Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 3:27 PM By Donna Reichle
On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, on a mostly party line vote of 233 to 188, with three Republicans voting for the bill and two Democrats voting against it. The House Democrats’ infrastructure plan would spend more than $1.5 trillion on surface transportation, airport, school, housing, healthcare, energy, water and broadband infrastructure, however, it also includes numerous anti-merit shop provisions opposed by ABC.
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 3:52 PM By Donna Reichle
Merit shop contractors are typically wary of competing for taxpayer-funded construction contracts which are subject to government-mandated project labor agreements. Often their main concern is the viability of defined benefit multiemployer pension plans which expose their business to potentially catastrophic MEPP liability. I
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 2:49 PM By Donna Reichle
On April 14, President Donald Trump announced that ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman was named to one of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups, which will work together with the White House towards the stated goal of “charting the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity.”
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2020 3:42 PM By Donna Reichle
Following the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) and President Trump signing it into law, ABC has gathered some additional information on the bill’s small business and tax provisions.
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 3:50 PM By Donna Reichle
Source: Census Bureau Value of Construction Put in Place Survey Annual Historical Data and “Annual Total Table”
Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:59 AM By Donna Reichle
A bill introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilmember Shannon Sneed and Council President Brandon Scott would make sweeping changes to the City of Baltimore’s procurement laws. The proposed ordinance, File 20-0488, would impose government mandated project labor agreements on any construction contract valued at $25 million or more.
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:40 AM By Donna Reichle
On Nov. 7, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a guidance letter that will provide ABC contractors working with the Department of Defense the legal clarity necessary to allow active duty soldiers onto their jobsites in order to receive on-the-job training, which previously caused unanswered legal questions.
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:44 PM By Donna Reichle
The Hitt family recently donated a $16 million gift to the Act on Addiction campaign, a program launched by Inova Health System that fuels awareness, combats stigma and provides resources for those suffering from substance abuse in the Northern Virginia area. There are nearly 20 million American adults who suffer from addiction, and a recent survey says that approximately half of adults do not know how to help someone in need of treatment or support.
Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:52 AM By Donna Reichle
In light of a recent court decision, certain employers will be required for the first time to submit detailed data on employee compensation and hours worked (or Component 2 data) for calendar years 2017 and 2018 to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as part of their annual EEO-1 form submission by Sept. 30, 2019.
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:04 PM By Donna Reichle
On Aug. 26, ABC submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule on apprenticeship programs, which initially excludes the construction industry and the military from provisions intended to expand apprenticeships and close America’s skills gap.