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From the monthly archives: November 2013

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ABC Blasts Unprecedented Change to Senate Rules and Procedures

ABC Nov. 21 expressed concern over a controversial change in U.S. Senate rules and procedures that will allow the majority party to skirt a filibuster to confirm certain presidential appointments.  Traditionally, 60 votes have been needed to confirm nominees and pass legislation, but by invoking this unprecedented rule change along partisan lines, the majority has lowered that threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.

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Business Groups Urge Congress to Delay Health Insurance Tax

The Affordable Coverage Coalition, of which ABC is a member, Nov. 21 sent a letter urging members of congress to support H.R. 3367, the Small Business and Family Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would delay the health insurance tax for two years.

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ABC Members Top the List of ENR’s Top 400 Contractors

ABC member companies took the top 10 spots on Engineering News-Record’s 2013 Top 400 Contractors list.  Those firms included: 

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ABC and Synergis Launch BIM Training for Contractors

ABC has teamed up with Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, a Platinum provider of Autodesk products, to bring customized BIM training and design exclusively to ABC contractor members to make them more productive, efficient and profitable. The training is part of a larger effort known as Project Virtual. 

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BLS Report Shows Slight Decline in Injury and Illness Numbers for 2012

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report Nov. 7 showing a decrease in on-the-job injury and illness rates for the construction industry in 2012. The total number of recordable cases declined to 3.6 incidents for every 100 full time employees (FTEs), down from 3.8 in 2011. 

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MTech and Shaw Construction Earn AQC Designation

MTech Mechanical Technologies Group, Westminster, Colo., and Shaw Construction, Grand Junction, Colo., both members of the ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter, have been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC.

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ABC and Synergis Team Up to Deliver BIM Training for Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced a collaboration with Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, a Platinum provider of Autodesk products, to bring Building Information Modeling (BIM) training to ABC contractor members to make them more productive, efficient and profitable. The training is part of a larger effort known as Project Virtual.

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Associated Builders and Contractors Blasts Unprecedented Change to Senate Rules and Procedures

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today expressed concern over a controversial change in U.S. Senate rules and procedures that will allow the majority party to skirt a filibuster to confirm certain presidential appointments.  Traditionally, 60 votes have been needed to confirm nominees and pass legislation, but by invoking this unprecedented rule change along partisan lines, the majority has lowered that threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.

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Construction Materials Prices Fall Slightly in October

Construction materials prices fell 0.2 percent in October and are down 0.3 percent year over year, according to the Nov. 21 Producer Price Index released by the Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction materials are down 0.5 percent for the month and are unchanged from the same time one year ago. 

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