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be significantly harmed if harmed they aren't if they aren't the policythe shift policy cameshift about came as aabout resultasofa result ofbe significantly able to temporarily able to temporarily hire foreign hire foreign mainlandmainland employersemployers pressuringpressuring workers. The workers. TrumpThe Organization Trump Organization is is Homeland Homeland Security to Security increase tothe increase the among theamong businesses the businesses that have that utilized have utilized 66,000 annual 66,000 cap annual four-fold. cap four-fold. This This Kelly visas. was Kelly givenwas authority given to authority to backfiredbackfired when labor when unions labor intervened unions intervenedthe visas. the offer extraoffer visasextra this year visasasthis part year of aas part of a with the union with the friendly unionObama friendly Obama government spending bill spending that bill that administration. administration. An “H-2B An Workforce “H-2B Workforce government Congress passed Congress in May. passedThe in May. decision Thetodecision to Coalition” Coalition” was formed wassupported formed supported by over by over add visas comes add visas amidcomes a Trump amid a Trump 40 national 40industry national associations industry associations administration administration crackdowncrackdown on illegal on illegal includingincluding the U.S. Chamber the U.S. Chamber of of immigration and promises andtopromises bring to bring Commerce, Commerce, Association Association of Builders of and Builders andimmigration Contractors, Contractors, Association Association of General of General back jobs.”back jobs.” Contractors Contractors of America of and America National and National By John M. Robertson While employers While employers in Guam in have Guam launched have launched Association Association of Realtors of plus Realtors a 23-page plus a 23-page a numberaofnumber initiatives of initiatives to resolveto the resolve the listing of listing Regional of Regional Associations. Associations. This This BeginningBeginning in September in September 2015, the2015, U.S. the U.S. H2-B problem, H2-B problem, our effortsour have efforts not been have not been coalition was coalition an effective was an lobbying effective group lobbying group Citizenship Citizenship and Immigration and Immigration Services Services as successfully as successfully as the stateside as the H-2B stateside H-2B and on May and5,on2017, MayPresident 5, 2017, President Trump Trump (USCIS),(USCIS), under theunder Department the Department of of signed thesigned Workforce Workforce Coalition.Coalition. Congresswoman Congresswoman 2017 Consolidated the 2017 Consolidated Homeland Homeland Security, Security, began restricting began restricting the the Bordallo and Bordallo Governor and Governor Calvo have Calvo donehave done Appropriations Appropriations Act, which Act, allows which DHS, allows DHS, issuance of issuance H-2B work of H-2B visaswork requested visas requested by by all that could all that be expected could be expected of them. of The them. The in consultation in consultation with DOL, with to DOL, increase to increase Guam employers. Guam employers. During 2016, During the2016, thethe H-2Bthe ChamberChamber of Commerce of Commerce and its Armed and its Armed capH-2B for FY2017. cap for FY2017. On June 21st, On June 21st, issuance of issuance work visas of work and visas renewal andofrenewal ofit was announced Forces Committee made thismade problem this problem it was announced that the Trump that the Trump Forces Committee existing work existing visaswork thatvisas had been that had been Administration the majorthe issue major for 2017 issue in fortheir 2017annual in their annual Administration will allowwill extra allow H-2B extra H-2B approved approved at rate of at 98% ratefell ofprecipitously 98% fell precipitously door-knocks in Washington in Washington DC as DC as workers beyond workersthe beyond cap for the employers cap for employersdoor-knocks to about 2%. to about The 2%. reason The given reason for given the for the reported the June in issue the June of the issue of the that showthat theyshow would they be would significantly be significantlyreported in change inchange processing in processing was that the wasH-2B that the H-2B Construction Construction News Bulletin. News Bulletin. harmed ifharmed they aren't if they ablearen't to temporarily able to temporarily visa program visa was program intended was intended for temporary for temporary employ foreign employworkers. foreign See workers. articleSee below. article below. workers and workers in Guam, and intemporary Guam, temporary was was The ClassThe Action. Class The Action. Guam The Guam normally normally three years. three The years. justification The justification for for Contractors Association Association has takenhas a taken a “US to issue “USmore to issue temporary more temporary Contractors denying visas denying therefore visas therefore hinged onhinged the on the worker visas leadershipleadership role in seeking role inresolution seeking resolution of of worker thisvisas summer” this summer” definitiondefinition of “temporary”. of “temporary”. No No the H-2Bthe issue H-2B on behalf issue on of behalf contractors of contractors By Alicia A. By Caldwell, Alicia A. Caldwell, associatedassociated press press explanation explanation has ever been has ever provided been provided for for WASHINGTON and the community business community in general.in general. WASHINGTON — Jun 21, — 2017, Jun4:40 21, 2017, 4:40and the business the abruptthe change abruptinchange interpretation in interpretation of of PM ET PM ET Among other Among things, otherthe things, GCAthe initiated GCA initiated “temporariness” “temporariness” after a period afterof a period about 40 of about 40 a Class Action a Class lawsuit Actionalong lawsuit with along twelve with twelve years. In years. fact, the Inconstruction fact, the construction industry industry small named business plaintiffs named plaintiffs of which of which The Homeland The Homeland Security Department Security Department small business and someand other some businesses other businesses have depended have depended 6 are contractors and 6 are and commercial 6 are commercial has decidedhas to decided offer extra to offer visasextra for visas for 6 are contractors on foreignonworkers foreignsince workers the since end ofthe World end of World businesses. businesses. A specialist A specialist immigration immigration temporary,temporary, seasonal workers, seasonalaworkers, a War II. This WarisII.a unique This is requirement a unique requirement of of attorney from attorney Colorado, from Colorado, Jeff JosephJeff Esq, Joseph Esq, department department spokesmanspokesman said Wednesday. said Wednesday. Guam because Guamofbecause locationofinlocation the far in the far DHS spokesman was to engaged lead thetolitigation lead the litigation process process DHS spokesman David Lapan David saidLapan said was engaged western pacific western and pacific relatively and relatively small small along localwith immigration local immigration attorney attorney HomelandHomeland Security John Security KellyJohn hasn't Kelly hasn'talong with population. population. Many efforts Many have efforts beenhave made been made Jennifer Davis Jennifer Esq. Davis TheEsq. ClassThe Action Class Action decided how decided manyhow visasmany will visas be offered will be offered by the Guam by the Contractors Guam Contractors Association Association but that number Complaint was filed in wasSeptember filed in September 2016 2016 but thatshould number be set should soon.be set soon. Complaint and othersand to others correcttothis correct wrong this bywrong the by theLapan saidLapan andHearing the first was Hearing held at was theheld at the the department said the department expects to expects toand the first Department Department of Homeland of Homeland Security but Security to butstart to issuing GuamCourt District on Court January on17th, January 17th, start visas issuing as soon visas as as latesoon July. as late July.Guam District no avail. no Seeavail. further Seediscussion further discussion below. below. 2017 in the 2017 Courtroom in the Courtroom of U.S. of U.S. Magistrate Magistrate Judge Joaquin JudgeV.E. Joaquin V.E. The H-2BThe visas H-2B are used visasforaretemporary, used for temporary, SituationSituation in CONUS. in CONUS. Employers Employers on the on the Manibusan Jr. The judge Jr. The appeared judge appeared to to non-agriculture non-agriculture workers atworkers a variety at of a varietyManibusan of mainlandmainland experienced experienced the same the same recognizerecognize that the workforce that the workforce shortage on shortage on businesses,businesses, including resorts. including Theresorts. The restrictionrestriction during 2016 during in the 2016 utilization in the utilization was Guam real and wasthat real the andonly thatviable the only viable government government offers 66,000 offerssuch 66,000 visas such a visas Guam a of foreignofworkers foreignunder workers theunder H-2Bthe H-2B option foroption restoring for restoring an adequate an adequate year, and the year, extra andvisas the extra will visas be will be program. program. 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visa program. visa program. He ordered Hesubmissions ordered submissions hastopassedhas thepassed National the National Defense Defense AcademyAcademy and on the and jobontraining the jobistraining up to is up from the two fromsides the two and sides set the and next set the next the employer. Authorization Authorization Act (NDAA) Act (NDAA) and the full and the full the employer. The GCA, The in GCA, combination in combination Hearing for Hearing an unspecified for an unspecified date in May date in May House is expected House is expected to approvetoitapprove with new it with new with the Trades with the Academy, Trades Academy, has one person has one person 2017. On2017. 