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  • OSHA 2012 Agenda Lists Actions on I2P2, Confined Spaces and Silica
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Expanded Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Veterans
  • USACE, VA Issue PLA Surveys for Federal Construction Projects
  • LEED 2012 Open for Third Round of Comments on March 1
  • E-Verify Self-Check Program Available in All 50 States
  • Get an ABC Member Logo Sticker Today
  • Save on Fuel Costs With the ExxonMobile Fuel Card
  • Tell us: Does your company employ any LEED Accredited Professionals?





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    OSHA 2012 Agenda Lists Actions on I2P2, Confined Spaces and Silica
    ABC    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the DOL regulatory agenda released in January, OSHA listed action items on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, confined spaces in construction, crystalline silica exposure limits, and walking work surfaces, among other issues. More



    IRS Issues Guidance on Expanded Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Veterans
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The IRS Feb. 9 released guidance and forms that employers can use to claim the newly expanded work opportunity tax credit for hiring eligible unemployed veterans. More

    USACE, VA Issue PLA Surveys for Federal Construction Projects
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have issued more surveys requesting information from the construction industry on the potential use of PLAs on projects in California, Nevada and West Virginia. More



    LEED 2012 Open for Third Round of Comments on March 1
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that March 1-20 it will open a third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building rating system. More

    E-Verify Self-Check Program Available in All 50 States
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Feb. 9 announced it has expanded its E-Verify Self Check program to include service in all 50 states, in Spanish and English. More



    Get an ABC Member Logo Sticker Today
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    Members can demonstrate their commitment to ABC's long-standing reputation for construction excellence and safety by branding their jobsites and company mailings with "ABC Member" logo stickers. More

    Save on Fuel Costs With the ExxonMobile Fuel Card
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Get fuel rebates of up to 5 cents a gallon at 10,000 Exxon and Mobile stations nationwide through the ABC Business Partner Program. In addition, members can save on software licenses on AIA Contract Documents and on construction-specific payroll services through payroll4construction.com. More

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    Labor Union Plays the Blame Game
    The Santa Barbara Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    They’re hard to miss: nearly a dozen 20-foot-long banners staked throughout Santa Barbara, Calif., and Goleta, Calif., emblazoned with big red letters that spell "SHAME ON [insert name here]." And the issue, on the surface, is easy to understand: bad blood between a local carpenters union and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital over a lost contract. But how and why the union chose the people its targeting, and what exactly it hopes to accomplish with the ongoing public protests, is much less clear. More



    Obama Budget: Infrastructure and Incentives for Manufacturing
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    President Barack Obama's budget request to Congress on Monday will include billions of dollars to boost infrastructure spending and incentives for manufacturers, who are key to lifting the economy and the president's re-election efforts. The budget includes more than $350 billion in short-term measures for job growth and a six-year, $476 billion proposal for roads and other surface transportation projects. More


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    Equipment Shortage Possible by Mid-Summer
    The Memphis Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some construction companies in Memphis, Tenn., could be scrambling by summertime in search of heavy equipment like cranes, scissor lifts and backhoes for their projects. With a number of large commercial construction projects ramping up across the city between now and then, equipment is expected to be in short supply and high demand. More



    Craft Competitions Give Construction Apprentices Confidence, Career Advancement
    Construction Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In December, the San Diego Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors held its 10th annual Apprenticeship Craft Champions Competition, which determines the best electrical, plumbing and sheet metal students from the ABC San Diego apprenticeship program. In addition, apprentices and trainees compete for a chance to go to the 2012 ABC National Craft Championships, which will be held April 24–27 during ABC's EdCon & Expo in San Antonio. More

    Construction Backlog Falls at End of 2011; Still Up from Previous Year
    Construction Equipment Guide    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its Construction Backlog Indicator for the fourth quarter of 2011. CBI declined 3.2 percent from the previous quarter from 8.1 months to 7.8 months, but is still up 10.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of nonresidential construction work under contract to be completed in the future. More
     

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