Another State Senate Committee Ignores Compelling Testimony

4/12/2018 2:05 PM
Another State Senate Committee Ignores Compelling Testimony Is Senate Bill 825 greased for passage regardless of its manifest flaws? LIVERMORE, Calif., April 12, 2018—The following statement was issued by Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter of Northern California, following yesterday’s 4-1 passage of Senate Bill 825 by the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee. “Our hope for the thousands of construction-industry small businesses and their employees, many of whom are veterans, women, minorities, and the formerly incarcerated looking to succeed at life on the outside, is that the full California Senate truly listens to the compelling testimony about the harm Senate Bill 825 will do if it becomes law. Testimony that two of its committees seems to have willfully ignored. At some point, good public policy has to rise above the bidding on behalf of narrow special interests.” Background Senate Bill 825 would require t ... Read the rest of entry »

Will Senate Committee Vote to Eliminate Construction Opportunities?

4/9/2018 2:02 PM
Will Senate Committee Vote to Eliminate Construction Opportunities? If passed, Bill 825 will have punishing effect on women-owned companies, veterans, and the formerly incarcerated LIVERMORE, Calif., April 9, 2018—A committee of the State Senate will this week consider a dual-action bill that would simultaneously prohibit most construction companies from competing on Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation projects for 10 years and eliminate pre-apprenticeship curricula that has facilitated employment opportunities for thousands of men and women in California. A hearing on Senate Bill 825 will be held by the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee in Room 2040 of the State Capitol, Wednesday, April 11, at 9:30 a.m. The hearing can be viewed live on the California Senate website. Section 2 of Senate Bill 825 would erect a barrier against smaller construction companies, including those owned by women and minorities, by requiring CDCR to sign a 10-year community workforce agreement ... Read the rest of entry »

Senate Committee: No Turning Your Lives Around

3/20/2018 1:57 PM
Senate Committee: No Turning Your Lives Around Today’s passage of SB 825 would eliminate current training that helps individual re-entry into sustainable careers. LIVERMORE, Calif., March 20, 2018—The following statement was issued by Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter of Northern California, after today’s 5-2 passage of Senate Bill 825 by the Senate Public Safety Committee. "We are disappointed that the committee chose to disregard the voices of hard-working Californians who have turned their lives around through Nationally Accredited Training Programs and dedicated their lives to building and rebuilding the California of tomorrow. Senate Bill 825 limits job opportunities for Californians, notably formerly incarcerated men and women seeking a way out of jail and on the road to their dreams, and it thwarts construction of state prisons that will keep our communities safe. We will not give up our journey to urge state leaders to d ... Read the rest of entry »

Workers Will Urge Senate Committee on Tuesday Not to Limit Prison Jobs

3/19/2018 12:45 PM
Workers Will Urge Senate Committee on Tuesday Not to Limit Prison Jobs  Senate Bill 825 to prohibit pre-apprenticeship programs harms women, minorities, veterans LIVERMORE, Calif., March 19, 2018—Construction industry workers will address the Senate Public Safety Committee at its hearing on Tuesday, March 20, at 9:30 a.m.  They will ask for rejection of Senate Bill 825, which would limit the job opportunities that are turning many Californians’ lives around. Veteran construction worker Sergio Cortez will point out the harmful effects SB 825 would have on the post-prison lives of inmates when he testifies before the committee. He will take aim at one provision of SB 825 that would eliminate the pre-apprenticeship curricula developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. A curriculum that has trained many ex-convicts, and, according to Cortez, is still being used in Folsom and other prisons around the state. Cortez is the workforce development ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC NorCal Salutes Industry Leaders with “Excellence in Construction” Award

1/25/2018 10:52 AM
ABC NorCal Salutes Industry Leaders with “Excellence in Construction” Award Competition serves to raise the level of standards by recognizing workmanship, showcasing results LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 25, 2018—Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California (ABC NorCal) honored local contractors with the distinguished “Excellence in Construction” Award for their efforts to make a positive difference in the construction industry and Northern California communities during the 2017 calendar year.  For over 30 years, ABC has presented the “Excellence in Construction” Award to contractors that have best demonstrated superior service, excellence in safety, and practices as construction industry leaders. Criteria for selection include: commitment to safety, innovation, value analysis and engineering process, and project productivity. “ABC NorCal is proud to tip our hard hat and recognize these amazing Golden State construction l ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC NorCal Announces Historic Partnership With Go Build California

