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Three Days of Moving ABC Member Priorities Forward in Washington State

 When it comes to the important work of advancing the issues that our members tell us are most important, we hope you find comfort in the knowledge that your team is working hard, both locally and nationally to do just that. Read the rest of entry »

Primary Election Update

While last Tuesday’s primary election suggests a blue wave is coming in November, many races remain competitive and are definitely within reach for ABC’s endorsed candidates. Here’s a breakdown of primary outcomes and some thoughts about the General Election, which is less than 100 days away: Read the rest of entry »

Managing Heat Stress at the Height of Summer

As we enter the hottest part of the year here in the Northwest, it’s important to review heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke is the most serious, but heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash can also be avoided with planning and preparation.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Member Dochnahl Construction Hosts Candidates for Early Morning Meet-and-Greet

Every vote counts – that’s the message that ABC-endorsed candidates for State Legislative District 5 Chad Magendanz (position 1,) and Representative Paul Graves (position 2) delivered during an early morning visit to Dochnahl Construction in Renton last Thursday. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Members Tee Off for Grassroots Golf

ABC members and guests spent a spectacular day out on the course for ABC’s annual Golf Extravaganza on July 12th at Oakbrook Golf Course. Sponsors greeted every foursome out on the tee boxes, and fun was had by all. Winning the Competitive Flight and the Eternal Trophy was the HUB International foursome: Richard Malowney, TJ Frost, Aran Buchan, and Max Martin. Coming in second was Ryan Haggard and Doug Jones (Haggard Electric), Jeremy Bright (Capital Benefit Services), and Matt Stewart (Synergy Construction). Third place in the Competitive Flight was won by the Washington Commercial Painters foursome: John Noble, Hayley Noble, Josh Griesse, and Jordan Korneliussen.  First place in the Fun Flight went to The NorthStar CG LP foursome: Kyle Kosko, Todd Smith, Brian Schoonover, and Jeff Wunderlich. Second place went to the Traffic Control Services foursome: Chris and Jennifer Lee, Evan Pate, and Adam Taylor. The Fun Flight third place was won by Joel Palmer and Steven Thom ... Read the rest of entry »

Public-Sector Union Workers are no Longer Required to Pay for Union Representation and Negotiation

U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling overturned a 1977 precedent on public-sector unions.  With the late June ruling in Janus v AFSCME, public-sector workers are no longer compelled to pay for union representation and negotiation.  The rule deals “a severe blow to perhaps the strongest remaining redoubt of the American labor movement,” The Wall Street Journal reported.  This ruling will likely cost Washington state’s public-sector unions millions of dollars and thousands of members. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Leaders Make Their Voices Heard During Legislative Week

During Legislative Week 2018, more than 500 ABC members nationwide came to Washington, D.C., for meetings with top administration and congressional leaders on the issues that impact the merit shop construction industry.  Read the rest of entry »

Does Last Week's SCOTUS Ruling Provide Clues About Janus Case?

LAST WEEK the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued an employer-friendly ruling that may be a good indication of which way they’re headed next month on the Janus case.   Read the rest of entry »

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners of ABC's Annual Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards!

ABC Members and their project teams gathered on May 10 to celebrate the ABC Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Spirits were high as each team went up on stage to receive their award. Rafn Company's HomeStreet Bank Corporate Offices project was selected as the Eagle of Excellence winner. Synergy Construction’s Twin Lakes Landing project was selected as the second place, Pyramid Award winner. Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Western Washington Supports YES on I-1608 (Regarding Transparency in Government)

Initiative Measure No. 1608 would make collective bargaining sessions between public employers and employee organizations open for public observation and recording, make bargaining proposals public, and establish an online library of public collective bargaining agreements. Read the rest of entry »
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