Associated Builders and Contractors Institute Names Ladd Henley Occupational Safety and Health Director

Originally posted on Associated Builders and Contractors Institute Apprenticeship College (ABCI), the education and training arm of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, is pleased to announce that Ladd Henley has joined as Occupational Safety and Health Director. In this role, Henley will be responsible for safety-related membership services such as various forms of […]

Michigan Legislature Sets Stage for Policy Battle

By Scott McClallen | Originally posted on Michigan Democrats filed bills aiming to fulfill a 40-year pending wishlist, which include restoring the prevailing wage and repealing right to work. Other bills filed include repealing the retirement tax, boosting the earned income tax credit, and repealing the 1931 abortion ban despite a constitutional amendment voiding […]

How Technology Bridges the Construction Trade and Talent Gap

By Doron Klein | Originally posted on  The construction industry is experiencing an ongoing hiring drought, and the challenge of hiring has led to a loss of business for many general contractors. A recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index indicated that 92 percent of contractors reported difficulty finding construction workers. Of […]

ABC: Construction Employment Up By 28,000 in December

Originally posted on  The construction industry added 28,000 jobs on net in December, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 231,000 jobs or 3.1%. Nonresidential construction employment increased by 17,900 positions on […]


Construction forecasters remain cautiously optimistic about this year, with growing concerns about 2024

By Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA | Originally posted on  Spending on nonresidential buildings picked up momentum toward the end of 2022, with gains approaching 10% on an annual basis. Much of the increase was the result of materials and labor costs, but still, the results were encouraging given macroeconomic headwinds such as inflation, rising interest […]

NCC Intent-to-Compete Registration Is Now Open!

ABC’s 2023 National Craft Championships feature the best and brightest of the industry and provide the experience of a lifetime to craft trainees. NCC will be held March 15-17 in Kissimmee, Florida, during ABC Convention 2023, and nearly 200 top apprentices from across the country will compete. Intent-to-compete forms for 17 competitions are due by […]

Opinion: Biden Policies Threaten Florida Construction, Our Political Parties and More

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | November 5, 2022 Biden polices put Florida projects at risk During his recent swing through South Florida, President Joe Biden touted his administration’s efforts to combat inflation. What Biden failed to disclose was that his inflationary and anti-competitive labor policies are dealing a severe economic blow to the construction industry and infrastructure projects desperately needed in Florida. These […]

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ABC: Inflation Reduction Act Tax Policies Undermine Taxpayer Investments in Clean Energy Construction Projects

Monday, November 7, 2022 8:05 AM  |  ORIGINAL LINK WASHINGTON, Nov. 7—Associated Builders and Contractors has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service regarding implementation of tax credits for clean energy construction projects funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, contingent upon new controversial prevailing wage, apprenticeship and domestic content […]

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DOL rule proposal could make more workers employees

Oct. 12, 2022 | Zachary Phillips | Construction Dive  Original Source Dive Brief: The Department of Labor has proposed a rule change intended to combat employee misclassification. The rule would rescind the 2021 Independent Contractor Rule, which was “out of sync” with how courts have decided misclassification cases for decades, said Solicitor of Labor Seema […]

$52B CHIPS Act a boon for construction, but challenges remain

By Sebastian Obando | Originally posted on The White House announced Wednesday President Joe Biden will sign the $52 billion CHIPS Act, which subsidizes the semiconductor industry and provides a 25% tax credit for companies that build facilities in the U.S., on August 9. Platitudes from construction pros started piling in as soon as Congress […]