Entries by mike mance

Construction Adds 25,000 Jobs in January, Says ABC

By contractormag.com | Originally posted on contractormag.com WASHINGTON, DC — The construction industry added 25,000 jobs on net in January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 294,000 jobs, an increase of 3.9%. Nonresidential […]

ABC: State Construction Unemployment Is Down in 32 States From a Year Ago

By Tile Letter | Originally posted on TileLetter.com WASHINGTON, Feb. 6—The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate dropped 0.6% in December 2022 from a year ago, down from 5% to 4.4%, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Thirty-two states had lower […]

COVID-19 May Be Over, but Fight Over the Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Is Not

By Aron Beezley, Patrick Quigley | Originally posted on jdsupra.com On January 30, 2023, the Biden administration stated that it intends to extend the previously declared COVID-19 national emergency and the separately declared public health emergency until May 11, 2023, and then end both emergency declarations. This statement comes in response to Congressional attempts to […]

Education Bills Seeking to Overhaul School Curriculum Advance in Indiana Legislature

By Casey Smith | Originally posted on Yahoo.com Broad career readiness initiatives, changes to K-12 literacy curriculum and incentives for up-and-coming teachers are at the heart of multiple education bills advancing through the Indiana legislature. State lawmakers in House and Senate education committees collectively took up more than a dozen bills on Wednesday. Most of […]

Construction trades rank & file continue union exodus

By concreteproducts.com | Originally posted on concreteproducts.com Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The Union Members Survey from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds the percentage of construction industry wage and salary workers belonging to unions dropped to a record low of 11.7 percent in 2022, versus 12.6 […]

Law ending Biden’s COVID vax mandate for healthcare workers passes U.S. House

By The Iowa Standard | Originally posted on theiowastandard.com On Tuesday, Congressman Jeff Duncan’s Freedom for Health Care Workers Act passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support (227 to 203). This legislation would end the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers and nullifies the rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & […]

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

Originally posted on citybiz.co 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 tennesseestar.com 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 forconstructionpros.com  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 […]