Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more »

Light at Tunnel’s End? Survey Projects Growth in Non-residential Construction

The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment  distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

IUPAT FL: Staffers union OKs deal with Brevard school district

The tentative agreement, reached Monday, with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1010, which represents employees such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, includes a step increase or a one-time bonus for some employees. Read more at FloridaToday.com.

Where’s the Data? Call for Standards Issued at Coatings Symposium

Architects, construction specifiers and building owners are shortchanged on comprehensive, objective technical information about the properties and performance characteristics of architectural paint and coatings when faced with the task of evaluating and specifying such materials. That was a central message delivered Tuesday during the opening program presentation at the SSPC Commercial Coatings and Flooring Symposium, … Read more »

IUPAT CA: Unions Elated Facebook Would Hire Locals

Union members from all over the Bay Area packed Menlo Park’s Council Chambers Tuesday to say they support the construction of Facebook. Tony Tofani, business representative for District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, said what the economy needs is to put people to work. “We want to make sure … Read more »

Florida 2012 Republican primary: 5 takeaways

This time, Florida saved Mitt Romney. After losing the state in 2008, the resurgent front-runner rose off the mat from his South Carolina loss to rout Newt Gingrich on Tuesday after a bloody battle. Read POLITICO’s five takeaways HERE.

Construction Industry Optimistic: Activity Expected to Improve in 2012

Non-residential activity expected to increase despite concerns surrounding available contractors, according to Wells Fargo survey MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Construction contractors and equipment distributors are optimistic local non-residential activity will improve in 2012, according to a recent survey by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., part of Wells Fargo & Company. Read more … Read more »

New short videos from OSHA provide training to help inform workers on the proper use of respirators

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job. These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction.  Topics include OSHA’s Respiratory Standard, respirator use, … Read more »

Top Building Glass Installer Harmon Rolls out PDF Editor Bluebeam PDF Revu

PASADENA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Harmon, Inc., one of the nation’s largest full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, is digitizing project workflows with BluebeamSoftware. The company is rolling out Bluebeam PDF Revu, the leading PDF editor for the design and construction industry, to 200 users and plans to make Revu its primary … Read more »

General Contractors Work to Move More Liability to Glazing Contractors

The implementation of design-assist in the project delivery process has brought the glazing contractor on the design team early in the game; however, it also has him paying for professional liability insurance for contractors. Read more at USGlass on page 16.