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Democrats Reintroduce PRO Act:ABC urges members to reach out to their US Senators, Representatives and President Biden through the ABC Action Alert opposing the PRO Act

 

Democrats Reintroduce PRO Act: Last week, Senators Murray (D-WA) and Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The members released the text of the bill, a section-by-section analysis, and a fact sheet. The bill now has 198 cosponsors in the House (H.R. 842), including two Republicans – Smith (NJ-4) and Fitzpatrick (PA-1). This bill includes dozens of radical provisions drastically altering federal labor law and will devastate the economy during an already difficult time. 
 
ABC is working to oppose the bill including solidifying the bill’s opposition in the Senate where the bill is currently subject to the 60-vote threshold and educating new House and Senate members about the dangers this legislation would pose to the construction industry, especially as we seek to maintain businesses and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC urges members to reach out to their US Senators, Representatives and President Biden through the ABC Action Alert opposing the PRO Act.

ABC’s news release on the PRO Act can be viewed here and the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace’s statement on the bill can be viewed here.


 

Urge Your Representatives to Oppose Restricting Apprenticeships in H.R. 447:

  IMPORTANT: Urge Your Representatives to Oppose Restricting Apprenticeships in H.R. 447: Ahead of a vote scheduled for next week, ABC National issued a key vote to the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 447, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. Introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), this legislation would not achieve its goal of expanding apprenticeship opportunities and would disadvantage many construction businesses nationwide, including women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses.   ABC maintains this effort to reform the registered apprenticeship system contains many harmful provisions, including burdensome state, sponsor, pre-apprenticeship and ratio requirements for apprenticeship programs. The bill’s language also fails to provide construction industry employers and apprentices the type of flexibility needed to effectively strengthen the American workforce. Modernizing the current registered apprenticeship program should serve to benefit the entire construction in ...

Montgomery County Resolution to require facial coverings for all “essential employees” has been withdrawn

 

The Montgomery County Resolution to require facial coverings for all “essential employees” has been withdrawn and replaced by a more narrow requirement that applies only to grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers (WalMart). Download Directive.

The Montgomery County Council will introduce a face mask resolution.

 

This resolution will require essential business employees and customers to wear a face mask/covering while in an essential business. Beginning April 16th, employers must either provide employees with face coverings or instructions on how to make the face coverings. 

Governor Hogan Issues Additional Orders to Close "Unsafe" Facilities

 

Maryland's Governor Hogan issued a series of executive orders on April 5, 2020, that granted greater authority to local health departments to safeguard construction workers, including the ability to close an “unsafe facility.” more > 

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OSHA Issues Enforcement Policies on Respiratory Protection (April 5): Use of Expired Respirators and Respirator Reuse more >

Attention ABC Virginia Members and Employees: Tell Gov. Northam to Veto Anti-Business Legislation Today

 

Virginia residents and ABC members: During the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 session, legislators in Richmond swiftly advanced a handful of bills that would upend the construction industry. It’s imperative, now more than ever, with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc upon the state’s economy and workforce, that you take action and tell Gov. Northam to veto this harmful legislation.

Let Your Voice Be Heard: https://www.abc.org/Politics-Policy/ABC-Action-App/Action-Center?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f73228%2frespond

 

MD Governor Issues Stay At Home Order--Does NOT Effect Construction Industry

 

March 30, 2020: Earlier today, Governor Hogan issued a Stay At Home Order that is to take effect at 8:00 PM tonight, Monday. This order does NOT change the construction industry's essential business status. Essential employees are still able to commute to essential businesses. (MD Executive Order Interpretive Guide)
 

ATTENTION VIRGINIA ABC MEMBERES AND EMPLOYEES

 

ABC of Virginia needs your help in defeating anti-merit legislation dealing with Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Prevailing Wage.  Let the Governor know this is bad for business, the economy and the workers.  Urge him to veto these bills

https://www.abc.org/Politics-Policy/ABC-Action-App/Action-Center?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f72409%2fRespond

An ABC-VA Action Alert regarding recent legislation introduced in VA

  We wanted to keep our members informed of recent legislative action in our neighboring Virginia. This is particularly important for those that live, work or do business in Virginia. This is an Action Alert from Pat Dean, President at ABC Virginia Chapter.   Dear Member, The construction industry in the Commonwealth is facing a policy crisis. Legislation recently introduced by the Democrat majorities will replace Virginia's Fair and Open Competition Act. These bills, (SB 182) and (HB 358) will allow the state and local governments the ability to mandate PLAs on public works construction projects. Other noteworthy legislation, introduced by Sen. Saslaw (SB 8) and Del. Carroll Foy (HB 833) would result in prevailing wage requirements on state construction projects at rates set by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act. Saslaw’s bill sets a threshold of $250,000, while Foy’s bill does not set one. However, the House Labor a ...

DC’s New LLC Law Will Have a Major Impact on the Development/Construction Industry

  DC’s New LLC Law Will Have a Major Impact on the Development/Construction Industry In the spring of 2018, Councilwoman Elissa Silverman (I) At-Large lead an effort to reshape the District’s Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) laws as it relates to various types of development and real estate transactions. The motivation for this push is to change the rules of how companies use LLC’s to bid, develop and manage projects in the District. Under the previous law, companies would oftentimes use newly created LLC’s as the ownership and/or management of projects under development. Likewise, they would use similar efforts to join into partnerships such as Joint Ventures (JV) partnerships to bid, build and manage projects throughout the city. While these practices have been around for decades and are common throughout the various development and construction-related industries, they have come under pressure within the District. In recent years the city has seen an uptick in new developmen ...
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