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Politics and Policy

Construction Industry Voices Concerns with Silica Rule

Thursday, March 24, 2016 2:59 PM
WASHINGTON, March 24—The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has concerns with the final rule on respirable crystalline silica released today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It appears, upon initial review, that the 1,772-page final rule contains some of the same problematic provisions that the CISC previously identified and shared with the agency. CISC has been a highly engaged participant in the rulemaking process since OSHA put forth the proposed rule two and a half years ago. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Slams Persuader Rule: DOL Proposal Designed to Silence Employers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:14 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the release of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final “persuader rule.” The rule will greatly limit the ability of employers, particularly small businesses, to obtain advice from labor relations experts, and in turn deprive employees of their right to obtain balanced information about union representation. Read the rest of entry »

More Than 200 Top Craftworkers to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that more than 200 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in this year’s National Craft Championships, March 2-3 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises State AGs' Opposition to Flawed Persuader Rule

Monday, February 8, 2016 4:59 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in support of a letter sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator Howard Shelanski by 13 state attorneys general opposing the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed Persuader Advice Exemption Rule (“persuader rule”). Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces New Government Affairs Team Leads

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:47 AM
AssociatedBuilders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that it has promoted two staffers to lead its government affairs team. Ben Brubeck will serve as ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs; and Kristen Swearingen will serve as vice president of legislative and political affairs. 
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ABC Applauds House Effort to Overturn Waters of the US Rule

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:35 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passage of S.J. Res. 22, which requires the withdrawal of the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule under the Congressional Review Act. The bill passed by a vote of 253-166. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Lauds Bill to Increase Competition on Federal Construction Contracts

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 12 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s favorable reporting of the Government Neutrality in Contracting
Act (H.R. 1671) out of committee. The bill, introduced by Rep. Mulvaney (R-S.C.), will increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLA) as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts. Read the rest of entry »

Carly Fiorina Addresses ABC Member Concerns in TeleForum

Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:18 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 7 – Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today. Fiorina answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

Sen. Cruz Addresses ABC Member Concerns in TeleForum

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today. Cruz answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Releases Scorecard on State Policies Affecting the Construction Industry

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 11:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today launched “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. The scorecard website, meritshopscorecard.org, identifies states that have created an environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and states where strategic improvements need to be made in order to create a friendly business climate. Read the rest of entry »