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NRMCA states the business case for investing in quality control

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

Set for early-July release, NRMCA’s Improving Concrete Quality shows ready mixed company executives and managers how to boost operational performance; reduce labor and material costs; and, lower the environmental footprint of concrete while raising the overall quality of cast-in-place construction.

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Quebec officials sustain predecessors’ financial backing of McInnis Cement

Sources: Quebec Office of Minister of Economy, Innovation and Export Trade; McInnis Cement, Montreal; CP staff

Leaders in the newly elected Quebec government have confirmed the major financial commitment—$100 million equity stake plus $250 million in senior debt—prior province officials announced earlier this year for the $1.1 billion McInnis Cement plant and marine terminal in Port-Daniel-Gascons.

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Laborers dispatch bridge debris-mangled bus prop for highway funding campaign

Source: Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Under a “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” banner, organized labor’s most proactive voice for federal transportation investment has kicked off a six-week tour of 22 cities and Congressional districts, a bridge debris-bearing school bus leading the charge.

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AGC economist cautious as construction employment hits six-year high

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Construction employers added 6,000 workers last month as the industryʼs unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, its lowest May level in six years, according to an AGC analysis of new government data. Tempering its response, the group notes that employment gains remain spotty and thousands of highway construction jobs are at risk due to federal funding uncertainties.

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Operating Engineers take narrow election at Virginia precast plant

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The NRLB has certified International Union of Operating Engineers Local 77 in Suitland, Md., as collective-bargaining representative for equipment operators and mechanics at the Structural Concrete Products LLC plant in Manassas, Va. The Board adopted a regional director’s January 2014 decision on the prior month’s representation vote—four in favor, three opposed—among proposed bargaining unit employees. Woodbridge, Va.-based Structural Concrete had challenged the election, citing a Local 77 agent’s presence in a parked vehicle from which employees en route to casting ballots could be observed.