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We support the CMU Check-Off Resolution

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In October 2018, the US Senate passed the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Act, providing authorization for the concrete masonry products industry to develop its own commodity Check-Off program to support industry initiatives.   The CMU Check-Off will fund programs to promote our industry to regain and grow market share. The Masonry Contractors of New Jersey Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the CMU Check-Off Resolution.  Contact NCMA President Robert Thomas (rthomas@ncma.org) directly to support the Resolution.

 

THE VISION of the CMU Check-Off :

Create the future path where concrete masonry is the product of …

Public Works Contractor Agrees to $150,000 in Back Wages

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Public Works Contractor Who Underpaid Employees Agrees to $150K in Back Wages Following Labor Department Probe

As released by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development on April 24, 2019.

TRENTON – An Iselin construction contractor has agreed to pay back wages totaling nearly $150,000 to 13 laborers who claimed they were expected to kick back part of their pay to a crew leader while working on prevailing wage jobs.

Fine Wall Corp. and its principals—Umukant Shah, Mrudula Shah, and Ronak Shah—also agreed to pay $64,699 in penalties and $37,060 in fees, as part of a settlement brokered by …

Contractor Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records to Cheat Workers Out of $200,000 by Not Paying Prevailing Wages

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Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that an Ocean County construction contractor pleaded guilty today to 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 fraction of the wages required under the Prevailing Wage Act, while not paying others at all. It is believed that many of the defendant’s employees were undocumented immigrants and he took advantage of their status.

Albert Chwedczuk, 45, of Toms River, N.J., pleaded …

2019 Supplier of the Year

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Congratulations to Cladding Concepts International; a division of Belden Tri-State Building Materials; on being awarded 2019 Supplier of the Year at the New York City Construction Awards held at the New York Builders Expo on March 12, 2019.

Joe Rice of Belden Tri-State Building Materials announced their prestigious recognition as the 2019 Supplier of the Year at the New York City Construction Awards.   Joe noted, “The projects recognized were facade and specialty projects that were supplied through our Cladding Concepts division.  The panel used our corporate Belden family name and I am very happy because everything we do is a …

2019 Flashing Classes

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On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, in Fairfield, Masonry Contractors of NJ held a flashing class in cooperation with the International Masonry Institute and NJ BAC.  Flashing manufacturer and supplier Association Members Krando Metal Products, GCP Applied Technologies and Hohmann & Barnard, as well as flashing manufacturers and suppliers York Manufacturing, WR Meadows, and Metro Building Solutions provided supplies and supplemental instruction for the Flashing Certification Class.                    

IMI’s Dan Siteman provided a seminar on codes, standards, specifications, and details.  Regional Sales Manager for York Flashing Danielle Jackson and BAC Local No. 4 instructor Manny DaSilva led a session on York’s 304 …

September 12, 2018 – Richard Tolson Testifies at Hudson County Freeholder Committee Hearing

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Richard Tolson, Director of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council of New Jersey, testified at the Freeholder Public Resources Committee Hearing on July 25, 2018, alleging that some of Hudson County’s most prominent developers are engaging in illegal hiring practices.   It was reported that many contractors and subcontractors around the county have routinely violated labor laws.   “These practices have become the model for how to develop here,” said Richard Tolson.

As a result of the hearing on July 25th, the Board adopted a Resolution.  The Resolution and transcript of the meeting were sent to nine separate government entities …

August 8, 2018 – On the Job Grout Training

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On Wednesday, August 8th, Dan Siteman, IMI, together with NJ BAC Training Coordinator, Bob Alesandro and NJ BAC Local 5 Instructor Ren Engelhardt, mobilized and delivered jobsite grout training.

As reported by Dan Siteman:  “The next innovation of the built environment is not a new material or application, but the implementation of more stringent quality assurance.  More often, designers and specifiers are requiring a basic level of competence, even specialized training for project applications.  The International Masonry Institute (IMI), partnered with the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), develops unequaled training programs at our National Training Center in …

September 7, 2018 – “CountMeInNYC” Rallies Continue!

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The CountMeInNYC Rally continues! CountMeInNYC is a movement of Rank and File New York City union construction workers banding together to fix broken shop and fight back against greedy developers.

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, a construction union umbrella organization representing more than 100,000 workers, has been organizing for close to a year against Related Cos., the largest developer in New York City. Its goal is for Related to exclusively use union labor at its Hudson Yards project, the city’s largest private real estate development since Rockefeller Center.

The Building and Construction Trades Council’s rallies …

August 1, 2018 – MULE Demonstration

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On Wednesday, August 1st, Masonry Contractors of New Jersey sponsored a demonstration of the MULE (Material Unit Enhancer) at the IMI/BAC training center in Bordentown, NJ.  The demonstration was given by Sean Fitch, Construction-Robotics.

The MULE grips block units and reduces the stress of repetitive movements.  Each project is different, but there is always some increase in production.  The manufacturer claims increases in production from 75% to over 200% are possible.

The MULE can either be purchased or rented; takes only minutes to set up; is free standing with pre-built wheels; and, runs by compressor and regular 110v electricity.

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