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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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From monthly archives: November 2018

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'November 2018'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

How Will the 2018 Election Results Affect ABC Members?

While some races have yet to be decided, the American electorate voted for Democrats to take the House majority while increasing the Senate majority held by Republicans. The number of seats controlled by Democrats in the House of Representatives is projected to be around 230 seats, with Republicans holding around 206 seats, giving Democrats a majority of approximately 24 seats. READ MORE

ABC Member Company Employees Talk Workforce Development on CNBC

Eugene Jowers, a Project JumpStart graduate and employee of ABC member Regional Contracting Services, was featured in a Nov. 2 CNBC segment that also ran on PBS Nightly Business Report highlighting ABC’s efforts to attract more workers to the construction industry.  READ MORE

Construction Employment Picks Up in October

The U.S. construction industry added 30,000 net new jobs in October, according to an analysis by ABC of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 330,000 net new construction jobs over the past 12 months, a 4.7 percent increase. READ MORE

ABC Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Goodrich Wins Indiana State House Race

Last night, Chuck Goodrich, president and CEO of Gaylor Electric Inc. and the immediate past chair of ABC, was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives for District 29, beating Democrat Tracy Roberts for the House of Representatives seat representing Noblesville 65 percent to 35 percent. READ MORE

ABC Supports EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Proposal

On Oct. 31, ABC submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the Affordable Clean Energy proposed rule, officially titled Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guideline Implementing Regulations; Revisions to New Source Review Program. If finalized, the ACE rule would replace the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan with revised emissions guidelines, propose new regulations to direct both EPA and the states on the implementation of emission guidelines and revise the New Source Review program.  READ MORE

OSHA Issues Guidance on Crane Operator Qualification Compliance

On Nov. 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidance on how to comply with crane operator certification requirements until OSHA’s new final rule on operator certification and qualification becomes effective. OSHA also made available a pre-publication version of the final rule on its website. READ MORE

Diversity and Inclusion Leaders: Apply Today

Apply for the ABC National Diversity Excellence Awards by Sunday, Nov. 25. Winners will be recognized during ABC's National Excellence in Construction® Awards, acknowledged at the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and more. Additionally, members who create an inclusive culture by improving the work experience for the disabled are encouraged to submit comments on the Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award by Dec. 4, 2018. READ MORE

ABC Member Employees Highlight Careers in Construction at White House Event

Dwana Grace and Stacia Brightmon, apprentices from ABC member S&B Engineers and Constructors, attended an event at the White House on Oct. 31 to highlight the Pledge to America’s Workers, which continues to gather commitments from the business community to expand workforce development.  READ MORE

Nonresidential Spending Retains Momentum in September, Up 8.9 Percent Year Over Year

National nonresidential construction spending fell 0.3 percent in September but remains historically elevated, according to an ABC analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Total nonresidential spending stood at $767.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate in September, an increase of 8.9 percent on a year-ago basis. READ MORE
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