All posts by Carol Ciesielski

Shout Out to Members for their Donations

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A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO VALUED MEMBERS

American Art Stone & Diener Brick Co.

Steve West, owner and President of American Art Stone, donated cast stone engraved plaques for new signage above the Association’s Office door and the Bricklayers Local 5 Union Hall door at their offices in Bordentown.

Joe Mizeski with Diener Brick donated one cube of brick to the IMI/BAC Fairfield Training Center.  Joe worked with  Bob Alessandro to match the existing brick for an opening around a new garage door, after being installed at a lower height.…

ANNUAL ICE MEETING

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The 2019 Annual ICE Meetings were held on October 29 – 30 in Washington, DC.  Both days were filled with information on many topics affecting our industry today.  Attendees walked away much more informed than when they first sat down on topics such as new technologies, silica evaluation and respirator programs, safety and ergonomics training, avoiding water infiltration claims through systemic approach and more.

Additionally, presentations covered:

Collective Bargaining Data from across the country Trends in Fund Investments I-9 and undocumented workers Succession Planning IMI’s Contractor College Variable defined Pension Plans Business-Cycle & Growth Cycle Trend Analysis

We are always …

National Apprentice Week

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November 11-15 was National Apprentice Week.  On Tuesday, November 12th BCIT held their Construction  Apprenticeship Expo for BCIT students and Burlington County Middle School students.  Representatives from all  Construction Technology fields in Burlington County were on site with displays and job opportunity information, including the BAC ADC of NJ who had a hands on bricklaying demonstration. BAC Local #5 Apprentice Instructor Ren Engelhardt and Field Representatives Leon Jones, Jr., Lynn Canfield & Mario Cerrito, Jr. were on site to answer questions and assist with the demonstrations.

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Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Falsifying Records

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CONTRACTOR SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FALSIFYING RECORDS TO CHEAT WORKERS OUT OF $155,000 BY NOT PAYING PREVAILING WAGES  Many of the employees he cheated are believed to be undocumented immigrants

As released by Insider NJ on September 6, 2019.

TRENTON – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an Ocean County construction contractor was sentenced to prison today for purposely not paying prevailing wages on a government contract valued over $75,000.  As part of his criminal activity, the contractor falsified payroll records for the public contract to cover up the fact that he paid most of his employees only a …

Cold Weather Masonry Construction

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BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! – COLD WEATHER MASONRY CONSTRUCTION

Masonry materials and their performance are affected by cold weather conditions.  When temperatures hit 40*F Masonry Contractors should have a cold weather plan for implementing proper procedures for maximum performance of materials and safety of craftworkers in cold weather conditions.

Click Here for IMI’s Technology Brief on Cold Weather Masonry Construction or visit www.imiweb.org

Click Here for NCMA’s TEK 03-01C on All Weather Concrete Masonry Construction or visit www.ncma.org

2019 SPEC-MIX BRICKLAYER 500

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The Northeast Regional Spec-Mix Bricklayer 500 was held on October 10th at the IMI/BAC Training Center in Fairfield, NJ.  Congratulations to our Member VIP Construction and their Mason/Mason Tender Team who took First Place. Good Luck on February 5, 2020 when you complete in the Las Vegas World Championship at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry!  Read More

The Pennsylvania & South Jersey Regional Spec-Mix Bricklyaer 500 was held on September 19th at the Xfinity Live Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Congratulations to our Member Dandrea Masonry and their Mason/Mason Tender Team who took  Third Place.  Read More

Coalition of Trade Associations Formed

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Earlier this year our Executive Director, Carol Ciesielski, formed a Coalition of Trade Associations to address misclassifying employees as independent contractors and the entire underground construction economy in New Jersey.

In addition to Masonry Contractors of New Jersey, the other associations that currently comprise the Coalition are Associated Construction Contractors of NJ (ACCNJ), South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association (SJMCA), Employing Bricklayers Association (EBA) and the NJ Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors (PHCC).

The Coalition’s contractor members alone have reported a loss of approximately 30% of their revenue each year in the private sector due to unfair and unlawful …

First Stop Work Orders Issued by NJDOL

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 NJ Labor Department Issues First Stop Work Orders at Two NJ Construction Sites

Department Takes Action Against Employer Using Expanded Enforcement

Authorities Signed into Law by Gov. Murphy in July

As released by NJDOL.gov on September 17, 2019

 TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) issued work stoppage orders at two construction sites, managed by Three Sons Restoration, LLC. of Union, for wage violations – a first-of-its-kind action taken by the department after Governor Murphy expanded its enforcement authorities in July.

 In accordance with N.J.S.A 34:20-7.1, NJDOL’s Division of Wage and Hour Compliance shut down …

FAIRNESSNJ.COM

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Masonry Contractors of New Jersey joined the fight with our industry partners to protect workers’ rights by combating the ever-growing Underground Construction Economy in New Jersey.  (The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University was last contracted in 2019 to take a detailed look into the underground construction economy in New Jersey – click here for the study).

The BAC ADC of New Jersey Locals 4 & 5 are spearheading a public ad campaign so you can tell your legislators to stop these illegal, unfair business practices and level the playing field for qualified, responsible contractors …

2nd Annual Topgolf Tournament – Thank You

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A special Thank You to all those who supported Masonry Contractors of New Jersey’s 2nd Annual Topgolf Tournament held on September 26, 2019.  The day was filled with good weather, good food & drinks, good fun and most importantly good company.   Our Members and Colleagues make these events possible and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.   

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