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Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it is running Internet and newspaper advertising in Ohio and Tennessee in advance of the March 6 “Super Tuesday” caucus and primaries. A 3/4-page newspaper ad supporting former Gov. Mitt Romney for president appeared in the Sunday, March 4, edition of The Columbus Dispatch. ABC’s Board of Directors endorsed Romney for president at its Feb. 23 meeting in Phoenix.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it received a $50,000 grant from the Atlanta-based Turner Foundation, Inc., founded by Ted Turner. This is the third consecutive year ABC has received this grant, which will be used to support the association’s green building initiatives with a focus on expanding its green certification and training programs.

Washington, D.C. – In advance of the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) said the sweeping health care law fails to curb the cost of health care coverage and imposes new taxes, as well as costly and burdensome federal government mandates on businesses, including ABC members.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today celebrated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision to grant an injunction in the legal challenge against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “Notification of Employee Rights” notice posting rule.

PRINCETON, NJ & ARLINGTON, VA – TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), an international, non-profit professional association focused on construction financial professionals, and Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), the national association representing merit shop construction and construction-related firms nationwide, today signed an agreement to jointly produce a comprehensive information technology survey for the construction industry. The survey is designed to be a tool that companies use to compare their use of technology with that of their peers to advantageously leverage their technology investments.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and First Hospital Laboratories (FirstLab) today launched a new partnership that will provide ABC members with extensive resources in performing and managing their company’s alcohol and drug screening, background investigations and occupational health needs, such as maintaining their employees’ certifications for physicals.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced Harold W. Bagley, an electrical and instrumentation instructor at ABC’s Pelican Chapter, as its 2012 Craft Instructor of the Year. Bagley received this honor April 25 during ABC’s EdCon & Expo in San Antonio. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners in its 2012 National Craft Championships competition, held at the association’s EdCon & Expo, April 24-27 in San Antonio. 

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced Joseph Poynter, a foreman for Prus Construction Company, Cincinnati, as its 2012 Craft Professional of the Year. The award was presented April 27 during ABC’s 2012 EdCon & Expo in San Antonio. 

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners of its 12th annual Student Chapter Construction Management Competition during the 2012 ABC EdCon and Expo, April 24-27 in San Antonio. Teams of students from 25 colleges and universities across the nation competed for more than $6,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the coveted “Construction Management Champions” title.  

Washington, D.C. – Five of the nation’s largest construction trade associations have teamed up to form the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace (CCDAFW). The coalition’s mission is to create a drug- and alcohol-free construction industry by providing companies and organizations with the resources necessary to implement drug- and alcohol-free policies into their business practices.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today overturned a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush” elections rule because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of NLRB members.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today overturned a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush” elections rule because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of NLRB members.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the first quarter of 2012. CBI declined 5.4 percent from the previous quarter, dipping from 7.8 months to 7.4 months, but is slightly higher compared to the first quarter of 2011. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future. 

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. The amendment, offered by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), prevents federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning federal construction contracts.

Washington, D.C. – By a bipartisan vote of 211 to 209, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 4310) that prohibits federal agencies from mandating anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction contracts authorized by the NDAA.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced another victory in its fight against government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal construction projects.

Washington, D.C. – During a national online news conference today, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu stated the nation’s construction industry may not recover next year.  

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  

Washington, D.C. – During Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2012 Legislative Conference (LegCon) held today in Washington, D.C., U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the House will vote later this month on extending all current tax rates.  

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079) by a vote of 244 to 185.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Markwayne Mullin, owner of Mullin Plumbing and a member of the ABC Oklahoma Chapter, has been selected by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to deliver the weekly Republican radio address on Saturday, Oct. 13. Mullin is running to succeed retiring democratic Rep. Dan Boren in Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District.

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced U.S. House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate. ABC endorsed Mitt Romney for president during its Feb. 22 Board of Directors meeting.

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