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Mixer driver survey finds lower vacancy rates, fewer capacity constraints

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA 2017 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey results are markedly brighter than those of the previous two years. Some 36 percent of respondents turned down business due to lack of drivers in 2016, versus 51 percent the prior year, while the driver vacancy rate dropped about two points for a third consecutive year, to 4.6 percent as of December 2016. Just over 90 percent of 2017 survey respondents cite plans to hire additional mixer drivers this year, up from 72 percent last year.

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Past IowaDOT, AASHTO chief Trombino to head FHWA

Sources: White House Briefing Room; McClure Engineering Co., Clive, Iowa; CP staff

President Donald Trump will nominate Paul Trombino III, P.E., to be administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. He is set to transition to the agency from Iowa-based McClure Engineering Co., a nine-office transportation and environmental firm for which he has served as president since January 2017.

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Hardscape retailer Pioneer effects 30-store upgrade with eye to DIY market

Sources: Pioneer Landscape Centers, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; CP staff

Pioneer Sand began a transformation to Pioneer Landscape Centers with a post-Labor Day weekend grand re-opening of its six-acre store just outside Denver. “Our Littleton Landscape Center is the first step in what is an exciting next chapter for one of the nation’s preeminent landscape-supply companies where do-it-yourselfers and professionals will find direct-to-customer savings and the best product selection in the industry,” says CEO Sagi Cohen.

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Labor Board upholds CMC Rebar case decision against Iron Workers

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The NLRB has affirmed a May 2017 decision and order determining that the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 229, San Diego, violated the National Labor Relations Act in activities tied to picketing a Temecula, Calif., construction site.

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Court finishes job of invalidating Obama Labor Department’s overtime rule

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has issued a permanent injunction of an Obama Administration-revised overtime pay rule, capping a preliminary injunction it issued late last year. The May 2016 rule attempted to change federal exemptions for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act by doubling the white-collar worker minimum salary level exemption from $23,660 to $47,475 annually.

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