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From monthly archives: September 2019

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ABC of Western Pennsylvania Files Suit Against Westmoreland County Union Mandate

Monday, September 23, 2019 3:52 PM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23—Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania today filed a lawsuit to stop Westmoreland County from requiring its contractors to execute a project labor agreement with the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council as a condition of winning certain taxpayer-funded public works construction contracts. In addition, the county is requiring contractors to fire any worker on a PLA project who does not join a union affiliated with the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council within eight days of employment, including union workers belonging to a union not represented by the council.

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Monthly and Yearly Construction Input Prices Drop in August, Says ABC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11Construction input prices fell 0.6% in August and are down 0.9% year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.4% for the month and are down 0.4% compared to August 2018.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 6, 2019 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6The construction industry added 14,000 net new jobs in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 177,000 jobs, or 2.4%. 

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Down in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3— According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data published today, national nonresidential construction spending declined 0.3% in July, totaling $776 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, and a 0.1% increase compared to July 2018. The June 2019 estimates were revised upward from $773.8 billion to $778.5 billion.

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