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Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate Cost of Construction 13 Percent

Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25— A study released today by The Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13.12 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 27 States, ABC Says

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2—March not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in nationally and in 27 states and unchanged in two on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 8.4 percent was down 0.3 percent from March 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Celebrates National Safety Week

Monday, May 1, 2017 1:41 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) celebrates Safety Week 2017 with a call for the construction industry to pledge support for substance abuse prevention and implement additional safety processes that lead to world-class safety performance. According to a recent ABC report, member construction firms with a substance abuse program in place reduce their incident rates by more than one-third compared to the industry average, and those that implement proactive best practices in 20 key safety components reduce recordable incidents by up to 87 percent. Read the rest of entry »

Trump Admin’s First 100 Days Have Brought Improved Business Climate for Construction Industry

Friday, April 28, 2017 2:33 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised President Trump for taking important steps to create a pro-growth business environment in a statement from ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Congratulates Labor Secretary Acosta

Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:47 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today congratulated R. Alexander Acosta on being confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a statement from President and CEO Michael Bellaman. Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin Becomes the 23rd State to Pass ABC-supported Bill to Protect Taxpayers, Workers from Project Labor Agreement Mandates; ABC Urges Federal Action

Monday, April 17, 2017 12:26 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Wisconsin taxpayers. The bill, SB 3, will ensure that the government cannot mandate controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the almost three out of four members of Wisconsin’s private construction workforce who have chosen not to join a labor union can work on projects funded by their own tax dollars.
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Iowa Governor Signs Bill to Protect Taxpayers, Boost Jobs for Iowa’s Construction Industry

Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:10 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Iowa taxpayers. The bill, SF 438, will ensure that the government cannot mandate controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the 85 percent of Iowa’s private construction workforce that has chosen not to join a labor union can work on projects funded by their own tax dollars. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 25 States

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5— Construction unemployment rates were down in 25 states and unchanged in four in February on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rate of 8.8 percent was up 0.1 percent from February 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »

Construction Industry Praises President Trump for Eliminating Burdensome Obama-era Recordkeeping Rule

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:55 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law eliminating the Obama administration’s controversial “Volks rule” (formally known as Clarification of an Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness final rule). Congress passed the resolution through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Read the rest of entry »

Majority of Florida Construction Firms Plan to Hire in ’17; Worker Availability a Major Concern

Monday, April 3, 2017 8:50 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3—Eighty-eight percent of Florida construction firms plan to increase hiring over the next six months and 84 percent anticipate experiencing more difficulty finding appropriately skilled labor, according to a report released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Florida. The inaugural Florida Contractor Confidence Index (Florida CCI) showed a statewide confidence reading for improving sales of 81, indicating the typical Florida contractor expects to be much busier in 2017. Read the rest of entry »
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