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Construction Materials Prices Surge Again in May With Largest Monthly Increase in a Decade

Prices for inputs to construction materials expanded 2.2 percent in May and are 8.8 percent higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an ABC analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This represents the largest monthly increase in 10 years (since May 2008). Nonresidential construction input prices increased 2.3 percent for the month and 8.9 percent for the year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Eastern Pennsylvania Partners to Establish Apprenticeship Training Center

ABC’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter and Orleans Technical College recently announced that they are working together on a new apprenticeship training center in Philadelphia County. Their goal is to help create more apprenticeships in the region and more diversity in the construction and trades community. The facility will also and provide employers with the chance to advance their employees’ skillsets through the state-approved NCCER merit-based training curriculum. Read the rest of entry »

Study: Minnesota Prevailing Wage Calculation Process Flawed and Outdated

A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Final Rule on Association Health Plans

ABC said the Trump administration’s action to undo the harmful impacts of the Affordable Care Act by promulgating a new final rule on association health plans (AHPs) was welcome. AHPs are a common-sense solution to expand access to affordable health coverage and lower the cost of health care for small businesses. Read the rest of entry »

Cianbro Corporation Earns AQC Credential

Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine, a member of ABC’s Maine Chapter and five others, has been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC. The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Extends Comment Deadline for Cranes Proposal

On June 15, OSHA announced that it will extend the comment period on its proposal to ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment by an additional 15 days. Comments will now be accepted through July 5, 2018. Read the rest of entry »

Breaking News: Michigan Votes to Repeal Prevailing Wage Law

The Michigan Legislature voted to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law, a 50-year-old law that overcharges taxpayers on public construction projects and limits competitive bidding opportunities for Michigan workers. The historic vote makes Michigan the 24th state without a prevailing wage law.  Read the rest of entry »

DOL Secretary Acosta and Rep. Foxx Tour ABC Member Jobsite

On May 31, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, visited a jobsite of Omega Construction, an ABC member headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C. Secretary Acosta and Rep. Foxx toured the Hotel Indigo renovation, guided by Omega Construction President Barry Hennings, and met with employees and apprentices. Read the rest of entry »

Administration to Issue 15,000 More H-2B Visas

On Friday, June 1, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would provide an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for non-agricultural seasonal workers. Earlier this year, Congress included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill that allowed for DHS to increase the number of H-2B visas above the 66,000 statutory cap. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Adds 25,000 Jobs in May

The U.S. construction industry added 25,000 net new jobs in May, according to ABC’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This follows a 21,000 net job gain in April (revised upward from 17,000). The industry has gained 286,000 jobs on a year-over-year basis, the largest such increase since April 2016. Read the rest of entry »