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From the monthly archives: April 2013

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

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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Payroll4Construction Offers Two Webinars on Construction Payroll Reporting

The ABC Business Partner Payroll4Construction.com is offering ABC members two free webinars that will cover construction reporting, job costing, and payroll and how to simplify construction payroll and reporting.
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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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Industry Concerned About Expanding EPA Lead Program to Commercial Buildings

As part of the Commercial Properties Coalition, ABC April 1 submitted comments to the EPA in response to their request for information on a possible rulemaking that would regulate renovation, repair and painting activities on and in public and commercial buildings to address possible lead-based paint hazards.
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ABC Members Saved $5 Million Last Year With GM Discounts

In 2012, ABC members saved approximately $5 million through ABC’s discount program with General Motors (GM). Now, members can save on most GM 2013 model year vehicles.
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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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ABC Criticizes Obama’s Renomination of NLRB Chairman

ABC April 9 criticized President Obama’s renomination of Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a move to promote the narrow policy goals of politically powerful labor unions.  
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USACE and NAVFAC Issue PLA Surveys for the Western U.S. and California

USACE is requesting feedback from the construction industry about government-mandated PLAs on unspecified large-scale federal projects within Western states (primarily Utah, Nevada and Colorado). NAVFAC is seeking comments on the use of PLAs for the P-229 Weapons Surveillance and Test Laboratory and Calibration Laboratory at Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, Calif. 
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