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April 14, 2015

"ABC - Building the Carolinas on Merit"   

NLRB's 'Ambush' Election Rule Set to Take Effect April 14


The NLRB's controversial final rule overhauling its procedures for union elections, commonly known as the "ambush" elections rule, will be going into effect April 14 unless a court blocks enforcement of the new rule.


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Historic Vote Shows Senate Supports Restricting PLA Mandates


During Vote-A-Rama, the U.S. Senate's unique tradition which gives senators a chance to have votes on numerous amendments to the Senate's must-pass budget resolution, the Senate passed an amendment containing language banning government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). 

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Obama Vetoes Resolution to Stop the Ambush Election Rule


President Obama March 31 signed a memorandum of disapproval effectively vetoing the joint resolution to block the NLRB's ambush election rule, which will shorten the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place to as few as 14 calendar days beginning on April 14. ABC is continuing their legal challenge to this rule. 


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Report Finds OSHA Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule by $4.5 Billion a Year

A new report released by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that OSHA's proposed silica standards for construction will cost the industry $5 billion per year-roughly $4 .5 billion per year more than OSHA's estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach.

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New NCCER Safety Technology Program Offered at ABC Carolinas Charlotte Starting In May

This program provides instruction on how to implement and administer a company safety program. The program is designed for field managers, safety directors, owner safety reps, and insurance/loss control representatives.

These classes will be held once a month beginning in May and running through September.

May 8: Intro to Safety Technology

June 12: Employee Motivation

July 10: Safety Orientation/Training

Aug. 14: Accident Investigation: Policies/Procedures

Sept 18: OSHA Inspection Procedures

Members $200 per class
Non-members $400 per class

All 5 classes $900

For more information, contact Suzanne Richards at richards@abccarolinas.org

To view the registration flyer, click here.

LeChase Acquires C.W. Brown, Inc. to Join its Construction Services Business
LeChase Construction Services, LLC, a full-service construction management and general construction firm, is expanding its New York state operations with the acquisition of C.W. Brown, Inc. located in Armonk, N.Y., the two companies announced April 6th. Under the contract terms, which took effect on April 1, 2015, C.W. Brown will operate as a division of LeChase Construction, with the same workforce and market focus.

To read full News Release, click here.

Legislative Week June 22-25, 2015; Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business
Each year, ABC members join as one powerful voice to educate Congress about the issues that affect their businesses and our industry. The more people we bring to Capital Hill, the more impact we will have.

To learn more, click here.

New ABC Members for April
  1. AMS-Architectural Materials and Systems, LLC
  2. Unifirst
  3. A3 Communications, Inc.
  4. Carolina Foothills Studio, LLC
  5. Schunck Intec, Inc.
Executive Club Member of the Month:
Protege Mechanical Labor Solutions

To learn more about Protege Mechanical Labor Solutions, click here.


ABC Calendar of Events


April Events



17 - Triad Spring Golf Outing


22 - SC-Meet the Generals 


May Events


8 - Triangle Golf Outing

15 - Fayetteville Golf Outing


20 - Lowcountry Luncheon


20 - Upstate Cornhole


28 - Columbia Golf Outing


28 - Charlotte Luncheon




ABC Calendar of Training


April Training



17 - Trenching Competent-Upstate


20 - OSHA 10 - Coastal


20 - OSHA 30 - Coastal



May Training


4 - First Aid/CPR - Columbia


5 - OSHA 10 - Charlotte


5 - OSHA 30 - Charlotte


7 - CQM - New Bern


8 - NCCER Safety Technology-Clt


11 - CHST Prep - Charlotte



2015 STEP Applications are due by July 17th!

Awards will be presented a the Annual Safety Conference the 6th Annual Safety Conference on October 1, 2015

Has your company submitted a STEP application?

For more information, click here.

Construction Project Management NCCER Certification Program 

The ABC's Construction Project Manager Course provides you and your managers the opportunity to improve their skills to work more efficiently, improve professionalism, and increase productivity.

Students will participate in an interactive, hands-on type of classroom environment. The course covers modules that are relevant to day to day project management by focusing on how to better communicate, resolving issues, construction documents, planning, scheduling and much more.

By completing all of these modules a National Center for Construction Education and Research, (NCCER), certification will be awarded, or these modules can be taken as individual courses to improve specific skills.

May 14: Construction Planning
June 19: Estimating and Cost Control
July 17: Scheduling
August 21: Resource Control
September 18: Quality Control & Assurance/Continuous Improvement

If you have any questions contact Suzanne Richards at 704-367-1331 or Richards@abccarolinas.org.

Project Management Registration form, click here.

ABC Seeks Workforce Development Operations Administrator

ABC is looking for an energetic team member to help further the industry in our Education and Training efforts in our Charlotte Office.

To view the complete job description, click here.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@abccarolinas.org.


Is there news your company would like to share?


 Contact Laura Riley

(704) 367-1331


Contact Information 

Charlotte Office & Carolinas Construction Institute:
610 Minuet Lane
Charlotte, NC 28217
p: 704.367.1331
f: 704.367.1380
Triangle Office:
412-A E. Williams St.
Apex, NC 27502
p: 919.267.6428
f: 919.267.6546
Low Country Office:
1276 Royal Troon Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 
p: 843.860.3634
f: 888.664.6172


Government Affairs:
412-A E. Williams St.
Apex, NC 27502
p: 919.267.6428
f: 919.267.6546