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FTC to Host Public Forum Examining Proposed Rule to Ban Noncompete Clauses

On Feb. 2, the Federal Trade Commission announced it will host a public forum examining the FTC’s proposed rule to prohibit employers from imposing noncompetes on their workers. READ MORE
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for Project in Washington

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a survey requesting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a PLA for the Design/Bid/Build construction of a 1,200-member Army Reserve Center at Fort Lewis, Wash.
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Illinois Chapter Turns Membership Directory into an App

With a new mobile app, the Illinois chapter of ABC has made access to their member directory, map of builders and event information available at the touch of a button. READ MORE

ABC Member to Deliver Weekly Republican Address Oct. 13

House Speaker John Boehner Oct. 11 announced that ABC member and Oklahoma small businessman Markwayne Mullin will deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, Oct. 13. READ MORE

DOL Issues Bid Solicitation on New Hampshire Project Without PLA Mandate

Last week, the DOL issued a solicitation for construction services on its estimated $20 million to $50 million Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H., without a discriminatory and costly PLA mandate or preference. The PLA removal was a victory for ABC, free enterprise, the Granite State’s taxpayers and contracting community. READ MORE

USACE Issues PLA Survey for Virginia

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a survey requesting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a PLA for the Millennium Construction Project in Arlington, Va. READ MORE

ABC Offers Feedback on D.C.'s Health Insurance Exchange Proposal

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states will be required to operate health insurance exchanges – marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can purchase private health insurance – beginning in 2014. Over the last several months, ABC has provided suggestions on how the exchanges can best be implemented. READ MORE

Anti-Merit Shop Proposal Allowed On Michigan Ballots By State Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court Sept. 5 ordered a proposal be placed on the statewide ballot that would negatively impact the merit shop construction workforce by nullifying the ban on government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and preventing Michigan from becoming a right-to-work state, among other changes. READ MORE

ABC Oklahoma Chapter Member Will Compete for Seat in U.S. House

ABC member Markwayne Mullin, owner of Mullin Plumbing, Inc., Broken Arrow, Okla., and a member of ABC’s Oklahoma Chapter, on Aug. 28 won a runoff race that allows him to compete for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. READ MORE

Pro-Merit Shop Verdict Upheld In Union Picketing, Bannering & Handbilling Case

The merit shop construction industry won a victory on March 29 when a federal court of appeals in Georgia upheld a jury verdict that awarded Fidelity Interior Construction, Suwanee, Ga., with $1.7 million against the Carpenters’ union. The jury found that the Carpenters conducted an illegal “area standards” campaign that included bannering, picketing and handbilling at buildings where Fidelity was, had or might be working. 
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Indiana Governor Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) Feb. 1 signed into law a new right-to-work bill that will protect all workers in the state from being forced to pay union dues as a requirement of employment. Daniels signed the bill hours after it was passed by the Indiana legislature and ABC immediately expressed its support for the action. 
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