Priority Issue Briefs
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 into the federal acquisition process and added needless and duplicative layers of bureaucracy.
The commercial construction industry has a unique interest in energy policy, as it represents not only a large-scale energy consumer, but also acts as a key facilitator of domestic energy exploration, production and transportation. Furthermore, construction employs more than six million Americans who bear the brunt of fluctuating prices at the pump and in their homes and businesses.
Providing quality health care benefits is a top priority for ABC and its member companies. ABC continues to advocate for policies that would address the skyrocketing costs of health insurance and provide greater choice. The massive and complex Affordable Care Act fails to lower health insurance premiums for hard-working Americans and imposes new taxes as well as costly and burdensome federal mandates on ABC member companies.
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.
ABC member companies believe safety is a core value, above all others, and is the basis of their culture. 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. ABC is strongly committed to a collaborative effort between industry and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will increase workplace safety and promote economic opportunity in the United States.
ABC is committed to reforming the broken federal regulatory process and ensuring industry stakeholders' voices are heard and rights are protected.
Currently, the preferred method for determining whether employees want union representation is a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.
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.
Salting is not merely an organizing tool—it has become an instrument of economic destruction aimed at nonunion companies.
While the construction industry historically has paid the highest effective tax rate of any economic sector in the country, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), a clear majority of construction companies will benefit from the new 20 percent deduction for qualified business income for pass-throughs.
There are limitless opportunities to build the American workforce through government-defined and industry workforce development programs. Innovative and unique platforms can provide the way for all Americans to develop skills to achieve their dreams.