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John Ratzenberger from “Cheers” Joining ABC’s Workforce Conference as Keynote Speaker

Registration for ABC’s 2015 Workforce Conference is now open and ABC is excited to announce that John Ratzenberger, known best for his role as Cliff in the show “Cheers,” will be joining us as the keynote speaker. In addition, the 2015 conference offers five education tracks for construction and association professionals, networking opportunities, the National Craft Championships and the Excellence in Construction Awards. The conference will be held March 3-6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Extension of Tax Provisions Urged by ABC and Industry Groups

This week ABC joined more than 500 industry groups in sending letters to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives urging action during the Lame Duck session of Congress on the extension of important tax provisions that have already expired or will expire by the end of the year. 
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Construction Users Roundtable Recognizes ABC Member Companies with Safety Awards

ABC member companies were honored by the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) as they accepted 11 out of the 14 Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) awards at the Nov. 11 CURT National Awards gala in Houston, Texas.
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Putting a Spotlight on ABC’s Young Professionals

As a project manager for an ABC member company in Alabama, B.L. Harbert, Michael Carpenter works on project planning and execution, providing proactive leadership in safety, enforcing contractual responsibilities and many more tasks. Joining the ABC National Young Professional program was a decision to help ensure project profitability and grow his business development strategies by learning from his peers and growing his network. The Q&A below gives a brief overview of his participation in the program and how it’s benefiting both him and his company.
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Network at the Largest P3 Conference in the Country

Join over 750 owners, industry executives and key decision-makers for three days of in-depth public-private partnership (P3) learning, business development, and extraordinary networking opportunities and the annual P3 Conference in Dallas, Texas Feb. 23-25. 
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Obama Administration Urged to Withdraw Blacklisting Executive Order

ABC and 19 other business trade groups, sent a letter on Nov. 6 requesting that President Obama withdraw the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O.). The letter, sent to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez and Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz, outlines ABC’s concerns that the E.O. dramatically changes the enforcement mechanisms carefully put in place by Congress and needlessly adds uncertainty, subjectivity and onerous and costly new data collection and reporting requirements for federal contractors. 
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Pamela Volm Elected to Lead ABC in 2015; David Chapin is Chair-Elect

During its Nov. 11 meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., the ABC Board of Directors elected Pamela Volm of president of Annapolis Contracting, Inc., Annapolis, Md., to serve as the association's 2015 national chairman. David Chapin of Willmar Electric Services in Lincoln, Neb., was elected to serve as ABC’s 2015 chairman-elect.
 
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ABC Merit Choice Announces New Benefit Program

A new member benefit program is being offered exclusively to ABC members and their employees through ABC Merit Choicewhich allows them to apply for top auto and home insurance benefits through a group discount with MetLife Auto and Home®.
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Midterm Elections End in Senate Majority for GOP

After the votes were tallied on Tuesday night, the results revealed massive victories for Republicans at all levels and in every region of the country. With a handful of races still up for grabs, the GOP has wrested control of the U.S. Senate while boosting its House majority to the highest level seen since the Great Depression. At the state level, Republican governors eclipsed their 2010 high-water mark of 30 and helped to flip at least seven state legislative chambers putting them en route to full control of state governments in nearly half the country. While the GOP’s mandate is unclear, voters delivered a stinging rebuke of the president and his party, effectively rendering him a lame duck for the remaining two years of his administration.

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OSHA Offers On-Hand Resources with Safety Information

To assist employers in complying with new rules and regulations, OSHA released new wallet cards to serve as resources on the jobsite addressing the OSHA reporting requirements and hazard identification training. The resources can be found on OSHA’s publication page.
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