Construction industry recoups many lost jobs | Vicki Been tapped for housing position | Sales of NYC apartment buildings plunge in Q1
April 11, 2019
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Construction industry recoups many lost jobs
The construction industry rebounded in March, recouping 64% of the 25,000 jobs it lost February and seeing a drop in unemployment to 5.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Residential specialty trade contractors added 7,500 jobs, nonresidential specialty trade firms added 5,500 and architectural and engineering services added 6,300.
Engineering News-Record (4/5) 
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Vicki Been tapped for housing position
Vicki Been is returning to City Hall as Mayor Bill de Blasio's deputy mayor for housing and economic development. Been, who once served as a Department of Housing Preservation and Development commissioner, will be tasked with ramping up anti-displacement strategies to tackle the city's affordability crisis.
The Commercial Observer (New York City) (4/4) 
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Sales of NYC apartment buildings plunge in Q1
Sales of New York City rental apartment buildings fell by almost 50% during the first quarter of 2019, compared to the same period last year, according to a report from real estate services firm B6 Real Estate Advisors. The report said uncertainty about what will happen after the current rent stabilization law expires on June 15 was one reason for the drop-off in sales.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/8) 
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Innovation & Technology
Mobile project management software requires employee buy-in
General contractors and specialty contractors are seeing the benefits of mobile project management software, which allows construction professionals to instantly see photos, documents and punch list specifications. But as speakers noted at the Associated General Contractors of America's 100th Annual Convention, companies must actively engage field staff before selecting any new construction technology.
SmartBrief/Infrastructure (4/4) 
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Commentary: AEC industry must increase automation
The architecture, engineering and construction industry is long overdue to see productivity improvements from automation, but much of the work in the industry is still done with pen and paper, Borja Garcia de Soto writes. To assist in the transition to automation, de Soto says the industry must improve communication and project performance assessments, encourage technological adoption and pursue cooperation from cities.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (4/6) 
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Company's lean transformation helped by 3 technologies
Lean construction is one of the primary ways general contractor Skiles Group has maintained value during a time of significant growth over the last five years, Chief Operating Officer Keyan Zandy said at the Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention. Three tools -- a safety app, a cloud-based photo platform and Microsoft Power BI -- were critical to incorporating a lean approach, he says.
Construction Dive (4/3) 
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OSHA to step up number of inspections, labor secretary says
Inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are poised to increase once recently hired inspectors are sufficiently trained to work unsupervised, Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta told a House appropriations subcommittee. OSHA conducted more than 32,000 inspections per year in fiscal 2017 and 2018, even as the number of compliance safety and health officers reached a record low of 875 as of Jan. 1.
Safety + Health (4/4) 
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Proposal would set EEOC deadline of Sept. 30 for employer pay data
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed that employers disclose EEO-1 report pay data by Sept. 30, covering a single pay period between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year. Companies with more than 100 employees also have a May 31 deadline for submitting EEOC reports on employee job categories, race, sex and ethnicity.
The National Law Review/Barnes & Thornburg (4/5) 
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CCA Metro News
ICSC New York Deal Making Expo at the Javits Center
The ICSC New York Deal Making Expo is the largest retail real estate event on the East Coast, welcoming over 10,000 attendees and 530 vendors to the three-day event! See how union carpenters from the New York City District Council of Carpenters and union contractors played a critical role in bringing the expo to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
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New MBE/WBE/DBE Directory
Visit our new and improved searchable MBE/WBE/DBE directory of union carpentry contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. This new directory provides you with the certifications from New York City, New York State, and the New York State Unified Certification Program for our signatory MBEs/WBEs/DBEs. Each listing also provides links to their website (if available) and their association affiliation so you know which contractors can accommodate your needs -- it's all in one place.
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