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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 …

We said NO to IRAPs for the Construction Industry

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MASONRY CONTRACTORS OF NEW JERSEY, ICE, IMI and OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS SAID NO TO IRAPs for the CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY!

The U.S. DOL is revising title 29 CFR part 29, Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs, and proposed a new rule to expand apprenticeships in America to establish guidelines for third parties to certify IRAPs, Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.  IRAPs would allow industry organizations rather than the DOL to oversee these programs and take over much of the standard-setting that is currently done by the DOL and its state agencies.

IRAPS can pose a serious threat to the construction …

Hayward Man Sentenced to More Than 8 1/2 Years in Prison on Forced Labor and Illegal Harboring Charges

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OAKLAND – A federal jury convicted Job Torres Hernandez of charges that he obtained forced labor from victims and harbored illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent-in-Charge Ryan L. Spradlin.  The conviction follows a ten day trial before the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge.

The evidence at trial demonstrated that since at least May 2015, Torres, 38, of Hayward, Calif., owned construction companies in Northern California at which he employed workers to whom he paid little to …

Bill No. A3666 Signed by Governor Murphy is Now in Effect – New Apprenticehip and Training Requirements for Public Works Contractors

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Bill No. A3666 was signed by Governor Murphy on January 3, 2019 and went into effect on  May 1, 2019.   The bill requires workers who are subject to “The Public Works Contractor Registration Act” to have completed or be actively participating in a registered apprenticeship program; an apprenticeship program that is registered with and approved by the United States Department of Labor and provides the trainee with combined classroom and on-the–job training in an occupation recognized as a trade and meets the program standards of enrolment and graduation under the Code of Federal Regulations.  

Many of the states’ 10,000 plus …