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ABC MA Holds First Diversity and Inclusion Webinar

  ABC MA held its first webinar on diversity and inclusion on June 22 and shared information on a new resource for ABC members and experiences and perspectives of members of ABC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.   As Task Force Chair Luiza Mills (Interstate Electrical Services Corp.) explained, the webinar stems from the mission of the Task Force “to help ABC members hire and develop a diverse and talented workforce and create an inclusive, respectful, welcoming and safe work environment.”  The Task Force was established by the ABC Board of Directors in September of 2020.  Mills said the Task Force “is an incredible group that not only represents the ABC membership, but has a great outreach of knowledge.”   The new resource unveiled during the webinar is a Tableau Map of Resources, a portal that connects ABC members from across Massachusetts with diversity and inclusion resources in their area.  Members can link to T ...

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Working Group on Wage Theft Legislation Set to Hold First Meeting

  ABC will be participating in the first meeting of a new Working Group on Wage Theft Legislation this week.  The group will be led by State Representative Josh Cutler, House Labor and Workforce Committee Chairman.  It will include construction and business representative as well as unions and community groups that are advocating for the legislation.     ABC is part of a board construction and business coalition that opposes the current version of wage theft legislation as being unfair to the state’s businesses, the vast majority of which do not commit wage theft.  The legislation proposes joint and several liability that seeks to hold businesses liable for any wage law violations committed by businesses they hire.    In a message to those participating in the new working group, Rep. Cutler said, “While there may not be agreement on the specific solutions, I was heartened to see a consensus on the broader issue. Clearly all ...

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Celebration of Life to be Held for Tim Barton, ABC/GCI Leader

  A Celebration of Life will be held on July 18 in honor of Tim Barton, a principal at DECCO and a former leader of ABC and the Gould Construction Institute who passed away last year.  The Celebration will be held at Alpine Grove in Hollis, NH.     “It is still hard it’s been a year since we lost Tim Barton, and I know many of us in ABC miss him greatly,” said ABC MA President Greg Beeman.  Barton was active in ABC MA and ABC NH/VT.  In our chapter, he served on the ABC MA Board and was a longtime member of the Gould Construction Institute Board, where he served as chairman.  He also served on the Board of the ABC Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Group.     The event is entitled “A Celebration to Honor the Life and Legacy of Tim Barton,” and will feature a barbeque lunch followed by a toast and tributes to Tim.  ABC MA Chairman Kyle Reagan, DECCO CEO and longtime colleague and f ...

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ABC MA Hits Membership Benchmark and Sets Sights on 500!

  Membership is on the rise at ABC MA!  Membership Director Venus Williams reports that the Chapter has achieved 90 percent retention again this year.  This marks the 8th consecutive year ABC MA has achieved this key association benchmark.  Willliams also said plans are underway for a Membership Drive this fall with the goal of reaching 500 members.   “We ended last year at 463 members, and our goal is to hit 500 by the end of this year,“ said Williams.  “This would be a great milestone for our chapter,” she said.   Of ABC’s national network of 69 chapters, just seven have 500 or more members.     Williams said plans are underway for “a fun and competitive” membership drive this fall, with an Indy 500 theme.   “The Membership Drive is extra  special this year because the 500-member goal is within reach,” she said.  “W ...

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ABC Testifies on Several Public Safety Bills

  ABC MA provided testimony to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee last week on several bills dealing with the building code, building materials and fire safety.   ABC testified in support of House Bill 2537, An Act Relative to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards and Senate Bill 1554, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Walsh-Kennedy Commission Report, and in opposition to Senate Bill 1589, An Act Relative to Safe Building Materials.   ABC supports House Bill 2537 as it seeks to limit the adoption of “local option” codes that will result in a fragmented statewide framework and confusion in the building and regulatory process. For contractors, dealing with different local requirements is challenging, as construction is subject to considerable government oversight and regulation. The prospect of different code requirements from one municipality to the next is extremely challenging for contractors and adds tim ...

