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Contractor-led coalition sues Labor Department over union-biased ‘persuader rule’

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A lawsuit ABC and other national or state groups have filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenges the U.S. Department of Labor’s final “persuader rule,” issued late last month. Officially titled Interpretation of the “Advice” Exemption, it revises the definition of what activities constitute “advice” and expands circumstances under which public reporting is required under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959.

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Market success, field performance inform NCMA’s SRW Best Practices Guide

NCMA 150Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

A collaborative effort of NCMA producer members and hardscape industry leaders has yielded Segmental Retaining Walls Best Practices Guide for the Specification, Design, Construction, and Inspection of SRW Systems.

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PCI’s seismic design methodology garners top ASCE honor

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The American Society of Civil Engineers has presented the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation to PCI, whose “Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Diaphragms” project addresses engineering obstacles—rooted in structural member-to-member or member-to-shear wall connections—to precast concrete solutions in high seismic zone markets.

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