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ABC Calls OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule Unworkable: Joins Safety Coalition in Asking for Withdrawal

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:28 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), today requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry. 
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ABC Joins Construction Industry's Pledge to Hire Vets

Monday, February 10, 2014 1:51 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Feb. 10 joined construction industry leaders from more than 100 companies in support of their pledge to employ 150,000 veterans in the next five years—a commitment that was made during the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment in Construction National Symposium.
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NLRB Doubles Down on Failure: Reissues Failed Ambush Elections Proposal

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 9:55 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) reissuance of a proposal that would drastically shorten the timeframe between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place.
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ABC and NAM Point to Flaws in Allowing Unions to Represent Nonunion Employees During OSHA Inspections

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 10:49 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) General Counsel Maurice Baskin Feb. 4 testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections during a hearing titled, “OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda: Changing Long-Standing Policies Outside the Public Rulemaking Process.” On behalf of ABC and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Baskin addressed a Feb. 21, 2013 letter of interpretation (LOI) from OSHA allowing union agents and community organizers for the first time to accompany safety inspectors into nonunion facilities, as long as an unspecified (non-majority) number of employees in the nonunion work place designate one. 
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ABC Applauds House for Addressing Key Standards for Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:49 PM
“We congratulate the House Republican Conference for taking this important step toward fixing our broken immigration system in the United States,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “As this push toward reform continues, we look forward to working with both the House and Senate on developing proposals that meet the needs of the construction industry.
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ABC Calls Obama’s “Minimum Wage” Increase a Misleading, Political Maneuver

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:55 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to reports that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage on new federal contracts from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
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ABC and Synergis Team Up to Deliver BIM Training for Contractors

Thursday, November 21, 2013 5:07 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced a collaboration with Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, a Platinum provider of Autodesk products, to bring Building Information Modeling (BIM) training to ABC contractor members to make them more productive, efficient and profitable. The training is part of a larger effort known as Project Virtual. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Blasts Unprecedented Change to Senate Rules and Procedures

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:58 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today expressed concern over a controversial change in U.S. Senate rules and procedures that will allow the majority party to skirt a filibuster to confirm certain presidential appointments.  Traditionally, 60 votes have been needed to confirm nominees and pass legislation, but by invoking this unprecedented rule change along partisan lines, the majority has lowered that threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.
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ABC Foresees Additional Recovery in Nonresidential Sectors Next Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 1:42 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2014 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry is consistent with ongoing recovery in nonresidential construction spending next year. However, the recovery remains constrained by a lack of conviction regarding overall macroeconomic and budgetary prospects in the United States.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Files Suit Against OFCCP Rule

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:54 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today filed a request for an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against an Aug. 27 rule from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that drastically alters federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for individuals with disabilities.  
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