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From the category archives: January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015

E-News: January 2, 2015 Issue

January Networking Luncheons (1-02-2015)

February 19, 2015 - Save the Date for our Excellence In Construction Awards Banquet and Celebration Party(1-02-2015)

ABC Board of Directors - Predictions for 2015 (1-02-2015)

Arbitration UPDATE by Bill Harding (1-02-2015)

STEP Is Here For You All, Take The First STEP! by Beau Briggs (1-02-2015)

FREE Contractor Webinars (1-02-2015)

Ambush Elections - Please, how hard is it to win an election? I got work to do - don't bother me! (1-02-2015)

NEW Website - We're Going LIVE (1-02-2015)

Electrical Council Meeting January 27, 2015 (1-02-2015)

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Ambush Elections - Please, how hard is it to win an election? I got work to do - don't bother me!

http://abcne.abc.org/Newsroom/ENewsletter/tabid/5076/entryid/3098/Default.aspxhttp://     The “Ambush Election” rule will result in increased union organizing activity in the coming months – Get Prepared Now!  You need to “target harden” your company against this coming assault.  Then you can rest easy and get back to work.   Yet you are thinking; how hard can an election be, an election – what’s so wrong with that!  Besides you don’t believe your employees will vote for a union.  So what’s there to “target harden” for an election?  Unfortunately you haven’t been told the rest of the story.   In a union organizing effort the union has the tactical initiative.  They select the tactics concerning when, where and how things occur. So once a com ... Read the rest of entry »

New Website - We're Going LIVE - January 13, 2015


After several months of labor intensive work, we are finally there...our NEW website will go live January 13, 2015.  We are excited to share our “new look” with you.  Mark the date, January 13, on your calendars and be sure to check it out.

Go to www.abcnebraska.org

FREE Contractor Webinars

How Contractors are staying competitive by following Construction Planning Best Practices
Thursday, January 22, 2015
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here. 

For a complete list of webinars scheduled for the rest of the year click here.

All webinars are archived and accessible after the original live streaming date.
Click here for Archived Webinars.

Arbitration Update by Bill Harding

    On October 28, the three Democrat members of the NLRB reaffirmed a controversial 2012 ruling of the NLRB which was denied enforcement by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  In the 2012 decision, the NLRB only had three members and one of the three did not participate in the decision.  The other two found that an employer violates the NLRA by enforcing an arbitration policy which prohibits employees from participation in class actions.  On October 28, the 2012 ruling was affirmed but the two Republican members of the NLRB filed lengthy dissents.  The majority concluded that mandatory arbitration agreements "purport to extinguish a substantive right to engage in concerted activity under the NLRA."  The dissents concluded that it was not the duty of the NLRB to serve as a "protector" of class action rights under other sta ... Read the rest of entry »

Electrical Council Meeting - January 27, 2015


The ABC Cornhusker Chapter Electrical Council will hold a meeting on January 27, 2015 at the Omaha Training Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

If you plan to attend please click here.

January Networking Luncheons


Connect with other ABC members by attending the Omaha Networking Luncheon at Anthony’s Restaurant on January 21 and the Lincoln Networking Luncheon at Beacon Hills Restaurant on January 27, 2015. 

Speaker for both the Omaha Luncheon and the Lincoln Luncheon will be Kelly Ekeler from Harding & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O.  Ms. Ekeler will report on the ABC National Attorney’s Conference that was held in November.
Immediately following the luncheons, Beau Briggs, ABC Safety Director, will hold a short STEP “How To” session which will be helpful for you in filling out your 2015 STEP applications.
To register for the Omaha Luncheon click here.
To register for the Lincoln Luncheon click here.

ABC Board of Directors Predictions for 2015

The following are 2015 predictions from a few of our ABC Board Of Directors:
Thoughts from Past Chairman of the Board, Mike Klockenga: 

1.      I expect the Nebraska construction environment to continue to be reasonably good – about even with the level of activity from 2014.
2.      I expect that our biggest problem as an electrical contractor will be finding, hiring, and keeping qualified employees.
3.      I believe that the margins for electrical projects will remain low due to the large number of competitors in this space.
4.      I am concerned that the liberal NLRB will continue to make decisions that adversely affect merit shop contractors.
5.      I hope that a Republican Congress can somewhat keep the President in check so he is not able to do too much more to damage the economy.
Thoughts from Board Member, Andy Bailey:
I believe 2015 will be similar to 2014 from both a project and revenue standpoint.  Omaha in particular will see a continued heavy workload and worker shortages due to several high profile projects still under construction in the area.  AE firms will be busy with school bond projects in the Millard, Papillion and OPS school districts which will translate into bid work by the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2015.  Instability in the health insurance industry will continue to affect companies and their employees.  The continued drop in fuel prices is certainly welcome and will help overall project and company overhead costs. 
Thoughts from Chair elect, Bruce Petersen:
I predict a rising tide will raise all boats in the construction industry for 2015. Low interest rates and low energy prices will prompt additional consumer spending and increase the need for non-residential building. A tightening of the construction labor market will help bolster construction prices as demand for trained craft people will continue to increase.  Energy production sectors may take a short term hit as energy prices are forecast to remain low over the next 12-18 months, but market sectors outside of the energy production should see continued growth.

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February 19, 2015 - Save The Date For Our Excellence In Construction Awards Banquet and Celebration Party!


The judges have made their decisions and the winners will be announced on February 19 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.   Join us as we recognize and celebrate with the winners of the Excellence In Construction Awards. 
In addition to the awards ceremony, be prepared for a night of comedy as we are entertained by our MC for the evening, Gayle Becwar, who has performed in front of thousands of companies all over the world.  With his unique brand of clean, interactive, fast-paced comedy, Gayle Becwar is more than an MC, he is a complete entertainer.
Don’t miss this fun event and the opportunity to connect with your fellow ABC members.
Watch your mail for more information.

STEP Is Here For You All, Take The First STEP by Beau Briggs



Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. There is no charge for this service (unless you are applying for STEP Platinum), and your responses are strictly confidential. 

Program Benefits

      Organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs

      The Key Component system forms a 20 point guide to starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program

      Incorporates both OSHA required safety data with self-assessment requirements to give a full, wide ranging report on the entire nature of a company's Safety Program 

      Designed to benefit both large and small contractors alike

      Recognition for ABC members at both National and Chapter level. With various recognition events held throughout the year. STEP can also lead into National Safety Excellence Awards and Accredited Quality Contractor recognition.

      2009 STEP data shows STEP participants beat BLS national averages in a number of areas, leading to benefits both when bidding for business and negotiating insurance rates.

      All companies claim that safety is a priority, with STEP you can prove it.


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