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Second Chance Hiring Through Workforce Foundation

Workforce Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to change the lives of people impacted by incarceration and help them become productive, contributing members of society. The organization was formed to bring a new approach to America’s dilemma: the U.S. has more adults incarcerated than any nation on Earth, with a recidivism (re-offending) rate of over 75%. What we’re doing is not working – we need a new way. Read the rest of entry »

Congratulations to the 2019 Excellence in Construction & Safety Award Winners!

ABC Members and their project teams gathered on May 9th to celebrate the ABC Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. Labor shortages, occupancy, time and space constraints, unexpected finds and cleanup, hazardous materials, and client-driven increases in scope are just a few of the challenges ABC of Western Washington member companies faced and overcame last year. These awards credit all individuals within the teams responsible for producing winning projects from subcontractors and suppliers, to owners, architects, and engineers. This is also an opportunity to celebrate ABC of Western Washington members’ commitment to the Merit Shop® philosophy where work is awarded to the most qualified and lowest bidder regardless of labor affiliation.  This year, out of the 14 awards given, Rafn Company won the Eagle of Excellence Award which honors the overall best project submitted. Those who are familiar with this industry and the qualifi ... Read the rest of entry »

Don't Let the New Public Works and Prevailing Wage Training Requirements Take You by Surprise!

March 23rd, Governor Inslee signed HB 1673, adding training on public works and prevailing wage requirements to responsible bidder criteria. Beginning July 1, 2019, all businesses are required to complete training before bidding and/or performing work on public works projects. All businesses NOT on the Public Works Training Exemption List must complete the Prevailing Wage and Public Works Training before July 1, 2019.   Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of April 8, 2019

Both the Senate and House budges include similar spending levels, but the key differences are in the tax packages, with the Senate including about $1.3 billion in increased state revenues, while the House budget calls for $3.8 billion. Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of April 1, 2019

Since I joined the staff at ABC of Western Washington, there are two questions that I try ask our business owner members when we first meet.  I don't often lead with these, but they find their way into the conversation. The first question is 'How is their business doing, and what's getting in the way of achieving even better results?'  When our member seems engaged, the other question follows; an invitation to participate on our Government Affairs Council.  (Did you expect something else?) With the first question, the answer I hear far more than anything else, more than lower taxes, more often than 'get the government out of my business,' our members say that as well as their business is doing, if there were more skilled job candidates available to hire, their business would do much better.  Many of our members have backlogs on projects that are months long, some members have backlogs approaching two years, and they're turning away business from loyal customers, not just prospective ... Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of March 18, 2019

Last Wednesday, all non-budget bills had to move out of the house of origin or the bill was considered dead, and the legislature has already begun the second round of policy committee hearings for the bills that passed the opposite house. It's worth noting that this does not mean that an issue could not be reintroduced through the budget as an NTIB (Necessary to Implement the Budget). The cut-off was good for ABC members, as the cut-off deadline resulted in many bills that are bad for the construction economy died a quiet death, including the Qui Tam bill (HB 1965), wage theft (HB 1072 / SB 5035), general contractor liability for subcontractor wages & benefits (SB 5565 / HB 1395), the wrongful death (HB 1135), and the independent contractor bills (HB 1515).  Hyperlinks to these bills are embedded in the attached bill tracking report and the schedule of hearings. Thank you to those among our members for sharing feedback with us on bills in play, and especially to the handful wh ... Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of March 11, 2019

 On Friday evening, HB 1395 came to the House floor for debate, and Republican representatives introduced 19 amendments designed to protect the construction industry, and the bill was prevented from coming to a vote - at least for now!   Read the rest of entry »

Last Chance to Register for An Evening With Bill Messenger

Registration for ABC Presents: An Evening with Bill Messenger ends on Tuesday, February 26.  The reception is open to the public, so we encourage ABC members to invite your contacts to join us.  Contact Gay Huckins to register and hear the lead attorney on the most significant labor law case before the US Supreme Court in decades.  The VIP wine pairing dinner that follows is for ABC members only.  If you’re interested in the VIP event, a fundraiser benefitting ABC PAC, please complete this online pre-authorization form or contact Andy Kaplowitz, ABC of Western Washington’s Vice President of Government Affairs for details.

Washington Legislative Update: Week of February 25, 2019

Last Friday was the last day for the Legislature to pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the House or Senate chamber floor, except for House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees. 
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ABC Membership Benefit Corner: How to Promote Your Business to Fellow ABC Members

Networking is a key ABC membership benefit. Whether it be general contractors looking to bolster resource lists, subcontractors looking to meet generals, or industry professionals and suppliers looking to meet both generals and subs--we all just want to get to know how we can help each other.  Read the rest of entry »
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