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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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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: Newly Confirmed Members Threaten NLRB’s Role as Neutral Arbiter of the Law

Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:16 AM

WASHINGTON, July 29—Following the U.S. Senate confirmation of President Biden’s nominees to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board, Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following statement.

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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-Led Coalition Announces Six-Figure Advocacy Campaign

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Build America Local, a coalition of construction industry and business organizations led by Associated Builders and Contractors, today announced a six-figure issue advocacy campaign aimed at educating Americans and members of the U.S. Senate about controversial  government-mandated project labor agreements that reduce competition and increase costs for the construction of taxpayer-funded affordable housing, clean energy and infrastructure projects across America.

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