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ABC Travel Teams Hitting the Road this Election Season

As Election Day approaches, ABC National is ramping up efforts to ensure that the voice of the merit shop is heard loud and clear in battleground states on Nov. 8. Funded by the Free Enterprise Alliance, ABC’s travel teams supplement the association’s broader political advocacy efforts by engaging in member education and get-out-the-vote efforts in concert with ABC chapters and members ahead of the 2016 election. ABC’s travel teams will be on the ground throughout the fall in several states including Florida and Pennsylvania, but the size and scope of our efforts are not limited to select swing states. Read the rest of entry »

House Passes the ABC-supported REVIEW Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed ABC-supported legislation to mitigate the impact of certain costly and burdensome regulations on Sept. 21. The Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists (REVIEW) Act of 2016 (H.R. 3438) passed by a bipartisan vote of 244-180. The bill was introduced by Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and cosponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). Read the rest of entry »

David Allen Co., Elzinga & Volkers Earn AQC Designations

David Allen Company Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., a member of ABC’s Carolinas chapter, and Elzinga & Volkers Inc. of Holland, Mich., a member of ABC’s Western Michigan chapter, have been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC.   Read the rest of entry »

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Beam Club at Leadership Week

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Beam Club, ABC National Board and Committee members along with all Leadership Week attendees are invited to a celebratory reception following the board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5-6:30 p.m.  Meet and raise a glass to the members wearing burgundy blazers, who are being honored for their dedication to growing ABC over the years with 50, 100, even 200 members recruited! Read the rest of entry »

IRS Targets Family-owned Businesses With "Stealth Death Tax Increase"

On Aug. 5 the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations targeting the valuation practices of family-owned businesses. The proposed rules would lead to dramatically higher estate and gift taxes by eliminating the use of discounts currently permitted to reflect lack of control and marketability, respectively. The Wall Street Journal has referred to it as a "stealth death tax increase" that "rewrites long-standing interpretations of law." Read the rest of entry »

ABC Files Suit Against DOL’s Overtime Rule

ABC and a coalition of business groups filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s costly and burdensome final overtime rule on Sept. 20. The legal challenge was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Read the rest of entry »

Minimum Wage Increasing for Workers on Covered Federal Contracts in January

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage for workers on covered federal contracts and service contracts will increase to $10.20 per hour from $10.15 per hour in 2016. The increase is dictated by the Oct. 7, 2014, U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division final rule that implemented Executive Order 13658. Read the rest of entry »

Craft Professional and Craft Instructor of the Year Awards Now Accepting Nominations

ABC is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Craft Professional of the Year and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. ABC members, employees and chapter staff may submit a nomination by the Jan. 6, 2017 deadline. If you know of someone who works hard, makes a difference in the industry and embodies the merit shop philosophy, enter them into the competition and they could walk away with the top title and a hefty grand prize. Read the rest of entry »

Nominate the 2016 ABC Student Chapter of the Year

ABC is now accepting nominations for its Student Chapter of the Year. The award recognizes an outstanding student chapter for its accomplishments in programming, community service, communications/public relations and interaction with its ABC chapter. The Student Chapter of the Year will receive a $2,000 cash prize, complimentary registration and hotel accommodations for two students to attend ABC’s Legislative Week in Washington, D.C., and press coverage in ABC National media outlets. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Survey Finds Blacklisting Rule Will Force Many Contractors to Abandon Federal Marketplace

In the wake of the Aug. 24 issuance of the “blacklisting” final rule by the Obama administration, ABC recently surveyed membership to determine the impact of the rule on the contracting community interested in pursuing federal contracts. ABC’s survey of its members reveals that more than 51 percent of respondents said the final rule’s onerous requirements, including reporting alleged violations that firms are still contesting, will force them to abandon the pursuit of federal contracts.  Read the rest of entry »
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