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In this issue...

  • SSA resumes sending 'no-match' letters to employers; USCIS finalizes I-9 rule
  • OSHA begins campaign focused on heat illness
  • USACE issues PLA surveys for New York and Texas projects
  • Teaming up on small business and other federal set-asides
  • ABC names Keystone Chapter member to Beam Club Hall of Fame
  • ABC members can save money on prevailing wage contracts




  • SSA resumes sending 'no-match' letters to employers; USCIS finalizes I-9 rule
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Social Security Administration has resumed sending "no-match" letters to employers when an employee's name does not match the Social Security number provided on his or her W-2 Form. In addition, USCIS published a final rule revising the Form I-9. More




    OSHA begins campaign focused on heat illness
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    OSHA is conducting a national outreach initiative to educate workers and employers about the hazards of heat illness. More

    USACE issues PLA surveys for New York and Texas projects
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This week, the USACE issued two surveys requesting information from the construction industry on potential PLA mandates for construction projects in New York and Texas. More

    Teaming up on small business and other federal set-asides
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Register now for the ABC webinar, "Teaming on Small Business and Other Federal Set-Asides," on Monday, May 9, at 2 p.m. (ET). More

    ABC names Keystone Chapter member to Beam Club Hall of Fame
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    ABC added the name of Keystone Chapter member Stephen R. Campbell, of S.R. Campbell Associates, Inc., to the Beam Club Hall of Fame plaque at ABC National headquarters. More

    ABC members can save money on prevailing wage contracts
    ABC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Contractors Plan can reduce hourly prevailing wage payroll costs by 6.5 percent or more. More

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    Poll

    This week's question

    Which of the following steps does your company take to prevent heat-related illnesses in the summer?

  • Cooling/hydration stations
  • Mandatory breaks
  • Training to recognize symptoms
  • All of the above
  • None of the above

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    Last week's poll results

    What type of employee drug testing does your company do?

  • Site-based testing (2%)
  • Lab-based testing (65%)
  • Both site- and lab-based (14%)
  • None (18%)







  • GOP senators respond to NLRB's Boeing decision
    The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A pair of prominent Republican senators is firing back against a couple of recent National Labor Relations Board decisions. Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina plan to introduce legislation this week that would strengthen the protection of right-to-work laws, which say that employees cannot be required to join a union. More

    For unions, pensions drive policy
    Washington Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Labor policy jumped to the forefront of the nation's political debate following the election of Barack Obama as president. Obama got a boost from organized labor support, and when he came into office he indicated that he would pursue the most pro-union agenda of any president in years. More



    A crisis moment for the US labor movement
    CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One of the most widely circulated photographs during the Wisconsin union battle was of a protester in Madison holding up a sign that read: "Dear Barack, Please put on your comfortable shoes. Love, America." While that sign may not have meant anything to the rest of the country, those in the labor movement were all too aware that the president hadn't lived up to one of his most explicit promises. More

    First quarter 2011 GDP: Nonresidential investment falls
    The American Surveyor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the deepest downturn in nearly two years, investment in nonresidential structures — the construction of new buildings — dropped 21.7 percent in the first quarter of this year following a 7.6 percent increase in the fourth quarter of last year, according to the April 28 Gross Domestic Product report by the Department of Commerce. More



    Opinion: A new immigration consensus
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Last month, President Obama convened a diverse group of business executives, mayors, law enforcement leaders, ministers and advocates at the White House to discuss a problem that threatens America's economic future — our broken immigration system. We've tried before to fix it. More

    Louisiana senate bill preempts union-backed project labor agreements
    The Pelican Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a preemptive move against construction agreements between employers and unions, negotiated before workers are hired, Louisiana state Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metaire, has introduced legislation to safeguard competitive bidding practices. Senate Bill 76 prevents state government officials from mandating project labor agreements on publicly funded construction projects. More

    Examining the Department of Labor's implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act
    The Heritage Foundation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The GAO has identified many severe flaws in the process used to calculate Davis–Bacon prevailing wages. However, two aspects of the Department of Labor's methodology are particularly problematic: the use of a non-representative sample and excessively small samples. These errors render Davis–Bacon wage estimates scientifically meaningless. More
     
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