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ABC Advocates for Fair and Open Competition as U.S. Senators Vote to Advance Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

July 28, 2021

On July 28, U.S. senators voted to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will set up a final vote on the measure in the coming days. The procedural motion was approved 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all Democrats to begin legislative action.

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Language in Clean Energy Tax Credit Overhaul Bill Would Chill Competition From Merit Shop Contractors

On May 4, ABC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) raising concerns about provisions in the Clean Energy for America Act that would expand new government-registered apprenticeship program requirements and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage regulations onto the construction of projects receiving clean energy tax incentives. ABC is troubled by provisions in the legislation that will needlessly increase construction costs and reduce competition from qualified companies and their skilled employees who participate in the construction of the clean energy marketplace.

ABC Slams U.S. DOL’s Withdrawal of Trump-era Independent Contractor Final Rule

On May 5, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the withdrawal—effective May 6—of the Trump-era independent contractor final rule. While expected, this action is extremely disappointing. ABC strongly supported the Trump DOL final rule, which would have clarified the department’s interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act and promoted certainty for employers, independent contractors and employees.

ABC Greater Tennessee Chapter Receives $1M Grant for Skills Education

Thanks to a $1 million grant that just passed the Tennessee General Assembly, ABC’s Greater Tennessee Chapter will operate educational programs to provide advanced craft skills in HVAC, masonry, electrical, and carpentry in a new 15,000-square-foot facility with classroom and lab space. The grant will enable ABC to serve an additional 250 students a year in its four-year adult program. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Signs PLA Mandate Expansion

In an unfortunate but expected turn of events, Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law New Jersey’s most recent anti-merit shop project labor agreement-favoring legislation, S-3414/A-5378, which requires government-mandated project labor agreements to apply to all public construction contracts over $5 million in the state. ABC and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey spoke out in opposition to the legislation.

President Biden Issues Executive Order to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 for Federal Contractors

On April 27, President Joe Biden issued an executive order increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors, which would require federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to workers working on or in connection with a federal government contract.

ABC Advocates for a Fair and Open Competitive Bidding Process on Infrastructure Projects in Senate Hearing

On Feb. 24, ABC submitted a letter for the record to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for its hearing, “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation While Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation,” to urge the committee to consider policies that will increase competition, reduce costly and ineffective regulations and address the construction industry’s skilled worker shortage.

The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Sept. 2, 2020

ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu reports on the national nonresidential construction spending which fell 1.2% in July, according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

To learn more visit abc.org/economics.

The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Aug. 12, 2020

ABC reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.8 months in July, a decrease of 0.3 months from the June reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from July 20 to Aug. 5. Backlog is a full month lower than in July 2019.

The Bottom Line with ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu - July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020.

High School Seniors in ACE Mentor Program Win $400,000 in Scholarships

Twenty-three students have won college scholarships worth between $5,000 and $40,000 in the second year of a national competition organized by the ACE Mentor Program, a free after-school program created by the integrated construction industry to attract students into pursuing industry-related careers.

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