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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

Elevator Contractors Council


The ABC Elevator Contractors Council (ECC), formerly known as the Merit Elevator Contractors Association of America (MECAA), is a group of ABC members that banded together to advance and grow the merit shop elevator sector of the construction industry.

The group, which started as the ABC ECC and later became a standalone organization, rejoined ABC in 2012.
ABC ELEVATOR CONTRACTORS COUNCIL (ECC) – ELEVATOR CONTRACTOR AND MECHANIC LICENSING ISSUE BRIEF

In recent years, a number of states have considered new or expanded licensing requirements for contractors and mechanics performing construction services on elevators, escalators and other conveyance equipment. Many of these proposals have even impacted smaller conveyances, such as dumbwaiters and wheelchair lifts. 

Common-sense contractor and/or mechanic licensing requirements can help ensure the safety of the riding public and have broad support from industry stakeholders; however, many of the bills and proposed regulations contain unnecessary provisions that affect merit shop elevator contractors. In several places, these poorly drafted proposals were introduced at the request of organized labor and are intended to limit the ability of good contractors to obtain licenses for their employees.

One step that can be taken to correct this imbalance is for all states that require education as a basis for elevator contractor and mechanic licensing to recognize similar tests as equivalent to the National Elevator Industry Education Program (NEIEP). All states must ensure their statutes and regulations recognize that successful completion of the National Association of Elevator Contractors’ Certified Elevator Technician (CET) program satisfies education requirements for licensure. The CET program is federally recognized and the CET Certification Exam is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. 

In addition, states must offer reciprocity to elevator contractors and mechanics that hold licenses in other states with relatively equivalent licensing requirements. States that limit the ability of contractors to perform construction work in their state by denying licensure reciprocity stifle the ability of these firms to grow and create jobs. Qualified contractors and their hard-working employees should not be denied the ability to compete for opportunities to work on construction projects.

Contractors also should not be required to alter their hiring practices in order to take advantage of methods for obtaining licensure on an expedited basis in states that allow temporary or emergency licenses to be issued. States should take steps to ensure contractors are not required to hire workers from union hiring halls in order to obtain a license on an expedited basis, and that they are allowed to hire any qualified worker who creates value for their customers.

In addition, states should recognize the high-quality training members of the military receive while serving and provide these individuals with a competency-based, expedited pathway to licensure. 

Finally, state licensing statutes and regulations must recognize the differences in training requirements between commercial and accessibility elevator construction, installation and maintenance. 
The ABC ECC is tracking state licensing requirements for elevator contractors and mechanics. An interactive map outlining the requirements in each state will be available soon.
To learn more about joining the ABC ECC, email elevators@abc.org.