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OSHA ups the ante on citation fines (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan Stiffer penalties are threatening an already tempestuous relationship between builders and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Bruce Morton, safety consultant with Platt Safety Services Inc., Franklin, said fines from OSHA are about 30 percent higher than ...

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Project labor agreements get green light (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan The federal government Tuesday officially shifted toward project labor agreements, confirming the fears of nonunion contractors. Starting May 13, federal agencies can require PLAs on projects that receive more than $25 million in federal money. Mike Zignego, ...

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Prevailing wage reporting change catches heat (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Construction companies in Wisconsin are not convinced a revised prevailing wage reporting spreadsheet from the state will make their jobs any easier. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has pared down what had been a 50-field spreadsheet ...

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Health reform stirs competition concerns

By Sean Ryan Two of the nation’s largest construction associations oppose a health care reform bill because, they argue, it threatens competition and would boost the cost of doing business. “All around, it’s an awful deal,” said Geoff Burr, vice ...

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Cheers, boos follow renewable energy bill (VIDEO)

By Sean Ryan A manufacturer and union predict more construction work from a state renewable energy bill, while business groups argue the measure would drive jobs out of Wisconsin. The bill would support energy-conservation projects by increasing the amount the ...

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Bill targets prevailing wage law (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder A bill that would repeal every prevailing wage law change enacted in last year’s state budget faces long odds in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. State Rep. Mary Williams, R-Medford, has drafted a bill that would reinstate a threshold ...

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Industry groups support wage law changes

By Paul Snyder Three contractor groups are aligning themselves with the Department of Workforce Development in support of changes to the state’s prevailing wage law. Those groups — the Construction Business Group, the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association and the Wisconsin ...

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Industry groups start drive for diesel rules (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Fearing a diesel emissions crackdown that could cripple construction company budgets, industry groups want new rules approved before the state has a chance to study the issue. The Wisconsin Clean Diesel Coalition — with the Associated General ...

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