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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

Diversity Programs


ABC believes that diversity is the expression of human life in all of its variations visible or invisible. ABC, its chapters and member companies embrace diversity as an empowering competitive advantage through education, awareness and business practices.

The national diversity committee has developed resources and tools to assist ABC members and chapters in working with America's diverse workforce. If you have any questions regarding these tools, please contact diversity@abc.org.

THE ABC DIVERSITY VALUE PROPOSITION


Diversity is a business imperative in order for ABC to remain the association of choice and for ABC members to remain competitive and sustainable. To better understand the impact of diversity has on your business and our industry, ABC’s national diversity committee developed the ABC Diversity Value Proposition.

EMPLOYER GUIDE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

ABC is committed to supporting industry efforts to overcome the challenges and maximize the opportunities associated with an increasingly diverse workforce and subcontractor/supplier base. ABC’s objective is to help shape an industry that is welcoming to all people—where employees and suppliers are limited only by their own potential, clients’ needs are actively served and shareholders receive value for their investment. The purpose of the Employer Guide is to provide guidance, direction, information, and reference materials for ABC member companies that are initiating or further developing an existing diversity and inclusion program. This resource is FREE to ABC members. Download a preview of the Employer Guide or request a copy of the complete guide.


ABC NATIONAL DIVERSITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS


The ABC National Diversity Excellence Awards recognize members that display exemplary diversity leadership in their company, workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices, and training and mentoring programs.



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