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From the monthly archives: April 2015

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'April 2015'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

FREE Contractor Webinars

    Documentation Requirements for the Project Manager Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Leverage Building Systems for Speed, Quality, and Profit Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Construction Technology Forecast: Harnessing Integration, Mobile, Sensors and Augmented Reality Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Using Cloud-Based Technologies to Rapidly Scale Your Growing Business Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00 (CT) To register click here   Introduction to Building Envelope Commissioning Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Leveraging the Cloud for Effective Job Sites Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Leadership DNA Thursday, May 19, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register cl ... Read the rest of entry »

Worker's Memorial Day by Beau Briggs

 

 
Workers' Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

Davis-Bacon Update by Jerry Pigsley

    On February 12, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) reintroduced the proposed Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act (H.R. 924).  This bill would amend the Davis-Bacon Act by eliminating the survey process used by U.S. DOL to determine prevailing wage rates.  Gosar noted that the U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) already collects data on national wages and employment.  As a consequence, BLS is the "only agency capable of accurately determining wages" according to Gosar.  He also noted that the current survey process is so inefficient that the prevailing wage in some parts of the country is "as much as 75% higher than the average wage in that area."  In addition, prevailing wages "may be 22% higher than market construction wages" according to Gosar.  Gosar introduced a previous version of the bill in February, 2013 but the bill never made it to the House floor for ... Read the rest of entry »

Rebuilding Together Omaha

 

 
Rebuilding Together Omaha is a nonprofit volunteer home rehabilitation organization.  Their mission is to help low-income, elderly and disabled who are unable to keep up with home repairs either physically or financially. Associated Builders & Contractors has been involved with this program for the past 15 years.  We have performed electrical and plumbing repairs on dozens of houses and this year our crew of plumbing apprentices worked on three homes installing a new sink and vanity, faucets, sill caulk, and toilet. 

Special thanks to Steve Radcliff, Gregurich Plumbing and Aaron Luty, Advantage Plumbing for utilizing their valuable skills to provide a safe environment for clients to live in. With a small contribution of time, materials, and skilled craftsmanship these men are making an impact in our community in a positive way. 

Save The Date - ABC Annual Golf Tournament

    The ABC golf outing at Tiburon, 10302 South 168th Street takes place on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m.  Check in time is 10:00 for this 18 hole scramble.  Registration for the event includes green fees, cart, drink tickets, hot dog boxed lunch, dinner buffet, giveaways, flag and flight prizes. We encourage you to sign up here and guarantee your spot.  Enjoy the day with ABC Cornhusker Chapter members and their guests. Many Sponsorship options available:   Eagle Sponsor: Foursome registration, reserved seating, hole position, framed pin flag with logo, hole sponsorship,  value pass, recognition at dinner and picture in UPDATE $850 Birdie Sponsor: Discounted package, hole sponsorship, foursome registration & value pass $630 Beverage Sponsor: $400 Dinner Sponsor: $350 Lunch Sponsor: $300 Hole sponsorship: $195   Click here  for more details. ... Read the rest of entry »

May Networking Luncheons

 

 
Connect with other ABC members by attending the Omaha Networking Luncheon at Anthony’s Restaurant on May 20 and the Lincoln Networking Luncheon at Beacon Hills Restaurant on May 26, 2015.
 
STEP Awards will be presented to the STEP Award winners at both the Omaha and Lincoln luncheons.  Jerry Pigsley, Woods & Aitken, LLP will present the Lunch & Learn presentation and Steve Bowen, ABC Interim President will do a short presentation on Scheduling.
 
To register for the Omaha Luncheon click here.
 
To register for the Lincoln Luncheon click here.

E-News: May 1, 2015 Issue

May Networking Luncheon (5/1/2015)

Save The Date - ABC Annual Golf Tournament (5/1/2015)

Rebuilding Together Omaha (5/1/2015)

Davis-Bacon Update by Jerry Pigsley (5/1/2015)

Worker's Memorial Day by Beau Briggs (5/1/2015)

Free Contractor Webinars (5/1/2015) Read the rest of entry »

FREE Contractor Webinars

Mastering Profit-ABILITY: The Three “Pillars” That Drive Your Bottom Line Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Content Marketing for Commercial Construction: How you can resonate original content and Social Media to improve your SEO Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   How to Eliminate Chaos and Inefficiency in Your Service Business Wednesday, April 22, 2105 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Business Continuity Thursday, April 23, 2015 11:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Documentation Requirements for the Project Manager Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Leverage Building Systems for Speed, Quality, and Profit Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Bonding and Insurance for New and Emerging Contractors Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Construction Te ... Read the rest of entry »

How Hard Hats Protect You by Beau Briggs

Hard hats protect you by providing the following features:

A rigid shell that resists and deflects blows to the head.

A suspension system inside the hat that acts as a shock absorber.

Some hats serve as an insulator against electrical shocks.

Shields your scalp, face, neck, and shoulders against splashes, spills, and drips.
Some hard hats can be modified so you can add face shields, goggles, hoods, or hearing protection to them.

Single Employer Update by Jerry Pigsley

On February 3, the NLRB concluded that a construction contractor and another employer are a single employer for the purposes of back pay ordered under the NLRA.  The construction company was found to owe over $122,000 in back pay to former employees who were laid off because of union membership and activities.  The contractor went out of business but until that time leased an office in a building owned and operated by another corporation.  A husband and wife jointly owned 100% of the construction company and each of them owns 50% of the company which owns the building in which the contractor leased an office.  Even though the other company was never involved in the construction industry, the NLRB concluded that they constituted a single employer because of common management and common ownership.  This ruling follows the January 16 ruling by a federal court in California that two additional companies under the common control of one individual were jointly liable for the $1.7 million th ... Read the rest of entry »
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