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Federal court upholds legality of NLRB ‘ambush’ election rule

Sources: Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco; CP staff

A federal district court has dismissed one of two lawsuits filed earlier this year seeking to invalidate the National Labor Relations Board’s Representation-Case Procedures, dubbed by critics as the “ambush” election rule as it facilitates an accelerated petition-to-election timetable for unions seeking to represent their bargaining unit targets.

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NPCA solicits producer input on OSHA boom truck operator certification

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

A 10-question NPCA survey is aimed at helping address the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s impending crane operator certification rule. Though the rule does not take effect until 2017, NPCA notes potential issues with one of the certification exams because it tests on knowledge of larger cranes that require more complex load chart calculations than the boom models typically used in precast delivery. The association seeks survey participation from U.S. and Canadian members, as boom truck operator certification would apply to producers in the latter country shipping to job sites over the border. The survey can be completed here.

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Organizers call for papers at co-located 2016 SCC, Sustainability Conferences

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA and Missouri University of Science & Technology invite abstracts for the 2016 Self-Consolidating Concrete Conference and the International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ICSC), May 15-18 in Washington, D.C. Engineers, architects, public works officials, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors and concrete industry professionals are encouraged to share their research, experiences and accomplishments in advancing SCC and sustainable concrete design, production and construction.

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CRSI chief Risser shifts to PCI, succeeding Toscas

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

PCI has named Robert Risser its new president. He joins the group with 20-plus years of executive association management experience, most recently as president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute in Schaumburg, Ill., and succeeds James Toscas, who after 11 years left PCI in late-2014 to lead Portland Cement Association.

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DuBrook, Colonial bring U.S. Concrete Atlantic businesses six plants, 80 mixers

Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff

U.S. Concrete has closed its third and fourth deals of 2015, capping May by acquiring the assets of DuBrook Concrete Inc., Chantilly, Va., and Colonial Concrete Co., Newark, N.J. With three ready mixed plants and a 42-mixer fleet in northern Virginia, DuBrook is strategic to Superior Concrete Materials, U.S. Concrete’s long-held Washington, D.C. business. The Colonial transaction adds three sites and about 40 mixers to the New Jersey flagship, Eastern Concrete Materials.

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