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  • Wed, December 01, 2021 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BREAKING NEWS!! U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove on Tuesday blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for some federal contractors.  In short, the federal judge found that Biden likely lacks the authority to impose such a mandate across the board saying in part: “The question presented here is narrow. Can the president use congressionally delegated authority to manage the federal procurement of goods and services to impose vaccines on the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors? In all likelihood, the answer to that question is no.”  As a result, Van Tatenhove granted a request for a preliminary injunction covering the three states that requested the stay – namely Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

    Biden signed an executive order in September that set-in motion a process that had OSHA take the lead on private sector businesses, with the assumption federal contractors could force all their workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine unless the worker is entitled to an exception based solely on the fact they were receiving federal dollars.  Any contractors who did not comply with the order, originally set with a Dec. 8 deadline, were poised to lose the government’s business.

    The federal judge sited the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution while finding the three states arguments persuasive as they related to:  the vaccine mandate was both illegal and unconstitutional, in part because it was imposed with little regard to “important aspects surrounding the mandate, including but not limited to economic impacts, cost to States, cost to citizens, labor-force and supply-chain disruptions, the current risks of COVID-19, and basic distinctions among workers such as those with natural immunity to COVID-19 and those who work remotely or with limited in-person contacts, among other aspects.”

    UPDATE:
    This fairly narrow jurisdictional preliminary injunction joins other legal decisions that have stopped or hindered the implementation and coverage of the vaccine mandate attempt. 
    Specifically:
    (a) U.S. 5th Circuit Court placed a preliminary injunction (until the matter is fully adjudicated) against the mandate being imposed on private sector businesses. (The Biden Administration has sought to end-run this order by forum shopping the matter to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court seeking a more favorable opinion);
    -- and --
    (b) A preliminary injunction has already been entered against the Biden administration’s health care worker vaccine mandate; among other legal decisions and pending matters.


  • Wed, December 01, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction spending during October 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,598.0 billion, 0.2 percent above the large upwardly revised September estimate of $1,594.8 billion. The October figure is 8.6 percent above the October 2020 estimate of $1,471.7 billion, aided in part by the beginning of a new federal government fiscal year, but also close to the current monthly inflation rate. During the first ten months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,323.1 billion, some 7.5 percent above the $1,230.8 billion for the same period in 2020 – again, in part possibly reflecting the growing inflationary trends in the market.

    PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION:
    Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,245.0 billion, 0.2 percent below the revised September estimate of $1,247.9 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $774.7 billion in October, 0.5 percent below the revised September estimate of $778.6 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $470.3 billion in October, 0.2 percent above the revised September estimate of $469.4 billion. 

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  • Sat, November 06, 2021 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reacting swiftly to the highly controversial rulemaking proposal from OSHA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Saturday blocked the Biden administration’s private employer COVID-19 vaccine mandate, pointing out: “Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate, the mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court.” The private and state petitioners said the mandate, promulgated as an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), should be struck down because:

    (1) It exceeds OSHA’s authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
    (2) OHSA’s authority is limited to workplace-related hazards while the risk from COVID-19 is “a society-wide danger.”
    (3) The mandate doesn’t make sense because determining whether COVID-19 is a workplace hazard depends on employees’ age and health, not the number of co-workers that exist at a given establishment or business place.
    (4) The OSHA/Presidential mandate is being applied without approval from Congress.
    (5) While couched as an emergency workplace rule affecting nearly 100 million Americans -- the ETS is neither a workplace rule nor responsive to an emergency; and
    (6) Vaccination status is a public health issue  -- which is neither a hazard particular to the workplace, nor an emergency after being present for nearly two years.

    In short, the petitioner were successful in obtaining the STAY, by pointing out -- Congress did not grant OSHA such sweeping powers in its authorizing statute, and it is doubtful the President or the FEDERAL Government has such powers either.

