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From the monthly archives: April 2016

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Quarterly GDP Growth Slowest in Two Years

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28— Real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded only 0.5 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate) during 2016’s first quarter according to an analysis of Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This disappointing figure follows a 1.4 percent annualized rate of economic output expansion during the fourth quarter of 2015.  

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ABC Lauds Passage of Amendment Protecting Contractors From ‘Blacklisting’ Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised the adoption of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that undermines the harmful Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces proposed rule and guidance. Introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), the amendment would exclude the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from the controversial “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” proposed rule and guidance, commonly referred to as the “blacklisting” proposal.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

ABC reiterated its opposition to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “persuader rule” ahead of the April 27 U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on how the newly finalized regulation limits employers’ rights and undermines the right of workers to make informed decisions in union elections. The final rule, issued March 23, redefines “persuader” activity under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and triggers expanded reporting requirements for employers and their attorneys. 

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ABC Continues to Push Back Against Controversial WOTUS Rule

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship continued its oversight of the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) regulation April 27, holding a hearing on how small businesses were left out of the rulemaking process as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). At the hearing, members of the committee heard from stakeholders, who expressed concern about the onslaught of new regulations from the Obama administration and the detrimental impact they have on small businesses.

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March Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 30 States from 2015

The March not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates for the country and 30 states were lower than in March 2015, according to analysis by economist Bernard Markstein released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. March’s 0.8 percent decrease from a year ago marked five and a half years of consecutive monthly year-over-year rate declines. Meanwhile, March national NSA employment in construction was 298,000 higher than in March 2015.

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Chapter Services Coordinator

The Chapter Services Coordinator provides daily support and customer service to chapters and the Chapter Services department with assistance in areas that include, but are not limited to, awards programs, Beam Club, ABC Store, information/technology management, and governance. This position provides key support to all Chapter Services staff, both in the office and in the field. The qualified candidate will have the ability to work independently and interdependently with other staff to meet association-wide strategic goals.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on Hidden Cost of Regulation

The U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on April 14 entitled Regulation Nation: The Hidden Small Business Tax , which examined the cost of new federal regulations to entrepreneurs in the small business community. During the hearing, members of the Committee heard from several small business owners who cited high compliance costs and expensive new mandates as a major impediment to expanding their businesses. 

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Manager of Construction Careers Programs

The Manager of Construction Careers Programs advances the existing and potential relationships between ABC chapters and colleges and universities with construction-related programs, manages the annual Construction Management Competition and the Student Chapter of the Year Awards program. Responsibilities include serving as staff liaison to the Project Management Institute at Purdue University and managing other workforce development awards programs. The manager also serves as the primary staff liaison to the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation and provides support to the National Craft Championships. Strong marketing, communications and organizational skills required to support all programs.

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