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Politics and Policy

Construction Associations Partner in Support of the Merit Shop Philosophy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:02 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Merit Canada Feb. 13 signed a joint resolution outlining their partnership agreement and commitment to free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy, under which construction contracts are awarded to construction companies based on merit.
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ABC Calls OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule Unworkable: Joins Safety Coalition in Asking for Withdrawal

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:28 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), today requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry. 
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NLRB Doubles Down on Failure: Reissues Failed Ambush Elections Proposal

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 9:55 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) reissuance of a proposal that would drastically shorten the timeframe between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place.
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ABC and NAM Point to Flaws in Allowing Unions to Represent Nonunion Employees During OSHA Inspections

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 10:49 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) General Counsel Maurice Baskin Feb. 4 testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections during a hearing titled, “OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda: Changing Long-Standing Policies Outside the Public Rulemaking Process.” On behalf of ABC and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Baskin addressed a Feb. 21, 2013 letter of interpretation (LOI) from OSHA allowing union agents and community organizers for the first time to accompany safety inspectors into nonunion facilities, as long as an unspecified (non-majority) number of employees in the nonunion work place designate one. 
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ABC Applauds House for Addressing Key Standards for Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:49 PM
“We congratulate the House Republican Conference for taking this important step toward fixing our broken immigration system in the United States,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “As this push toward reform continues, we look forward to working with both the House and Senate on developing proposals that meet the needs of the construction industry.
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ABC Calls Obama’s “Minimum Wage” Increase a Misleading, Political Maneuver

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:55 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to reports that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage on new federal contracts from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
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