Contact: Jeff Leieritz (202)905-2104
              leieritz@abc.org  
                                             For immediate release
March, 10, 2014 

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) signed a joint resolution March 7, expressing a commitment to promoting fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction contracts. The resolution formalizes a long-standing partnership between the organizations who will remain focused on providing value to taxpayers and opportunities for the contracting community by battling government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs), which discourage the vast majority of the construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor union from building our nation’s schools, roads and hospitals.

“ABC is excited to enter into a formal partnership with NBCC so we can continue our work at the local, state and federal levels,” said 2014 ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners, LLC, Brentwood, Tenn. “Our goal is to ensure government neutrality and fairness during the procurement of public construction contracts so that taxpayers get the best bang for their buck. PLAs drive up the cost of taxpayer-funded projects by limiting competition for public works projects to unionized firms that employ just 14.1 percent of the construction workforce. In addition, PLAs prevent the overwhelming majority of qualified merit shop and minority-owned contracting firms, who employ millions of American workers, from competing for these projects unless they sign a union agreement.”

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was implemented into the construction industry in 1973,” said NBCC President and CEO Harry C. Alford. “Our former Chairman, Dr. Arthur Fletcher, was in charge of that implementation. Every industry except the unionized construction industry is in compliance with this important law. The time has come to enforce implementation by construction unions in the name of liberty and the tenants of our great constitution. Discrimination is a job killer and a parasite on our economy.”

The resolution will lead to enhanced coordination between ABC and NBCC in promoting free enterprise and open competition within the public works sector of the construction industry. The groups will share resources to combat political, legal, regulatory and legislative initiatives that promote discriminatory union-favoring PLAs and limit nonunion contractors’ abilities to bid on projects.


L to R: Harry Alford (NBCC President and CEO), Kay DeBow (NBCC Executive Vice President), John Harmon (2014 NBCC Chairman) and Ben Brubeck (ABC Director of Federal Procurement and Labor Affairs).

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing 22,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Visit us at www.abc.org.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in May, 1993. Its mission is to economically empower African American communities through entrepreneurship and free enterprise. America’s capitalistic society is the greatest in the world and every entity of our population should utilize this to the maximum. In 1993 there were 300,000 Black owned businesses doing $33 billion in revenue. Today, there are 1.9 million businesses doing $138 billion in sales (US Census Bureau). We have come a long way but there are many miles yet to go. Visit them at www.nationalbcc.org.