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  • PLA Mandate Placed on Navy Construction Project in Washington
  • Pennsylvania County Resolution Bans PLAs on County-Funded Projects
  • 2012 Health Care Law Compliance Checklist Now Available
  • IRS Issues Guidance for Reporting Health Care Costs on Employees' W-2s
  • BizCon Early-Bird Deadline Ends Jan. 13
  • Deadline to Register for Excellence in Construction Awards is Jan. 18
  • Indiana Chapter Members Reach Beam Club Presidential Level and Hall of Fame
  • ABC Member Logo Stickers Available Now
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    PLA Mandate Placed on Navy Construction Project in Washington
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    ABC is strongly opposing a decision by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest to mandate that contractors use a PLA on the construction of a $450 million to $550 million explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington. More


    Pennsylvania County Resolution Bans PLAs on County-Funded Projects
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    ABC's Western Pennsylvania Chapter Jan. 9 celebrated a win for merit shop contractors when the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that bans the use of PLAs on county-funded projects. More

    2012 Health Care Law Compliance Checklist Now Available
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    To help members make sure they are in compliance with the new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or health care law, ABC is offering a 2012 compliance checklist. More



    IRS Issues Guidance for Reporting Health Care Costs on Employees' W-2s
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The IRS in January offered additional guidance on a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will require employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan on each employee's W-2 form. More

    BizCon Early-Bird Deadline Ends Jan. 13
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    ABC members who register online by Jan. 13 can take advantage of up to $200 off the registration price for ABC's 2012 BizCon, taking place Feb. 21-22 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. More



    Deadline to Register for Excellence in Construction Awards is Jan. 18
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    ABC members can now register to attend the Excellence in Construction Awards celebration that also includes presentations for the National Safety Excellence Awards and the National Diversity Excellence Awards. More

    Indiana Chapter Members Reach Beam Club Presidential Level and Hall of Fame
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    ABC announced it will add the name of Indiana Chapter member James Crail, of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, to the Beam Club Hall of Fame plaque and congratulated Indiana Chapter members Albert W. Wurster, Wurster Construction Co., Inc., and Kenneth J. Hedlund, Somerset CPAs, P.C., for achieving Presidential Level status in ABC National's Beam Club. More



    ABC Member Logo Stickers Available Now
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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 Money on Fleet Management with Enterprise Discounts
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    ABC members can reduce fleet management costs and gain access to special manufacturer discounts with Enterprise, this week's featured business partner. Members also can save on Verizon wireless services and Aramark work apparel and uniform services. More

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    NLRB Appointments Draw GOP Fire, Unions' Praise
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    President Barack Obama has sparked a wave of controversy by using recess appointments to fill three slots on the National Labor Relations Board. Labor union officials praised Obama's Jan. 4 announcement naming two Democrats and one Republican to the NLRB. But leading congressional Republicans and business organizations are outraged. More



    Democratic National Convention Getting Little Help from Unions
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    Angered by the choice of a union-hostile city for the Democratic National Convention, Big Labor is still sitting on the sidelines as planning for the big show kicks into high gear. Several unions, including the AFL-CIO, say they haven't decided how involved they'll be in Charlotte. Others expect to scale back. More

    Bay City Amends Prevailing Wage Ordinance
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Right-to-work legislation has been introduced in Indiana and might actually win Gov. Mitch Daniels' signature by the time Super Bowl Sunday arrives on Feb. 5. The Great Lake State may need to follow suit to compete economically. Before it does, however, the people of Michigan should note that one city — Bay City — leapt headlong into the labor fray. More


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    Indiana House Panel Advances Right-to-Work Bill
    Indianapolis Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A panel of Indiana lawmakers voted along party lines to move divisive right-to-work legislation to the full House of Representatives. The House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 8-5 to advance a ban on employment contracts that require workers to pay union fees. The panel's Republican chairman, Douglas Gutwein of Francesville, did not accept any changes to the measure. More



    Contractor Prevails as OSHA Drops Case
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    Federal officials have withdrawn two serious safety citations against a Mississippi industrial painting contractor with a model safety record, saying the inspections that led to them should not have been allowed. The contractor, however, says the citations themselves were unfounded from the start and wants to dispel any notion that they were dropped on a technicality. More

    Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 0.9 Percent in November
    Site-K Construction Zone    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Total nonresidential construction spending increased 0.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $555.7 billion, according to the Jan. 3 report by the U.S. Commerce Department. However, total nonresidential spending is down 0.1 percent from one year ago. Private nonresidential construction spending was unchanged for the month, but is 4.5 percent higher than November 2010. More
     

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