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Passage of House Bill to Block NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule Will Protect Employer, Employee Rights

Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:49 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election rule.
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ABC Applauds Passage of Senate Bill to Overturn NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 12:18 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election proposal. The resolution, introduced by Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), seeks to prevent the NLRB from implementing the ambush rule, which is scheduled to take effect April 14, through the Congressional Review Act.
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ABC Files Suit Against NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:15 PM
Austin, Texas- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Texas and the Central Texas Chapter of ABC announced today they have filed a joint lawsuit with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election final rule issued Dec. 12, 2014. The legal challenge was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The Texas office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., ABC’s general counsel, will represent ABC of Texas, the Central Texas Chapter of ABC and NFIB Texas in the case. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Industry Reminded of High Effective Rate on Tax Day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:50 AM
As the construction industry rebounds amid tepid economic growth, many Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) members are greeted with a significant tax increase this week. The contractors who emerged from the recession already paid thehighest effective tax rate of any sector, and now they face even higher taxes thanks to rising marginal rates, reinstated limits on deductions, and new surtaxes on wages and income stemming from the health care law. 
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ABC Supports House Effort to Halt Ambush Election Proposal

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:59 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) praised today’s U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce markup of The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 4320) and The Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 4321), which halt key elements of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush” election proposed rule.
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ABC Celebrates U.S. District Court’s Ruling Against Davis-Bacon Expansion

Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:27 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today celebrated an important decision limiting the scope of the Davis-Bacon Act issued by a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  In a March 31 decision granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia (the District) and private developer CCDC Office LLC (CCDC), Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) ruling that the Davis-Bacon Act can be expanded to include privately funded projects.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Criticizes President’s Directive to Change Overtime Pay

Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:48 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s executive order proposing changes to federal overtime rules
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ABC and National Black Chamber of Commerce Form Alliance to Promote Government Neutrality in Contracting

Monday, March 10, 2014 12:19 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) signed a joint resolution March 7, expressing a commitment to promoting fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction contracts. 
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Construction Associations Partner in Support of the Merit Shop Philosophy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:02 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Merit Canada Feb. 13 signed a joint resolution outlining their partnership agreement and commitment to free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy, under which construction contracts are awarded to construction companies based on merit.
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ABC Calls OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule Unworkable: Joins Safety Coalition in Asking for Withdrawal

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:28 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), today requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry. 
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