Ben Brubeck, ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, conducted 11 radio and TV interviews during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C. Brubeck discussed the outlook for construction spending and infrastructure investment, highlighted the industry’s response to its current skilled labor shortage and promoted the benefits of fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction contracts.
Brubeck also raised awareness about federal legislation of concern to merit shop contractors like the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which recently passed the U.S. House. The PRO Act aims to radically rewrite existing labor law, undermine employee privacy and eliminate state right to work laws.
Brubeck also explained to taxpayers how bills introduced in the Virginia General Assembly, HB 833/SB 8and HB 358/SB 182, would prevent local and experienced Virginia contractors and subcontractors from building and working on projects funded by taxpayer dollars and needlessly force the Commonwealth to pay 12% to 20% more for construction projects likes schools, affordable housing, roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs. Listen to some of these interviews on WINA, WRVA: Richmond’s Morning News and WSVA: The Mike Schikman Show.