Priority Issue Briefs

"Blacklisting" Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On Aug. 24, 2016, President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (or “blacklisting”) final rule, which would have threatened federal contractors’ due process rights, injected unwarranted subjectivity into the federal acquisition process and added needless and duplicative layers of bureaucracy.


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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

Anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) end open, fair and competitive bidding on contracts to build taxpayer-funded construction projects. Government-mandated PLAs discourage merit shop contractors from bidding on taxpayer-funded construction contracts and drive up costs between 12 percent and 18 percent, which results in fewer infrastructure improvements and reduced construction industry job creation.

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Davis-Bacon Act/Prevailing Wage

More than 80 years old, the Davis-Bacon Act is a wage subsidy law administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that mandates so-called “prevailing” wages for work performed on federally financed construction projects. Davis-Bacon hinders economic growth, increases the federal deficit, imposes enormous burdens that stifle contractor productivity, ignores skill differences for different jobs and imposes rigid craft work rules.

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National Labor Relations Board

The five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is tasked with interpreting and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The agency is supposed to serve as a neutral arbiter of federal labor law.

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DOL “Persuader” Final Rule

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a rule designed to eviscerate employers’ rights to free speech, freedom of association and legal counsel. Known as the “persuader” rule, this rule would have had a profound, chilling effect on labor relations advice for employers, and in turn deprived employees of their right to obtain balanced information about union representation.

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Immigration Reform

As the economy continues to recover, construction firms will face a shortage of qualified workers and craft professionals. Unfortunately, current immigration laws do not provide an adequate amount of legal immigration to respond to the future economic demands of the construction industry. 

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Energy/Environment

The commercial construction industry has a unique interest in energy policy, as it represents not only a large-scale energy consumer, but also acts as a key facilitator of domestic energy exploration, production and transportation. Furthermore, construction employs more than six million Americans who bear the brunt of fluctuating prices at the pump and in their homes.

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Estate Tax Repeal

Due in large part to the estate tax, more than 70 percent of family businesses do not survive to the second generation, and 90 percent fail to see the third generation.

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Health Care

ABC continues to call on Congress to advance common-sense health care solutions that will provide greater choice and affordability and allow private insurers to compete for business.

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Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are an important part of the construction industry due to its fluctuating work demands and are often the answer to a pressing demand for the special skills and know-how required for short-term projects.

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OSHA Reform

ABC member companies believe safety is a core value, above all others, and is the basis of their culture. ABC understands the importance of common-sense regulations based on sound evidence and scientific analysis with appropriate consideration paid to implementation costs and input from employers. Many ABC companies have implemented safety programs that are among the best programs in the industry, often far exceeding legal requirements. Under the Trump administration, we hope the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will focus on collaborative efforts with employers to make workplaces safer. 


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Regulatory Reform

The Obama administration issued numerous rulemakings that detrimentally impact the construction industry. ABC is committed to reforming the broken federal regulatory process and ensuring industry stakeholders’ voices are heard and rights are protected. 

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Right to Secret Ballot Election

All workers, in every industry, deserve the fundamental American right to a federally supervised secret ballot election. This right is guaranteed when voting in political elections; there is no reason it should be surrendered in the workplace.

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Right to Work

Right to Work laws guarantee workers can seek employment without fearing they will be required to join (or pay) a union if they are hired.

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Salting Abuse

Salting is not merely an organizing tool—it has become an instrument of economic destruction aimed at nonunion companies.

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Tax Reform

The construction industry historically has paid the highest effective tax rate of any economic sector in the country.

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Workforce Development

There are limitless opportunities through government defined and industry workforce development programs to build the American workforce. Through innovative and unique platforms, all Americans can develop skills to achieve their dreams.

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