7th July, On Judge 7th July, Manibusan Judge Manibusandedicateddedicated projects amounting projects amounting to about $350.0 to about Mil. $350.0 Mil. to makingtothe making apprenticeship the apprenticeship called forcalled a Status forConference a Status Conference in his court in hisprogram court workable It includesItaincludes provision a provision for allowing for H-2B allowing H-2B program workable for all employers. for all employers. Ann Ann room on 14th roomJuly. on 14th The Class July. The Action Classwill ActionMarie will will visa holders visatoholders participate to participate on military on military Marie assistwill withassist all the with paperwork, all the paperwork, be represented be represented by Jennifer byDavis Jennifer EsqDavis in Esqwhich in is awhich projects inprojects Guam.inWhile Guam.that While does that not does not barrieris to a barrier many small to many business small business the court the room court androom Jeff Joseph and Jeff Esq Joseph by Esq by solve the overall solve the issue, overall it isissue, a stepitinis the a step in the contractors. contractors. She can also Sheprovide can alsodetailed provide detailed telephonictelephonic connection. connection. This action This by action the byexplanations the right direction right direction and will be and beneficial will be beneficial for for explanations of how the ofprogram how the works program works District Court District provides Court some provides some the construction the construction industry. industry. Similar Similar and benefits andthe benefits employer. the employer. encouragement. encouragement. language language was included was in included the NDAA in thelast NDAA last yearremoved and was by removed the Senate by the Senate The GCAThe Trades GCA Academy Trades Academy offers a offers a year and was On another Onencouraging another encouraging note, the note, Guamthe Guam ArmedCommittee Services Committee because ofbecause of popular course popular in course Craft Labor in Craft that Labor that Armed Services Attorney Attorney General has General decided hastodecided enter the to enter the an concerns the Judiciary. of the Judiciary. It is expected It is expected prepares prepares individual an individual to work with to work with concerns of case on the case basis on that the basis the Guam that the economy Guam economy to receiveto full receive approval full for approval the FY2018 for the FY2018 skilled tradesmen skilled tradesmen in carpentry, in carpentry, cement cement is being damaged is being damaged by the lack byofthe anlack of an masonry, masonry, NDAA. NDAA. It will notIttake willeffect, not take however, effect, however, block masonry, block masonry, formwork,formwork, rebar rebar adequate adequate workforceworkforce caused bycaused the failure by the failure until afteruntil presidential after presidential signature signature so we so we installation, installation, and otherand common other common skills. skills. of the USCIS of thetoUSCIS issue work to issue visaswork as done visas as done a go figure ahead a go in April aheador inMay Aprilofor May of This provides This aprovides career path a career for any path for any can figurecan over the past overforty the past some forty years. some years. 2018. Meanwhile, we need to werely need onto a rely on a individualindividual entering the entering construction the construction 2018. Meanwhile, local workforce and may need and may thatneed that industry. industry. While working While and working earning andan earninglocal an workforce Legal feesLegal for the fees Class for the Action Classhas Action been has been for non-military for non-military projects for projects for income inincome the basics, in the anbasics, individual an individual workforceworkforce high, amounting high, amounting to $85,000 to to $85,000 date. to date.becomes acquainted the foreseeable the foreseeable future. future. becomes acquainted with higher with skilled higher skilled FinancialFinancial support has support come has from come the from thetrades such trades as heavy such equipment as heavy equipment operator, operator, GCA andGCA its members and its members plus the Guam plus the Guam There hasThere been ahas flurry beenofabidding flurry ofactivity bidding activity electrician, electrician, pipe fitterpipe or air fitter conditioning or air conditioning ChamberChamber of Commerce, of Commerce, the Employers the Employers military majorprojects militarygoing projects intogoing the into the mechanicmechanic and can through and canfurther through further for major for Council and Council the Guam and the Association Guam Association of of 4th Award quarter.forAward each offorthe each of the classroom classroom and on the and jobontraining the job training 4th quarter. Realtors. Realtors. Recently, Recently, the National the National progress to isprojects predicated is predicated on a favorable on a favorable progress journeyman to journeyman status in one status of in oneprojects of Association Association of Realtors of pledged Realtors$25,000 pledged $25,000 outcome of outcome the biological of the biological survey and survey and those skilled those trades. skilledSome trades. workers Somewill workers will toward further towardlegal further expense legal–expense thanks to – thanks to analysis that analysis has been that under has been wayunder for a way for a naturally naturally remain employed remain employed at the industry at the industry the Guamthe Association Guam Association of Realtors. of Realtors. It It months. of months. That document That document is due is due basic skillbasic levelskill because levelofbecause personal of personal number ofnumber must be mentioned must be mentioned that immigration that immigrationconstraints to be released to bewithin released this within quarter. this Then quarter. Then constraints but in so doing, but in so they doing, remain they remain attorney Melinda attorney Swavely MelindaEsq Swavely has Esq has an important what? Without what? an Without adequate an adequate workforce,workforce, it it an important part of thepart industry. of the industry. One One provided provided pro bono pro support bonofor support this for this concern expressed will will betodifficult proceedtowith proceed putting with putting concern expressed by some employers by some employers is is be difficult campaigncampaign from the beginning from the beginning and is and isthat after that substantial work in place. work in One place. shortOne termshort term providing after providing such training suchto training a to substantial a continuing continuing that invaluable that invaluable support. support. now skilled and expensive solution may solution be the may be the now worker, skilledthey worker, lose they their lose their and expensive temporary temporary recruitment recruitment of workersoffrom workers from investment investment when the when individual the individual leaves for leaves for The Guam The economy Guam economy is indeed is being indeed being another employer. the mainland. That has not Thatworked has notinworked in another employer. We should We look should at it look atthe it mainland. severely impacted severely impacted by the lossbyofthe hundreds loss of hundreds largenumbers enough in numbers the pastinand the past and another way. another If allway. employers If all employers would would large enough of workersofinworkers the construction in the construction industry industry now the construction industry on industry the on the provide their provide proportionate their proportionate share of share of now the construction along with along otherwith businesses. other businesses. As far as As far as mainlandmainland is having is difficulty having difficulty fielding fielding apprenticeapprentice training, the training, industry the benefits industry benefits can be understood, can be understood, the Class the Action Class Actionand workers sufficient sufficient skilled workers skilledfor workers their own for their own andmay workers movemay freely move between freely between lawsuit is lawsuit still theisbest stillpath the best openpath to open to employersemployers projects. projects. over the course over the of course their career of their career Guam businesses Guam businesses for resolution for resolution of the of the as the workload as the workload shifts from shifts one from employer one employer H-2B workforce H-2B workforce issue. Recently, issue. Recently, Guam Guam UltimateUltimate Solution.Solution. A more A more to the next. to the next. employersemployers had for the had most for part the most givenpart up given up comprehensive comprehensive resolutionresolution would be would be on securing on asecuring workforce a workforce through the through theThere is no through H-2B an regulation H-2B regulation change atchange at There question is no but question that foreign but that foreignthrough an H-2B program H-2B because programofbecause the high of the high workers will the U.S. Department the U.S. Department of Homeland of Homeland workers be required will be under required theunder H-2Bthe H-2B expense involved expense in involved this form in this of form of Security addressing level addressing the unique the unique program for program the military for thebuildup. military buildup. Security level recruitment recruitment and past history and pastofhistory denialsof denials workforceworkforce situation on situation Guam.on Guam. However,However, the construction the construction industry will industry will and thus stopped and thusfiling stopped applications. filing applications.be stronger Ultimately, Guam would Guam likely would need likely to need to be and stronger moreand agilemore when agile we when have we Ultimately, have seek legislation federal legislation for a separate for a separate sufficient sufficient workers resident workerson resident island on forisland seek for federal Development Development of a LocalofWorkforce. a Local Workforce. Guam only Guam visa which only visa would which take would into take into steady state steady construction state construction and and Now is a favorable Now is a favorable time for Guam time for Guam maintenance account all account of Guam’s all ofspecial Guam’s needs special with needs with maintenance jobs. Now jobs. is the Now right is time the right time employersemployers to more aggressively to more aggressively to pursue to pursue temporary to temporary foreign workers. foreign workers. to take full to advantage take full advantage of the financial of the financialregards toregards local hiring. localIthiring. will be It a time-consuming will be a time-consuming How about How an H-2G about an visaH-2G for Guam visa for or Guam an or an incentive incentive provided provided through the through the process but process will be but rewarding will be rewarding in the long in the Department long H-2M for allvisa of Micronesia for all of Micronesia includingincluding Department of Labor and of Labor the formal and the formalH-2M visa term. Theterm. Guam The Department Guam Department of Labor of Labor Guam and Guam the CNMI. and the However, CNMI. 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“Squad Leader” Lt. Hadi Mirsadeghi, a NAVFAC Marianas Civil Engineer Corps officer, introduces himself to the campers in Alpha Squad during the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Guam Post science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Camp at the University of Guam (UOG), July 8. In the daylong camp, nearly 70 students in grades five through eight, divided by age into eight squads, took part in activities designed to be fun while learning STEM. (NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs Office/Released)

