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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

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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