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ABC Cheers Supreme Court OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Ruling

Thursday, January 13, 2022 2:49 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13Associated Builders and Contractors today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for reinstating the stay on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees. On behalf of the construction industry, ABC filed one of the emergency appeals to the Supreme Court leading to this successful outcome.

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ABC Appeals OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS Argument to the Supreme Court

Monday, December 20, 2021 3:55 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20—Associated Builders and Contractors today issued the following statement announcing its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard.

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ABC Wins Key Nationwide Challenge Against Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:26 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7—Associated Builders and Contractors today applauded a federal court for granting a nationwide preliminary injunction order against the federal contractor vaccine mandate. The ruling came from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

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ABC Responds to Biden Administration Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase

Monday, November 22, 2021 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s final rule increasing the minimum wage on federal contracts from $10.95 to $15 per hour beginning in early 2022, superseding a scheduled increase to $11.25 that will occur on Jan. 1.

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Passage of Partisan Reconciliation Bill Harmful to U.S. Economy, Construction Industry, Says ABC

Friday, November 19, 2021 8:20 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement on today's passage of the partisan reconciliation bill by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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ABC Challenges Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate in Georgia and Texas

Thursday, November 18, 2021 6:12 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18—Associated Builders and Contractors and its chapters in Georgia and Texas today announced filings in support of pending suits by multiple states challenging President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors. ABC contends the unprecedented executive order exceeds the administration’s authority and is likely to increase costs and undermine economy and efficiency in federal contracting.

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ABC Seeks to Overturn OSHA COVID Vaccination and Testing ETS

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 7:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors and its Alabama chapter today filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 11th Circuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees.

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ABC Statement on OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS

Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s issuance of its COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees as required by President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan.

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ABC to Congress: College Degrees Do Not Define Career Success

Thursday, November 4, 2021 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4—Today, longtime construction industry leader, instructor and military veteran Frank Boecker testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development on the indispensable role that community colleges, trade schools and career and technical education programs play in the construction industry.

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Report: Nonunion Workers Suffer Up to 34% in Wage Theft Under Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

Friday, October 22, 2021 7:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22—Associated Builders and Contractors today calls attention to a new report that highlights the negative economic impact of controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on nonunion construction workers, who comprise 87.3% of the construction industry workforce. The study found that the limited number of nonunion craft professionals permitted to work on construction projects subject to a government-mandated PLA suffer an estimated 34% reduction in wages and benefits.

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