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“Squad Leader” Lt. j.g. Randy Olaes, a NAVFAC Marianas Civil Engineer Corps officer, helps campers with a straw-bridge building activity designed to teach engineering principles during the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Guam Post science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Camp at the University of Guam (UOG) in Mangilao, July 8. In the daylong camp, nearly 70 students in grades five through eight, divided by age into eight squads, took part in activities designed to be fun while learning STEM. (NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs Office/Released)

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island,” said retired a camp squad a camp leader. squad “Events leader.like “Events this like this island,” said retired Navy Noel promote selfpromote growth self-and growth strengthen and strengthen our our Capt. Navy Capt. Noel Enriquez,Enriquez, camp community community relations.”relations.” Mirsadeghi Mirsadeghi said said camp director and he approached he approached each activity eachwith activity energy with energy director and operationsoperations manager manager and enthusiasm. and enthusiasm. “I try to relate “I try lessons to relate lessons Asia Pacific forPacific for Asia and projects andtoprojects children's to children's interests and interests and Consultants Stanley Consultants positive experiences. positive experiences. I want to Icreate want an to createStanley an Inc. “TheInc. Guam “The Guam atmosphere atmosphere of fun where of fun kids where can learn kids can learn Post the Post established the to work intoteams, work in make teams, discoveries, make discoveries, be be established Camp to Camp to STEM inspired and inspired understand and understand why science whyisscienceSTEM is achieve this end.”this end.” achieve important.” important.” Organizers Organizers said they said planthey to make plan to make the campthe an annual camp anmulti-day annual multi-day event event with theirwith goaltheir to establish goal to establish long-termlong-term mentorships mentorships and to pique and students’ to pique students’ interest ininterest engineering in engineering and otherand other STEM-related STEM-related professions. professions.

