Today, ABC PA testified before the House Labor & Industry Committee in support of advancing workforce development and ending discrimination within apprentice ratios for merit shop (non-joint) programs. Pennsylvania’s regulations say non-joint programs are required to have four journeypersons employed per apprentice, after the first apprentice is hired. For example, a business needs to have 20 journeypersons employed if they want to hire just five apprentices.
ABC PA is concerned by a September press release from the Attorney General’s Office publicizing their full investigation of alleged prevailing wage violations. Of concern, we are unaware of any precedent or instance where the Attorney General launched investigations on these matters. The regulations clearly state it is the duty of the Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry to investigate prevailing wage complaints, hold hearings, and determine if a violation occurred. Subchapter E. Prevailing Regulations § 9.111(a).
(HARRISBURG, PA.) Today, the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Pennsylvania applauded the efforts of Lebanon County Commissioners Robert Phillips and Bill Ames for their vote to prohibit the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on public works projects in the county. The ordinance makes Lebanon County the third county in the Commonwealth to prohibit the use of discriminatory PLAs.
Today, the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Pennsylvania applauded the efforts of both Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania legislature to address the Commonwealth’s workforce development needs through a series of resource investments and legislative proposals. The support follows several efforts outlined in Governor Wolf’s FY2020 budget address, as well as a bipartisan package of legislation introduced this week in the House of Representatives.
(East Norriton, PA) – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter commends the Commonwealth Court ruling that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation interfered with fair contracting in both Myers v. PennDOT and Eckman v. PennDOT. The two cases, supported by ABC of Pennsylvania, address the Markley Street Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in Norristown PA, which requires that if open shop contractors won the project, they would need to hire a union workforce to complete the work.
Today, the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Pennsylvania announced their endorsement of Republican Scott Wagner for Governor of Pennsylvania. The merit shop construction trade association cited Wagner’s commitment to free enterprise as a critical component to its support of his campaign.
(HARRISBURG, PA.) On February 6, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf outlined his proposal for the 2018-2019 Commonwealth budget, detailing his priorities for spending and revenue for the coming year.
The five chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors throughout Pennsylvania met earlier this month to evaluate candidates for statewide elected office and have endorsed five aspirants for the Commonwealth’s appellate courts in 2017. For Superior Court, ABC PA has endorsed Judge Emil Giordano, Judge Wade Kagarise, and Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman. For the two open seats on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court, ABC PA endorsed Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon and Paul Lalley.
The five chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors throughout Pennsylvania met earlier this month to evaluate candidates for statewide elected office and have endorsed United States Congressman Lou Barletta, a four-term Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district, for United States Senate in 2018. Barletta will face incumbent Democrat Bob Casey in November of 2018.
Congressman Scott Perry was in East Manchester Township today to see firsthand the continued need for infrastructure development in central Pennsylvania. Perry toured the Orchard Business Park, a logistics park adjacent to Interstate 83 under construction by Kinsley Construction, Inc. The project will ultimately provide much-needed logistics and warehouse space, serving as a vital distribution point for goods to the more than 51 million households within a day’s drive of the site.