Priority Issue Briefs
President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13673, known as the “Blacklisting” EO because it could prevent some federal contractors from winning future federal contracts, will discourage qualified large and small businesses from pursuing federal contracts, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans and increase costs to taxpayers.
ABC is troubled by the energy and environmental policy actions of the Obama administration, which have been moving forward—without congressional approval—via regulation and other administrative methods. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has brazenly pursued costly and burdensome regulations without regard for the grave implications they would have on American businesses and their employees.
Due in large part to the estate tax, more than 70 percent of family businesses do not survive to the second generation, and 90 percent fail to see the third generation.
ABC continues to call on Congress to advance common-sense health care solutions that will provide greater choice and affordability and allow private insurers to compete for business.
Independent contractors are an important part of the construction industry due to its fluctuating work demands and are often the answer to a pressing demand for the special skills and know-how required for short-term projects.
Exceptional jobsite safety and health practices are inherently good for business. Unfortunately, the anti-employer agendas of some members of Congress, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emphasis on aggressive enforcement and burdensome and unnecessary rulemakings, are eroding the potential for successful, collaborative efforts with employers to make workplaces safer.
ABC is committed to reforming the broken federal regulatory process, and ensuring industry stakeholders’ voices are heard and rights are protected.
All workers, in every industry, deserve the fundamental American right to a federally supervised secret ballot election. This right is guaranteed when voting in political elections; there is no reason it should be surrendered in the workplace.
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.
The construction industry historically has paid the highest effective tax rate of any economic sector in the country.
The construction industry provides good, well-paying jobs to American workers every year. To qualify for many of these jobs, however, workers need high-quality, flexible skilled training.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.