NGA will host NGA Glass Conference:

February 2021<https://www.glass.org/event/nga-glass-conference-february-2021>, taking place via Zoom on February 9 as a full-day online learning and networking experience. NGA will also host GlassBuild America 2021, September 13-15, in Atlanta.

Jerry Wright Memorial Golf Tournament  

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 12:00 - pm - 6:00 pm
SilverHorn Golf Club
1100 West Bitters Road | San Antonio, Texas 78216

TGA is hosting a fun afternoon of golf and networking.  The event will be held at the SilverHorn Golf Club in San Antonio. Shotgun Start:1:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the event and to register, click here.

      Glass TEXpo™ ’21  

Glass TEXpo™ ’21 returns to San Antonio, Texas, and is ready to bring qualified customers and prospects together to learn about the latest products and services in the industry. This biennial event continues to provide the architectural glass and metal industry with top-notch education, training and networking opportunities all at an affordable price. Glass TEXpo™ is co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association (TGA), USGlass magazine, Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal and USGNN™..  Learn More

 

TCA Legislative Issues for 2021 -- 87th Legislative Session

Texas Glass Association is a member of the Texas Construction Association. TCA is a membership organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a vibrant and prosperous business climate in Texas to support the Texas construction industry.


Responsibility for Defective Plans and Specifications. Texas is one of only two states where a contractor may bear the liability for defects in construction that are based on construction documents prepared or procured by the owner or the owner’s agent or design professional.  Statutory changes are needed to clarify that the construction team is only liable for defects resulting from construction errors. Senate Bill 219 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) will bring Texas in line with other states by adopting a policy that limits a contractor’s liability and responsibility for design defects.

Lien Law Modernization. The Texas construction lien law system needs to be modernized to enable general contractors and subcontractors to more easily comply with the law without having to engage legal counsel for each project.  TCA supports measures to eliminate the second month notice, adopt statutory notice forms, and clarify and conform confusing terminology in the statute.

Securing Retainage. Retainage is tantamount to a loan from the contractor or subcontractor to the owner.  By retaining a portion of funds owed until the end of a project, the owner is able to avoid drawing those funds from a financial institution, thereby avoiding interest and other costs. TCA supports measures to ensure that the construction team’s retainage is protected if the lender forecloses on the construction loan. 

Bonding Requirements for Public/Private Projects.  Many public entities such as cities, counties and school districts, are increasing the number of construction projects wherein they lease publicly-owned land to a private entity for the development and construction of what will be a public building.  However, unlike a public project, the private entity is not required by statute to execute a payment and performance bond on the project.  Thus, if the project goes awry, the contractor has no recourse because they may not file a lien against public land.  TCA supports legislation to extend the requirements of Texas Gov’t Code Chapter 2253 to all construction projects on publicly-owned land.

Texas Economic Protection & Recovery Act (TERPA). As a member of the Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy of Texas (ASSET), TCA supports TERPA which will stabilize the current regulatory environment for businesses by preempting local ordinances that interfere with their employment practices and grow the economy by enacting workforce and skills training measures.  

COVID-Related Liability Protections. The COVID health crisis has revealed various circumstances never before considered by the Texas Civil Justice system related to liability of businesses and individuals for damages during a pandemic.  TCA supports measures that clarify Texas law and that fairly apportion liability among affected parties.

Keep Texas Trucking.  Recent years have seen a rise in commercial vehicle litigation – not just large trucks, but all commercial vehicles.  TCA supports measures advanced by the Keep Texas Trucking coalition to reform the evidentiary and procedural processes applicable to commercial vehicle litigation.

 


 

 

U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers of Important Protections for Working Safely in Summer Heat

WASHINGTON, DC – Throughout much of the U.S., high temperatures and humidity in the summer season can create hot and hazardous working conditions, both outdoors and indoors. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers of their duty to protect employees from the risks and dangers of heat exposure. OSHA reminds employers of the following ways to mitigate heat hazards:

OSHA’s Occupational Heat Exposure page explains the symptoms of heat illness, first aid measures to provide while waiting for help, proactive engineering controls and work practices to reduce workers’ exposure to heat, and training.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.


 


Glass TEXpo™ ’20 scheduled for May 1-2, 2020 in San Antonio has been cancelled due to the current worldwide health emergency surrounding COVID-19.



POSTPONED - TGA Jerry Wright Memorial Golf Tournament

TGA Jerry Wright Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday May 19, 2021, at SilverHorn Golf Course in San Antonio.  Registration begins at 12:00 p.m and Shotgun Start begins at 1:300 pm.  Cost for TGA member – $115 per player  and  TGA non-member – $135.00 per player.  The fees included lunch, cart, green fees, prizes, range, range balls and awards ceremony.            

 

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TGA MISSION

The mission of the Texas Glass Association is to serve the needs of owners, operators and employees of independent glass companies, engage in enhancing services and products offered to the general public, and to further the advancement of the glass industry in Texas and the United States.