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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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Somebody around Here is a Big Mariners Fan...

If you ask ABC's Vice President of Government Afffairs what his favorite sports are, Andy Kaplowitz promptly replies Baseball, Hockey, and the American politics.  Just one visit to his office and you'll know that baseball, and Mariners baseball in particular is kind of a big deal to him.  In fact, this week, Andy came into possession, albeit temporarily, of a very special collectible...

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Weekly Legislative Update for February 24, 2020

Danger: WA Legislature has 3-weeks remaining

While many harmful bills for the construction economy died with last week’s house of origin deadline, there are still many bills we’re tracking, most of which are bills that will hurt our members’ businesses. Here's a list of bills to watch and any action requested...

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New FMLA Rules in 2020

On January 1, 2019, Washington State began the implementation of a Paid Family and Medical Leave program that includes almost all employers in the state. While the benefits of the plan cannot be accessed until 2020, the collection of premiums began at the start of this year. Before the benefits go in to effect, it is important to know how this new paid leave program will affect you, your company and your employees.

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