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AGC: Immigration, education reform can counter growing craft-labor shortages

Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country report trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse, according to the results of an industry-wide, Associated General Contractors of America survey.

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Oldcastle veteran Black named ARTBA Chairman

Shortly after his election last month as 2013-14 American Road and Transportation Builders Association chairman, Doug Black cited transportation funding, policy, worker safety and innovation as priority objectives for the year ahead.

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INTERSTATE 2.0: ELECTRONIC TOLLING

A new report from Los Angeles’ Reason Foundation, a libertarian-minded think tank, details how much it will cost to reconstruct and widen Interstate highways in all 50 states and shows how to pay for the modernization efforts with toll revenues.

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OSHA proposes to halve respirable crystalline silica exposure limits

In Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlines reduction of permissible exposure limits (PEL) for quartz from current general industry and construction thresholds—100 and 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air (µg/m3) expressed in eight-hour weighted averages, respectively—to a uniform 50 µg/m3.

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