APC Meets with Legislature on Unemployment Compensation Reform

This week, APC staff participated in an Unemployment Compensation meeting with legislators, staff and stakeholders in an effort to reach a compromise on changes to Act 60—PA’s most recent UC law.  Act 60, when passed in 2012, contained several provisions that are now adversely affecting many in the highway construction industry—particularly in the paving and construction inspection sectors.

For over a year, the General Assembly has put forth several attempts to amend Act 60 to reduce the percentage of earnings needed outside high quarter in order to allow seasonal employees in the construction industry to qualify.  Since the enactment of Act 60, the new percentages ($49.5%) outlined in the act are causing many to no longer qualify for UC benefits and therefore affecting an employee’s ability to collect during winter shutdowns.  Additionally, this is causing these employees to seek more stable employment in other sectors or re-evaluate staying with the highway construction industry. Read More…

August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 – PennDOT Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PennDOT letting results.

August 28, 2014

Requests for Extension of 2014 Paving Season

Due the large paving program provided by Act 89, and a desire to complete as much of the program as possible this year, PennDOT Deputy Secretary Scott Christie recommended to all District Executives that they consider extending the current paving season by revising the restriction dates, subject to several conditions stated in his letter of July 22 to the District Executives. APC distributed the letter to members in July. Please go here to view a copy. Read More…

August 28, 2014

Keystone Coalition Meets with Chairman Bill Shuster

APC executive vice president Bob Latham along with PAPA’s Gary Hoffman, Jamie Van Buren and other Keystone Transportation Coalition members met yesterday with House Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster. The Coalition urged the Chairman to take quick action on funding the shortfall in the national Highway Trust Fund. The minimum package just to maintain current levels equals $100 billion over six years. Read More…

August 28, 2014

Bridge Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the June 10, 2014, Bridge Committee meeting are now available for download. Use the link below.

August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 – PA Turnpike Letting Results

Go here to see the latest PA Turnpike letter results.

August 27, 2014

More on DSP4 – Good Faith Efforts for 100% State Funded Projects

Please note that PennDOT has made two revisions to clarify DSP4. The revised version of the special provision can be accessed here ( revisions are noted in red). The revised DSP4 went out by addendum on Friday, August 15 (in place for projects let today).

Low bidders should be aware that they are required to either certify that you will self-perform the entire contract or submit evidence of good faith efforts to secure participation by Diverse Businesses as defined in DSP4. APC sought and has received clarification on some issues related to required good faith efforts on projects covered by DSP4. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Latham or Jason Wagner at the APC office.

August 21, 2014

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