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ABC: Construction Industry Faces Workforce Shortage of 650,000 in 2022

  via ABC National   WASHINGTON, Feb. 23—The construction industry will need to attract nearly 650,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demand for labor, according to a model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors.     “ABC’s 2022 workforce shortage analysis sends a message loud and clear: The construction industry desperately needs qualified, skilled craft professionals to build America,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in November and stimulus from COVID-19 relief will pump billions in new spending into our nation’s most critical infrastructure, and qualified craft professionals are essential to efficiently modernize roads, bridges, energy production and other projects across the country. More regulations and less worker freedom make it harder to fill these jobs.” ABC’s proprietary model use ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - March 1, 2022

  Overview On Wednesday, February 23rd the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) released an audit that found inadequacies in the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) processes to ensure equal opportunity staffing requirements of its contractors for women and minority participation. State guidelines say construction contracts should call for 6.9% of the construction hours to be performed by female workers and for 15.3% of the hours of construction work to be performed by minority workers. But Bump's office said that 120 of the 127 construction contracts active at DCAMM during her office's two-year audit period did not meet the women's workforce participation goal, including 78 projects that reported zero hours worked by women. Eighty-one of the 127 contracts did not meet the minority workforce participation goal and 36 of those projects did not have any hours worked by minorities. The audit, which reviewed th ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - February 23, 2022

    Overview   On Tuesday, February 15th, Second Assistant Majority Leader Joseph Wagner of Chicopee announced he will not seek reelection this year, after representing his district for over 30 years. The announcement was made as nomination papers are becoming available, and Wagner said he hoped to give candidates time to make decisions and organize campaigns. Looking ahead to his final months in office, Wagner said he hoped to address impacts of inflation on the costs of housing, home heating and health care, particularly for seniors, as well as education funding.   On Tuesday, February 15th, Harvard professor Danielle Allen announced she will halt her bid for governor. Her announcement came one day after nomination papers became available to candidates running in 2022, which will require gubernatorial candidates to collect signatures from 10,000 registered voters. It also comes early in a weeks-long Democratic Party caucus season that carries ...

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ABC, Coalition Argue Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements in Letter to White House

  via ABC National   Wednesday, February 16, 2022 1:50 PM |   ABC News, Legislation, GA-PLAs, GA-PLAs-Federal, GA-PLAs-State & Local, Ga-PLAs-Federal-Legislation     ABC joined a diverse coalition of more than a dozen associations and organizations representing millions of workers in the construction industry in a letter to President Joe Biden opposing the administration’s new executive order mandating project labor agreements on federal construction contracts of $35 million or more. Executive Order 14063 was signed on Feb. 4.   In the letter, the coalition said the EO and similar policies applying to federally assisted projects “will undermine taxpayer investment in public works projects financed by the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act of 2021 and additional bipartisan legislation passed by Congress and signed into law free from language requiring or encouraging the ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - February 15, 2022

  Overview   On Tuesday, February 8th, Chairman John Cruz, Greg Beeman, and John Bartley met with Springfield Representative Bud Williams, who Chairs the Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights and Inclusion. They discussed the ongoing House order studying diversity in construction, and our concerns with the barriers created using project labor agreements, along with suggestions for language if a PLA must remain, to include provisions to allow for all minority contractors to use their existing workers.    On Wednesday, February 9th, Greg Beeman, John Bartley, and Shelley Kaleita met with Watertown Representative Steven Owens to provide a slide deck introductory overview of ABC, our pre-apprentice programs, workforce development and training programs, member projects, and so forth. Representative Owens noted he would like ABC to remain engaged with his office regarding our ongoing activities with pre-apprentice programs, workforce developmen ...

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ABC: President Biden's Pro-PLA Executive Order Will Increase Taxpayer Costs, Worsen Skilled Labor Shortage

  via ABC National   Wednesday, February 9, 2022 1:53 PM |   ABC News, Regulations, GA-PLAs, GA-PLAs-Federal, GA-PLAs-State & Local     On Feb. 4, President Biden signed Executive Order 14063, Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects, which mandates the use of PLAs on federal construction projects of $35 million or more in value. ABC slammed the order in a statement: “This anti-competitive and costly executive order rewards well-connected special interests at the expense of hardworking taxpayers and small businesses who benefit from fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects,” said Ben Brubeck, ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs. . ABC also said that the new policy will exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled workforce shortage, needlessly increase construction costs and reduce opportunities for local contra ...

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Beacon Hill Roundup - February 8, 2022

    Overview On Wednesday, February 2nd, under a biennial reporting deadline known as Joint Rule 10, most joint legislative committees report whether to advance or spike bills under their purview; though the Legislature tends to provide extension orders to give itself more time past the original deadline. Bills that earn favorable reports advance in the lawmaking process, though clearing one committee does not guarantee a measure will emerge for a vote in either chamber, while adverse reports usually kill legislation until the next two-year session. Notwithstanding, the dispositions of the committee’s reports are still forthcoming, and our office will follow up with a complete legislative update once the entirety of committee reports are available.   On Wednesday, February 2nd, former Boston City Councilor and mayoral contender, Andrea Campbell announced her candidacy for Massachusetts attorney general. The first Black woman to serve as Boston City Council ...

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President Biden’s Pro-PLA Executive Order Will Increase Costs to Taxpayers and Exacerbate Skilled Labor Shortage, Says ABC

  via ABC National   WASHINGTON, Feb. 3—Associated Builders and Contractors today blasted President Biden’s executive order that encourages the use of controversial project labor agreement mandates on federal construction projects that are funded by taxpayers. “President Biden’s new policy will not help America ‘Build Back Better;’ instead, it will exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled workforce shortage, needlessly increase construction costs and reduce opportunities for local contractors and skilled tradespeople,” said Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs. “This anti-competitive and costly executive order rewards well-connected special interests at the expense of hardworking taxpayers and small businesses who benefit from fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects. “Research has demonstrated that government-mandated PLAs increas ...

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