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USACE Issues PLA Survey for New Mexico 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 project at the New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base.
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Small Business Committee Chairman Announces Regulatory Watch Initiative

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced a new initiative, “Small Biz Reg Watch,” which will help small businesses participate in regulatory development.
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Building Owners Encouraged to Fill Out Lead-Paint Survey

The EPA is considering federal rules that may regulate renovation and remodeling activities in public and commercial buildings to address possible lead-based paint hazards.  These rules, if enacted, could be based on current lead paint regulations addressing renovation activities in pre-1978 “target housing.” Any such proposal would have a significant impact on commercial and federal contractors. 
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Ambush Elections Rule Could be Negated by NLRB Recess Appointment Decision

The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Jan. 31 filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals as part of their continuing efforts to block the NLRB “ambush” elections rule. The statement of supplemental authorities was filed after an appeals court ruled Jan. 25 that President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill NLRB vacancies. 
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ABC Launches Political Advocacy App

ABC Feb. 6 launched the first-of-its-kind ABC Action app that enables users to become a vital part of ABC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and further the merit shop philosophy. The app is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
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ABC Defends Michigan’s Fair and Open Competition Law

ABC National joined ABC of Michigan as they filed an amicus brief Jan. 24 urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to uphold Michigan’s Fair and Open Competition Act in response to a challenge filed by construction unions. The act ensures nondiscriminatory procurement of state services in public construction.
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Bill Would Guarantee Open Competition on Federal Construction

ABC Jan. 30 offered strong support for the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109), a measure introduced by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that would ensure fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects.
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ABC-led Coalition Wins Court Challenge to NLRB “Recess” Appointments

The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Jan. 25 won a challenge to President Obama’s Jan. 4, 2012, recess appointments to the NLRB. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the president violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill NLRB vacancies with Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin
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Union Membership in Construction Industry Reaches Near Historic Low

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report showing a drop in union membership from 14 percent to 13.2 percent in the U.S. private construction industry from 2011 to 2012. Today 86.8 percent of the private construction workforce chooses not to belong to a union.
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EPA Enforces Lead-Safe Rule, Still Plans to Expand to Commercial Buildings

The EPA in November 2012 began issuing enforcement actions for violations of its Lead-Safe Renovation Repair and Painting rule, which went into effect in April 2010, and began mailing postcards to uncertified renovation contractors in target areas.
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