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TAKING ACTION

Legislators respond best to the people they represent. Any legislator will tell you he or she would rather hear from a constituent than anyone else. Members of Congress depend on ABC members like you to tell them how proposed legislation or regulations will affect the construction industry, your district and especially your company and its employees.

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

Communication by Telephone Calling is a great option when immediately trying to convey your opinion. Call a member of Congress’ office prior to an important vote to remind him or her how you would like them to vote. Congressional offices almost always count the number of calls received for and against certain pieces of legislation, and consider these calls an informal gauge of their constituents’ opinions. For example, with regard to the card check legislation, one Senate office told ABC that it had received 25 calls supporting the bill for every one call against the bill. ABC is strongly opposed to this legislation. See Appendix C for a Guide to Effective Calls.Guide to Effective Calls While it usually is best to put your views in writing to your legislators, when a vote is scheduled to take place immediately, calling your representative’s office is a very effective way to make your views known.Some points to keep in mind:Unless you are a personal friend of the legislator, it is not necessary to speak directly with him or her. You can leave a message about your concerns with the individual who answers the phone, or, better yet, with the legislator’s staff member who handles the particular issue in question. “I’d like to talk to the individual in your office who handles labor legislation.”Try not to argue. Just express your opinion. Say why you feel the way you do, and state what action you want your legislator to take. “I am against H.R.100 because it will cost my business more than $1,000 extra per employee each year– this is something I just cannot afford. Please let Representative Smith know that I urge him to vote ‘no’ on this bill.”Seek assurances that the message will be transmitted to your legislator, and request a response in writing. “Would you please pass this message directly to Representative Smith, and also send me a letter about his views on the bill?”It is very important when calling a legislator’s office to remember these cardinal rules:Be sure to give your full name and address; and, keep your call short and to the point.Your legislator’s number is available through the ABC Action app.Communicating by Fax and Email. When a bill is coming up for a vote, and there is not enough time for a letter or personal meeting, email and fax are the fastest ways to voice your opinion. The guidelines listed above for writing letters apply to these forms of communication as well. While personalized constituent correspondence is ideal, ABC also utilizes its Grassroots network and Voter VOICE software to distribute Action Alerts, making it easy to e-mail your legislators. A message is pre-written according to the legislation, and with only a few clicks a message is sent. When you receive an Action Alert, distribute it to your employees and associates- strength in numbers is the only way to be really effective in these instances.

2017 LEGISLATIVE ALERTS

HB 2439 - Responsible Bidder Requirements - 1st Notice

HB 2439 - Responsible Bidder Requirements - 2nd Notice

SB 1682 - Alarm System Licensing

APPRENTICESHIP Training & Education


Tens of thousands of apprentices and craft students train in more than 20 construction crafts through a national ABC network of 70 chapter offices across the country.  Classes in our construction programs feature scholarship opportunities in all trades.  

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.

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Carpentry

Carpenters are key to the success of a construction project.

Carpenters cut, shape, fit, and assemble building materials to construct buildings, bridges, highways, docks, and industrial plants.  Carpenters today build with wood, metal, concrete, plastics, composites of multiple materials, and more.  Following blueprints, they measure, lay out material, and then build foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. As a carpenter, you can specialize in areas like structural framework, concrete formwork, interior trim and cabinetry, commercial carpentry, and more.  In this craft, you get to use cool power tools like pneumatic nail fasteners, power saws and drills, and laser leveling tools.

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Electrical

Can you imagine a world without electricity?

Electricians are critical not only to the construction industry but to modern day life as we know it.  They install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems that are used for a variety of purposes, from lighting homes to running machinery, communications equipment, and much more.  Electricians need to be able to read blueprints to locate outlets, circuits, panel boards, and other equipment.  In most areas, electricians must be licensed.  In this craft, you’ll need to know the National Electrical Code as well as state and local building codes.  Your math skills and ability to visualize are very important.  Electricity is serious: your work needs to be accurate, and you must be able to follow strict safety procedures.

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Heavy Equipment

Equipment is an essential part of almost any construction project, residential or commercial, and includes bulldozers, excavators, forklifts, skid-steers, and of course, cranes.

Construction equipment operators use machinery to move both materials and earth before and during the construction process.  They clear the site, drive piles for the foundation, and move materials around the site as needed.  Another part of this job involves setting up and inspecting equipment, and may also include making adjustments, performing maintenance, or minor repairs.  Due to the increasing use of computerized controls, understanding of electronics and mechanical aptitude is critical.

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HVAC

Have you ever been hot and turned on the air conditioner, or cold and turned on some heat?  

Thank an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) technician for the ability to maintain your comfort level.  HVAC professionals install, maintain, and repair a building’s heating, cooling, and air circulation systems.  HVAC professionals actually perform several trades and tasks.  They do some electrical work; carpentry; welding, piping; sheetmetal; and even some IT work.  In addition to heating and cooling, ventilation is a critical issue.  The air in our buildings must be kept clean and circulated.  HVAC systems can be installed both indoors and outdoors, depending on the structure.  This trade works with a variety of material and equipment: air conditioners, fans, compressors, motors, heat pumps, furnaces, etc.

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Plumbing

Plumbers install and repair water, disposal, drainage, and gas systems during the beginning stage of a construction project.  Later in the project, they return to install and connect appliances and other plumbing fixtures, such as bathtubs, showers, sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and water heaters.

Plumbers can be found on just about every type of construction project: homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals, and power plants, to name just a few.  This trade works with a wide variety of piping material, such as copper, plastic, cast iron, and steel.  In addition to the prep work and appliance installation, plumbers cut and bend pipe to the needed length. They connect the pipes using appropriate fittings.
Plumbers can be found on just about every type of construction project: homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals, and power plants, to name just a few.  This trade works with a wide variety of piping material, such as copper, plastic, cast iron, and steel.  In addition to the prep work and appliance installation, plumbers cut and bend pipe to the needed length. They connect the pipes using appropriate fittings.

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