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Navy Mandates A PLA On Washington Construction Project

ABC is strongly opposing a decision by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest to mandate that contractors use a project labor agreement (PLA) on the construction of a $450 million to $550 million explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington. 
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Judge Asks NLRB To Delay "Employee Rights" Poster Rule Until April 30

At the request of a federal court judge, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Dec. 23 announced that it is again delayingimplementation of its requirement that employers post an 11-by-17-inch notice displaying a list of select employee rights granted by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). 
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ABC Criticizes President For NLRB Recess Appointments

ABC Jan. 4 criticized President Obama for undermining the U.S. Senate’s advice and consent role by recess-appointing Democrats Sharon Block, deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the Department of Labor; Richard Griffin, general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); and Republican Terence Flynn, chief counsel to NLRB member Brian Hayes. 
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ABC Joins Group to Support Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax

ABC is joining more than 30 other organizations as part of the Stop the HIT Coalition to support the Jobs and Premium Protection Act (S. 1880), introduced Nov. 16 in the U.S. Senate, which would repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) contained in Section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
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DOL Delays H-2B Wage Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Nov. 29 announced it has postponed the effective date for its revised H-2B wage calculation methodology from Nov. 30, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012. Read the rest of entry »

House Passes Bill to Prevent NLRB “Ambush Elections” Proposal

The U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 30 passed the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) by a vote of 235-188. The bill is designed to counteract a proposed rule from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would shorten the timeframe for union organizing elections and reverse the Board’s recent decision in Specialty Healthcare.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Joins Coalition In Offering Feedback On PPACA Provisions

ABC, as part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, submitted comments on provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regarding the health insurance premium tax credit; eligibility determinations and exchange standards for employers; and the health coverage affordability safe harbor for employers. Read the rest of entry »

Court Overturns Ordinance Restricting Bidding On City Projects

AIA Contract Documents A Massachusetts Federal District Court Oct. 4 ruled against a “responsible employer ordinance (REO)” in Fall River, Mass., that contained provisions favoring city residents. The ordinance also contained requirements that employers must provide group health insurance and a pension plan or annuity, and maintain an apprenticeship program before being eligible to work on city projects.  Read the rest of entry »

The Obama Administration’s One-Two Punch Against Employers

During the last presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama proudly told audiences, “We need to strengthen our unions by letting them do what they do best—organize our workers … That's why I am fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)…We'll make it the law of the land when I'm president.” When Democrats took the White House and held onto Congress in November 2008, Obama’s promise seemed all but certain. However, EFCA, also known as “card check,” met with quick and persistent resistance from both sides of the aisle. The passage of EFCA, which at one time seemed inevitable, stalled and the bill languished in committee for the remainder of the 111th Congress.  
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More Than 500 ABC Members Tell DOL To Scrap Persuader Rule

More than 500 ABC members joined ABC in submitting comments to the Department of Labor asking them to reconsider and withdrawa proposed rule that would expand the circumstances in which consultant services provided to an employer that are used to inform employees about their rights to collective bargaining would have to be reported. 
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