NAVFAC Marianas Commanding Officer Stephanie Jones teaches students about photovoltaic cells and solar power principles during the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Guam Post science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Camp at the University of Guam (UOG) in Mangilao, July 8. In the daylong camp, nearly 70 students in grades five through eight, divided by age into eight squads, took part in activities designed to be fun while learning STEM. (NAVFAC Marianas Public Affairs Office/Released)

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in case you missed it: The GCA Small Business Committee, Guam SBDC, and the Guam PTAC co-sponsored a "HR Basics for Contractors" workshop on June 14, 2017 at the University of Guam. The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Guam Chapter provided guidance on how to manage different aspects of human resources. HR topics from employment related issues to work place regulations were covered as well as compliance topics including recruitment & hiring, employee classifications, and record keeping. The GCA Small Business Committee, Guam SBDC, and the Guam PTAC also co-sponsored a "DoD Procurement Opportunities for the 4th Quarter FY17" workshop on June 27, 2017 at the University of Guam. Contracting representatives from NAVFAC Marianas, 36th Contracting Squadron, and the Military Sealift Command provided an overview of procurement opportunities and what to expect as the Federal Government closes out Fiscal Year 2017. Representatives from prime contractors such as Contract-Watts, DZSP21, Black Construction Corporation also discussed potential subcontracting opportunities with their firms.

