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Changes to this site will be made frequently. Be sure to return here often.
February 15, 2013
Electrical License & Registration Information has been made available to you here. This page also provides you with valuable links to other resources.
April 17th - Huge Victory in NLRB Poster Case
Please be advised that the NLRB’s “Notification of Employee Rights” notice posting rule compliance date of April 30 is no longer in effect due to an injunction ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
The injunction comes in response to a request filed last month by the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW). In addition, last Friday afternoon, a federal District Court judge in South Carolina (5th Circuit) ruled that the NLRB notice posting requirement was unlawful, citing the Board’s lack of statutory authority.
The injunction places the rule on hold indefinitely while the appeals court considers CDW’s appeal of the U.S. District Court’s unfavorable ruling. As previously stated, the rule’s previous compliance date of April 30, 2012 is no longer in effect. As a practical matter, this means the poster will not go into effect until after the November election, if at all.
We will keep you informed of any new developments regarding the legal challenges or the rule’s effective date. In the meantime, if you have specific questions about the legal challenge, please contact me. Bottom line: No ABC member should post the NLRB notice until further notice.
In addition, please visit ABC's NLRB Notice Posting Rule page for the most up-to date information and resources on compliance with the rule, should it eventually go into effect.
ABC and CDW will continue to pursue the appeal with the goal of achieving a fair, full, and correct legal remedy.
NLRB Adopts Key Provisions of Proposed “Quickie Election” Rule
By Jim Pease, Constangy, Brooks, & Smith, LLP
The National Labor Relations Board, in a split decision, adopted a final rule speeding up the holding of representation elections. The underlying purpose of this rule, and of the DOL’s proposed changes in the Persuader Rule, is to limit an employer’s ability to provide its employees information showing that unionization is not in their best interest. Read more here
We are excited to announce the AIA Contract Documents & ABC partnership to our members.
This partnership allows ABC members to get a 10% discount off all new AIA Contract Documents software licenses. And, existing AIA Contract Documents customers can take advantage of the 10% discount on software renewals. AIA Contract Documents have over 100 contracts and forms for the design and construction industry including Owner/Contractor agreements, Contractor/Subcontractor agreements and Subcontractor forms.
For ABC members to receive the 10% discount off AIA Contract Documents, visit www.aia.org/contractdocs/forcontractors. For more information on AIA Contract Documents, visit www.aia.org/contractdocs.
ABC National will be ending their Bank of America credit card program due to lack of participation. The program will formally terminate at the end of December. ABC will be removing the program from the member discount section of their website in advance of the termination.
A Glimpse into Demographics, Economic Performance, Construction Spending & Costs in Wisconsin and the Nation
Uneven Population Growth in Wisconsin over the Past Ten Years
Over the past decade, Wisconsin’s population expanded by more than 300,000 people or 6 percent. By 2010, the state was home to 5.7 million people. Those communities posting the largest population growth included St. Croix County (+33.6 percent) and Calumet County (+20.5 percent). Exhibit 1 below reflects a more complicated picture, with jurisdictions in the southern portion of the state generally expanding in terms of population while jurisdictions to the north lost population. Read more...
ShopTalk now online!
Merit ShopTalk is now available online in PDF form. Just sign into the Members Only page and you will find it there. Click here!