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ABC Applauds Introduction of the Save Local Business Act to Rein In ‘Joint Employer’ Standard

Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON, July 28--Kristen Swearingen, vice president of Legislative & Political Affairs at Associated Builders and Contractors and chair of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Save Local Business Act, which would roll back the Obama administration’s expanded definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act:
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ABC Calls on Congress to Support Expansion of Construction Apprenticeship Programs

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:29 AM
WASHINGTON, July 26--Michael Bennett, vice president of the Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield, Maine, today told Congress that industry-driven training programs should play a bigger role in government efforts to close the workforce/skills gap that has left 500,000 construction jobs unfilled in the United States today. Bennett testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development to call for support for President Trump’s recent executive order expanding apprenticeships, which would help ensure job seekers get exactly the training required for success in today’s job market.
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ABC Announces Hire of Stephen Wiltshire as Safety Director

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:58 PM
WASHINGTON, July 17—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that veteran construction safety expert Stephen M. Wiltshire has joined its 70-person staff as director of safety.
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Broad Business Coalition Seeks Rollback of New Joint Employer Standard

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:57 AM
WASHINGTON, July 12 — Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the below statement on today’s House Education and the Workforce full committee hearing exploring the impact of the NLRB’s expanded joint employer standard. Read the rest of entry »

President Trump's Apprenticeship Expansion Helps All Americans Build America

Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON, June 15--Associated Builders and Contractors applauded President Donald J. Trump on today’s executive action on apprenticeships, which is an important step toward building new career opportunities for all Americans. If fully implemented, the order will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps in our workforce.  With the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, this order is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional.     Read the rest of entry »

ABC Hails Florida Legislation That Encourages Competition in Bidding on Public Construction Projects

Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:07 AM

Washington, June 15—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) for signing legislation into law that will promote open competition in the procurement of construction services funded by Florida taxpayers. 
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Construction Input Prices Flat, but Crude Petroleum Prices Plummet in May, ABC Says

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13—Construction input prices remained unchanged in May, ending five consecutive months of price expansion, according to analysis of  Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Construction input prices expanded 3.4 percent on a year-over-year basis. 
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Headline ABC’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Friday, June 2, 2017 9:22 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will deliver the keynote address at its annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The summit is part of ABC Legislative Week, which also features legal and legislative updates, meetings with lawmakers and political advocacy sessions for ABC Young Professionals.
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Missouri Governor Signs ABC-supported Law to Protect Taxpayers, Construction Industry from Project Labor Agreement Mandates; ABC Urges Federal Action

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:03 PM
WASHINGTON, May 30—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Mo.) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Missouri taxpayers. SB 182 ensures controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the almost three out of four members of Missouri’s private construction workforce who have chosen not to join a labor union can fairly compete to work on projects funded by their own tax dollars. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 22 States

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 30—April not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 22 states and unchanged in two (Arkansas and California) on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). However, the national NSA construction unemployment rate of 6.3 percent was up 0.3 percent from April 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »
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