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small biz notes • P & S Construction, Inc. was awarded a $2,246,301.00 task order for additional work associated with the construction of POL Fuel Systems Hardened Structures. • AIC International Inc. was awarded a $448,606.00 task order to provide a Backup Diesel Generator-Set at Polaris Point Guam. • Wolf Creek Federal Services, Inc. was awarded about $705,841.35 for additional housing services on Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam. • Global Food Services, LLC was awarded about $682,429 for the remainder of the 2nd option in their contract to provide galley services at Naval Hospital Guam. • About $59M was awarded to Small Business (SB) concerns on Guam for a wide variety of products and services through 30Jun2017. Breakdown of awards: $50.8M - Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) $23.5M - HUBZone Small Businesses (HZ) $6.7M - Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) $5.9M - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB)

The figures above do not add up to the overall Small Business total ($59M) as some small business concerns may fit multiple categories. For example, a WOSB may also be HZ and SDB. Source: Federal Procurement Data System Next-Generation (FPDS-NG).

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GCA Contractors Applaud 13 STEP Awardee Recipients By: John S. Aguon


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Established in 1989, ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 20 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incident rates. In record-setting fashion, 13 of Guam Contractors Association members received the coveted STEP Award -- recognition of having achieved ABC's safety-worthy award status. Eight of those contractors garnered Platinum status, while five others earned the Diamond ranking. One of the many benefits of achieving Diamond, Platinum or Gold status in ABC’s STEP program is eligibility for the prestigious ABC National Safety Excellence Awards. Considered one of the premier measures of a company’s total safety performance, winning a National Safety Excellence Award represents a level of achievement in the field of safety unrivaled in the construction industry. So, Guam's contractors are well represented among America's stellar safety cadre, and it also bodes well for the culture of safety on Guam; and more importantly, that our construction workers and their families can know that genuine safety programs are operating to create and maintain worksite environments for the daily well-being and safe return of workers to their loved ones. In the application for consideration as a prospective STEP award recipient, there are 20 key components of safety which must be documented in detail--as specified in the application. It is as much a thorough review for all STEP applicants about their respective safety culture and program integrity, as it is about the expectation of ABC to communicate its commitment to proliferate safety among American construction participants. In the recent 2017 GCA Safety Conference, a presenter commented that if management didn't promote safety in its ranks, there was no safety program. That is not the case with these STEP recipients, as one of the key components required was a detail of the management's participation, resources and accountability in its safety program. This requisite sought painstaking commentary and description about the "mind" of management as it directed and administered the work and program of safety throughout its organization.

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Also, another key component was called Trailing Indicators. This particular dealt with the tracking of safety rates and the comparison of those rates over time. So, there would have to be very deliberate attention paid to these historical data. Again, these types of metrics are indicators of building and maintaining safety culture integration in construction operations, beyond mere lip service. The proof is in the numbers--over time; as, this should show improvements if consistency of safety programs are applied at all levels of operation. All in all, Guam Contractors Association should join in a collective applause for these STEP recipients. Our contractors are paying attention to more than just the project. They are keeping the well-being of their crews as a top tier priority. Not just job done. But, Job well done--safely.

Platinum Awardees: 1. Maeda Pacific Corp. 2. CMS Corp. 3. Black Construction Corp. 4. Orion Construction Corp. 5. Pacific Rim Construction Inc. 6. Fargo Pacific Inc. 7. IAN Construction 8. Allied Pacific Builders

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1. Landscape Management System Inc. 2. Infratech International Inc 3. S.E.T. 4. Hensel Phelps 5. Hawaiian Rock Products

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Clearing Out & Making Room By: R.D. Gibson


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The year was 2013. Popular music was in a weird place then. We were caught between that eclectic mix of EDM, Bauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’, and Justin Timberlake in a suit and tie. In late 2013, we were reintroduced to the blonde, pixie cut having Miley Cyrus. She appropriated ‘twerking’ and gave new meaning to outlandish behavior – watch her MTV VMA performance with Robin Thicke to get a better image. Among other things, she used metaphor for the millennials. Where Pat Benatar sang “Love Is A Battlefield”, Cyrus’ second single “Wrecking Ball” metaphorically described tumultuous love, but more pointedly visualized passion as a demolition site. Breaking down walls will never be imagined the same again. But, for reference, watch the ballads controversial music video. However, sometimes breaking down buildings is not the sexiest thing. Not all of us can carry around a sledgehammer or swing naked from a wrecking ball like a pop star. However, it goes without saying, demolitions require proper planning - the proper checklists and signatures and safety of the community at large, especially since they are an important part of the growth and development of any community. Sometimes it is making room for renovations. Other times, it’s getting rid of unsitely eye sores in our community. Over three years ago, the Islandwide Beautification Task Force under Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio worked with the Department of Public Works and several private sector partners to demolish buildings left abandoned. According to Roe-Ann Martin Cruz, supervisor of the Islandwide Beautification Task Force, “Through this initiative, IBTF was able to help successfully demolish the Hong Kong Restaurant in Tamuning and the Western Gun Club in Tumon.” She continued that currently there are about 50 buildings throughout the island that need similar assistance. “This information was provided to DPW last year,” stated Cruz. “We will follow up with them on the status.” As recently as 2015, demolitions have made

