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Fuel, metal, and asphalt costs increase by double digits as labor costs continue to rise, while prices contractors charge to build projects grow by low single digits.

It always makes us proud to see member firms recognized for their work. Take a look at which projects from Coastal, Current Builders, Moriarty Florida, and Moss made the cut.

Construction Spending Numbers Show Strong Continued Demand Across Nearly Every Sector; Association Urges Investment in Career and Technical Education, Immigration Policy Changes to Maintain Growth

The South Florida AGC was proud to be on hand to urge the Miami Dade County Commission to approve the Kendall Parkway Project. Watch South Florida AGC Executive Director Carlos Carrillo address the Commission.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Friday, September 14, cited multiple contractors for safety violations after one employee suffered fatal injuries and five other employees sustained serious injuries when a pedestrian bridge at the Florida International University campus in Miami collapsed. The five companies collectively received seven violations, totaling $86,658 in proposed penalties.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) has announced that it is planning to revisit the standard for determining whether and when contract language can convert an 8(f) collective bargaining relationship to a 9(a) relationship in the construction industry, and it is inviting interested parties to submit amicus briefs.  AGC of America is considering plans to submit a brief.  The deadline for submission is Oct. 26, 2018.

Sean Ouellette noticed in late 2016 that construction workers were getting hard to find. Two years later, he calls it a "pretty significant crisis." "We’re seeing a real shortage of available tradesmen," said Ouellette, vice president of operations for KAST Construction in Tampa, the firm behind many local projects including One St. Pete and the Hyatt Place hotel. "It’s grown into a serious issue that affects costs."

Prices for goods and services used in construction climbed 6.2 percent over the past year, intensifying a cost squeeze on contractors coping with widespread labor shortages, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new Labor Department data. Association officials noted that the cost increases come as many construction firms are already grappling with the impacts of labor shortages and the prospect of further tariffs on key materials.

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