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From the monthly archives: February 2013

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'February 2013'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Carpenters Union Conducts Unfair Bannering Campaign in Wichita

A “Fact Finder 12” special report by Kansas station KWCH-TV revealed that a bannering campaign conducted by Carpenters Local 201 was nothing more than an intimidation tactic to protest against nonunion contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Obama Renominates Unconstitutional “Recess” Appointees to NLRB

President Barack Obama Feb. 13 nominated Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the NLRB – only a few weeks after an appeals court ruled their 2012 recess appointments were unconstitutional. Read the rest of entry »

New Design Values for Southern Pine Lumber

The American Lumber Standard Committee Jan. 30 approved design value changes for all grades and sizes of visually graded Southern Pine lumber. The ALSC recommended an effective date of June 1 for the design values. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Launches Academy for Construction Ethics, Compliance and Best Practices

ABC launched a new members-only resource, the Academy for Construction Ethics, Compliance and Best Practices, that is an educational one-stop-shop for members to access all the materials merit shop contractors need to learn more about industry trends, compliance and best practices.
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Bill Introduced to Require Statistical Calculation of Davis-Bacon Wages

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Feb. 1 introduced the Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act (H.R. 448), which would require prevailing wage rates to be scientifically determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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ABC Asks Congress to Restrain NLRB After Court Negates Recess Appointments

On Feb. 13, a U.S House of Representatives subcommittee held a hearing on the future of the NLRB following the Jan. 25 decision by an appeals court that President Obama’s recess appointment of members to the board in early 2012 was unconstitutional. The challenge was brought by the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and the ruling invalidates decisions unlawfully made over the past year because the board did not have a quorum.
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Register Now for 21st Century Workforce Development Conference

ABC will bring together more than 500 construction industry professionals for workshops, competitions and networking at the 21st Century Workforce Development conference, April 30-May 1 in Birmingham, Ala. Don’t miss out; register now at 21wfdc.org. 
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for New Mexico Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a project at the New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base.
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OFCCP Directive Addresses Hiring Policies Related to Criminal Records

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Jan. 29 issued a directive, effective immediately, offering information to federal contractors and subcontractors on complying with nondiscrimination provisions, particularly related to criminal record restrictions and discrimination based on race and national origin. 
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Contractors Required to Post Injury and Illness Log Summaries

ABC is reminding its contractor member firms that OSHA 300A log summaries must be posted in a conspicuous spot on all construction sites Feb. 1 through April 20. 
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