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Workforce and Safety

Construction Industry Pushes Back Against Misrepresentation of Welders’ Income

Friday, November 13, 2015 1:20 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 12 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Construction Labor Market Analyzer (CLMA) and NCCER today pushed back against media reports this week that have misrepresented the income of welders in commercial and industrial construction. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Celebrates Careers in Construction Month

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is celebrating Careers in Construction
Month this October by recognizing the investment its members and chapters make each year to attract and train the construction workers of the future. ABC member firms spend $1.1 billion on workforce development and train approximately 476,000 construction industry professionals annually. Read the rest of entry »

ABC and Tradesmen International Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:23 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tradesmen International, the construction industry’s premier source for craft professionals and labor-related services, which will help contractors maximize productivity per dollar of labor. The agreement became effective May 1, during ABC’s 28th annual National Craft Championships in Birmingham, Ala., which Tradesmen International sponsored.
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Electrician Lloyd Evans Named ABC Craft Instructor of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:05 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Lloyd Evans, hiring and training administrator at Watson Electrical Construction Co. in Wilson, N.C. its Craft Instructor of the Year. Evans received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
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Menifee Electrician Robert Stuart Named ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:00 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Robert Stuart, superintendent at Stronghold Engineering in Menifee, Calif., its Craft Professional of the Year. Stuart received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft ChampionshipsWorkforce Development Conference and in Birmingham, Ala.
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ABC and CNA to Focus on Key Safety Themes During 3rd Year of Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:30 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and CNA today announced that during their third year as strategic partners, the groups will collaborate on driving the construction industry toward world class safety by targeting specific safety issues each quarter. Their outreach and education efforts will include webinars and CNA safety resources for ABC members to use to promote workplace safety industry-wide. 
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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 Joins Construction Industry's Pledge to Hire Vets

Monday, February 10, 2014 1:51 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Feb. 10 joined construction industry leaders from more than 100 companies in support of their pledge to employ 150,000 veterans in the next five years—a commitment that was made during the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment in Construction National Symposium.
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