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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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ABC, CISC Caution OSHA About Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Monday, September 27, 2021 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27—Associated Builders and Contractors, a steering committee member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, released the following statement on CISC’s letter sent today to James Frederick, acting assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, voicing concerns related to OSHA’s forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which will apply 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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Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Guidance Raises Concerns, Says ABC

Friday, September 24, 2021 3:36 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24—Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement in response to guidance issued today by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force about what is required of federal contractors with respect to a vaccine mandate for employees as a result of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.

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ABC Responds to Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 69 to 30. The bill would provide $550 billion in new infrastructure investments.

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ABC Recognizes Bipartisan Achievements in Infrastructure Bill, Cautions Against Anti-Competitive Language

Monday, August 2, 2021 5:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the 2,702-page Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act set to pass the U.S. Senate later this week. 

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ABC: DOL’s Decision to Rescind 2020 Joint Employer Final Rule Disappointing, But Not Surprising

Thursday, July 29, 2021 9:22 AM

WASHINGTON, July 29—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s rescission of the Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act final rule.

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ABC to Senate: The PRO Act Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:50 AM

WASHINGTON, July 22—Ahead of today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ hearing on the Protect the Right to Organize Act, Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement.

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ABC: Partisan House-passed Infrastructure Package Hurts American Workers and Small Businesses

Thursday, July 1, 2021 4:46 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1—Associated Builders and Contractors strongly opposes H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, a partisan infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 221-201. H.R. 3684 is a $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill that represents House Democrat’s attempt to reauthorize the expiring 2015 Fast Act.

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Construction Groups See Biden Administration’s Decision to Exclude Construction From the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard a Smart One

Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON, June 10—The Construction Industry Safety Coalition today issued the following statement on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s decision to apply an Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 only to the healthcare industry.  

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