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Merit Shop Scorecard 2017: ABC Ranks America's Construction Business Climate by State

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its annual update to “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which takes stock of state policies that influence the success or failure of a free enterprise-based environment for construction companies.   The scorecard highlights states where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and calls attention to states where strategic improvements need to be made based on their policies on prevailing wage, project labor agreement (PLA) mandates and Right to Work status as well as their commitment to de ... Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Flat in October; Year-over-Year Inflation Remains

Construction input prices remained unchanged on a monthly basis in October, according to analysis of today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics release by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Overall construction input prices have expanded 4.3 percent year over year, while nonresidential input prices have expanded 4.1 percent since October 2016. Crude petroleum prices rose 6.6 percent for the month and are up 7.7 percent for the year. No other input manifested significant price growth in October. “The construction industry benefited from a one-month reprieve in materials price inc ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Highlights Construction Worker Shortage During National Apprenticeship Week

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) commends the U.S. Department of Labor for declaring Nov. 13-19 National Apprenticeship Week. It’s the third consecutive year that business, labor, government, education and other partners are highlighting the tremendous job opportunities apprenticeships provide and the need for an infusion of Americans to pursue a skilled trade. “The construction industry has a critical shortage of skilled workers,” said ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman, who this week participated in his first meeting as an appointee of the Trump adminis ... Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Extends Deadline for Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Requirement

On Nov. 9, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule, Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension, which delays its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year, from Nov. 10, 2017, to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA is also delaying its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period.  Background On Aug. 9, 2010, OSHA issued a final rule for cranes and derricks in construction through a negotiated rulemaking pro ... Read the rest of entry »

ACE Mentor Program Seeks ABC Member Mentors

Robert Clarke, an architect with Gensler, is an alumnus of the ACE Mentor Program who serves as a mentor with the chapter in Austin, Texas.   Operating in 37 states and annually engaging 9,000 high school students, ACE Mentor Program relies on construction managers, architects, engineers and even accountants and marketing experts to inspire students to pursue careers in design and construction.   “This is a great organization with a powerful, hands-on approach to introducing students to careers in construction,” said ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman, who ... Read the rest of entry »

Trump Administration Amends Labor Rule, Ends 'Blacklisting'

On Nov. 6, three federal agencies issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to withdraw the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule —“blacklisting”— and President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13673.  Additionally, the Department of Labor withdrew the corresponding guidance document.  The agencies’ action follows President Donald Trump’s decision to sign H.J. Res. 37, which blocked the implementation of the controversial final rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,&rdqu ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds House for Passing the Save Local Business Act

ABC praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441) this week with bipartisan support. ABC joined forces with a wide range of business advocacy groups, including the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, to build support for the ultimate passage of H.R. 3441.  The bill clarifies many of the confusing labor regulations caused by the National Labor Relations Board’s expansion of the joint employer rule. Under H.R. 3441, an employer may be considered a joint employer of a worker only if it ... Read the rest of entry »

Construction Numbers Stagnant in Otherwise Positive October Jobs Report, Says ABC

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, the nation’s construction sector added 11,000 net new jobs in October, matching the revised total from September. Nonresidential construction employment, however, experienced a net decline of 2,000 jobs. The residential sector added approximately 13,000 net new jobs.  The construction industry unemployment rate, which is available only on a nonseasonally adjusted basis, fell two-tenths of a percentage point and stands at 4.5 percent. The official rate of na ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC CEO Mike Bellaman on Fox Business: Tax Reform Will Spur Construction Hiring

Any additional dollar that can stay in a construction company's cash flow can be invested in hiring and retaining talented workers. That was the message ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman conveyed to viewers Thursday morning during a live appearance on "FBN:am" on the Fox Business Network.

In voicing his support for tax reform legislation, Bellaman said he also hopes the bill addresses the small business tax, as 99 percent of construction companies employ less than 100 people.

You can watch the segment here.

ABC Announces 2017 Young Professional of the Year Finalists

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced three finalists for its annual Young Professional of the Year Award. This year’s list includes a technology-driven electrician, a business owner who builds dreams and saves lives and an attorney who fights for equality in construction. The 2017 finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for the future of the commercial and industrial construction industry. “ABC Young Professional of the Year represents the promise of the future of the merit shop construction in ... Read the rest of entry »
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