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Rising Stars Came Together to Fight Hunger

In less than two hours, ten of our Rising Star members, along with other volunteers, turned 2,160 pounds of breakfast cereal into 180 cases totaling 720 bags, along with 22 totes, filled with cereal in smaller bags. In a typical day, Food LifeLine’s goal is to create 135,000 meals. In two hours, this crew created 105,000 meals, and Food LifeLine told us they’re going to deploy future volunteers using the process that ABC’s Rising Stars developed on the spot. Read the rest of entry »

Blue Wave to the Cascades, Red Wave in Eastern Washington

Elections brought a blue wave to the Cascades, countered by a red wave in Eastern Washington.  There are still a handful of state-level races to be decided before we know the final tally in the legislature, so watch for an update later next week. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Member David Benson Meets Senator Mark Miloscia

We endorse Mark Miloscia’s re-election bid because he’s highly attuned to the concerns of the construction industry.  He’s had almost 13,000 conversations on the doorstep of his constitutents’ homes and has listened to their concerns.  Miloscia, a Republican, was once a Democrat, and so he has a unique working relationship with legislators on both sides of the aisle and has been a true friend to the construction industry.  Read the rest of entry »

Not-to-be-missed Event for ABC Members

As the mid-term elections approach, events featuring high-profile speakers take on greater significance.  Two such events are coming up, and ABC of Western Washington has reserved tables for our members to attend. These events are well-worth setting time aside on your calendar to attend: Read the rest of entry »

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 »
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