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ABC Unveils Safety Technology Guide

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6—Associated Builders and Contractors today issued its online Safety Technology Guide, a resource for contractors looking to implement construction technology for the best possible safety performance. “Executing on ABC’s commitment to world-class safety on jobsites requires ABC member contractors to continuously innovate,” said Matt Abeles, ABC vice president of construction technology and innovation. “To…

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Study Examines Cost of PLAs to Nonunion Workers and Employers:

ABC issued a press release calling attention to a new report that highlights the negative economic impact of controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on nonunion construction workers, who comprise 87.3% of the construction industry workforce. The study found that the limited number of nonunion craft professionals permitted to work on construction projects subject to a government-mandated…

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ABC Underscores the Negative Impact of Encouraging Government-Mandated PLAs in Treasury Rulemaking

On July 15, ABC called for changes to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s interim final rule encouraging project labor agreements and other anti-competitive and costly labor policies on certain state and local projects funded by the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021. Treasury issued the May 17 rulemaking, titled Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, along with its Compliance and…

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America desperately needs 1 million more construction workers

The construction industry shut down for a few months last year during the pandemic — but was quickly deemed essential, allowing paused projects to continue. But in that short time, the sector lost more than 1 million workers. The industry has recouped nearly 80% of its workforce since then, but is still down 238,000 workers from pre-pandemic levels as of June, according to the Labor Department.

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Pro Act Update

The Biden administration released an executive order last Friday on promoting competition in the American economy that continues the president’s efforts to push for passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

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NYS DOL Releases Construction Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Standard

Due to the recently enacted Hero Act, the New York State Department of Labor issued compliance standards that all employers must adhere to, relative to preventing airborne infectious diseases. Employers have 30 days to review and adopt these new standards. You can read the construction industry standards by clicking this link: https://dol.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/07/construction-exposure-prevention-plan-p765b.pdf  Key Takeaways: Employers…

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2021 New York State Session Recap

The New York State Legislature concluded session on June 11th. The Senate and Assembly passed 892 bills, many of which will be sent to Governor Cuomo for signature, veto or Chapter Amendments between now and the end of the year.

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