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Resolution to Stop Ambush Election Rule Passes U.S. Senate

A joint resolution to halt the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial ambush election rule passed the U.S. Senate March 4 by a vote of (53-46) after being introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ABC supported the bill, and sent a letter to each Senator urging its passage and informing them that ABC would consider the vote as a key vote on its 114th Congressional Scorecard. Read the rest of entry »

The Iconic Trimmer Auction is Back and You Can Bid Virtually

The Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF) re-launched its auction and now you can bid on some of the top items from your phone. The funds go to TCEF, a non-profit, charitable organization that funds efforts to train and retain the construction industry workforce through grants, scholarships and financially supporting annual ABC competitions and awards. Auction items include golf packages, beach vacations, Texas-style BBQ, cases of wine and much more. 

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Regulatory Alert for Winter 2015

ABC’s Regulatory Alert provides an overview of federally mandated rules, regulations and enforcement actions from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies. Following are brief summaries of current issues, as well as links to more detailed information and guidance. 
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States Push Forward with Prevailing Wage Reform

Lawmakers in a number of states have made reforming outdated prevailing wage laws a major priority so far in 2015. In the past month, legislators in West Virginia, Nevada and Indiana have advanced legislation that attempts to narrow the types of construction projects affected by prevailing wage, and in some cases, to remove the law entirely. 
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Letter Urges a Delay in Expansion of Small Group Market Definition under ACA

In conjunction with 17 other employer organizations, ABC sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging them to issue a two-year delay until 2018 of the expansion of the small group market definition in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Under the ACA, the small group market definition is expanded to include employers with 51-100 employees, which is effective in 2016.  
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Legislation Proposed to Repeal the Health Insurance Tax

On Feb. 13, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) introduced the Jobs and Premium Protection Act (H.R. 928), which would fully repeal the health insurance tax (HIT) provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ABC-supported coalition, Stop the HIT, sent a letter commending Boustany and Sinema for coming together to repeal the burdensome tax.
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Why Failing to Invest in Technology is Actually Costing You

In an article written by ABC’s Strategic Partner Viewpoint, Mobile Product Manager Bryan Fangipane, addresses how using mobile technology on the jobsite can increase productivity and ease communication. The article also examines certain ways advanced technology can ultimately save you money. Read the rest of entry »

PLA Surveys Issued for California and South Carolina Projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the federal construction community about the potential requirement of a project labor agreement on the Edwards Air Force Base project in California and for large-scale federal construction contracts in South Carolina.
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Save on Shipping and Earn Rewards with FedEx

As an ABC member, you’re invited to enroll in the FedEx Advantage® program for free and save money on your shipping and earn rewards for your loyalty with FedEx. The program offers discounts up to 29 percent on FedEx® services and My FedEx Rewards gives you the chance to earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise when you ship. 
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Craft Professional of the Year Finalists Announced

Four finalists have been chosen for ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year award one of them will be chosen as the winner March 6 during the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Craft Professional of the Year award is presented each year to an individual who exhibits outstanding skills and leadership in his or her craft. This year’s winner will receive a 2015 Ram Tradesman truck sponsored by Tradesmen International.
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