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San Francisco Supervisors Should Not Bar Local Workers From Construction Projects

11/27/2018 3:18 PM
The Budget and Finance Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor will vote Thursday, November 29, on a measure that would effectively shut out many non-local workers from having their firms bid on construction work. If passed, it will come before the full board next week. In a 588-word editorial available for free media use as content for publications and websites, or as background material for reporters covering the Board, Ed Noble, a Bay Area resident with 45 years in the electrical business, explains what’s really at stake for fair employment and for the San Francisco taxpayer . Noble can be reached at 916-452-3198 or by email at enoble@helixelectric.com. Further information can be obtained from Nicole Goehring, Community and Government Relations Director, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California, 925-960-8513, nicole@abcnorcal.org Will City Shut Out Proven Electricians and Local Tradesmen and Tradeswomen? B ... Read the rest of entry »

National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated in Northern California

11/15/2018 7:11 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michele Daugherty, President and CEO, 925-960-8519, michele@abcnorcal.org National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated in Northern California ABC Northern California Chapter joins U.S. Department of Labor to highlight apprenticeship programs LIVERMORE, Calif., November 14, 2018 — Students from Del Valle High School in Livermore, CA will visit the Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter (ABC NorCal) training facility, tomorrow, November 15, to get an overview of life as an apprentice. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, students will be trained by ABC NorCal instructors and be encouraged to look at alternative options for education outside of college to put them on a path for a career in the trades. Several associations and companies across the nation are joining the United States Department of Labor throughout the week to highlight the benefits of apprenticeship programs in preparing a highly-skilled workforce t ... Read the rest of entry »

Sacramento City Council should reject project labor agreement. Published by Sacramento Business Journal

8/21/2018 11:01 AM
By Michele Daugherty Aug 16, 2018, 2:11pm Why would the Sacramento City Council even consider diluting already thin city revenues further by adopting an arcane hiring practice meant to benefit only one group over the greater good of the citizens it’s supposed to represent?It’s a question the council will have to answer when it shortly considers implementing a project labor agreement (PLA) for all the city’s future construction needs.Traditionally, PLAs require the use of union labor, even when the successful bidding company is non-union, thereby discouraging local construction firms from bidding. In short, construction firms owned by women, veterans and minorities – being generally smaller and non-union – need not apply.When non-union contractors bid on work, they base the bid on their crews’ talent, training, experience, commitment to quality and track record of performing work safely and ethically. Should a non-union company be granted the contract, it must ... Read the rest of entry »

Attempt at Statewide Project Labor Agreement Defeated—For Now

6/26/2018 8:05 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michele Daugherty, President and CEO, 925-960-8519, michele@abcnorcal.org Attempt at Statewide Project Labor Agreement Defeated—For Now Construction group applauds removal of Senate Bill 825 from further consideration   LIVERMORE, Calif., June 25, 2018—The association representing 500 large and small construction companies throughout Northern California today applauded last Tuesday’s removal of Senate Bill 825 from further voting.  The measure would have imposed a statewide project labor agreement (PLA) on publicly funded construction projects undertaken by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Traditionally, PLAs require the use of union labor, even when the successful bidding company is non-union. So, when a non-union company is granted the contract, it is not able to use their own skilled and trained journey-workers and apprentices (including minorities, veterans, and those employees formerly incarcerated ... Read the rest of entry »

Comment on Today’s Bad Decision by State Senate Committee

6/18/2018 3:23 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michele Daugherty, President and CEO, 925-960-8519, michele@abcnorcal.org Comment on Today’s Bad Decision by State Senate Committee Taking Senate Bill 825 off the suspense file and the passing it hurts workers, prisons, communities   LIVERMORE, Calif., May 25, 2018— The following statement was issued by Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter of Northern California (ABC NorCal), following today’s vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee to remove Senate Bill 825 from the suspense file and then pass it to the full Senate on a 5-2 vote. “It’s rare for one legislative proposal to be so harmful to so many people in so many ways, rarer still that it should have advanced as far as it has, and rarest of all that a legislative committee would ignore the analysis of its own staff. “Up until now, senators have been taken aback by the turnout of opponents at previous committee hearings- ... Read the rest of entry »

Senate Committee Gives Working Californians a Reprieve

6/18/2018 3:12 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michele Daugherty, President and CEO, 925-960-8519, michele@abcnorcal.org Senate Committee Gives Working Californians a Reprieve Moving Senate Bill 825 to suspense file helpful for construction workers and former inmates   LIVERMORE, Calif., April 24, 2018—The following statement was issued by Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter of Northern California (ABC NorCal), following yesterday’s Senate Appropriations Committee action to move Senate Bill 825 to the suspense file. A committee analysis of the bill warned, “Unknown, potentially-significant project cost increases if CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] entering into a community workforce agreement results in fewer contract bids or higher associated construction costs for projects over $500,000.” “We are heartened that the Senate Appropriations Committee has moved Senate Bill 825 to the suspense file, ... Read the rest of entry »

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 »

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) https://cvbj.biz/2017/07/17/three-area-builders-receive-safety-award/   Escalon Times (C.T. Brayton & Sons, Diede Construction, SJRRSS) http://escalontimes.com/section/11/article/6505/   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) http://napavalleyregister.com/business/nova-group-receives-safety-award/article_61cd86b3-e88d-5549-8dd6-143f9a888a8c.html   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
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