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Oct
2014
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Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects

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A newly released video, produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council (of California), describes the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) long history of driving down wages and misrepresenting the people it claims to represent. 

The ABC says it represents 84 percent of the construction industry in California, which is their way of implying that 84 percent of contractors in the state are non-union.  However, in reality they represent a mere 1,200 general contractors and subcontractors out of a total 340,000 who are licensed in the state.  Moreover, the video states, their inability to support their own apprenticeship programs harms the overall industry and allows ABC contractors the ability to undercut contractors who properly support the apprenticeship system that is so important to the workforce.

The video is embedded below:

Damning facts about the ABC from the video include:

— A review of fines levied from by the Division of labor Standards Enforcement show that the ABC’s small number of contractors (0.34%) are 16 times more likely to be fined on public works jobs than union and nonunion contractors.

— According to 2011 tax filings, union-backed apprenticeship programs spent ten times more on training than non-union contractors.  Building Trades union programs currently train 91 percent of apprentices in the State of California, including 95 percent of women and 90 percent of minority apprentices.  

— The ABC admitted to the Division of Apprenticeship standards that one of their premier programs had zero graduates over a ten year period.  

For more on the ABC peruse this We Party Patriots archive.

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One Comment on “Associated Builders & Contractors Members 16 Times More Likely to Be Fined on Public Projects”

  1. 20 PERCENT OF THE HOURS ARE TO COME FROM A STATE APPROVED PROGRAM. SENSE THEIR APPRENTICESHIP DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH STUDENTS TO MEET THAT REQUIREMENT, THE NON-UNION EMPLOYERS CALL THE UNION PROGRAMS TO FULFILL THAT NEED. ALSO, WHY DO THEY KEEP GETTING MONTOYA FUNDS FOR A PROGRAM THAT DOES NOT GRADUATE ENOUGH APPRENTICES TO MEET THE NEED?

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