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ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by Free Enterprise Alliance

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Join us for the ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by the Free Enterprise Alliance, as we provide insights on the nation's political landscape.

This series will feature political experts who will provide updates on the political environment, highlight key races, dive into regional focus areas, and much more.

The ABC Election Briefing Series is free of charge and reserved for ABC members only.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melanie Pfeiffenberger for more information at pfeiffenberger@abc.org or (202) 595-1813.

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FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Franklin Covey Webinar Series

ABC Members and Chapter Staff Only

Join ABC’s partner, Franklin Covey, for this two-part webinar series that will help you address the impact of unconscious bias on decision-making, shift from a compliance-based approach to diversity training to a more action-oriented approach and develop an inclusive culture that positively impacts the bottom line.

Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential, Part 1: Identify Bias

Bias is a natural part of the human condition—of how the brain works. It affects how we make decisions, engage with others and respond to various situations and circumstances, often limiting potential. Unconscious biases are how our brains compensate for overload, which can inhibit performance and lead to poor decision-making. There is nothing more fundamental to performance than how we see and treat each other as human beings. Discover a principle-based and practical approach to identifying and addressing bias in our everyday life.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Register Now
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes


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Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Register Now
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes

Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential, Part 2: Cultivate Connection and Choose Courage


Go beyond simply raising awareness to building practical skills that let you recognize bias in action and counter its potentially harmful effects. Increase empathy and curiosity in personal interactions to surface and explore bias and explore ways to face bias with courage and create the space where everyone is respected, included and valued. You will learn how to build an inclusive culture, improve collaboration and close the gap between expected and actual behaviors in how people see and treat each other.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 Register Now
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes


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Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 Register Now
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes

MEET THE PRESENTER:

Taylor Morrison, consultant, FranklinCovey

Taylor Morrison started her career in Allstate's Leadership Development Program, where she strategically contributed to Allstate's employee culture, diversity and inclusion and change management efforts and went on lead employee culture at its startup, Arity. Her intentional facilitation approach encourages participants to bring their insights beyond the session and into their daily lives. Morrison earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in human and organizational development with a concentration in leadership and organizational effectiveness.

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Construction in the Cloud: Fact vs. Fiction

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Carole Fillion and Tim Johnson, Egnyte
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

The construction industry is often a laggard when it comes to adopting the newest technologies. But even firms that adapt can fail to make the most out of their investment. Often, adopting new technologies can lead to siloed data, duplicate entries and tech support nightmares. Using a common data environment can facilitate integrations and smooth over movement of data across all project stakeholders, securely in the cloud.

Join this webinar as we discuss some of the facts and fiction about construction in the cloud and share how contractors have used common data environments to maximize ROI on technology investments.

Sign up for this webinar to learn how using a common data environment can:

  • • Bring digital models and critical information together in real time for decision makers to make faster, more accurate decisions
  • • Allow teams to use common standards, designs and definitions to foster collaboration among project stakeholders
  • • Store files securely; monitor files, users and user activity
  • • Reduce costs and make costs more predictable
  • • Version files for a complete history of changes—never accidentally overwrite or delete a file
  • • Transfer large files with ease
  • • Make data available in low-or-no bandwidth areas (perfect for remote projects like solar or wind farms)

 

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ABC’s Fight Against Government-mandated Project Labor Agreements–A 2020 Update

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Nick Steingart, ABC National
Moderators:    Ben Brubeck, ABC National; Brandon Ray, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

Get the latest update about ABC’s fight for fair and open competition against government-mandated project labor agreements. Participants will receive an overview of the contentious PLA issue and learn about the current status of federal and state policies on government-mandated PLAs and how the 2020 election outcome will shape future policies impacting the ability of merit shop contractors to compete on a level playing field to win public works contracts. Hear insights about a variety of ABC resources and legal, public relations and grassroots tactics ABC members, contractor employees and chapter leaders can utilize to become effective advocates for the merit shop contracting community in our continued fight for fair and open competition

MEET THE PRESENTERS

Maury Baskin serves as ABC’s general counsel and is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Littler Mendelson P.C., where he chairs Littler’s Construction practice group and co-chairs Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute. He is one of the chief legal advocates for the rights of employers on labor issues throughout the country, representing ABC and its member firms at every level of government, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ben Brubeck is ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs. In this role, he works with his team work to shape policy on local, state and federal issues important to the construction industry, and represents ABC before lawmakers, the media, construction industry executives and stakeholders. His expertise across a portfolio of issues includes labor and employment, workforce development, infrastructure, federal contractor regulations, small businesses and public works procurement. A contributor to TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, ABC’s educational blog on PLAs, Brubeck and the government affairs team at ABC National work closely with ABC chapters and industry stakeholders to help ABC members win more work.

Brandon Ray is the senior manager of state and local affairs for ABC National. Ray came to ABC from Bloomberg BNA, where he worked on regulatory analysis and research solutions spanning environmental safety, health care, labor and employment, transportation and occupational safety and health issues. He also has extensive political experience, having worked on the finance team for the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2010 election cycle and as Rep. Robert Hurt’s (Va.-05-R) district and state fundraiser during the congressman’s first term.

