Tag: news

  • Committee to Look at Water Infrastructure Bill Tomorrow

    Congress will take steps to address the needs of America’s dams, locks, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure this week. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 reauthorization bill is expected to be marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, May 25. WRDA 2016 authorizes projects and activities related…

    Posted 5/24/16 at 5:30 PM

  • AAA Survey: 70 Percent of Drivers Concerned About Road Quality

    A new survey from AAA shows that 70 percent of drivers are concerned about the poor quality of the country’s roads. This Memorial Day, far more drivers will be worried about potholes than traffic congestion (48 percent) and unsafe roads and bridges (36 percent). The survey also confirms that poor highway conditions hurt the pockets…

    Posted 5/24/16 at 1:44 PM

  • Tune in to hear NSSGA on the radio

    NSSGA will take to the airwaves today (Tuesday, May 24) as part of a national radio media tour to promote the aggregates industry. Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, will talk with national news networks and local affiliates about the vital role that aggregates have in improving our country’s infrastructure and the many good-paying jobs available in this industry. The…

    Posted 5/23/16 at 6:10 PM

  • NSSGA Raises Concerns on Workplace Exam Rule Again

     NSSGA made a case against a planned rulemaking for workplace exams before the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), on May 13. MSHA is seeking to tighten the workplace exams rule which was issued last year, and NSSGA voiced concerns over those changes multiple times. OIRA serves as the final arbitrator on…

    Posted 5/20/16 at 2:20 PM

  • Congress Setting Transportation Funding in Bills

    Congress is making progress on bills that could impact the aggregates industry.  The U.S. Senate advanced its 2017 transportation funding package today, with a total of $56.5 billion in funding for the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT), Housing and Urban Development and related Agencies (THUD). This bill will fund 99.5 percent of Fixing America’s Surface…

    Posted 5/19/16 at 6:59 PM

  • Labor Department Doubles Overtime Salary Threshold

    The Obama administration continued its regulatory barrage against businesses today. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that more than doubled the salary threshold to qualify for overtime pay. NSSGA wants to know how this will affect your business. Please provide feedback in the comment section below. Effective Dec. 1, 2016, all workers,…

    Posted 5/19/16 at 9:20 AM

  • Updates on MSHA Rules and Enforcement

    MSHA is likely to issue a “limited” final rule on civil penalties (Part 100), which could mean that the rule proposed in July 2014 has undergone significant revisions but won’t be reproposed for public comment.  Pat Silvey, MSHA deputy assistant secretary for operations, told NSSGA that she did not know when the final rule would…

    Posted 5/18/16 at 1:11 PM

  • Highway Materials Group Pushes for Growing, Sustainable Funding

    NSSGA and other members of the Highway Materials Group who supply the materials and equipment that build and maintain the nation’s roads, highways and bridges are renewing the push for increased highway funding during Infrastructure Week 2016. This week offers our industry the opportunity to highlight the importance of the nation’s transportation infrastructure to economic…

    Posted 5/16/16 at 2:02 PM

  • Moving the Elephant with Safety Leadership

    It’s been said that moving an elephant can be difficult unless it is properly trained. Elephants tend to follow old habits unless properly trained to head in new directions. Lead your organization to a higher level of safety with tips and information from our Safety Leadership: Moving the Elephant webinar on Thursday, May 19 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern…

    Posted 5/13/16 at 12:42 PM

  • Young Leaders in Austin

    NSSGA’s Young Leaders Annual Meeting was a great success by any measure. With 199 attendees at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Austin, Texas, the group enjoyed networking time and presentations from leading industry executives from April 27-30. Young Leaders is focused on developing leadership and management skills of aggregates industry staff under the age of…

    Posted 5/5/16 at 9:57 AM