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headlines, especially regarding the revitalization of the capital city of Hagåtña with the old Department of Administration Building near the Plaza de España. More often than not though, demolition doesn’t completely revolve around the beautification of a certain site. According to Gemma Dave of Brique Construction, some people demolish a home because it’s simply too old. Other times it is because an animal infestation has become too difficult to maintain. Sometimes, it is because the structure is critically unsafe. So, getting the wheels in motion to demolish or partially demolish a structure leads to the Department of Public Works. Joseph Guevara of the Department of Public Works Building Permits Division said, “Demolition can be tedious and costly, but most certainly has a useful purpose in our society.” When discussing the process, he said that a building permit is needed for any demolition, and, subsequently, blueprints of the potentially demolished edifice should be turned in. Additionally, its location, the size of the building, what the building is made of, and what parts of the building are to be demolished are required. He said, “This information determines which government entities will be selected to be part of the plan review process.” For example, the Department of Land Management works on legal ownership of the structure, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency discussing materials, the Contractors Licensing Board to determine proper licensing for the contractor, and the Guam Fire Department for reviewing the demolition. The final review always comes down to the DPW. “Although buildings are usually demolished because they are considered unsafe structures, buildings may also be demolished to make room for newer, or bigger structures,” said Guevara. On the other hand, there are also buildings built illegally because they do not have a permit. Among other reasons, some homes are demolished because they’re on the wrong property,

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or because they are unmarketable because “banks don’t typically finance illegal structures,” said Guevara. Additionally, he said, “Although the owner has the right to decide to demolish, the government can also condemn property in the interest of public safety.” Safety - as we all know - is paramount in this industry. When discussing demolition, several variables need to be taken into consideration. Risk assessments, hazardous material inspections and displosals, installing safety fencing, proper training, emergency information, and the selection and use of personal protective equipment among others are all part of an extensive planning and execution that contractors and those in the construction industry know and should follow. Joni Palma of Korando Corporation emphasized safety, among a myriad of components for any construction project. These include environmental effects, planning, design, and engineering, economics and budget, and the community. It comes down to ensuring that employees, the surrounding areas, other standing structures, and bystanders are safe. A lot of planning goes into demolitions, as we all know. Contractors do not play Wile E. Coyote with a long line linked to a stick of dynamite, nor are they scantily clad pop stars swinging on wrecking balls. It takes careful planning with the constant image of the overall effect on the community in mind. All this culminates in a strengthening relationship between contractors and government agencies to ensure not just beautification but safety.

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HOIST BLOCK SPIN What causes it and how to prevent it

A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes over-looked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike. By Dave Barnhouse Since cranes were first used, one problem has been prevalent during multi-part line lifts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rotation of the hoist block. This is called block spin or cabling, the point at which the block spins to entangle the hoist line. A formula exists that will predict the length at which cabling will occur but for the most part here on Guam if and when it will happen is discovered when it actually occurs. This can be at best inconvenient but otherwise may have disastrous results. If a block spins uncontrollably after a load is lifted to a point where it would be impossible to lower the load to the ground by booming down, it may present quite a problem to lower the load as once the cable is tightly wound the load weight may not be sufficient to overcome the cable friction. If spinning the load is possible and the block spins with the hook and load, this may alleviate the problem long enough to complete the lift. If an attempt is made to hoist up or down while the hoist line is twisted, severe damage or parting of the wire rope may result. If cabling persists and is uncontrollable, a temporary fix is to lock the hook with the block allowing control of block spinning by controlling the load. This is not advisable as a permanent cure as the block hook must be free to swivel. Another fix that usually alleviates the problem is to disconnect the dead end and allow the wire to untwist a number of times, run the hoist the full length as possible and repeat if necessary. What causes block spin is the characteristics of the cable design. With 6 x 19 IWRC wire for example, the outer stands and the core strands are laid in the same direction. Thus, whenever a load is applied, both the rope and the core tend to unlay in the same direction. 26 | JULY2017

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have a higher torque factor than IWRC. 4) Eliminate odd-part reeving, even number of parts are more stable than odd. 5) Increase the spread between the wire rope falls. Dead end the wire rope away from the falls if possible. When should free-spinning swivels be used on a hoist reeving system? There seems to be much disagreement and confusion of exactly Like Us On Facebook


