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Associated Builders and Contractors: 'Blacklisting' Final Rule Hurts Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:09 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 24 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) slammed the flawed Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” released today by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. The rule, which was accompanied by a guidance document from the U.S. Department of Labor and a White House amendment to Executive Order 13673, will increase costs to taxpayers, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans who work for responsible federal contractors and cripple the federal procurement process with needless uncertainty, delays, and litigation.  Read the rest of entry »

Intelligent Machines and Wearable Tech Improve Productivity on Construction Sites, According to Construction Executive Magazine

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 18—Technology-rich equipment, tools, drones, robots and vehicles are revolutionizing how America’s commercial and industrial construction projects are built, according to the July/August issue of Construction Executive magazine. Improved safety, productivity gains and expedited schedules are driving industry-wide investment in technology acquisitions and upgrades among contractors of all sizes.

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Construction’s Contribution to Economy Increases in 30 States in 2015

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 17– The value added by the private construction industry as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 30 states and decreased in only six in 2015, according to a report released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nationally, construction’s direct contribution to GDP increased by 0.1 percent to 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015. Read the rest of entry »

ABC, AIA and NAHB Economists Predict Industry Growth Through 2017

Monday, August 15, 2016 3:41 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 15– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Economist Kermit Baker and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast today. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Challenges Anti-retaliation Provisions of OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Rule

Friday, July 08, 2016 9:08 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), TEXO and a coalition of stakeholders today filed suit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, commonly referred to as the “electronic injury reporting and anti-retaliation final rule.” The suit immediately challenges the anti-retaliation provisions of the final rule that will limit post-accident drug testing and safety programs that contribute to construction jobsite safety. ABC is seeking to prevent these provisions from taking effect on Aug. 10.

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Autodesk’s advanced full lifecycle construction technologies and training brings innovation to 21,000-strong ABC membership

Monday, June 20, 2016 11:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20— Autodesk [NASDAQ: ADSK], a leading global 3D design and engineering software company, and the national construction trade association Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), today announced a strategic partnership built on a shared vision of enabling construction professionals to work smarter by harnessing the power of the digital era to help increase productivity, reduce redundancy and eliminate waste. The announcement was made today by company executives in Washington, D.C., during ABC’s Legislative Week. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Slams Job-Killing Overtime Rule

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:32 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement in reaction to the release of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s final overtime rule.
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ABC Member Describes Value of Careers in Construction to Congressional Panel

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 2:04 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) member Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.’s Paul Tse today explained to Congress how a high school degree and technical education (CTE) program launched his successful career in construction. Tse, a project manager for the Rockville, Md.-based contractor, testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce titled “Helping Students Succeed by Strengthening the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”  Read the rest of entry »

New OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Creates Series of Problems

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement in reaction to the release of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) final rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, commonly referred to as “electronic recordkeeping.” Read the rest of entry »

ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 720% Safer

Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5—In observance of Safety Week, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its 2016 Safety Performance Report to further the industry’s understanding of how to make construction jobsites safer. Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 86 percent, making the best-performing companies 720 percent safer than the industry average. 
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