50)

Total:       +$1.25

Teamsters Local 436, Cleveland

Wage:      +$.85

Pension: No change ($10.05)

H&W:       +$.25 (Now, $6.95)

Total:          $1.10

We are awaiting final determinations from the Cement Masons and Statewide Teamsters and will announce those changes as soon as we receive them.

OCA is negotiating successor agreements in April with the Carpenters and Operating Engineers. Those new rates will also be announced as soon as negotiations are finalized.

As always, we will publish an updated Wage Bulletin for May 1, 2021 with all wage and benefit updates included as soon as all rate determinations and contract negotiations are finalized.

Please watch for updates in OCA’s weekly E-Newsletter and in the “Breaking News” section of our website at www.ohiocontractors.org

If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Mark Potnick in the OCA office.


Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing

On behalf of ODOT’s Division of Construction Management and Office of Roadway Engineering, registration is currently open for the following sessions of Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing.

     • May 18 – Afternoon       »Click here to register. [New Session Added]
     • June 1 – Afternoon        »Click here to register.

Click here to access the PDF flyer.

Prerequisites – Do not register for WTS Prequalification testing until the prerequisites have been completed. Please see the online registration form and flyer for details.

Pre-registration is required for WTS Testing. Seating capacity is limited for each session, based on social distancing requirements due to COVID-19. Please review the important updates and safety protocols as described per the links above.
                                             
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