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Higher in May; Materials and Labor Shortages Suppress Contractor Confidence

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021 9:50 AM Posted in Construction Backlog Indicator, Construction Economic Update, Construction Confidence Index, News Release 2021 WASHINGTON, June 15— Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.0 months in May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from May 20 to June 2, 0.1 months higher than in April 2021 and May 2020. While ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales increased modestly in May, confidence regarding profit margins and staffing levels slipped. All three indices remain above the threshold of 50, indicating expectations of growth over the next six months. “Nonresidential construction backlog continues to edge higher, consistent with expectations that sales, profit margins and staffing will expand over the next six months,” said ABC chief economist Anirban Basu. “For at least four reasons, this represents an extraordinary set o ...

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ABC Member Testifies to Congress: President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Would Devastate Small Business

WASHINGTON, June 10—Today, Annie Mecias-Murphy, co-owner and president of Associated Builders and Contractors member JA&M Developing Corp., headquartered in Pembroke Pines, Florida, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure on the negative impacts that the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan would have on small business contractors. Mecias-Murphy testified on behalf of ABC and serves on the board of directors for the association’s Florida East Coast Chapter. In her testimony, she urged Congress to invest in America’s infrastructure, ensure that small construction businesses are not excluded from the competitive bidding process for federal infrastructure projects and expand workforce development opportunities in the construction industry. “It is because of the construction industry that I am able to be here to share my story with you today. I was born to immigrant parents who chose to ...

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ABC Announces Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021 9:50 AM Posted in People and Awards, News Release 2021 WASHINGTON, June 8—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Tia Perry, formerly ABC’s director of business development and partnerships, will now serve as its director of inclusion, diversity and equity in support of ABC’s 69 chapters and 21,000 members. Bringing with her 15 years of association experience to this new role, Perry will serve as a strategic thought leader to advance ABC’s IDE strategy, including the measurement and monitoring of the association’s initiatives, and development of new programs and practices that effectively increase IDE awareness. “ABC, its chapters and member companies are committed to putting the best talent on the construction field,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. “In a fair and open competitive construction industry, innovation in value creation is imperative to winning work and sustaining a worl ...

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ABC Welcomes Members Back with Returns to In-Person Events

  ABC MA welcomed our membership back with our return to in-person events on June 3 with a fun outdoor networking event hosted at the Unicorn Office Park in Woburn.  We were joined by more than 80 attendees who were able to connect with fellow ABC members while enjoying catering courtesy of the Pennypacker's food truck and beverages courtesy of the Tapped Mobile Beer Truck.  During the event we recognized the graduating students from our training affiliate, the Gould Construction Institute, in an informal program that highlighted the efforts of their students, instructors, and GCI staff throughout what was a challenging year.  Despite a gloomy forecast, attendees were lively and excited to return to an in-person event and the ABC and GCI staff were excited to welcome them back.  We had five generous sponsors that helped to make the event possible including our Drink Sponsor – L.C. Anderson, Inc. – and our General Event Sponsors that included A&am ...

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MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 EMERGENCY PAID SICK TIME

MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19  EMERGENCY PAID SICK TIME  Until September 30, 2021, Massachusetts employers must provide employees with additional paid time off for certain COVID-19 related reasons. Full-time employees are entitled to a week (40 hours) of paid time off and part-time employees are entitled to a pro-rated amount based on their work schedules. The maximum amount of pay an employer is required to pay an employee for this paid time off (and for which the employer can seek reimbursement from a state fund) is $850 per employee. This program may end prior to September 30, 2021, if the Commonwealth’s fund for reimbursement (currently $75 million) is exhausted before then. Notably, this law applies to both private and public sector employers in Massachusetts, including municipalities (but excluding the federal government).   Reasons for Leave Paid time off must be provided to employees who are unable to work for the following reasons:        (1) ...

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