  • Mon, November 01, 2021 7:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first signs of supply chain disruptions, inflationary prices, and labor shortages may have crept into the latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers. Construction spending during September 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,573.6 billion, 0.5 percent below the already downward revised August estimate of $1,582.0 billion, with the bulk of the slowdown coming in residential spending. However, the September figure is 7.8 percent above the September 2020 estimate of $1,459.3 billion. During the first nine months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,177.5 billion, 7.1 percent above the $1,099.8 billion for the same period in 2020.

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  • Mon, October 18, 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Inaugural Construction Inclusion Week is here: October 18 - 22, 2021 and more than one thousand contractors have united to promote inclusion in the construction industry. In November 2020, CIRT held its first session on DEI featuring Dr. Robert W. Livingston, author of The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations, as well as a panel of CEO leaders:  Mark Cain, President, Smoot Construction; Mike McKelvy, President & CEO, Gilbane Building Co.; Tom Reilly, Executive Vice President, Turner Construction; and Dan Johnson, President & CEO, Mortenson.  This was the genesis of the "Time for Change" Consortium and during CIRT's Spring Conference this past June, members of the Consortium participated in a second panel discussion addressing some of the challenges and solutions related to diversity and inclusion impacting the construction industry. You can watch the full panel discussion below. #ConstructionInclusionWeek #TimeForChange #CEOLeadership

  • Fri, October 01, 2021 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction spending during August 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,584.1 billion, virtually unchanged from the large upwardly revised July estimate of $1,584.0 billion. The August figure is a large 8.9 percent above the August 2020 estimate of $1,455.0 billion. During the first eight months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,034.5 billion, a very healthy 7.0 percent above the $966.7 billion for the same period in 2020.

    PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION:
    Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,242.2 billion, 0.1 percent below the revised July estimate of $1,243.7 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $786.6 billion in August, 0.4 percent above the revised July estimate of $783.5 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $455.6 billion in August, 1.0 percent below the revised July estimate of $460.2 billion. 

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  • Fri, September 10, 2021 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Notwithstanding the Constitutional challenges that are already underway, private sector firms that are federal contractors will be forced to comply in the interim.  Application, definitions, timelines, and other aspects of the mandate are spelled-out in the Executive Order directing the agencies to implement the new requirement.

    See, Text: Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (09/09/21).

  • Wed, September 01, 2021 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction spending during July 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,568.8 billion, 0.3 percent above the upwardly revised June estimate of $1,563.4 billion. The July figure is a substantial 9.0 percent above the pandemic affected July 2020 estimate of $1,439.6 billion. During the first seven months of this year, construction spending amounted to $883.2 billion, is a very healthy 6.2 percent above the $831.5 billion for the same period in 2020.

    Continued reading..


  • Mon, August 02, 2021 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau total construction spending during June 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,552.2 billion, 0.1 percent above the upwardly revised May estimate of $1,551.2 billion. The June figure is 8.2 percent above the June 2020 estimate of $1,435.0 billion; however a majority of the separate market segments in the chart below are actually lagging behind the revised totals for May. During the first six months of this year, construction spending amounted to $736.5 billion, a healthy 5.4 percent above the $698.8 billion for the same period in 2020.

    PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION:

    Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,215.2 billion, 0.4 percent above the revised May estimate of $1,210.3 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $763.4 billion in June, 1.1 percent above the revised May estimate of $755.4 billion. Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $451.8 billion in June, 0.7 percent below the revised May estimate of $454.9 billion.

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  • Thu, July 01, 2021 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau construction spending during May 2021 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,545.3 billion, 0.3 percent below the upward revised April estimate of $1,549.5 billion (much of the increases in May were offset by the large positive adjustment to April’s numbers). The May figure is a significant 7.5 percent above the shutdown affected May 2020 estimate of $1,437.7 billion. During the first five months of this year, construction spending amounted to $594.8 billion, 4.6 percent above the $568.5 billion for the same period in 2020. 

    Read more here.


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