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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government has provided more than $6 trillion in relief funding to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC advocated for and supported critical bipartisan policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. However, ABC also expressed concerns regarding the most recent $1.9 trillion legislation passed under budget reconciliation and signed into law without bipartisan support.

ABC now urges Congress and the administration to focus on critical policies that will ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback.

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"Blacklisting" Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On Aug. 24, 2016, the Obama administration issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (or “blacklisting”) final rule, which would have threatened federal contractors’ due process rights, injected unwarranted subjectivity and added needless and duplicative layers of bureaucracy into the federal acquisition process.

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Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

Anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements end open, fair and competitive bidding on contracts to build taxpayer-funded construction projects. Government-mandated PLAs discourage merit shop contractors from bidding on taxpayer-funded construction contracts and drive up costs by between 12% and 20%, which results in fewer infrastructure improvements and reduced construction industry job creation.

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Davis-Bacon Act/Prevailing Wage

 

At 90-years-old, the Davis-Bacon Act is a law that requires contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federally funded or assisted construction contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay a government-determined “prevailing” wage and benefit rate on an hourly basis to on-site workers.

Administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor, the archaic Davis-Bacon Act and related regulations needlessly stifle contractor productivity, raise construction costs and discourage competition from small businesses interested in pursuing federal and federally assisted construction contracts. The practical impact of the Davis-Bacon Act is that it spends taxpayer investment in infrastructure inefficiently, resulting in fewer construction projects and quality jobs created.

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National Labor Relations Board

The five-member National Labor Relations Board is tasked with interpreting and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. The agency is supposed to serve as a neutral arbiter of federal labor law.

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Immigration Reform

 

As Congress continues to pursue reforms to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, ABC is committed to supporting immigration policies that address the workforce needs of the construction industry.

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Energy/Environment

The commercial and industrial construction industry has a unique interest in energy policy, as it is not only a large-scale energy consumer, but also acts as a key facilitator of domestic energy exploration, production and transportation.

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Health Care

Providing quality health care benefits is a top priority for ABC and its member companies. ABC continues to advocate for policies that would ensure employer-sponsored coverage is strengthened and remains a viable, affordable option for millions of hardworking Americans and their families.

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Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are an important part of the construction industry due to its fluctuating work demands, and they often are the answer to a pressing demand for the special skills and know-how required for short-term projects.

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OSHA Reform

ABC is committed to promoting healthy and safe work environments. ABC understands the importance of common-sense regulations based on sound evidence and scientific analysis with appropriate consideration paid to implementation costs and input from employers. Many ABC companies have implemented safety programs that are among the best programs in the industry, often far exceeding legal requirements.

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Regulatory Reform

ABC is committed to reforming the broken federal regulatory process and ensuring industry stakeholders' voices are heard and rights are protected.

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Right to Secret Ballot Election

Currently, the preferred method for determining whether employees want union representation is a secret ballot election, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Right to Work

Right to Work laws guarantee workers can seek employment without fearing they will be required to join (or pay) a union if they are hired.

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Salting Abuse

Salting is not merely an organizing tool—it has become an instrument of economic destruction aimed at nonunion companies.

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Tax Reform

The passage into law of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 provided economic growth and allowed a clear majority of construction companies to benefit from the new 20% deduction for qualified business income for pass-throughs. Along with the largest corporate rate cut in U.S. history to 21%, the doubling of the estate tax exemption to $11 million, reductions to individual tax rates and changes to various accounting methods, the new tax code has eased burdens on the construction industry, small and family-owned businesses and hardworking Americans.

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