Legislative Advocacy

Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Study

In early fall of 2014, officials from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) approached the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) regarding the feasibility of studying Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law. They sought an evaluation of the soundness of Wisconsin’s approach to calculating prevailing wages and an estimate of what, if any, additional costs this approach imposes on governments, particularly local ones. Those discussions led to a formal WISTAX study proposal which was subsequently approved by ABC.

Read the study here!

Successfully advancing free enterprise in construction

Professional Lobbying

Our on-staff, professional lobbyists in Madison and Washington represent the interests of merit contractors. ABC monitors every bill introduced to ensure that it will not adversely affect members. With the assistance of the ABC Legislative Committee, ABC’s lobbyists proactively introduce legislation, such as repealing prevailing wage, ending unfair utility and government competition and prohibiting union-only project labor agreements.
Professional Lobbyists Put a “Face” on the Merit Construction Industry
A presence at the Capitol reminds lawmakers that the Merit Shop construction industry is vigilant and watching.
  • Promoting legislation important to the construction industry 
  • Defending attacks organized by opponents of Merit Construction 
  • Legislative Alerts keep you informed 
  • Position Papers with Talking Points 
  • Providing access to decision-makers 
  • Grassroots organization provides legislators with constituent input 

Prevailing Wage Law Assistance

Any contractor who works on a government project must conform to the prevailing wage laws. ABC has on-staff experts who can answer most of your questions relating to the required wages, overtime, job classifications, who is covered, how to calculate your benefits, even how to assist your local community appeal for a local prevailing wage rate.

Helping Cut Through Red Tape

We have spent years creating a network of relationships with lawmakers and other public officials.  We help you avoid bureaucratic landmines, political pitfalls, and help you retrieve accurate information quickly.
  • Prevailing Wage and Labor Standards 
  • Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards 
  • Plan Review, credentials, building code promulgation and interpretation. 
  • State building programs and state building contracts 
  • Road, bridge, and other DOT construction projects 

Lien Law Assistance

ABC has summaries and in-depth resource materials available to help members understand Wisconsin’s lien law and how it ensures that everyone receives proper pay for the work they do. ABC’s attorneys give "first-call" advice on this complicated and important area of law.

Monitoring of Agency Rules

Not only does ABC monitor the activities at the Capitol, it monitors the activities of government agencies. From building codes, to environmental laws to labor law, the administrative rules that government bureaucracies write every day can be just as harmful to your business as any bill passed before the legislature. ABC has members there to make sure you know about it.

Representing Your Interests

Every day, regulators are making important decisions that directly impact your business. We are there watching out for your interests on an array of industry committees and councils. Count on us to bring you the latest information.
  • Commercial Building Code Council 
  • State Plumbing  Code Council 
  • State Electrical Code Council 
  • State Building Commission 
  • Apprenticeship Advisory Council 
  • Wisconsin Technical College System Board 
  • Many others . . . 

Member Alerts on Important Issues

ABC doesn't stop with the monitoring of the legislature and government agencies. ABC notifies members as quickly as possible if any law changes will affect your business. You and ABC can take appropriate action to protect your business.

Labor Relations Assistance

Merit contractors can be subject to unique challenges. We understand those challenges and have developed effective ways to help you minimize exposure and get you back to business as quickly as possible.
  • Hiring / Firing 
  • Picketing and Strikes 
  • Union Organizing 
  • Operating Merit Shop 
  • Sample Hiring Policies 
  • Salting 

Email John Schulze or call him at 608-244-5883 for more information on Legislative Advocacy.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street, Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 800-236-2224 or 608-244-5883
Fax: 608-244-2401
email: info@abcwi.org