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Getting Your Flu Shot Is Even More Important This Year

While the world continues to wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, this year it may be more important than ever to make sure you get your flu shot. The flu season in the United States typically lasts from December to February. That means that now is the time to get your vaccine to ensure you are protected once the flu season is in full swing. Many health officials fear that if the US does not have widespread vaccination against the flu this winter, we may face what the New York Times recently dubbed a “twindemic” with the flu season piling on top of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Tell Governor Inslee to Fill the Unemployment Fund with CARES Act Funds!

COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on consumers and businesses. As you know, many businesses throughout Washington and our nation were forced to close or severely curtail their operations because of the pandemic. The mass layoffs resulting from swift government action in response to public health concerns put enormous pressure on our unemployment insurance system.  

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ABC's Diversity Committee Responds to Black Lives Matter

Despite all of our successful initiatives and programs, BLM is a wake-up call that we still have work to do. We need to be a louder voice and act more proactively towards closing the disparity gap between Black Americans and all others in our industry. We recognize the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and know that we can do more for our industry and the community.

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Meet the Candidates Attending ABC's Town Hall featuring Washington's 10th Congressional District

ABC of Western Washington invited four Congressional candidates for Washington's open 10th Congressional District:

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Chapter Launches Virtual Town Hall Meeting Featuring Congressional Candidates

ABC of Western Washington's government affairs strategy focuses on issues that impact the constrution economy, driven by our unfaltering belief in the Open Shop Philosophy:

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Governor Inslee's Construction Restart Proclamation Addendum & Requirements

Governor Inslee signed the Construction Restart Addendum to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation moments ago, outlining the requiements for construction to resume at existing jobsites. Please note that FULL compliance is required to re-open and to avoid sanctions that could include shutting down jobsites. ABC Staff is working through the requirements as we speak to ensure the chapter's Job Safety Plan template is current, and the revised version will highlight changes so that it's easy to modify your company-specific plans as soon as possible. The job safety plan is one of the requirements to re-open, and we urge all members to ensure you're prepared for FULL compliance before opening. Contact Tony Incrocci, Safety Manager and/or Andy Kaplowitz, Vice President of Government Affairs with questions or for assistance.  We also encourage ABC members to turn to fellow members for assitance and guidance to get back up and running.  The safety of all construction workers and our communit ... Read the rest of entry »

Member Synergy, Inc. Receives Pyramid Award from ABC National

The 2019 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2019. During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee. 

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Important Clarification Regarding Gov. Inslee's Stay Healthy, Stay Home Proclamation 25-20

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Stay Healthy, Stay Home Proclamation 25-20 and on March 25 issued a Construction Guidance memo clarifying that construction is NOT considered essential, other than exceptions for limited circumstances. We are advising construction companies to: Read the attached Construction Guidance dated March 25, 2020. Know your contracts: be sure you understand contract provisions related to failure to comply with safety standards. Work with Owners and construction team partners to determine how the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order 25-20, the subsequent list of Essential activities, and the new guidance impacts your job. We urge our members to ensure that they are FULLY compliant with standard health and safety regulations along with the COVID-19 specific notices provided by WA DOH, CDC, and local jurisdictions. There will be efforts from various sources to identify non-compliance, which could involve fina ... Read the rest of entry »

COVID-19 and L&I: Question and Answer

Labor and Industries have defined how they view infectious diseases, and while they have not specifically named COVID-19, based on the examples they use (Influenza, H1N1, MERS, SARS) we anticipate that claims filed for COVID-19 will be treated the same way. To help understand the rules, we have provided a quick question and answer for you.

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ACTION Alerts & Weekly Legislative Update for March 3, 2020

ABC opposes HB 1110 and HB 2409.  A hearing on HB 1110 is scheduled for Monday afternoon.  The bill would establish a low carbon fuel standard that has been proven to be both costly and ineffective.  We need members to contact Senators on the Transportation Committee and ask them to vote NO on HB 1110.  HB 2409 is on its way to the Senate floor for a vote. Read on for more...

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