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what is the purpose of a swivel and if they should be used or not. You have all witnessed a single part line spinning uncontrollably when a load is placed on it and reverse spins when the load is released. Most accept this as a normal function but actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. Whether or not a swivel should be used with steel wire ropes on cranes depends upon the rotation characteristics of the rope. Lets discuss if a swivel could or should be used with each category of rope. In the past, the question whether or not steel wire ropes may or even should be attached to a swivel has been the subject of great debate. The answer to the question depends on the type of steel wire rope and the type of swivel used. ISO wire rope standards have recently classified steel wire ropes into three different groups based on their rotational characteristics: • non rotation resistant ropes • semi rotation resistant ropes and • rotation resistant ropes. These classifications are intended to define the borders between these categories in such a way that will allow an easy answer to the question whether a specific wire rope may be used with a free spinning swivel or not: If the wire rope is classified as rotation resistant, it may. If it is classified as semi rotation resistant or as non rotation resistant, it may not. Do not confuse the terminology. Many refer to a rope as ‘non-rotation’, leading one to believe that it will not rotate. If a rope will not rotate it is designated as ‘rotation resistant’. During a lift using a non-rotation resistant 6-strand rope with a free-spinning swivel, the rope will rotate the swivel, but not the load. The wire rope will operate in an unlayed condition, in which its breaking strength is considerably reduced, compared to its catalog breaking strength. While operating in the unlayed condition, the IWRC of the rope will be over proportionally loaded, increasing the danger of internal wire breaks which cannot be detected by a visual rope inspection. In addition, if the wire is loaded and unloaded continuously, the swivel will allow the rope to rotate back and forth. Studies have shown that the tension/torsion fatigue caused by this rotation will reduce the wire rope’s endurance by a factor of about ten. If we perform the same lift with a free-spinning swivel installed between the load and a semi rotation resistant 18 x 7 wire rope, as in the previous scenario, the swivel will rotate, but not the load. During the lift, the rope will operate in a slightly unlayed condition. Interestingly, although the amount of rotation is less than in the first scenario, the rope’s breaking strength is reduced much more than in the case of the 6-strand rope. This is because the unlaying of the rope will not only lengthen the rope but also shorten the inner strand layer which is closed in the opposite Like Us On Facebook

direction. So already a moderate rotation of the swivel will remarkably unload the outer strands and severely overload the inner strand layer. Because the core is working in an over-proportionally loaded condition during every lift, the inner elements of the rope will fatigue much faster than the outer, under proportionally loaded rope elements. During a visual rope inspection, however, only the outer wires will be visible. They might still be in very good condition while the core is already in an unsafe state. During loading and unloading, the swivel will always rotate back and forth, causing a series of effects. In addition, twist will accumulate in the reeving system: Non rotation resistant ropes (scenario 1) and semi rotation resistant ropes (scenario 2) will rotate the swivel in the opening sense during loading and in the closing sense during unloading. It is a common perception that the number of turns in the opening sense will be the same as in the closing sense, leaving the rope in a non-twisted state after unloading. This, however, is not true, as case studies have illustrated and results in increased twists in the reeving system with each lift. Let us now lift an unguided load with a 40-strand rotation resistant wire rope in a single fall lift. This rope has two layers of 21 strands closed in parallel lay in one direction around the center strand and a third layer of 18 strands closed in the opposite direction. When lifting the load, the rope will have no tendency to unlay, and therefore the load will not rotate. Although attached to a swivel, the rope will not operate in an unlayed condition and therefore its breaking strength will remain unaffected. The rope’s independent wire rope core will not be overloaded, and this in turn will reduce the danger of internal wire breaks. So obviously in this third scenario the installation of a free spinning swivel will not adversely affect the wire rope performance or safety.

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In summary: Swivels must never be used with non rotation resistant or semi rotation resistant rope. They may be used with rotation resistant rope but are not required.

Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to dave@islandcerts.org and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests. Dave Barnhouse resides in Tamuning and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections, of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO and CIC certified crane operator, NCCCO Lift Director, NCCCO Level II Rigger, Crane Institute of America practical examiner for all types of mobile crane operators, riggers, signal persons, and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.

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Global Coral Bleaching Event Is Ending, But Guam Is Still At Risk The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that the longest global coral bleaching event on record, which has been impacting reefs around the world for three years, is finally coming to an end. Bleaching has tapered off in the Indian Ocean, thus the event is no longer global. However, forecasts show that Guam’s reefs are still at risk of bleaching. Based on satellite imagery and climate models, Guam’s reefs are currently facing a bleaching warning. We are expected to reach bleaching Alert Level One within five to eight weeks, according to the latest outlook released by the NOAA Coral Reef Watch program. At Alert Level One, coral bleaching is likely to occur, and at Alert Level Two – the highest level – coral death is likely. When coral reefs experience very warm water, extreme low tides, and calm, hot weather, the coral polyps (individual animals that build reefs) become stressed and eject

the algae living inside them. Normally, these algae provide corals with most of the energy they need to grow and reproduce. However, when temperatures rise and light intensifies, the algae become toxic to the corals. Corals that have lost their algae look “bleached” because the algae give healthy corals their bright colors. Bleached corals can survive and recover if conditions improve, but they are weak and vulnerable. If temperatures remain too high, many corals will die. As coral reefs are built very slowly by individual coral polyps, the increased occurrence of coral bleaching events due to global climate change is a major threat to these important ecosystems. Guam experienced coral bleaching in 2013, 2014, and 2016, with extreme low tides damaging reefs in 2015. About 85% of Guam’s coral types bleached in 2013. By 2014, approximately half of Guam’s branching staghorn corals died because of bleaching. Now, local scientists and coral reef managers are already seeing some

