Court to Teamsters: Aggregate Industries not NLRA-bound to be ‘bad’ at bargaining

Sources: U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The top federal appellate court recently granted an Aggregate Industries petition for review of a National Labor Relations Board decision involving the transfer of work between Construction and Ready-Mix bargaining unit drivers represented by Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers Local 631, Las Vegas.

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Stabil Concrete applies fabrication competencies to exterior, interior GFRC brands

Sources: Stabil Concrete Products LLC, St. Petersburg, Fla.; CP staff

Architectural precaster Stabil Concrete has announced separately branded glass fiber reinforced concrete products: a namesake line for exterior cladding and Osso Concrete Design for interior applications.

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Clean diesel power eclipses 40 percent of Class 3-8 truck fleet

Sources: Diesel Technology Forum, Washington, D.C.

Four million of the 9.5 million medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks operating in the U.S. are equipped with newer technology engines, according to a Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) analysis of IHS Automotive vehicles in operation statistics. The analysis encompasses model year 2007–2015 Class 3-8 diesel trucks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Council releases lightweight aggregate, tank structure research reports

Sources: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has announced Interface Shear Transfer of Lightweight Aggregate Concretes with Different Lightweight Aggregates and Evaluation of Seismic Performance Factors and Pedestal Shear Strength in Elevated Water Storage Tanks. Both are aimed at advancing the knowledge and sustainable aspects of the concrete industry in conjunction with ACI technical committee efforts.

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Atlantic Precast a model plaintiff in suit challenging OSHA rule’s anti-retaliation provisions

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Atlantic Precast Concrete Inc. and two other construction-tied employers are central to a lawsuit seeking an injunction on a portion of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Improve Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule, effective August 10. The Tullytown, Pa.-based drainage products operator and seven co-plaintiffs request that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas declare the rule’s anti-retaliation provisions—detailed in Section 1904.35(b)(1)—as unlawful to the extent they “prohibit or otherwise limit incident-based employer safety incentive programs and/or routine mandatory post-accident drug testing programs.”

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SEFA Group starts fly ash processing at western Pennsylvania station

Sources: SEFA Group, Lexington, S.C.; CP staff

Looking north and west from its Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland base, SEFA Group is marketing the first recycled fly ash from the Keystone Generating Station in Armstrong County, Pa., near Pittsburgh. Under a multiyear arrangement with Keystone-Conemaugh Projects, the company engineered and constructed a facility to load and transport ASTM C618-grade fly ash and began deliveries in June.

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Sustainability watchdog sets concrete production water accounting standards

Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative, Geneva; CP staff

The Cement Sustainability Initiative has capped a two-year effort to formalize accounting of water consumption and recycling in cement, concrete and aggregate production. The new 34-page Guidance on Good Practices for Water Accounting builds on Protocol for Water Reporting for the Cement Industry (2014) and Water Key Performance Indicators (2015).

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Report tracks 28 percent jump in water, wastewater infrastructure outlays

Sources: Bluefield Research LLC, Boston; CP staff

Municipal water & wastewater utilities’ budgeting suggests pipe, treatment plant and pump expenditures will exceed $532 billion between 2016–2025, representing a 28 percent increase against comparable investment over the 2006–2015 window. The projected 10-year total is split by water treatment, supply and delivery, 48 percent; wastewater treatment and conveyance, 44 percent; and, storm water management, 8 percent.

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