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Building Massachusetts - Excellence in Construction Awards

ABC is pleased to announce the newest edition of Building Massachusetts is now available. Building Massachusetts is the official publication of tABC MA. This issue highlights the contractors and projects that were recognized as winners of our most recent Excellence in Construction Awards. Included you will find:

Mass. may reduce how much money unions can donate to back political candidates

Boston Globe (2/5/19) - State campaign finance regulators want to rein in the money labor unions can give their preferred candidates each year, under a newly released proposal that could dramatically alter Massachusetts’ political fund-raising landscape.

Labor unions are currently allowed to give up to $15,000 annually to a single candidate. But draft regulations quietly released Friday by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance would slash the limit to $1,000, as well as cap donations to political action committees at $500 and to a political party’s committee at $5,000. Read More Here...

ABC President Greg Beeman Advocates for Importance of Open Bidding on Public Projects in Boston Business Journal Op-Ed

​Viewpoint: Labor agreements should include union and non-union alike Boston Business Journal (January 24, 2019) - No one expects government to be perfect, but it’s not too much to expect our leaders to learn from clear mistakes. One such mistake was the decision by the UMass Building Authority to build UMass Boston’s first dormitory — and execute the campus’ entire $750 million master plan — under an agreement that intentionally limited competition by stipulating that construction unions be the “sole and exclusive” source of jobsite labor for all construction. There’s not much we can do now about elevators that fell abruptly, water shooting from toilets, rooms that were like furnaces and frosty showers that have plagued $120 million dorm since it opened. But going forward, we can reduce costs and improve quality by encouraging all qualified contractors to bid on public projects by ensuring that competition-limiting project labor agreements ...

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