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From the monthly archives: February 2020

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'February 2020'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

ABC Applauds Long-awaited NLRB Joint Employer Final Rule

On Feb. 26, the National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. ABC is pleased that the final rule clearly delineates and limits the types of control that would be treated as creating joint-employer status under the NLRA.
 

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Compliance Alert: OSHA Updates Program on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

On Feb. 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a revised National Emphasis Program aimed at identifying and reducing or eliminating worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica in general industry, maritime and construction.

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Baltimore City Council Contemplates PLA Mandate

A bill introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilmember Shannon Sneed and Council President Brandon Scott would make sweeping changes to the City of Baltimore’s procurement laws. The proposed ordinance, File 20-0488, would impose government mandated project labor agreements on any construction contract valued at $25 million or more. 

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The PRO Act Passes in the U.S. House of Representatives

 

On Feb. 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the disingenuously named Protecting the Right to Organize Act by a vote of 224 to 194.  Five Republicans voted for the bill and seven Democrats opposed it, along with Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.). ABC urged members of Congress to oppose the PRO Act, considering the vote a “KEY VOTE” for the ABC Legislative Scorecard on the 116th Congress.

  

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Prominent ABC Member Thad Claggett Announces a Run for Ohio Statehouse

Thad Claggett, president of Claggett & Sons Inc., has thrown his hat into the Republican primary for Ohio House District 71. Claggett is a civil engineer and a fourth-generation commercial and industrial construction contractor based in Newark, Ohio.

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Apply for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Award by April 30

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service is accepting employer applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Award, which recognizes employers for their efforts to recruit, employ and retain our nation’s veterans. In 2019, the program recognized 427 employers for their dedicated efforts to hire American veterans, including ABC member United Rentals. The deadline to apply is April 30.

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Virginia General Assembly Moves Legislation Requiring PLAs and Prevailing Wage on Public Works

In control for the first time since 1993, Democratic leadership in Virginia’s General Assembly is poised to pass legislation at the expense of Commonwealth taxpayers who finance the construction and maintenance of schools, affordable housing roads, bridges, transportation projects and other infrastructure projects in disrepair.
 

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Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate the Cost of Connecticut School Construction by 19.8%

A study released in January 2020 by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Connecticut schools built under controversial government-mandated project labor agreements cost 19.8% more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements.

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