1/17/2018 1:04 PM
New statewide workforce development campaign will launch with financial support and mentorship from leading California construction groups LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 17, 2018— Associated Builders and Contractors announced its partnership with Go Build California, a new statewide campaign launched this week to promote workforce development and mentorship in the construction industry. ABC joins other leading statewide industry organizations, including the AGC Construction Education Foundation (AGC CEF), the workforce development arm of the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) California Homebuilding Foundation (CAHF), Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX) Education Foundation, and Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA). Go Build California is supported by additional program sponsors including ABC NorCal member Royal Electric and Marina Landscape. “Labor shortages are the number one issue affecting the construction industry as we enter 2018,” said ABC Nor ... Read the rest of entry »

Let’s Tip Our Hats to the Hard Hats During “Careers in Construction Month” By Michele Daugherty

10/12/2017 9:11 AM
By: Michele Daugherty President & CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors Northern California Thursday, October 12th, 2017 The Legislature has adjourned for the year and Governor Brown has until this Friday to decide on the remaining stack of bills that have arrived on his desk. If last year, policy-wise, was considered the “Year of the Highway” with marked transportation reforms, 2017 has clearly been regarded as the “Year of Hammer to Nail,” with great focus and emphasis on building (or rebuilding) homes, structures and cities across the Golden State. ABC Northern California (ABC NorCal) represents more than 500 construction and contractor member companies and their employees, spanning 48 counties in the state, all of whom play a vital role in literally creating a foundation, high paying jobs and economic growth in our communities. As our organization commemorates “Careers in Construction Month” during October, we take a moment to tip ou ... Read the rest of entry »

2017 ABC NorCal STEP Safety Award Winners in the News!!!

7/27/2017 9:21 AM
ABC NorCal Chapter is proud to honor 25 of our distinguished members with the 2017 Safety Training Evaluation Process Awards for their commitment to safety in the workplace. Here are some terrific media stories about some of our great honorees:   Central Valley Business Journal (C.T. Brayton & Sons/Escalon, Diede Construction/Lodi, SJRRSS, Inc./Stockton, Menghetti Construction/Modesto)   Escalon Times (C.T. Brayton & Sons, Diede Construction, SJRRSS)   Napa Valley Register (Nova Group, Inc./Napa); Fresno Bee (Soltek Pacific Construction Company/Clovis; Four C’s Construction Company/Fresno, Fresno Plumbing & Heating, Inc./Fresno)   The Independent (Robert Tucknott & Associates/Livermore). http://www.independentn ... Read the rest of entry »

State Center Community College District and Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter to host July 11 Job Fair for recent Building Trades Boot Camp graduates

7/6/2017 12:22 PM
On Tuesday, July 11, State Center Community College District (SCCCD) in partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter will hold a Job Fair to help place recent SCCCD graduates of a 12-week Building Trades Boot Camp into entry level construction jobs. Read more

ABC NorCal Members Hear from Vice President Pence at Legislative Day

6/22/2017 5:20 PM
ABC Northern California Members and staff journeyed to Washington D.C. to join forces with 400 other members and friends for ABC's Annual Legislative Day on June 22, 2017.  During this productive, action-packed day, ABC Members swarmed the Capitol to meet with and educate Congress members about the benefits of merit shop programs and other industry priorities, and enjoyed an inspirational keynote address to longtime ABC friend, Vice President Mike Pence.  In his remarks, Pence hailed ABC as "the Marine Corps of American politics - the first on the beach for freedom in the workplace." ABC NorCal Chapter was also honored by ABC National with the Bronze Award for Outstanding Grassroots Performance. Thank you to those who attended, and way to go ABC NorCal for getting involved and heard.  CLICK HERE to read the full transcript of VP Pence's remarks.
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