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ICYMI: Apprentices to showcase talent at competition

1/20/2016 1:46 PM
Apprentices from across Wisconsin will showcase their skills during a competition Friday in the town of Polk. The public is invited to watch as those skilled in carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and heat and frost insulating participate in Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprentice Skill Competition. They will also compete in a written competition.
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Merit Shop Contractor: First Issue of 2016 Released

1/5/2016 1:58 PM
In 2016's first issue of Merit Shop Contractor, ABC of Wisconsin highlights the many reasons to choose a career in the merit shop construction industry. With a national shortage of 1.6 million skilled workers looming, there is no better time to begin a career with an ABC member. Read the rest of entry »

Governor Signs Construction Materials Tax-Exemption Bill

12/17/2015 2:50 PM
It is a victory 15 years in the making. On Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 227 (SB 227) into law. This new law will allow contractors to directly purchase construction materials on behalf of their tax-exempt clients without paying the sales tax.
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What You Need to Know: UI Work Search Requirements for Seasonally Laid Off Employees

12/15/2015 1:31 PM
Traditionally, employees collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits who were expected to be recalled to work (seasonal employees) were exempt from certain requirements to conduct job searches (work search waivers).  However, effective June 14, 2015, new rules require employees who are expected to be recalled within a period of 8 weeks to obtain a waiver from the department in order to be exempt from the job search requirements.  Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Penalties Will Increase Significantly in 2016

12/11/2015 8:53 AM

Although few people noticed, the recently signed federal budget deal will significantly increase OSHA fines. Congress has directed OSHA to author rules that increase its penalties to account for current inflation levels, which would raise proposed fines 70-80 percent. 

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Endorses Ron Johnson

11/20/2015 2:28 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin formally endorsed Ron Johnson on Friday, citing his record of fighting against Washington overreach and burdensome regulations to help the private sector create good jobs for Wisconsin families.
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Manpower Survey: Skilled Trades Vacancies Hardest to Fill in U.S.

11/13/2015 12:10 PM
A survey from Manpower Group – a well-known staffing and workforce development company – finds that job vacancies in the skilled trades are the hardest to fill in the country. For the seventh straight year, skilled trades topped the list.
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Apprenticeship Week Highlights Rewarding Jobs in the Construction Industry

11/6/2015 9:08 AM
Graduate high school, go to a four-year college, get a job. This is what many parents and guidance counselors tell their children and students nearly every day. But, there is another option that needs to be talked about: apprenticeships.
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ABC of Wisconsin Adds Michael McDonald to Apprenticeship Staff

11/3/2015 8:39 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin announced the hiring of Michael McDonald on Tuesday as an education coordinator.
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Wisconsin’s Construction Unemployment Rate Drops Year-Over-Year

11/2/2015 3:45 PM
As the economy continues to grow, it is good news for the construction industry in Wisconsin. The not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate has dropped by 1.4 percentage points year-over-year – from an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in September 2014 to 5.4 percent in September 2015.
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