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House Approves Measure To Avoid Freight Rail Strike, Backs Paid Leave Resolution

ABC joined with more than 400 organizations in a letter calling on Congress to intervene in an ongoing labor standoff that threatens a stoppage of rail service. The letter asks members of Congress, absent a preferred voluntary agreement, to use their authority READ MORE
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Treasury and IRS Release Unclear Guidance on IRA Tax Credits, Davis-Bacon and Apprenticeship Requirements

On Nov. 30, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service released guidance regarding tax credits for private clean energy projects funded by the Inflation Reduction Act conditioned on compliance with prevailing wage and government-registered apprenticeship requirements. Treasury and the IRS also released FAQs to provide additional information on the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.

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FAR Council Proposes Rule Requiring Emissions Disclosures and Reductions for Federal Contractors

On Nov. 14, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require certain federal contractors to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and set GHG emission reduction targets.

Under the proposed rule, federal contractors who qualify as significant contractors, (those receiving between $7.5 million and $50 million in federal contracting obligations in the prior fiscal year) would be required to inventory their annual GHG emissions and disclose this information to the federal government.

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ABC Submits Comments Supporting DOT Buy America Waivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the expiration on Nov. 10 of a general waiver to Buy America requirements imposed by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. With this expiration, the IIJA’s expanded Buy America requirements are now in effect for most federally funded infrastructure projects. The DOT proposed two narrower waivers that will exempt a limited number of projects from these requirements.

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NLRB Extends Comment Deadline for Representation-Case Procedures Proposed Rule

On Nov. 22, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace requested that the National Labor Relations Board issue a 30-day extension to the comment period for the board’s new notice of proposed rulemaking addressing election-blocking charges, voluntary recognition and construction industry bargaining relationships. On Nov. 29, the NLRB announced it is extending the comment deadline from Jan. 3 to Feb. 2, 2023. ABC will be filing comments opposing the proposed rule.

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IIJA Buy America Rules Now in Effect; DOT Proposes New Waivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the expiration on Nov. 10 of a general waiver to Buy America requirements imposed by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. With this expiration, the IIJA’s expanded Buy America requirements are now in effect for most federally funded infrastructure projects. The DOT proposed two narrower waivers that will exempt a limited number of projects from these requirements.

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Tell the NLRB To Abandon Its New Radical Joint Employer Rule

The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace has created a grassroots toolkit to tell the National Labor Relations Board to abandon its radical joint employer proposed rule. The toolkit provides an explanation of the rulemaking and a ready-to-send letter to the NLRB explaining why the new joint employer standard would be disastrous. Take action now before the Dec. 7 comment deadline! ABC will also be submitting comments opposing the new rule.

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ABC Opposes New NLRB Representation Case Procedures Proposed Rule

On Nov. 3, the National Labor Relations Board issued a new notice of proposed rulemaking addressing election-blocking charges, voluntary recognition and construction industry bargaining relationships. The proposal rescinds the ABC-supported 2020 NLRB final rule, which would better protect employees’ statutory right of free choice on questions concerning representation.”

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ABC-Led Coalition Requests Extension on IRS/Treasury Davis-Bacon and Registered Apprenticeship Mandates

On Oct. 31, an ABC-led coalition of 22 construction and energy groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service requesting a 60-day extension of the Nov. 4 deadline in response to their request for comments regarding implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. Specifically, the agencies requested comments on Davis-Bacon and government-registered apprenticeship requirements for applicable clean energy construction projects. A previous extension request by ABC has received no response.

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ABC Opposes GSA Final Rule Allowing Union Organizing of Contractors on Federal Property

On Nov. 1, ABC submitted comments opposing the General Services Administration’s Sept. 2 final rule to allow unions access to federal property for the purpose of soliciting membership from the employees of federal contractors. Previously, these activities were barred by a general prohibition on soliciting, posting and distributing materials in or on federal property controlled by the GSA.

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SBA to Hold Virtual Roundtable on DOL Independent Contractor Proposal

On Oct. 25, the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy announced that it is hosting a virtual roundtable to gather input from small businesses on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new independent contractor proposed rule on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 3-5 p.m. ET. ABC plans to participate in the roundtable. ABC members interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to [email protected] to receive participation details.

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