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News Releases

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ABC: Congressional Democrats’ Reintroduction of the PRO Act Deals a Devastating Blow to Employees and Employers

Monday, February 27, 2023 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement ahead of congressional Democrats’ reintroduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which is set for Feb. 28. Among its many harmful provisions, the PRO Act would violate workers’ free choice and privacy rights, force unions on employees who have voted against such representation, cost millions of American jobs and threaten vital supply chains.

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ABC Responds to President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union Address

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the following statement responding to President Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address.

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ABC: A Record 88% of the US Construction Industry Workforce Does Not Belong to a Union

Thursday, January 19, 2023 2:24 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following remarks today regarding the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Union Members Summary. According to 2022 data, the percent of construction industry wage and salary workers belonging to unions dropped to a record low of 11.7%, a decline from 12.6% in 2021.

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ABC: New WOTUS Definition Muddies the Waters for Contractors

Friday, December 30, 2022 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30— Associated Builders and Contractors today issued the following statement from Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States.”

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ABC: Treasury’s Clean Energy Tax Credit Guidance Provides Almost No Clarity

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 7:23 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement responding to guidance released today by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service regarding tax credits for private clean energy projects funded by the Inflation Reduction Act conditioned on compliance with prevailing wage and government-registered apprenticeship requirements.

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ABC: Inflation Reduction Act Tax Policies Undermine Taxpayer Investments in Clean Energy Construction Projects

Monday, November 7, 2022 8:05 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7—Associated Builders and Contractors has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service regarding implementation of tax credits for clean energy construction projects funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, contingent upon new controversial prevailing wage, apprenticeship and domestic content requirements.

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ABC Joins Lawsuit Challenging Connecticut’s Ban on ‘Captive Audience’ Meetings

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors and ABC of Connecticut joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court District of Connecticut challenging an unconstitutional labor law passed by the state of Connecticut.

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ABC, Lawmakers and Industry Groups Call on President Biden to Withdraw His Inflationary PLA Mandate Policies

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19—Associated Builders and Contractors has submitted more than 40 pages of comments to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council calling on the Biden administration to withdraw a controversial proposed rule that would require anti-competitive and inflationary project labor agreements on federal construction contracts of $35 million or more.

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ABC Opposes the Biden Administration’s New Independent Contractor Proposed Rule

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today responded to the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement of a proposed rule to rescind and replace a commonsense, ABC-supported final regulation on independent contractors.

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Survey: 97% of ABC Contractors Say Biden’s Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreement Policies Would Make Federal Construction More Expensive

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 9:54 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28—According to a September 2022 survey of ABC contractor members published today, 98% oppose President Biden’s proposed rule mandating project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more. PLA schemes needlessly increase costs and exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage because they exclude almost nine out of 10 workers from participating in these contracts.

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