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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 READ MORE
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ABC and Lawmakers Voice Concerns With Biden’s PLA Mandates and Labor Regulations at Congressional Hearing

On Sept. 29, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing, “Investing in our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure and Workers: Why it Matters,” which covered the impacts of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.  

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NCC Wins 2022 Spirit of ECC Award

ABC’s National Craft Championships won the Spirit of EEC Award during the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association’s Perspectives Conference on Sept. 8 in San Antonio. ABC national chair-elect Milton Graugnard; NCC Chair Bill Lastinger; retired NCC Committee member Mike Stilley; Brandon Mabile, 2020 Young Professional of the Year and businesses development manager at Performance Contractors; and NCC director Jarrell Jackson accepted the award at the conference.  

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ABC Responds to Biden Administration Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative

Associated Builders and Contractors responded to the Biden Administration’s launch of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative, saying that while raising awareness about apprenticeship is commendable, the promotion of only government-registered apprenticeships is not.

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Trades Day: Industry Outreach Opportunity With Meaning

ACE Mentor Program of America is offering a chance to do just that with their Trades Day events. Trades Day is meant to excite and introduce students to a variety of construction and building trades by giving them access to real-life, hands-on, interactive trade stations. The purpose of Trades Day is to introduce students to trades to expose them to the entire industry, not just a part of it.

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NCCER Announces Nationwide Expansion of Free Career Exploration Website

Through its Build Your Future initiative, NCCER is expanding its career exploration tool, CareerStarter, to provide direct connections between entry-level job seekers, local training programs and employers.  

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Analysis: Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act” Is a Reckless Tax-and-Spend Bill

ABC opposes Democrats’ partisan reconciliation package, which would raise taxes in an economy pointed toward recession, exacerbate inflation and cost American jobs. New, restrictive labor policies included in the most recent proposal make the package even more damaging.

 

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ABC Chapters Among DOL’s First Group of Apprenticeship Ambassadorships

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on July 12 the selection of the initial cohort of 207 officials and organizations chosen to serve as Apprenticeship Ambassadors to share their experiences and collaborate with the department to champion apprenticeship opportunities. ABC’s Virginia, New Mexico and Pacific Northwest chapters were among those selected.

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ABC Champions Diversity at EEOC Hearing on Discrimination in Construction Industry

ABC highlighted its achievements in recruiting diverse audiences to careers in construction nationwide and outlined goals championing inclusion, diversity and equity in a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a May 17 hearing on race, sex and national origin discrimination in construction.

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Biden Administration’s Davis-Bacon ‘Reforms’ Are More Pork for Labor Unions

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act delivers $550 billion of funding to improve our nation’s infrastructure, and the construction industry stands ready to deliver on the law’s promised revitalization of America’s roads, schools, bridges, utilities, and transportation systems.

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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Remove Harmful Labor Policies From America COMPETES Bills

ABC sent out an action alert for ABC members to urge their members of Congress to remove unnecessary, job-killing provisions in the US Innovation and Competition Act/America COMPETES Act bills.

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