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Member of ABCIL receive several benefits.  Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to:

Networking:  Members are invited to casual networking events that allow our members to build relationships with fell ABCIL members - subcontractors and general contractors - inviting new project opportunities.  These events are held several different times throughout the year in varying locations throughout the state.
Click here to see our upcoming networking events.

Bid Alerts:  ABC offers an online bid alert service that allows merit shop or open shop member and non-member companies to submit job opening alerts to our members, giving them the opportunity to bid on work.  The process is simple; the submitting company fills out a form provided by ABCIL with the job details, ABCIL then sends a Bid Alert via email to all members who meet the job requirements and encourage them to take advantage of the new opportunities at hand. ABC members are able to bid and win work frequently by taking of advantage of our bid alerts!

Education & Training Discounts:  All members of ABCIL who wish to train their employees are eligible to take advantage of our approved Department of Labor Certified Program, and will receive a discounted tuition rate of $500-$3000 per student, depending on the enrolled trade.
All of ABCIL’s Apprenticeship Training Program courses are registered with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (DOL-OA). This affiliation gives students the option of becoming a registered apprentice with DOL-OA.  In order to qualify, a student is obligated to complete a separate application and monitoring process and must have a sponsor employer.  ABCIL has a US DOL registered apprenticeship training program that meets the requirements outlined in the RBO.  We offer registered training in the following programs:  Carpentry, Electrical, Operating Engineer (HEO), Painting, Pipefitting, Plumbing, Welding, Cement Masonry, Roofing, and Construction Craft Laborer.  Membership with ABCIL ensures you can be in compliance with the apprenticeship requirement when bidding public work with an RBO.
Click here for more information on our Education and Training programs.

Insurance:  ABCIL has partnered with Candos Agency/Farmer’s Insurance to give members the most competitive rate available on their workman’s comp. While the best candidates for savings are those in the artisan trades, Candos Agency/Farmer’s offer an additional discount to their clients for being a member of ABCIL. In additional to their workman’s compensation plans, they also offer competitive life, auto, home, and heath policies.
Click here for more information on workman's compensation.

Employee Handbook:  ABC offers an employee handbook FREE to members that has been written by ABCIL Chapter Labor Counsel. The handbook is a template for companies to customize with their information, and meets the National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission’s rules and regulations.

Pro-Business Legislation: ABC has lobbyists at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois. They ensure that the views of our members are brought to the forefront when any legislation involving construction or business is under discussion. Involvement of ABC members in the legislative process is required if you want your voice heard at the State Capitol.
Additionally, ABC has formed a state legislative committee to examine any proposed legislation and determine the position our organization should take in order to best represent our members.
Click here for more information on lobbying.

Member Discount Programs: Save money with Exclusive Discounts from ABC’s Business Partners such as $1,500 on new GM, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles; up to 22% on Verizon phones and internet services; 29% on Fed Ex Services; and discounted lab services for drug/alcohol testing, to name a few.  In addition, ABCIL has five regional safety service companies to assist you with mock OSHA inspections, safety policies, and fringe benefit packages. 
Click here for more information on member discount programs.

Substance Abuse Policy:  Substance The new prevailing wage legislation that was passed in March of 2006 requires all companies that do prevailing wage work to have written drug testing plans in place and be part of a random testing program.
You must have a program in place and activated at least three months prior to starting any project if you do not want delays due to employees needing to be tested.  ABC, in conjunction with Midwest Service Corporation, offers a Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP).  Some of the benefits are:  low annual fee with a reduction in testing fees for ABCIL members; State-wide coverage means a potentially larger pool of individuals for random testing; meets new state prevailing wage regulations. 

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