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From the monthly archives: January 2018

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

President Trump Intends to Nominate John F. Ring to NLRB

On Jan. 12, President Trump announced his intent to nominate John F. Ring to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Ring is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius and co-leader of the firm’s labor/management relations practice. If confirmed, Ring will reinstate a Republican majority on the board; the current board is deadlocked at 2-2, following former Chairman Phil Miscimarra’s departure in December.
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U.S. Labor Secretary Visits W.Va. to Address ABCWV Members at Annual Meeting

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta delivered the keynote address at the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia (ABCWV) 22nd Annual Winter Meeting at the Greenbrier Resort and Hotel, Jan. 11-14. “We were certainly excited to hear from the secretary on matters critical to the growth and development of West Virginia’s labor force,” said ABCWV President & CEO Bryan Hoylman. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Tells EPA Repeal of Clean Power Plan Will Save Money, Jobs

The Clean Power Plan proposed and finalized during the Obama administration would increase electricity costs by $40.5 billion while reducing the GDP by an average of $59 billion each year, cutting more than 375,000 jobs by 2030, ABC told the Environmental Protection Agency on Jan. 16. ABC submitted comments in support of the agency’s proposed rule to repeal the 2015 rule. Read the rest of entry »

Update on Electronic Submission for 2017 OSHA Form 300A Data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that covered employers can now electronically report their calendar year 2017 Form 300A data through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Covered establishments are required to submit the information by July 1, 2018. Learn which establishments are covered by this requirement and need to provide their 2017 data through OSHA’s ITA.
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Standard Constructors Inc. Earns AQC Credential

Standard Constructors Inc. of Houston, a member of ABC’s Greater Houston Chapter, has been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC. The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Inch Down in December, Up YOY Despite Low Inflation

Overall construction input prices declined 0.1 percent in December, yet despite the lack of inflation for the month, prices are up 5 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of  Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today.  Nonresidential construction materials prices also declined 0.1 percent for the month and are up 4.8 percent from the same time one year ago.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Branding and Imaging Campaigns

ABC launched its ‘Building America’ Campaign in June 2017. In the lead-up to Legislative Week, ABC worked with Washington, D.C.-based news radio powerhouse WTOP to help tell the organization's story to Congress, the administration and federal agencies.
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Ends 2017 on a High Note

The nonresidential construction sector added 11,800 net new jobs in December, representing nearly 10 percent of the nation’s jobs created during the month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation’s overall construction sector added 30,000 net new jobs in December, a 0.4 percent month-over-month increase.
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U.S. Government Ends Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

On Jan. 8, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. The designation, which was granted after two destructive earthquakes in 2001, will terminate in 18 months on Sept. 9, 2019. Last year, the Trump administration announced it is terminating TPS designations for Haitians on July 22, 2019, and for Nicaraguans on Jan. 5, 2019.
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National Business Media Turns to ABC for Perspective on Construction Boom, Infrastructure Plan

During live appearances on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Jan. 8 and Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” Jan. 5, ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman told viewers that while the construction industry is booming, the challenge going forward is finding skilled labor, especially if Congress passes a wide-ranging, trillion dollar bill meant to address the country’s aging infrastructure. Read the rest of entry »
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