Posts Tagged ‘ABC’

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…;
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is…
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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-Worker Lobby Fights Hiring Mandates Aimed at Helping Former Felons, Addicts, Disabled

Anti-Worker Lobby Fights Hiring Mandates Aimed at Helping Former Felons, Addicts, Disabled
  A Florida bill that would ban local governments from entering into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) was shot down by a 6-1 margin, only to be saved with a procedural move by the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Jeff Brandes.  How, exactly, did he accomplish this feat? By voting against the measure himself. This allowed Brandes, [&hellip…;
Dec
2014
5

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations

Another Associated Builders & Contractors Member Rung Up for Serious Wage Violations
  Donald F. Ihlefeld, the owner of the Alhambra Building Company of Warwick, Rhode Island, was sentenced for a series of charges stemming from his failure to pay the prevailing wage. Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Providence put Ihlefeld on two years probation and will have him perform 200 [&hellip…;
Aug
2014
21

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
  Slightly lost in a New York Times article about the Obama administration’s summer meetings with groups who want executive action to bypass congressional gridlock is a very telling quote from the notoriously anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The president wants to take issues such as fairness in federal contracting head…
Jun
2014
10

Peas in an Anti-Union Pod: ABC of Maine Endorses Worker-Hater Paul LePage

Peas in an Anti-Union Pod: ABC of Maine Endorses Worker-Hater Paul LePage
  The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine have endorsed Gov. Paul LePage in his quest for a second term.  Speaking to a crowd following the endorsement, LePage trumpeted his decision to veto a bill that would have raised the minimum wage. This was the primary reason he gave that non-union contractors should support [&hellip…;
Mar
2014
5

Violate, Rinse, Repeat: Non-Union ABC Contractor Cited Following Truck Driver’s Severed Foot

Violate, Rinse, Repeat: Non-Union ABC Contractor Cited Following Truck Driver's Severed Foot
  County Materials Corp., an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) aligned “merit shop” from Plover, Wisconsin, has been fined by OSHA following an investigation into an incident at an Elderon worksite. On September 19, 2013, a driver had his foot severed and his femur crushed. OSHA found that the incident occurred when a cable on…
Feb
2014
18

New Labor Dept “Persuader” Rule Could Lift the Veil on Lobbyist Ties to Union-Busting Law Firms

  A new rule from the Labor Department that would require employers to disclose the hiring of legal consultants is bringing about a fierce reaction from business lobbies such as the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). Currently, companies only need to disclose the hiring of outside firms if those firms have direct contact with…
Dec
2013
4

Despicable: Associated Builders & Contractors Protesting DOL’s Disabled Worker Hiring Policy

Despicable: Associated Builders & Contractors Protesting DOL's Disabled Worker Hiring Policy
  CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story suggested that the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) had opposed the provisions in the described DOL rule concerning the hiring of veterans. It turns out that this was incorrect and that we misread the original Paint Square piece (link below). Instead, the ABC is only opposing the…
Nov
2013
18

Company Linked to Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Cited for Willful, Serious Violations Following Worker Death

Company Linked to Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Cited for Willful, Serious Violations Following Worker Death
  OSHA has cited Pompano Beach, FL based Coastal Masonry for one wilful and one serious safety violation after a worker fell 70 feet to his death attempting to straighten a bent piece of rebar on the exterior wall of a multi-level condominium.  The company is being ordered to pay $77,000 in fines. The worker, [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
2

Chevron Refinery Inks Project Labor Agreement for Renovations, SF Water Authority Does the Same

  Modernization of Chevron U.S.A.’s refinery in Richmond, CA will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project will update and replace older equipment with new technology helping the facility reach “zero net” greenhouse emissions. It is the state’s goal to have all commercial buildings meet this requirement by…