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There’s Snow Day like Masonry Day

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On December 3, 2019 the weather may not have been perfect but our Masonry Day & Rainscreen Expo, packed with education, networking & good food, certainly was.  

The day started out with our Membership Meeting which was filled with industry updates from Keynote Speakers; Andrew Yosha, NJSDA and Kevin Triplett, NJ Department of Labor, as well as Fred Kinateder, Sr., Kinateder Consulting, LLC, Roy Ingraffia, Jr., IMI, Dan Siteman, IMI and Matthew Aquiline, ICE of BAC.

Following our Meeting, Seminars were held; Designer Education (approved for 3.0 LU/HSW) with Dan Siteman, IMI and Contractor Education with Fred Kinateder, Kinateder Consulting, …

NJDOL Issues Guidance to Employers on “No Match” Letters

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NJDOL and Attorney General Issue Guidance to Employers on “No Match” Letters

Last March, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) began sending tens of thousands of employers  “Employer Correction Request” and “no-match” letters when some of their employees’ names and Social Security numbers in their Form W-2s didn’t match what’s on file with the SSA.

On March 9, 2020 Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal,  DOL and Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo and Division on Civil Rights Director Rachel Wainer Apter issued  guidance for employers:

“The State’s guidance advises employers to avoid taking adverse action against an employee – including laying …

Legislative Package Signed by Governor Murphy to Crack Down on Worker Misclassifiacation

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Governor Murphy Signs Sweeping Legislative Package to Combat Worker Misclassification and Exploitation

Six bills were signed into law by Governor Murphy in January 2020 to crack down on misclassifying workers as independent contractors and other wage and hour violations:

A5838 – “Concerns Stop-Work Orders”

S4228 – “Concerns Tax Data Sharing between State Treasury and DOLWD”

A5839 – “Concerns Penalties for Misclassification of Employees”

A5843 – “Requires Employers to Post Notice for Employees on Employee Misclassification”

A5840 – “Concerns Joint Liability for Payment of Employer Tax Law”

S4226 – “Permits Department of Labor and Workforce Development to post information of person …

INDUSTRY CONFERENCES – The Association and The Union Working Together

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By gaining a better understanding of common interests and challenges, locally and across the country, Labor and Management can establish methods and best practices to enhance the economic growth and competitiveness of the unionized masonry industry.

The collaboration of Labor and Management is an ongoing initiative for all stakeholders; contractors, union, craftworkers and the general public.





ICE is the only wholly union international masonry contractors’ association, representing approximately 3,000 signatory contractors who perform, brick, block, stone, …


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Ron Atzert, owner of American Masonry Corporation and one of Masonry Contractors of New Jersey’s Officers was a judge for the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Competition on February 5th during the 2020 World of Concrete/World of Masonry event. Thank you to Ron for representing union masonry and the state of New Jersey.

During the competition 26 teams of one mason and one mason tender were tasked with building a 26’ 8”, double wythe brick wall in 60 minutes.  The walls were judged by 30 masonry experts using 10 sets of craftsmanship requirements, including quality and most bricks laid.  Mason Fred …


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Did you know that CPR Certification is required every two years and First Aid Certification is required every three years? Are you up to date with your Certifications? When was the last time your employees attended the courses?

Masonry Contractors of New Jersey offers classes every year in late Winter/early Spring.  The classes are conducted by a representative from SAVE a LIFE, INC. and are offered to the Association’s Contractor Members & their employees free of charge.

The classes are held in both the Fairfield and Bordentown BAC/IMI Training Centers with dinner provided by Masonry Contractors of New Jersey, followed …

NJDOL Issues Stop-Work Order for Wage Violations

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NJ Labor Department Issues Stop-Work Order for Wage Violations, Misclassification of Workers

TRENTON – A subcontractor on a construction job in Jersey City, who paid some workers by check but failed to take out deductions or keep payroll records, was issued a stop-work order by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which now has the authority to stop an employer from working on a job site when significant pay, benefits, or other workers’ rights violations are documented.

The subcontractor, REB Construction and Maintenance LLC of Bound Brook, was issued a stop-work order on Jan. 31 for work at 100 …

Shout Out to Members for their Donations

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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.…


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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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