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Union Membership in Construction Industry Reaches Near Historic Low

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report showing a drop in union membership from 14 percent to 13.2 percent in the U.S. private construction industry from 2011 to 2012. Today 86.8 percent of the private construction workforce chooses not to belong to a union.
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Fortune Names Nine ABC Members as Best Companies to Work For

Nine ABC member companies, representing 20 chapters, were ranked by Fortune magazine in their annual “Top Companies to Work For” list. They include: Edward Jones, DPR Construction, Plante & Moran, PLLC, Baker Donelson, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc., Balfour Beatty Construction, TD Industries, Grainger and CH2M HILL. 
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EPA Enforces Lead-Safe Rule, Still Plans to Expand to Commercial Buildings

The EPA in November 2012 began issuing enforcement actions for violations of its Lead-Safe Renovation Repair and Painting rule, which went into effect in April 2010, and began mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors in target areas.
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EPA to Withdraw Numeric Limit, Issue Post-Construction Stormwater Proposal in 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency in January settled a longstanding lawsuit that had been brought against its 2009 rule on Effluent Limitation Guidelines by agreeing to withdraw the numeric limit for turbidity in stormwater discharges. 
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Davis-Bacon Wage Surveys Being Conducted in Seven States

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Davis-Bacon wage surveys for seven states and ABC is encouraging contractors and subcontractors who have performed work in those states during the appropriate timeframe to participate. 
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Construction Executive Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Construction Executive is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the publication of its January issue. First published by ABC in 2003, the magazine has grown to include a monthly print circulation of more than 50,000, a website, an interactive digital edition, three eNewsletters, an RSS feed, and Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
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BizCon Early-Bird Rates and Hotel Room Block Expire Jan. 25

Don’t miss the opportunity to save $200 off the registration price for ABC’s 2013 BizCon, Feb. 19-20 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Early-bird rates and the hotel room block expire Jan. 25.
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Register Today for ABC’s Safety Excellence Academy at BizCon

ABC will be hosting a two-day STEP Plus Safety Excellence Academy during BizCon, Feb. 19-20. This in-depth course on safety culture and mindset will be presented by leaders who are both contractors and owners, and will establish the path for achieving world-class safety performance
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WalMart, Dow and Balfour Beatty Executives Offer Insights at BizCon

ABC members that attend BizCon, Feb. 19-20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will gain insights from high-level executives at national companies, including WaMart, Dow, Balfour Beatty, and Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce, among others. 
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Webinar on Jan. 22 Discusses Impact of Health Care Law on Businesses

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. (ET) Ernst & Young will be hosting a webinar on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect companies’ benefit designs, workforce composition, reporting systems, tax administration, and bottom line. 
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