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NLRB to Seek Supreme Court Review of “Recess” Appointment Decision

The National Labor Relations Board March 12 announced it will file a petition with the United States Supreme Court for review of a Jan. 25 decision by an appeals court, which found President Obama’s “recess” appointment of members to the board in early 2012 was unconstitutional. 
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ABC Members Send 3200 Letters to Elected Officials Using ABC Advocacy App

Since its launch in February, ABC members have used the ABC Action app to send more than 3200 letters to their elected officials addressing issues critical to the merit shop construction industry. 
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for Florida Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale school construction project in Duke Field, Fla. and the surrounding area. 
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Santa Fe City Council Repeals Union-favoring Ordinance

The merit shop construction industry celebrated a victory Feb. 27 when the Santa Fe City Council in New Mexico repealed a controversial ordinance that required the use of wasteful and discriminatory community workforce agreements (CWAs) on all city-funded projects costing more than $500,000. 
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ABC Calls Attention to New Taxes in Health Care Law

In response to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on the tax provisions contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), ABC sent a letter that called attention to several provisions that will affect ABC members, including the additional Medicare taxes on wages and investment. 
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Summary of PPACA Employer Requirements Available for ABC Members

A reference document provided by Washington Council Ernst and Young offers ABC members a summary of employer requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
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GAO Report Critical of OSHA Enforcement Efforts

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Feb. 25 issued a report that recommends the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) make improvements to how it monitors enforcement efforts. 
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ABC and Construction Groups Advocate for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

ABC, in conjunction with four other construction groups, advocated for a reasonable and balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform in a Feb. 22 letter sent to the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group of Senators working on the same issue. The letterwas signed by ABC, Associated General Contractors, Leading Builders of America, National Association of Home Builders and National Roofing Contractors Association.
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ABC Applauds Bill That Would Repeal the Health Insurance Tax

As part of the Stop the HIT Coalition, ABC Feb. 15 applauded the introduction of the Jobs and Premium Protection Act of 2013, a bill that would repeal the health insurance tax (HIT) provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read the rest of entry »

Massachusetts Court Overturns Discriminatory Responsible Employer Ordinance

A Massachusetts Federal District Court Feb. 1 invalidated a “responsible employer ordinance” (REO) in Quincy, Mass., that contained prerequisites which would limit the ability of merit shop contractors to win public works projects. Read the rest of entry »
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