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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Viewpoint's Take 15 Webinar Series

*Hosted by ABC’s Strategic Partner Viewpoint*

Date: Every Friday Register Now
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Length: 15 Minutes
Speakers:    Viewpoint Product Experts
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION


The Take 15 series is a weekly, brief webinar led by Viewpoint, an ABC Strategic Partner, where product experts highlight challenges contractors face and how Viewpoint’s comprehensive suite of software solutions can help solve those challenges.

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YP Series: A Leadership Conversation: Mike Bellaman Interviews Chuck Goodrich

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 Register Now
Time: 4 p.m. EDT
Length: 30 minutes
Speakers:   

Mike Bellaman, President and CEO
Chuck Goodrich, President and CEO, Indiana State Representative, District 29

 

Hear Chuck Goodrich, president and CEO of Gaylor Electric and an Indiana State Representative, share his leadership story with Mike Bellaman, president and CEO of ABC. Goodrich began his career with Gaylor Electric in 1994 as an intern and moved up the ranks through a variety of leadership positions within the company, eventually becoming its president and CEO and the 2017 chair of ABC. Plus, he was recently elected Indiana State Representative from District 29. How did he shape his journey?

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Offsite Construction: Myths, Methods and Measurable Impacts

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 1 hr
Speakers:   

Kris Lengieza, Director of Business Development, Marketplace, Procore Technologies

 

Open to All

Join us in this webinar for an in-depth conversation on offsite construction, including: what it is, what it isn’t, how it’s done and, ultimately—the impact it has for teams and companies.

Offsite construction, or what’s sometimes referred to as “constructing,” is more than just prefabrication. Hear why this method is important not only to general contractors, but also to owners, insurance companies and industry trades. Don’t miss this conversation covering the benefits and impact offsite construction has on safety, efficiency, quality and even labor shortages.

You’ll hear:

Stories and statistics around this rising industry trend;
Insider tips, from navigating contract terms to taking BIM to the next level with offsite design plans; and
The impact in crucial areas like safety, quality, cost overruns and labor.

 

Who Should Attend
  • - General Contractors
  • - Subcontractors
  • - Suppliers
  • - Associate Members
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2020 Construction Economic Forecast

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 1 hr
Speakers:   

Anirban Basu, Chief Economist, ABC

 

Open to All

This presentation supplies detailed discussions regarding, global, national and regional economic performance using the most current data available. Special attention is devoted to certain aspects of economic life, including the performance of the financial, labor, real estate and construction markets.

Who Should Attend
  • - General Contractors
  • - Subcontractors
  • - Suppliers
  • - Associate Members
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Overview of New Hotel Engine and Travelers Haven Programs

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Length: 30 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Drew McGeein

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
This webinar provides an overview of the new Hotel Engine/Travelers Haven discount programs.  In addition to an overview, a demo of the online platform features for each program is reviewed.
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George Mason University: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race

A study released in June 2018 by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School found that prevailing wage laws discriminate against minority construction workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in labor unions. By examining the Davis-Bacon Act and the original intent of the law to exclude African-American construction workers from working on federal projects, to looking at the continuing effects of prevailing wage laws and the lack of minority participation in labor unions, the authors conclude  that prevailing wage legislation has been a disaster for minority construction workers.

 

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Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Finds Flawed and Outdated Prevailing Wage Calculation Process

A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the
prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. The authors also discovered that 72 percent of all prevailing wage rates were set using old rates, imported rates or a combination of both.  

 

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Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion: Update on Final Report and Other Significant Apprenticeship Issues

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 2 p.m. (ET) / 1 p.m. (CT) / 12 p.m. (MT) / 11 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Michael D. Bellaman, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  Greg Sizemore, ABC Vice President of HSE and Workforce Development  

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
On Oct. 6, 2017, Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), was appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s Executive Order 13801 June 15, 2017.

ABC served on two of the four task force subcommittees—those charged with attracting business to apprenticeship and expanding access, equity and career awareness. The subcommittees offered numerous recommendations, which were detailed in the final apprenticeship report issued on May 10. Read the rest of entry »
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