Posts Tagged ‘associated builders and contractors’

Dec
2016
20

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves

Facing Rise in Construction Fatalities, Anti-Union Contractor Lobbies Simply Repeat Themselves
  According to a new report from the Department of Labor (DOL), construction workplace fatalities reached a seven-year peak in 2015. The report, released last week by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), says private construction industry fatalities increased by 4%, from 899 to 937, between 2014 and 2015. They also note the...
Jul
2016
11

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)
  An important Massachusetts wage theft bill has experienced some high-profile support recently. The legislation (S 2207), which has been languishing in the State Senate Ways and Means Committee since April, is backed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Auditor Suzanne Bump: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office...
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May
2016
19

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors’ Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors' Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case
  The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the organization’s attempt to prevent local prevailing wage laws in cities like Lansing. Their request was ruled unconstitutional. Citing a court case from 1923, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of local prevailing wage laws and...
May
2016
2

Union Pipefitters Blow Whistle on Law-Breaking Staffing Agency (Surprise, They’re an ABC Member)

Union Pipefitters Blow Whistle on Law-Breaking Staffing Agency (Surprise, They're an ABC Member)
  An Indianapolis-based staffing firm, Commercial Trade Source (CTS), has been ordered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to allow workers to discuss wages and unionization while at work.  The ruling comes after the company, effectively a temp agency which supplies workers for construction projects nationwide, took the fight to the...
Jan
2016
14

Firm Boasting 100s of Awards from ABC Responsible for 357 Safety Issues on One Project

Firm Boasting 100s of Awards from ABC Responsible for 357 Safety Issues on One Project
  The new Army hospital at Fort Riley in Kansas has yet to open due to a whopping 357 safety issues ranging from a lack of fire protections to basic code violations.  In 2009 the project was fast tracked with a targeted completion date of 2012.  Multiple problems have crept up along the way, delaying [&hellip...
Oct
2015
27

Sigmund Fraud: More Than 100,000 Prevailing Wage Repeal Signatures Appear Invalid in MI

Sigmund Fraud: More Than 100,000 Prevailing Wage Repeal Signatures Appear Invalid in MI
  The effort to repeal the prevailing wage in Michigan via ballot initiative has hit a major stumbling block. A sample taken by the state Board of Elections found that many of the signatures turned in by anti-wage front group, Protect Michigan Taxpayers, were invalid.  The labor-backed group working to fight repeal, Protect Michigan Jobs,...
Sep
2015
17

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist
  Responding to an op-ed by former Associated Builders and Contractors officer George Hawkins that cast shadows on a Smart Cities Prevail wage study, economist Kevin Duncan dismantled the anti-union lobby’s talking points on the San Diego Source. After explaining the process by which he conducts his peer reviewed studies, Duncan...
Aug
2015
24

MI Legislature Adjourns Without Road Funding Deal; GOP House Holding Construction Wages Hostage

  The Michigan legislature has adjourned through Labor Day without reaching consensus on how to fund a road reconstruction deal. A day of closed-door talks last week did not solve the problem.  While both the House and Senate have passed separate funding plans, they have yet to hammer out their differences.  The Senate’s $1.5 billion...
Aug
2015
12

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts
  In an op-ed for The Daily News, Midland resident Eric Anders uses the childhood nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” to describe the impact prevailing wage repeal would have on the state of Michigan.  His insightful piece targets State Rep. Gary Glenn, who recently pledged to fight the prevailing wage at an Associated [&hellip...
May
2015
27

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative

Right-Wing Associated Builders and Contractors Begin Push for Prevailing Wage Ballot Initiative
  As their quest to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law faces intra-party roadblocks, Michigan’s conservative right-wing is shifting its efforts to putting the issue on a voting ballot.  If successful, the move would effectively circumvent Gov. Rick Snyder, a vocal opponent of repeal.   The ballot initiative is being organized by the...
Apr
2015
24

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that...
Mar
2015
31

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  With “Right-to-Work” in the rear view, Wisconsin Republicans are winding up to repeal the prevailing wage — the law that ensures fair pay for construction workers — and a newly released report from the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) could factor...