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Legislation

North Dakota is 15th State to Ban PLAs; New Jersey Gov. Vetoes PLA Expansion Bill

On April 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law H.B. 1270, which will ban government-mandated PLAs on state and local construction projects in the state. A week later, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation (S. 2425) that would have expanded the ability of public entities in the state to mandate PLAs on taxpayer-funded contracts to rebuild New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Groups Ask Congress to Support Government Neutrality in Contracting

ABC and a diverse group of 15 construction industry associations April 16 sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate opposing government-mandated PLAs and asking them to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109). 
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Guest Worker Cap in Senate Immigration Plan Fails to Meet Construction Industry Needs

The U.S. Senate “Gang of Eight” April 16 unveiled a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that fails to include a guest worker program that would meet the needs of the construction industry.
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House Passes Bill to Limit NLRB Actions and Relieve Uncertainty

The U.S. House of Representatives April 10 voted 219-209 to pass a bill that would stop all NLRB activity that requires a three-member quorum until the legal disputes involving the board are resolved.
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ABC Calls Out NLRB, DOL Actions and PLAs During House Hearing

ABC Vice President of Federal Affairs Geoff Burr April 10 testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services subcommittee during a hearing, “Regulatory Approaches to Foster Economic Growth.” In his testimony, Burr spoke on behalf of ABC and the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) about burdensome regulations and policies.
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Senate Immigration Plan Repeats Mistakes of Failed Reforms, Construction Groups Say

ABC, in conjunction with five other construction groups, April 3 expressed concern that the Senate “Gang of Eight” deal on a temporary guest worker program repeats mistakes of previous, failed attempts at immigration reform. The “Gang of Eight is a bipartisan group of Senators working on comprehensive immigration reform.

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House, Senate Approve Dueling Budgets

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate last week voted to pass their respective budget resolutions, marking the first time in four years that both chambers of Congress have approved a fiscal plan for the federal government. Read the rest of entry »

House Committee Approves Bill to Limit NLRB Actions

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce March 20 approved a bill that would require the National Labor Relations Board to stop all activity that requires a three-member quorum until the legal disputes involving the board are resolved. 
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Funding Resolution Restricts Proposals on H-2B, MSDs Through FY 2013

President Obama March 26 signed into law a continuing appropriations resolution that will fund the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Commission for the second half of fiscal year 2013, but that also maintains restrictions on actions by DOL. 
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Health Care Law Continues to Create Uncertainty and Confusion

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ABC March 22 issued a statement calling attention to how the health care law continues to create uncertainty and confusion in the construction industry, making it difficult for the nation’s contractors to plan for the future.
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