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OSHA Sends Draft COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard to OMB for Review

On April 27, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration sent a draft OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget for review. The review at OIRA is usually the final step in the process before a rule is officially published, which could take up to two weeks. At this time, neither OIRA nor DOL have made the content of the ETS public, but ABC has requested a meeting with OIRA to discuss its concerns with an OSHA COVID-19 ETS.

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President Biden Issues Executive Order on Worker Organizing and Empowerment

On April 26, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that establishes the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. ABC is concerned that the Biden administration is promoting policies that undermine workers’ choice whether to freely join a union, such as government-mandated project labor agreements.

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Registration Is Open for ABC’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Virtual Summit

On June 14, ABC will be hosting a virtual Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Summit, which will explore the complexity of IDE in today’s world and evaluate its historical journey and sustainable future in the construction industry. Learn more and register today!

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Register for ABC Legislative Day, June 2-4, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

ABC Legislative Day gives members the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect merit shop construction contractors and showcase their contributions to the industry and the economy. Plan to attend and network with ABC’s most engaged members, hear from esteemed speakers and learn the ins and outs of grassroots lobbying. Register today!

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Register for the 2021 ABC Virtual Legal Conference on Thursday, June 24

Join ABC leaders, legal and regulatory experts and government officials on Thursday, June 24, as they share the latest developments in labor and employment law and their impact on merit shop contractors. Registration closes June 22.

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DOL Launches COVID-19 Worker Protections Resource Page

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division launched its Essential Workers – Essential Protections initiative to provide resources and offer information on common issues that employers and employees face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ABC Applauds the Reintroduction of the BUILDER Act To Modernize NEPA

On April 14, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.), reintroduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure Through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act, which would modernize the outdated National Environmental Policy Act) to make infrastructure project reviews more efficient, reduce project costs, spur economic recovery and rebuild America. The BUILDER Act has been reintroduced as a leading priority of ABC and Congressional Republicans as negotiations continue on Capitol Hill on forming significant infrastructure legislation.

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OSHA Issues New FAQs on Recording Illnesses Caused by Required and Recommended COVID-19 Vaccinations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently posted new Frequently Asked Questions on recording illnesses caused by required and recommended COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Participate in ABC’s CBI/CCI Economic Survey

All ABC contractor members received the monthly Construction Backlog Indicator/Construction Confidence Survey in their inboxes on Tuesday, April 20. Please encourage your members to respond to this monthly survey to help us understand the market forces that are shaping the construction outlook for the coming months.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Karl Hudson

ABC has added Massachusetts Chapter member Karl Hudson of L. C. Anderson, Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential Level.
 

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ABC Partners with Congressional Leaders to Advocate for a Fair and Open Competition in Infrastructure Legislation

On April 14, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hosted a “Members’ Day Hearing” to seek recommendations on the policy priorities of members of the U.S. House of Representatives as they begin to consider legislation to reauthorize surface transportation legislation, which expires at the end of September.

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ABC Opposes DOL’s Proposals to Rescind Trump-era Independent Contractor and Joint Employer Rules

On April 12, ABC submitted comments in opposition to proposals from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to rescind the Trump-era independent contractor and joint employer final rules.

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ABC Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit and Announces Webinars

ABC has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit as part of the Coronavirus Update webpage to help inform and educate members about the latest available resources and information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Mike Dillon

ABC has added Nevada Chapter member Mike Dillon of Dillon Health to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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ABC Joins Grassroots Alliance to Stamp Out Racism Against AAPI and Other Diverse Americans

ABC has signed on to the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation’s call to defeat hate and restore inclusion and respect.

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EEOC to Open EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection for 2019 and 2020

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open on Monday, April 26, 2021, and the deadline for filing this data will be Monday, July 19, 2021.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Nick Krarup

ABC has added Florida Gulf Coast Chapter member Nick Krarup of Coastal Construction to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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OFCCP Announces Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs updated its Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act Benchmark Database to reflect a new hiring benchmark of 5.6%, which is effective March 31.

