Priority Issue Briefs

"Blacklisting" Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13673, known as the “Blacklisting” EO because it could prevent some federal contractors from winning future federal contracts, will discourage qualified large and small businesses from pursuing federal contracts, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans and increase costs to taxpayers.

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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

Anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) are special interest schemes that 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

The Davis-Bacon Act is an 85-year-old 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, but over the last eight years it promoted the narrow policy goals of politically powerful unions.

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DOL “Persuader” Final Rule

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule designed to eviscerate employers’ rights to free speech, freedom of association and legal counsel. Known as the “persuader” rule, this change will have a profound chilling effect on labor relations advice for employers, and in turn deprive 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

ABC is troubled by the energy and environmental policy actions of the Obama administration, which have been moving forward—without congressional approval—via regulation and other administrative methods. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has brazenly pursued costly and burdensome regulations without regard for the grave implications they would have on American businesses and their employees.

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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

Exceptional jobsite safety and health practices are inherently good for business. Unfortunately, over the last eight years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) placed an emphasis on over-zealous enforcement along with burdensome and unnecessary rulemakings. Under a new administration, we hope OSHA will focus on collaborative efforts with employers to make workplaces safer. 

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Regulatory Reform

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

The construction industry provides good, well-paying jobs to American workers every year. To qualify for many of these jobs, however, workers need high-quality, flexible skilled training.

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