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National Trade Groups Team Up To Create A Drug- And Alcohol-Free Construction Industry

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 3:13 PM
Washington, D.C. – Five of the nation’s largest construction trade associations have teamed up to form the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace (CCDAFW). The coalition’s mission is to create a drug- and alcohol-free construction industry by providing companies and organizations with the resources necessary to implement drug- and alcohol-free policies into their business practices.
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ABC Announces Winners Of Its Construction Management Competition

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:20 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners of its 12th annual Student Chapter Construction Management Competition during the 2012 ABC EdCon and Expo, April 24-27 in San Antonio. Teams of students from 25 colleges and universities across the nation competed for more than $6,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the coveted “Construction Management Champions” title.  
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ABC Congratulates National Craft Championships Winners

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners in its 2012 National Craft Championships competition, held at the association’s EdCon & Expo, April 24-27 in San Antonio. 
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ABC Names Ohio Foreman Craft Professional Of The Year

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:25 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced Joseph Poynter, a foreman for Prus Construction Company, Cincinnati, as its 2012 Craft Professional of the Year. The award was presented April 27 during ABC’s 2012 EdCon & Expo in San Antonio. 
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ABC Announces 2012 Craft Instructor Of The Year

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:07 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced Harold W. Bagley, an electrical and instrumentation instructor at ABC’s Pelican Chapter, as its 2012 Craft Instructor of the Year. Bagley received this honor April 25 during ABC’s EdCon & Expo in San Antonio. 
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ABC And FirstLab Launch New Partnership

Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:11 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and First Hospital Laboratories (FirstLab) today launched a new partnership that will provide ABC members with extensive resources in performing and managing their company’s alcohol and drug screening, background investigations and occupational health needs, such as maintaining their employees’ certifications for physicals.
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Federal Court Blocks NLRB Poster Rule

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:33 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today celebrated the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision to grant an injunction in the legal challenge against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “Notification of Employee Rights” notice posting rule. Read the rest of entry »

Leading Construction Organizations Join Forces On Comprehensive IT Survey Of The Construction Industry

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:08 PM
PRINCETON, NJ & ARLINGTON, VA – TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), an international, non-profit professional association focused on construction financial professionals, and Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), the national association representing merit shop construction and construction-related firms nationwide, today signed an agreement to jointly produce a comprehensive information technology survey for the construction industry. The survey is designed to be a tool that companies use to compare their use of technology with that of their peers to advantageously leverage their technology investments.
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ABC Calls For Repeal Of Health Care Law On Its Second Anniversary

Thursday, March 22, 2012 4:38 PM
Washington, D.C. – In advance of the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) said the sweeping health care law fails to curb the cost of health care coverage and imposes new taxes, as well as costly and burdensome federal government mandates on businesses, including ABC members. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Awarded $50,000 Grant From Turner Foundation For Green Building Initiatives

Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:43 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it received a $50,000 grant from the Atlanta-based Turner Foundation, Inc., founded by Ted Turner. This is the third consecutive year ABC has received this grant, which will be used to support the association’s green building initiatives with a focus on expanding its green certification and training programs. Read the rest of entry »