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ABC's West Virginia Chapter Establishes Flood Relief Program

Parts of West Virginia are facing a prolonged cleanup effort after widespread flooding killed 23 people, left an estimated 230,000 people homeless or temporarily displaced and prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a federal disaster. To support the victims of this natural disaster, ABC’s West Virginia Chapter (ABCWV) has established a flood relief program and is arranging for donations of labor, supplies and equipment to help the affected communities. 

Court Blocks DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

On June 27, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction that will block the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the persuader rule, officially titled the Interpretation of the ‘Advice’ Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1.  

ABC Members Build America

During ABC’s Legislative Week 2016, an ad entitled ABC Members Build America appeared in Politico,  the “must read” daily with 30,000 subscribers whose readers include members of Congress, White House and legislative staffers, lobbyists, and everyone and anyone who follows what’s happening on Capitol Hill. The ad, as well as the charts featured within the ad, have been made available as marketing resources for ABC Members.

Construction Executive Launches New Subscription Center

One of the most valuable ABC member benefits is an automatic subscription to the award-winning industry publication, Construction Executive (CE). This top-notch print and digital magazine provides education on all areas of the business of construction, including accounting and finance, business development, legal compliance, sustainability, technology and workforce development.

ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member

ABC has added Iowa Chapter member Mike O’Day of Hometown Plumbing & Heating to the Beam Club Presidential level. The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. By recruiting five new members, ABC members are automatically enrolled in the Beam Club by their chapter. Members receive one point for each new member recruited. Beam Club activity is ongoing from year to year, with members’ point totals continually accruing and advancing members to the next Beam Club award level.

Court Rejects ABC’s Challenge to Ambush Rule

On June 10, 2016, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision rejecting ABC’s challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial “ambush” election final rule.  ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin of Littler Mendelson P.C., Washington, D.C., argued the case on behalf of ABC of Texas, the Central Texas Chapter of ABC and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas on March 3 in New Orleans. 

Upcoming OSHA Rulemakings Announced

On May 18, the administration released the latest regulatory agenda outlining their plans for their final months. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) listed a number of new initiatives.  An update on rulemakings affecting the construction industry is outlined below.

ABC Western Washington’s Kathleen Garrity inducted into Hall of Fame

The University of Washington Department of Construction Management inducted Kathleen Garrity, retired president of the ABC Western Washington chapter, into the Construction Hall of Fame for her substantial contributions to the industry on May 24. She is the second woman to be inducted.

Build Your Future Scholarships

The Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF) is pleased to announce the Build Your Future scholarship application sponsored by NCCER is accepting applications. This opportunity is open to anyone who is currently pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry through an NCCER-accredited program or a state or federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility.

ABC Craft Professional of the Year Takes Home a Brand-new Ram Truck

A brand-new 2016 Ram Tradesman Crew Cab truck was presented to ABC Craft Professional of the Year Scott Walters at an event in Grand Rapids, Mich. Scott, a carpentry superintendent at Dan Vos Construction Co., was awarded the truck courtesy of the award sponsor, Tradesmen International, with custom upgrades donated by FCA US.