The Pulse of the Industry

The purpose of this new program is to gather as much information about specific challenges in our industries as possible from local IUPAT leaders and signatory contractors who are working in the field every day. Based on that information, the IUPAT and its industry partners will set forth on market expansion plans that cater specifically to each craft with solutions to those challenges. How Training Programs Can ‘Fund the Future’ of a Skilled Workforce has a new series of feature articles covering an “in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry.”

The “Dotted Line” series article this month discusses the challenges of how meeting local hiring requirements under PLAs in some markets falls far short (Detroit Red Wings arena), while initiatives in other markets are quite successful (Minnesota Vikings staudium).

The North America’s Building Trades Unions is among the organizations featured with thoughts on how unions provide training to grow the workforce with over 1,600 training centers in North America.

The article also gives perspective on how non-union companies are taking their own initiative.

Read the full article HERE.


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IUPAT FTI Comments on Revised NACE/SSPC Standard

The 2016 revised NACE No. 13/Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) Applicator Certification (ACS) 1 language has been released.  Known in the industry as the Coating and Lining Application Specialist Training and Certification Standard, this minimum standard of training is crucial to protecting our infrastructure.

As reports, “the standard includes up-to-date information for qualifying the coatings and linings installer, also known as an application specialist, through a broad range of classroom instruction and associated work experiences, and it is a tool that every stakeholder who writes project specifications, hires, and/or trains coating and lining application specialists should have on hand.”

The article went on to report that “Anton Ruesing, executive director of [IUPAT] Finishing Trades Institute, NACE member and a member of TG 320, agreed that developing training and certification programs for application specialists is an important step for the trade. “I think this certification will help others (owners, contractors, government agencies, etc.) see the critical nature of proper surface preparation and coating application. What coating and lining applicators do protects the infrastructure in our country from literally crumbling around us.”

Read the entire article in Coatings Pro HERE.




Congress Looks to Sink Contractor “Blacklist Rule”

A rule, signed into law by President Barack Obama last year, that requires contractors who bid on federal projects to disclose past civil, administrative and workplace protection violations is now facing legislative roll back.  Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the US House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced HJ Res. 37 which, if passed will kill what has been dubbed the “blacklisting” rule by critics.

The Obama administration sought to bring new awareness to labor violations by penalizing companies guilty of such violations by making them ineligible for federal contracts of over $500,000.  “Cheaters shouldn’t win,” said Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez about the rule when it was announced.  “Today’s action ensures they won’t.”

The legislation will go to the Senate for a vote.

Read more about this HERE.


New Dodge Report on Risk Mitigation in Trades

A new Dodge Data & Analytics report highlights the differences in perspective on risk mitigation between owners of a project and general contractors or trade contractors.

Owners feel the greatest impact from planning/scope changes, schedule changes and cost escalation, while GCs and trade contractors are more concerned about labor procurement and contractual risks (from how risk is apportioned directly by the contracts, to issues like warranties, guarantees, etc.). These varying perspectives on risk lead to differing priorities when selecting the best risk evaluation and mitigation strategies.

The report, Managing Risk in the Construction Industry, lists the top five risk factors to owners, GCs and trade contractors as Labor procurement risks/subcontract management, schedule changes, contractual specification of risk, planning/scope changes, and contractual risk (e.g. warranty guarantees).

In addition to identifying the risks owners and contractors face, the report presents what are touted as the “most effective risk evaluation and mitigation strategies.”




Construction Biz Groups Forecast Positive Growth for Industry in 2017

The Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate announced in early January that their recent joint survey in the construction industry indicated growth is expected in all segments of the private and public sectors.  Positive news, but concern remains regarding a possible workforce shortfall and rising regulatory costs.

Read the results of the survey HERE – Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook.

The Trump Affect on the Construction Industry…So Far

We are officially 11 days into the Trump Administration and the executive orders and legislative action have been on a rapid pace. takes a look at how Trump policy, proposed and otherwise, is affecting the construction industry.

The construction industry-related directives that have elicited the strongest reaction from the general public are those giving a push to U.S.-Mexico border wall construction as well as two controversial pipeline projects — the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL.


However, other moves by the Trump administration, including an order to fast-track future projects and the compilation of a list of infrastructure needs across the U.S., have the potential to significantly impact the construction industry going forward.

Read the full story HERE.


Trump and the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal

It’s all over but the shouting for the 2016 presidential election where Donald Trump pulled an upset win over Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Now what?

bridge-1031500_1920As far as the construction industry is concerned, there has been much talk about Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan.  On the labor side, talk of such investment is the promise of new jobs.  But what how about the industry and business side? takes a look at some of the questions this ambitious infrastructure proposal comes with?


What are the tax credit implications? Or, just how are we going to pay for this?

Is this plan a larger move toward public-private partnerships?

If that’s the case for P3’s, will the public accept a larger private role in our national infrastructure?

Read more what industry experts have to say HERE. 

PaintSquare has a thing or two to say about it HERE as well.