ABC joined a nationwide effort to bring attention to the construction industry's skilled labor gap and collaborate with other Massachusetts construction organizations to promote statewide job fairs, panel discussions, and local community events to inform students and potential employees of the industry's vast employment opportunities. By working with Governor Baker to proclaim October as "Careers in Construction Month", ABC aims to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and opportunities throughout the entire construction workforce. Look for information on ABC events and information highlighting Careers in Construction Month!
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27—Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement supporting the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code released today by congressional and administration leaders:
“The tax framework released today marks a promising step forward for the first genuine reform of the tax code in a generation. Associated Builders and Contractors is encouraged by the proposal, and we strongly support the tax reform process moving forward.
Last week, it was announced that Massachusetts' Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Ron Walker, will leave the Baker Administration at the end of June. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development oversees labor standards, workers compensation, collective bargaining, unemployment benefits, workforce development, and many other responsibilities. Secretary Walker is the first Cabinet member to leave Governor Baker's Administration.
Governor Charlie Baker announced that he will be appointing Rosalin Acosta, a banker and progressive activist, as the new labor secretary. Acosta has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry including wealth leader at TD Bank, managing director at Sovereign Bank, and her current position as managing director at Santandar. She is a board member at Boston Children's Hospital and the Boston Foundation.
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Last week, over 40 ABC members representing 34 different member companies gathered in Woburn for a seminar on prevailing wage in public works presented by representatives from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Department of Labor Standards (DLS). We were joined by John Ronan, General Counsel of the Department of Labor Standards, as well as Heather Rowe, Lauren Goldman, and Brian O’Donnell from the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office. The program featured an overview of how DLS sets prevailing wages, AGO enforcement of prevailing wage laws, and concluded with an open forum allowing those in attendance to ask both the AGO and DLS any pressing questions. This was a great event for ABC MA members, providing the opportunity to meet and interact with members of state agencies that regulate their day-to-day business operations.
We’d like to make a special thanks to the Attorney General's Office and Department of Labor Standards for taking the time to join us, and also thank all that attended and our generous sponsors that made the event possible - ABC Insurance Trust, Metro Walls Inc., and New England Fiberglass Windows.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27 -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today congratulated R. Alexander Acosta on being confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a statement from President and CEO Michael Bellaman.
“Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with Secretary Acosta to accomplish the U.S. Department of Labor’s vital mission of ensuring the safety, equitable treatment and advancement of all American workers without needlessly hindering economic growth. ABC and our 21,000 members look forward to partnering with DOL to develop a plan to fill the construction industry’s well-documented shortage of skilled labor with American job seekers. We are eager to work with Secretary Acosta to advance policies that expand job training opportunities, create safe and healthy jobsites and grow the American economy.”
On Wednesday, April 12th, ABC MA members met with several recently elected legislators or newly appointed committee chairs to introduce legislators to our organization and members, discuss construction industry issues, and explain the resources and opportunities our organization can provide to their district and constituents. Chairman Joe Barbone discussed the many benefits ABC as an organization provides to members and member companies provide to their employees. ABC's Merit Apprenticeship Program (MAP) Director, Morisset St. Preux, discussed the on-the-training opportunities offered by MAP, and Gould Construction Institute's President Barbara Lagergren explained the quality apprenticeship, craft and management training GCI offers to the entire construction industry. Chairman Barbone also shared ABC's priority issues, safety and workforce development, and the need for legislators to engage themselves in order for the industry to make significant progress.
Thank you to all legislators and ABC members that attended this great event. This type of grassroots engagement is the foundation of our political efforts. If you would like to get involved in our efforts please contact Rob McGovern at Rob@abcma.org.
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With a new legislative session underway, now is a good time to remember just how important your political involvement is to our organization. ABC’s success in recent years making our case on Beacon Hill and fending off legislation that would hurt our members has paid dividends for member’s companies and the construction industry.
There are a number of things you can do to build on our momentum. One is to become an ABC Advocate. ABC Advocates advise staff on current issues impacting the construction industry so they are informed and understand your day-to-day issues. They establish personal connections with elected officials, such as their state Senators and Representatives, and make themselves available to speak to public officials about issues affecting the industry and overall business community. Offering elected officials on-site company visits are another way ABC Advocates can create an all-important personal connection with state decision makers.
Associated Builders and Contractors Praises President Trump for Eliminating Illegal Obama Blacklisting Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law effectively eliminating the Obama administration’s illegal “blacklisting” rule (formally known as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule). Implementation of most of the rule’s onerous and duplicative reporting and disclosure requirements were temporarily blocked on Oct. 24 when a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of ABC’s lawsuit and granted a preliminary injunction.
On March 10, 2017, the ABC-led Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) sent a letter to the acting secretary of Labor requesting that the department delay enforcement of OSHA’s final silica rule by one year.
In the letter CISC stated “Construction employers across all trades are finding compliance extremely difficult if not impossible for many job tasks.” The letter goes onto to say that Table 1 is not a workable compliance option for many employers in the industry, which means employers have to follow the traditional method of measuring exposure and implementing the hierarchy of controls. CISC states, “This is almost impossible, however, considering the myriad of exposure environments involved in construction and that laboratories may not be in compliance with the analytical requirements of the standard until 2018.”
The current compliance deadline for the construction industry is June 23, 2017, except for requirements for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples, which begin on June 23, 2018.
ABC along with several national construction organizations are challenging the rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. ABC will continue to update members on any developments regarding the legal challenge through Newsline.
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DCAMM Bid Room Will ONLY Accept Bids Submitted Online For Projects Advertised on or after March 15, 2017
Effective March 15, 2017, bids on DCAMM Chapter 149, Chapter 149A (CM at Risk projects) and Chapter 30, 39M projects advertised on or after March 15, 2017 will ONLY be accepted through the agency’s web-based E-Bid Room and must be submitted through the DCAMM E-Bid Room website. No hard copy bids will be accepted.
On January 18, 2017, DCAMM moved to providing access to DCAMM bid documents, plans and specs, exclusively through its web-based E-Bid Roomfor all projects, except for high security projects.
The DCAMM E-Bid Room has been operating successfully for many months and feedback from industry users has been very positive. The efficiencies and associated cost savings for contractors in obtaining bid documents and submitting bids on DCAMM construction projects electronically are significant. There is no cost to potential bidders for utilizing DCAMM's E-Bid Room. DCAMM is now moving to require exclusive submission of bids solely through DCAMM’s E-Bid Room at www.bidexpress.com/businesses/10279/home.
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