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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)   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

October is Careers in Construction Month

10/15/2015 12:29 PM
October is Careers in Construction Month, so let's talk about what we are doing as an organization to close the construction skilled workforce gap.
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The 2015 ABC NorCal Craft Competition is coming!

9/11/2015 1:15 AM
The road to the ABC National Craft Championships starts with a local craft competition in Livermore. On November 7, our talented electrical and carpentry apprentices will compete for top honors and the chance to showcase their skills at the national competition in Ft. Lauderdale in March 2016. 
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A Labor Day tip to those looking for a rewarding career

9/2/2015 1:42 PM
Labor Day is a day of tribute to American workers of all professions. It also marks the beginning of the new school year, when many students begin thinking about their future career paths. If you’re looking for a rewarding career, here’s a tip: consider building your future in construction. 
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What's in a phrase? "Skilled and trained workforce"

7/29/2015 11:31 PM
The phrase “skilled and trained workforce” has made its way into CA several bills that will require a percentage of a contractor's experienced workforce to have at least as many hours of on-the-job training as a state approved apprenticeship program graduate AND be graduates from a state approved apprenticeship program or federal apprenticeship program outside of CA. Here's what you can do right now to ensure you have the workforce you need to bid the work you want. Read the rest of entry »

We're more than just apprenticeship and public works

5/28/2015 9:17 AM
This busy summer season, you can look to us for more than just public works, apprenticeship and compliance! Yes, those are our "signature services" and we excel at them. But did you know that we have a whole host of programs that support the other side - the private side of construction?

Here's just a few ways we can help you, your employees and your bottom line. #lovewhatyoudo, #lovewhatyoubuild
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The happiest employees on Earth

5/21/2015 6:52 PM
The other day I stumbled across a great blog post by Garret Murai of Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean, LLP (thank you Garret) and found that it made a great case for getting into construction. Today I am going to borrow some of that content now to help persuade those “on the fence” about applying to our Apprenticeship Programs that apprenticeship really can open doors to the life you want.
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