“paling” – the precursor to coral bleaching. Over the coming months, Guam’s Coral Reef Response Team, which includes representatives from local and federal agencies and the University of Guam, will survey Guam’s reefs to measure the severity of the bleaching and determine which coral species and reef sites are most vulnerable – and which are likely to survive and recover. In order to increase Guam’s ability to respond to bleaching, over 150 private citizens have participated in Eyes of the Reef (EOR) training sessions, where attendees learn to identify reef impacts, such as coral bleaching, and report these impacts online at EORMarianas.org. This program is a vital component of Guam’s early warning system for coral reefs, as reports from EOR participants allow local scientists and managers to take action quickly and effectively. There are several upcoming training dates in June and July, with the next classroom-based training session scheduled for Wednesday, June 28 (6:00-8:00pm) at the Piti Church Social Hall. All ages are welcome and no previous experience is needed. If you are interested in registering for a training or learning more about what you can do to protect Guam’s reefs during coral bleaching, visit the EOR website, email eormarianas@gmail.com, or call (671) 646-1905. Point of contact for media inquiries: Whitney Hoot, Coral Fellow Bureau of Statistics and Plans whitney.hoot@bsp.guam.gov (671) 472-4201/2/3

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Give your business the edge by attending the GCA Small Business Committee meeting. Be your company’s voice and let us know the challenges you face. We are here to help you and your business grow. We have experts in business at our meetings: Gerardine Mendiola Procurement Technical Assistance Center(PTAC) Ken Lujan Small Business Administration (SBA) Casey Jeszenka Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Al Sampson NavFac Marianas Small Business Advisors Our next meeting is on Monday, July 31st , 11:30 AM at the GCA Conference Room 202. Email: Elaine Gogue - elaine.gogue@guamcontractors.org to rsvp or if you have questions.

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July 2017 7/13/17 - Obtaining a DUNS number and Registering in SAM Learn the tips and tricks to successfully complete these registrations.

7/20/17 - SBA Profile and DSB Learn how to use SBA's database to market your small business.

7/27/17 - FedBizOpps and NECO Learn where to find solicitations and how to setup automated searches.

NEWS & EVENTS If you want to be in the know about Government contracting, visit and LIKE our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/guamptac). Current stories include: The Right Thing Is Also the Hard Thing in Federal Contracting Lawmakers Aim to Restrict Use of Lowest-Price Contracts

OPPORTUNITIES – Posted at www.fbo.gov or www.neco.navy.mil. NOTE: The Guam PTAC does not list “unfunded” opportunities.

Source: Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) and Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS). Register at: pisbdcn.ecenterdirect.com For more information, contact the Guam SBDC at 671-735-2590 or visit www.pacificsbdc.com

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2

2

Specialty Cook Supervisor

Ultrasound Tech

Wedding Service Attendant

TOTAL Construction H-2B Workers

102

1

Pipefitter

37

Camp Cook

1

Mechanic

Total Non-Construction H2-B Workers

Electrician

1

Market Research Analyst

1

Heavy Equip. Operator

1

Machinist

Total OTHER Construction

9 0

Sheetmetal Worker

1 3

Landscape Gardener

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

0

100

134 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 138

138 Grand Total H-2B Workers

0

100

200

300

400

500

600

700

800

900

Total U.S. Workers

Grand Total H2B Workers

US Workers vs. H-2B

924

Total U.S. Workers

1000

12 21

Total H-2B Employers

9

Non-Construction

Construction

Employers By Industry

Philippines Korea Japan Kiribati United Kingdom Australia Italy Peru Thailand Other Total by Nationality

Workers by Nationality

Total Common Const.

2

0

0

Structural Steelworker Plumber

5

Reinforcing Metalworker

50

1

HVAC Technician

Carpenter

34

Common Construction Occupations Cement Mason

1

1

Bakery Mechanic

Construction Equipment Mechanic

MONTH ENDING: May2017

3

Other Construction Occupations

Employers Workplace Monthly Report Statistics

Baker

Other Non-Construction Occupations

GUAM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Alien Labor Processing Certification Division

Korea Thailand 0.00% 0.00%

5.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

50.00%

2.00%

9.00% 0.00%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.00%

Prepared By: Sherine Espinosa Contact information: Greg Massey, ALPCD Administrator P.O. Box 9970 Tamuning, Guam 96931 (671)475-8005/8003

Camp Cook

Heavy Equip. Operator Electrician

Sheetmetal Worker

Reinforcing Metalworker Structural Steelworker Plumber

Carpenter

Cement Mason

Other

Thailand

Peru

Italy

Australia

United Kingdom

Kiribati

Japan

Korea

Philippines

United Kingdom 0.00%

Kiribati 1.45%

34.00%

Common Construction Occupations

Philippines 97.10%

Japan 1.45%

Australia 0.00%

Italy 0.00%

H-2B Population by Nationality

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