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Construction Employment Stable in May

Construction employment was unchanged from May to June, but an increase in hourly pay and longer workweeks, along with shrinking numbers of unemployed construction workers, suggest contractors would hire more workers if they were available, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the lack of available qualified workers for firms to hire appears to be holding back employment growth and urged Congress to pass legislation to reform and increase funding for career and technical education.

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MSHA Reports Close Call Accident

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a miner at a sand and gravel operation was recently moving an excavator from the pit to an area where the mechanic could work on a loose bucket attachment pin. As the excavator was traveling parallel to overhead 4,160-volt power lines, the pin came loose.

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ConExpo-Con/Agg Named to ‘International Buyer Program’

ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 has been named to the U.S. government’s ‘International Buyer Program’ (IBP) in recognition of the show’s global scope and reputation as a leading worldwide event.

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Congress Fails to Address Long-Term Aviation Funding

Congress passed another short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) policy and tax authority today. This measure will only last until Sept. 30, 2017, but will keep the FAA functioning during the busy summer travel season. The previous authorization expired and lawmakers approved a 14-month extension before that deadline, according to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

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AEM Launches Final Phase in Infrastructure Competition

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has launched the final phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, an incentivized competition sponsored by the trade association to solicit groundbreaking ideas and solutions that address some of the biggest challenges facing United States infrastructure.

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