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Biden Infrastructure Plan Rife With ABC-opposed Labor Policies

On March 31, the Biden administration released a more than $2 trillion infrastructure outline titled the “American Jobs Plan.” While the plan calls for federal spending over the next eight years to improve the nation’s infrastructure, including for transportation, broadband, energy, and drinking water, it also includes funding for schools and child-care facilities, affordable housing, workforce development and manufacturing.

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ABC Files Lawsuit Against DOL for Delaying the Trump Administration’s Independent Contractor Final Rule

On March 26, ABC, ABC’s Southeast Texas Chapter and the Coalition for Workforce Innovation filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor regarding its delay and proposed withdrawal of the Trump DOL independent contractor final rule. The complaint alleges the Biden administration arbitrarily and without authority delayed the final rule from going into effect, depriving many contractors of clear and uniform guidance on the proper standard for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Mark Roberts

ABC has added Massachusetts Chapter member Mark Roberts of A & M Construction Co., Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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Mayor Marty Walsh Sworn in as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor

On March 23, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was sworn in as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor by Vice President Kamala Harris, becoming the first union member to serve in the role of secretary in nearly half a century. The Senate confirmed Walsh to serve as secretary in a 68-29 vote on March 22.

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ABC Members: Provide Input on Proposed Code Changes at ICC’s Virtual Spring Committee Action Hearings

ABC members are invited to provide input on Group A Codes at the International Code Council’s 2021 Committee Action Hearings, which will be held virtually from April 11 through May 5.

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Michigan Senate Republicans Pass Resolution Opposing the PRO Act

On March 16, the Michigan State Senate passed  Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, which opposes the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, federal legislation that would strengthen union organizing rights and restrict the autonomy of workers and employers.

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ABC of California Applauds Passage of ACR 23

ABC of California applauded the California State Assembly for the unanimous and bipartisan passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 23, which proclaims March 18, 2021 as Construction Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in California—raising awareness of an important health problem affecting the state’s construction industry. ABC of California supports ACR 23 and is currently working alongside its author, Assembly member Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton), to help change the conversation around suicide and suicide prevention.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Wesley Littleton

ABC has added Pelican Chapter member Wesley Littleton of 24Hr Safety, LLC to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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ABC’s 2021 Safety Academy Is Ready to Launch

The 2021 Roadmap to World-class Safety is ready and our facilitators are prepared to present to your chapter, both in person and virtually. 

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ABC Video Release: Introducing 2021 ABC National Chair Steve Klessig

Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering, Keller Inc., Kaukauna, Wisconsin, took the reins as the 2021 ABC national chair at ABC’s March board of directors meeting in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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PRO Act Passes House; ABC Encourages Members to Contact Undecided Democratic Senators

On March 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, by a vote of 225-206. Five Republicans joined Democrats in pushing this bill forward, while only one Democrat, Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), opposed the bill.

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SBA Releases New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance for 501(c)(6) Organizations Requested by ABC

On March 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration released new guidance that clarifies the Lobbying Disclosure Act definition of “lobbying” expenses and will be used to calculate the 15% thresholds for 501(c)(6) organizations receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans. Since December, ABC has advocated for the SBA to use the LDA in calculating lobbying activity and has continued to push the administration to release clear guidance on this critical issue for ABC and its chapters.

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Taxpayer Bailout of Multiemployer Pension Plans and Government-mandated Project Labor Agreements

On March 12, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law, including a controversial provision providing a Congressional Budget Office-estimated $86 billion taxpayer bailout of struggling multiemployer pension plans.

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ABC Launches Free Member Workforce Development Management System

At the ABC national convention, Tim Mongeau, director of workforce development, announced the pilot of the new online Workforce Development Management System. The WDMS is a simple yet comprehensive self-assessment to evaluate an organization’s current workforce development program to identify opportunities for enhancement and validate they’re on the right track.

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OSHA Issues NEP and Updates COVID-19 Interim Enforcement Response Plan

In accordance with Executive Order 13999, on March 12, the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA issued its National Emphasis Program—Coronavirus Disease 2019, which focuses OSHA enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting COVID-19. In addition, the program prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.

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ABC Celebrates Women in Construction Week 2021

From March 7-13, ABC celebrated Women in Construction Week to raise awareness of the growing role of women in the construction industry and encourage women to consider a career in construction. ABC demonstrated the success of women in the industry through social media posts, letters to the editor and op-eds published in various media outlets.

