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Tennessee Repeals Prevailing Wage Requirements on Vertical Construction

In a victory for merit shop construction and free enterprise, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) April 30 signed into law a bill (S.B. 1209) that repeals prevailing wage requirements on all vertical construction projects in the state. 
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Massachusetts Chapter Supports Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing

In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, The ABC Massachusetts Chapter has made a contribution to the One Fund Boston, Inc., the charity set up by Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino to provide support to those affected by this tragic event.
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National Craft Championships Voting Contest Supports 2013 Competitors

A new Facebook contest beginning Thursday, April 25 supports the 2013 National Craft Championships (NCC) competitors who are gearing up for the competition, which will be held April 30-May 2. The contest provides an opportunity to vote for one of the 13 crafts represented at the competition. To vote, visit the NCC Facebook page here. The winning craft will be announced at NCC Thursday, May 2.
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USACE Issues Four PLA Surveys

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville, Mobile, Sacramento and St. Louis Districts are requesting responses from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on four large-scale federal projects.
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Taxpayers Win Big Without Federal PLA on N.H. Job Corps Center

ABC celebrated another victory in the fight against government-mandated PLAs after the DOL awarded ABC New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter member Eckman Construction Company a $31.6 million contract to build a DOL Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H., after removing a controversial PLA mandate from the federal project’s solicitation for construction services. Eckman Construction Company, Bedford N.H., submitted a bid that was more than $6 million below the lowest offer when the project was subjected to a PLA. 
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ABC Members Win San Diego SBA Small Business Week Awards

The San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) April 17 named BPI Plumbing as their Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year and Michael Jason Ianni, president of M Bar C Construction, Inc., as the California Small Business Person of the Year.
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House Committee Approves Bill Allowing Workers Option of Comp Time

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce April 17 approved the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406) by a vote of 23-14. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector.
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It’s Not too Late to Register for ABC’s Workforce Conference

ABC members that want to participate in training that draws on the expertise of the leading companies and professionals in the business, get tools to improve on-the-job-performance and earn continuing education credits still have time to register for the 21st Century Workforce Development Conference, April 30-May3 in Birmingham, Ala.
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North Dakota is 15th State to Ban PLAs; New Jersey Gov. Vetoes PLA Expansion Bill

On April 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law H.B. 1270, which will ban government-mandated PLAs on state and local construction projects in the state. A week later, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation (S. 2425) that would have expanded the ability of public entities in the state to mandate PLAs on taxpayer-funded contracts to rebuild New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Groups Ask Congress to Support Government Neutrality in Contracting

ABC and a diverse group of 15 construction industry associations April 16 sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate opposing government-mandated PLAs and asking them to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109). 
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