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FHWA Offers Workforce Insights in Partnership Meeting

A Highway Construction Workforce Partnership (HCWP) partners’ meeting provided insights into the solutions to federal programs aimed at addressing workforce issues, including shortages and developmental programs.  

The meeting began with opening remarks by Tony Furst, FHWA Chief Innovation Officer, and Nancy Rooney, U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary. Leif Wathne of ACPA and Jay Hansen of NAPA both had an opportunity to share comments with the group.

The meeting covered a variety of topics, including outreach/marketing, FHWA HCWP grants, and a notice of proposed rulemaking for an apprenticeship program. Participants also received a summary of HWCP activity in various states and cities.

The meeting was held on November 4 and was  hosted by the FHWA’s Center for Transportation Workforce Development and took place at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters in Washington, DC. In addition to the key agencies, other partners include AGC, ARTBA, AASHTO, the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, and NAPA.  

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News from Capitol Hill

This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update. Interested in seeing more? Become an ACPA Advocacy Interest Member.* Advocacy Interest Members are eligible to participate in the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC). Click here to join!

In Washington, the Senate passed a package of four fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, including one to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation, by a vote of 84-9. In related news, the Transportation Construction Coalition sent a letter opposing two amendments to decrease investment and transportation.

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ACPA and Coalition Partners Express Support for Senate Legislation

ACPA and almost 40 organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing strong support for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s transporation bill, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act,  S. 2302. 

The letter notes that S. 2302 “provides a rare opportunity to benefit all states and continue the nation’s longest economic expansion in history.”  The authors note that although the EPW Committee has unanimously approved a critical federal infrastructure initiative, the rest of the Senate to take the next steps.

The letter also commends EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member Tom Carper  (D-DE) and all committee members for “proactively moving forward with a reauthorization of the federal highway program more than a year before it expires. History has demonstrated that delaying action on such measures until their deadline leads to two outcomes: short-term extensions; and disruption of state highway improvement plans.”

Click here to view the complete letter.

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ACPA and Construction Groups Weigh in on HOS Regs

In a recent move aimed at representing the construction industry’s interests on the issue of hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, ACPA and other leading  industry associations have communicated  important perspectives to inform and influence the HOS rulemaking process.   

The “Construction Coalition,” comprised of 15 construction associations, submitted comments to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond P. Martinez earlier this week.  Click here to see the coalition’s comments.

ACPA emphasized the points that the concrete pavement operations — from trasnport from central-mix plants to finals saw cutting — are extremely time-sensitive, as the concrete is extremely perishable.  Noting that state agency specs typically limit time betweeen mixing and discharge at the paving site to less than 60 min. “As a  result, all of these operations must be carefully managed to ensure the quality of the pavement.”

ACPA staff and members have been actively involved in presented comments aimed at informing officials of concrete pavement industry specific needs related to hours of service regulations.  

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* The Construction Coalition is comprised of the following organizations:  American Concrete Pavement Association, American Pipeline Contractors Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Associated Equipment Distributors: Associated General Contractors of America: Distribution Contractors Association: FP2 (which counts among its contributors ACPA and IGGA): National Asphalt Pavement Association: National Electrical Contractors Association: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association: National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; National Utility Contractors Association; Pipe Line Contractors Association; Portland Cement Association; and Power and Communication Contractors Association.

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TCC Partners to EPA: Reconsider Compliance Measures

The Transportation Construction Coalition* has written a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler to commend him for seeking “a path of cooperation with states on the issue of air quality planning.”

The letter also urges reconsideration of the practice of withholding—or threatening to withhold—essential federal highway funding to exact compliance from states.

Although sanctions are permissible in the Clean Air Act, the TCC partners note that many factors have changed since the early days of the Act. 

The Group asks the EPA to use that discretion now to give the State of California—and other states—time and support to reduce the backlog in state implementation plans and update their transportation conformity plans.

The letter also informs that the nation’s highway system is no longer in its prime and that improvements are not optional.  Click here to view the complete letter.

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* The Transportation Construction Coalition is a partnership of 31 national associations and construction unions representing hundreds of thousands of individuals with a direct market interest in federal transportation programs. TCC is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association; American Concrete Pavement Association; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Iron & Steel Institute; American Road & Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Subcontractors Association; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association; Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association; Associated Equipment Distributors; Associated General Contractors of America; American Council of Engineering Companies; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron; International Slurry Surfacing Association; International Union of Operating Engineers; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Association of Surety Bond Producers; National Electrical Contractors Association; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Steel Bridge Alliance; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; National Utility Contractors Association; Portland Cement Association; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; The Road Information Program; and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America.

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