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Pro-Union Workforce Development Bill Killed in Senate Committee

  Legislation that would have mandated union representation on all Strategic Industry Partnerships as it related to the Maryland Earn Program was defeated in the Senate Finance Committee.

The District’s Newest Attempt at Project Labor Agreements: Bill 22-0959, the East End Health Equity Act of 2018.

  On Tuesday, November 13th, the DC City Council held its first of two votes on Bill 22-0959, the “East End Health Equity Act of 2018”. The legislation as introduced would use $300 Million in District Funds to construct a new health care facility, managed by George Washington University Hospital on the grounds of the old St. Elizabeth’s (east campus). As part of the legislation, there was an amendment to remove the Certificate of Need (CON) for the project. Included in this amendment, was language requiring the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) as specified under the Procurement and Integrity Act of 2016. 

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DCRA Construction Code Updates

  On Friday, September 28th the DC Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Construction Codes Coordinating Council released the proposed updates to the 2017 Construction Codes. The codes in its entirety will be open for review until the close of business on Monday, October 29, 2018.  A copy of the code may be found via the District’s website 2017 DC Construction Code.

DC: Office of Public-Private Partnerships Delegation of Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 2018

  On July 10th, the DC City Council passed Bill 22-894, the “Office of Public-Private Partnerships Delegation of Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 2018.” The legislation as passed removes contracting and procurement authority from the office of Public-Private Partnerships and places them within the Office of Contract and Procurement (OCP) until September 18, 2018, the date the council returns from its summer recess.

ABC of Metro Washington’s Letter to the Editor: D.C. contractors want to hire local, but there’s a shortage of skills

  Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington’s members want to hire local residents. Over the years, D.C.’s First Source law has changed, but the results remain the same. ABC has a robust training academy that offers numerous skilled trades and apprenticeship programs and partners with schools, government agencies and community groups to prepare residents for careers in the construction industry.

A Message from the President

  I’m pleased to announce a major victory for ABC members and the construction industry.


  The 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly came to an end on Monday, April 9.

Employers Can Now Electronically Report 2017's OHSA 300A Form

  Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website.    Remember, not all establishments are covered by this requirement. Only a small fraction of establishments are required to electronically submit their Form 300A data to OSHA. Establishments that meet any of the following criteria DO NOT have to send their information to OSHA. Remember, these criteria apply at the establishment level, not to the firm as a whole. The establishment’s peak employment during the previous calendar year was 19 or fewer, regardless of the establishment's industry. The establishment’s industry is on this list, regardless of the size of the establishment. The establishment had ...

DC First Source Law

  ABC of Metro Washington is working to address the issue and has recently held a meeting with Director Odie Donald of DOES and Associate Director Michael Watts of the Office of Labor, Laws and Enforcement. ABC and DOES discussed how to better communicate the requirements under the first source law to our members up front in an effort to avoid costly fines at the end of the project.” 
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