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ABC Urges Passage of Legislation to Increase Competition on Federal Construction Projects

Monday, March 30, 2015 11:04 AM
Washington, D.C. - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today voiced its strong support for the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671/S. 71). The bill, introduced by Rep. Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), will increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects. Read the rest of entry »

Study Finds That OSHA Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule by $4.5 Billion a Year

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:38 AM
Washington, D.C. - A new report released today by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA’s estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach. Read the rest of entry »

West Virginia Becomes 22nd State to Prohibit PLA Mandates

Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:28 AM
Charleston, W.VA- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and ABC of West Virginia (ABCWV) today applauded Gov. Tomblin (D-W.V.) for signing the Establishing Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act (SB 409). The bill prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to enter into wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing work on publicly funded construction projects. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Law that Ensures Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

Monday, March 23, 2015 2:37 PM
Little Rock, Ark.– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and ABC of Arkansas (ABCAR) today applauded Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) for signing the Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act (S.B. 426). The bill codifies and strengthens a 2005 executive order issued by Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) that prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to enter into wasteful and discriminatory project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing work on publicly funded construction projects. Read the rest of entry »

Passage of House Bill to Block NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule Will Protect Employer, Employee Rights

Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:49 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election rule.
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Electrical Training Manager Named ABC National Craft Instructor of the Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:38 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Jonathan Sacks of Palmyra, Maine its Craft Professional of the Year. Sacks currently works as a transmission and distribution training manager at CIANBRO in Pittsfield, Maine. He received the honor March 6 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

Alabama Welder Named ABC National Craft Professional of the Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:32 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Holley Thomas, Double Springs, Ala., as its Craft Professional of the Year. Thomas works as a foreman for KBR. Thomas received the honor March 6 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Congratulates 2015 National Craft Championships Winners, Craft Instructor and Craft Professional of the Year

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:37 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of its National Craft Championships and named its Craft Instructor of the Year and Craft Professional of the Year during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 6 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Development Conference.
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ABC Recognizes America’s Best Construction Projects

Thursday, March 05, 2015 4:43 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) congratulated the winners of the 25th annual Excellence in Construction Awards and named Brasfield and Gorrie ABC’s 2015 Contractor of the Year, March 5. The best-in-the-industry awards were given to firms that displayed exemplary commitment to safety and diversity in 2014. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Passage of Senate Bill to Overturn NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:18 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election proposal. The resolution, introduced by Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), seeks to prevent the NLRB from implementing the ambush rule, which is scheduled to take effect April 14, through the Congressional Review Act.
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