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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 »

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 »
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