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Safety Week 2016 - Ballpark Grand Slam for Safety at Nationals Park

Construction jobsites in Washington, D.C., stopped work at midday on Thursday, May 5 so that workers could attend a special Safety Week event, the Ballpark Grand Slam for Safety at Nationals Park. Workers made their way to the stadium for safety and equipment demonstrations and exhibits, a Stretch and Flex exercise, subcontractor safety awards, remarks by OSHA's Acting Director, of the Directorate of Construction and lunch. The event was sponsored by ABC -a Safety Week partner, major general contractors, insurers and Associated General Contractors 

ABC Urges Congressional Task Force to Advance Common-sense Health Care Solutions

On April 28, ABC submitted a letter to the chairmen of the congressional Task Force on Health Care Reform urging them to take action on common-sense health care solutions.  In the letter, ABC expressed its strong support for the task force’s mission to “modernize American health care with a patient-centered system that gives patients more choice and control, increases quality, and reduces costs.”

House Committee Holds Hearing on Hidden Cost of Regulation

The U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on April 14 entitled Regulation Nation: The Hidden Small Business Tax , which examined the cost of new federal regulations to entrepreneurs in the small business community. During the hearing, members of the Committee heard from several small business owners who cited high compliance costs and expensive new mandates as a major impediment to expanding their businesses. 

National Craft Champions Highlighted in Local Media Coverage

This year’s National Craft Championships featured a record 210 participants, with competitors from 32 states showcasing their skills in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In addition to being honored at NCC, this year’s competitors have also gained significant coverage in their local media. Leading up to and in the month since NCC, competitors have been featured in 23 news outlets.

Nine in Ten Workforce Week ’16 Attendees Surveyed Plan to Attend Next Year

ABC Workforce Week ’16 attracted well over 500 attendees, with 55 educational sessions, 50+ exhibitors and plenty of excitement. Surveyed shortly after the conference, 91 percent said they planned on returning next year. Highlights included the ABC Innovation Theater, where attendees got a chance to see into future of the construction industry with the latest in software technology, a live exoskeleton demonstration and drone display. ABC Workforce Week '16 was a remarkable demonstration of what makes our association great.

NLRB Extends Ban on Captive-Audience Meetings Prior to Mail Ballot Elections

In its Jan. 29 decision in Guardsmark, LLC, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) extended its restriction on captive-audience meetings in the run up to a mail ballot union election by an additional 24 hours. Captive-audience meetings occur when an employer holds a group campaign meeting with employee voters during work hours to oppose union representation. The NLRB prohibits these meetings in the 24 hours leading up to the “scheduled time for conducting” a manual election; however, the NLRB had not imposed a similar preliminary ban in mail ballot elections until the Guardsmark decision.

The FaverGray Company Earns AQC Designation

The FaverGray Company of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., a member of ABC’s Florida First Coast chapter, 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.  

Help Judge the National Craft Championships

Save the date and support the competitors of the 2016 National Craft Championships by volunteering to serve as a judge. All judges must be an ABC member and have a demonstrated expertise in one of the designated crafts. Judges are required to be onsite in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3, and are invited to see the winners revealed at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony on Friday, March 4. 

Join Us for the 26th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards on March 2

The Excellence in Construction Awards program is the industry’s premier competition that recognizes innovative and exemplary merit shop construction projects and world-class safety and diversity programs.

ABC Workforce Week ’16: World-class Education and Inspirational Keynote Speakers

ABC Workforce Week ’16 features world-class education and top-notch keynote speakers to help you be a better leader and unleash your team’s potential.