Nick Steingart is the manager of state and local affairs for ABC National where he works with ABC Chapters to help advance their policy and political goals related to labor and employment, workforce development, infrastructure and safety issue areas, among others. He joined ABC in October 2017 after two years at the Republican State Leadership Committee and has also worked on state legislative campaigns and in the Florida House of Representatives in the Office of Bill Drafting.

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Technologies With Impact for Equipment Management Professionals

Association of equipment management professionals

Co-presented with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 Register Now
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Presenters:    Dave Bolderoff, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts; Cameron Clark, Trimble Civil Construction; Jordan Hodges, Uptake; Norty Turner, United Rentals; Russ Young, Tenna
Moderator:    Matt Abeles, ABC National


WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Leaders from the equipment management and construction industries will discuss challenges facing their businesses and learn how technology can help address them. Learn how tech companies are supporting equipment management professionals to overcome pandemic-related obstacles; understand emerging trends and strategies for implementing new technologies; and hear how four industry leaders—Tenna, Trimble, United Rentals and Uptake—are making an impact to manage equipment safely and efficiently.

MEET THE PRESENTERS:

Dave Bolderoff, Fleet Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, 2020-2021 AEMP Chair of the Board
Dave Bolderoff manages a diverse fleet of 1,200 assets based in 20 facilities across Los Angeles County, ranging from on-highway maintenance utility trucks to heavy mobile equipment. He manages the facility maintenance for three Material Recovery Facilities, including all processing, sorting and baling equipment and the transportation and dispatch activities for approximately 3,500 tons of refuse daily and commodities from MRFs to disposal locations.

Cameron Clark, Earthmoving Director for the Civil Engineering and Construction Division, Trimble Civil Construction
Clark Cameron has more than 19 years of construction industry experience with Trimble and Trimble’s joint venture, Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies. Cameron has held positions as an application specialist an worked on product support and in product management, driving the needs of the end users into sellable solutions. Cameron is currently responsible for Trimble’s machine control solutions applicable to all contractors in the earthmoving industry.

Jordan Hodges, Managing Director, Uptake
Jordan Hodges is the managing director for Uptake's dealer business unit with responsibilities for all product, sales and operations. Jordan has more than 15 years’ experience in the heavy equipment distribution and technology sectors with specializations in fleet condition monitoring and inventory optimization.

Norty Turner, Senior Vice President, Services and Advanced Solutions, United Rentals
Norty Turner and his team focus on building scalable and dedicated services and advanced solutions platforms, including United Academy, customer equipment service, customer fleet solutions and advanced solutions. Before joining United Rentals, Turner was CEO of Riwal, an international rental and sales specialist of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and power generators with 67 branch operations in 16 countries.

Russ Young, Vice President of Growth, Tenna
Russ Young oversees the growth strategy for Tenna by working with sales partners and customers to ensure success. He brings more than two decades of experience from Google, Amazon, Oracle and FMI in best practices for technology strategy, selection and adoption. Young provides thought leadership to the construction industry, emphasizing the importance of technology and picking the right tool for the job.

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Preparing to Compete in the Fourth Industrial Age

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Open to All The fourth industrial revolution is well under way. Characterized by advancements in automation, digital technologies and predictive analytics, organizations across a wide-spectrum of industries will face and must embrace change as the new reality. From planning to performance, the active ingredient to making needed transitions at an operational or individual level involves context—a clear connection to and understanding of the “why?”

While the next reality may not be fully understood, what is clear is that it will be different. A post-COVID economy will likely involve an accelerated transition to automation and next-generation technologies. Combined with advancements in predictive analytics, the building industries are poised for disruptive innovation and seismic shifts in operational practices unlike anything previously experienced. The net outcome is a fluid and dynamic environment characterized by never-ending change. As trades-oriented business owners and executives prepare to compete over the next decade and beyond, it’s no longer about setting coordinates on targeted landmarks. The near-term challenge involves building operational resiliency within and preparing internal resources for real-time adjustments in response to what promises to be a constantly evolving marketplace as well as consumer demands.

Throughout the construction industry, there will be many changes over the next five years involving the workplace and the workforce. The workplace will become more automated as digital technologies are developed and integrated into practice. The workforce will transition from its current makeup to one primarily comprised of millennials and generation z employees—those born after 1981 and 1996, respectively. As a result, the skills required for success as an operational manager or supervisor must evolve, as well. The key to success in frontline roles going forward is influence—not authority. It’s far more about leadership and less about management from a traditional perspective.

During the webinar, we’ll:

  • •  Provide a glimpse into what a post-COVID-19 construction industry will look like in three-to-five years
  • •  Highlight executive leadership’s role in making needed transitions
  • •  Outline development needs for first or frontline managers

This webinar will help contractors prepare for the fourth industrial revolution by reducing turnover, improving employee engagement, developing strong and effective leaders and improve business resilience and continuity in the face of shifting challengers.

 

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