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ABC, Coalition Letter on Lumber Prices to Commerce Secretary

On March 12, ABC joined a coalition of construction, housing and real estate organizations in a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to address price increases of lumber in the United States over the past year.

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Help Promote Contractor Participation in ABC's CBI/CCI Survey

All ABC contractor members will receive the monthly Construction Backlog Indicator/Construction Confidence Survey in their inboxes on Monday, March 22. Please encourage your members to respond and help us understand the market forces that are shaping the construction outlook for the coming months.

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ABC Condemns Biden Administration’s Proposals to Rescind DOL’s Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Final Rules

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division announced proposals to rescind the Trump DOL joint employer and independent contractor final rules. The public has until April 12 to comment on both proposals.

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Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion Spending Package for Biden to Sign Into Law

On March 10, House Democrats approved the $1.9 trillion spending package under budget reconciliation in a 220-211 vote, handing President Biden his first major legislative win in the new administration.

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ABC, Coalition Tell President Biden Government-mandated PLAs Reduce Competition, Raise Costs on Construction

On March 5, ABC and a coalition of 14 industry and employer groups sent a letter to President Biden raising concerns about the expansion of policies encouraging or mandating project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction projects.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Roy Burkett

ABC has added Central Florida Chapter member Roy Burkett of S. I. Goldman Company Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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Survey Says: ABC Members Strongly Support Repeal or Reforms to Costly Davis-Bacon Act and Prevailing Wage Laws

According to findings of an ABC membership survey published on March 3, 2021, ABC members overwhelmingly support repeal or reform of the federal Davis-Bacon Act and related state and local prevailing wage laws that increase costs and reduce competition from qualified contractors on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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State-by-State Construction Union and Nonunion Data Now Available

The Unionstats.com website was recently updated with the latest state-specific union membership data based on the January release of the U.S. Bureau of Statistics’ 2020 nationwide data on unionization rates.

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OFCCP Issues Updated 2020 Supply and Service Scheduling List for Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued an amended Corporate Scheduling Announcement List for fiscal year 2020, which will help explain the requirements federal contractors need to follow to stay compliant as they work on federal and federally assisted projects.

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ABC Makes Recommendations to OSHA as it Considers Whether to Issue a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On March 2, ABC, as a member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition’s steering committee, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary James “Jim” Frederick that outlined recommendations that OSHA should consider as it deliberates the need for an emergency temporary standard on COVID-19.  President Biden’s recent Executive Order 13999 on Protecting Worker Health and Safety directed OSHA to consider whether an ETS is warranted to address COVID-19 in the workplace.

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DOL Delays Effective Date of ABC-supported Independent Contractor Final Rule

On March 2, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule that delays the Trump administration’s DOL independent contractor final rule’s effective date from March 8 to May 7, 2021. On Feb. 24, ABC submitted comments in opposition to the DOL’s proposal to delay the effective date because the final rule provides urgently needed clarification of the independent contractor standard applicable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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ABC, Business Groups Call for Modernized Permitting Process Under NEPA

On March 2, ABC joined dozens of members of the Unlock American Investment Coalition in calling on Congress to improve and modernize the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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DOL Expands Eligibility of State Unemployment Insurance Programs

On Feb. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued updated guidance for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, expanding eligibility for workers who may be able to participate.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Hall of Fame Level Member Jay Zahn

ABC has added Wisconsin Chapter member Jay Zahn of R & R Insurance Services Inc. to the Beam Club Hall of Fame Level.

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ABC Opposes DOL’s Proposal to Delay Effective Date of Independent Contractor Final Rule

On Feb. 24, ABC submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division proposal to delay the effective date of the Trump DOL’s final independent contractor rule from March 8 to May 7.

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Biden Rescinds Trump IRAP Executive Order and Supports ABC-Opposed Apprenticeship Bill

On Feb. 17, President Biden rescinded the Trump Administration’s Executive Order 13801, which promoted industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, and expressed his support for the House-passed and ABC-opposed National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. ABC is working with lawmakers to reconsider these rulemakings and to advocate for an all-of-the-above workforce development strategy.

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