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ABC recognizes long-time apprenticeship committee member and instructor

10/18/2019 11:24 AM

Photo of Eric ArtschwagerLA CROSSE — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin recognized a long-time apprenticeship instructor and apprenticeship advisory committee member in La Crosse last night. Eric Artschwager of Poellinger Electric, Inc. is a retiring committee member after 22 years of service. 

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Wisconsin construction unemployment rate lower than state rate again

10/2/2019 3:36 PM

Unemployment chart thumbnailWASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate in August was 3.1%, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rate is the third lowest August on record, 17th lowest among the states, and 0.2% lower than the Wisconsin overall unemployment rate.


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ABC leading coalition on skilled labor shortage

9/17/2019 2:37 PM

Wisconsin Capital imageABC of Wisconsin is leading a coalition of employee-owned, union, and non-union employers to help address the skilled labor shortage. The Second Start Act, which passed the Assembly last session (AB 124) on a vote of 87-8 with broad, bipartisan support, is a creative way to recruit an underutilized market; the 10,000 individuals every year who were enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System but did not graduate. These former college students would be supplied with information about other career, educational, and training opportunities, including apprenticeship in the skilled trades.

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Controversial construction project in Madison takes another turn

9/6/2019 1:31 PM

Judge Doyle Square project thumbnailIn a somewhat surprising move, the Madison Common Council took a U-turn on the Judge Doyle Square project this week by ending negotiations with Gebhardt Development, the developer it originally selected, which was expected to use primarily union labor. The council also reopened discussions with the developer originally recommended by city staff, Stone House Development, which was was planning to use a merit-based, ABC-member construction firm ...

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Wisconsin's construction unemployment remains lower than overall state rate

8/28/2019 11:56 AM

Chart thumbnailWASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's estimated non seasonlly adjusted construction unemployment rate in July was 3%, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rate is .02% higher than the record low rate of 2.8% for the month of June and .04% higher than July 2018. It is the 15th lowest among the states. For comparison, the overall state unemployment rate is 3.4%

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ABC of Wisconsin VP Kelly Tourdot named ‘Women in Construction’ honoree

8/23/2019 7:38 AM
MILWAUKEE — Kelly Tourdot, vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, received a “Women in Construction” award from the state’s leading construction industry newspaper on Thursday in Milwaukee. Tourdot was one of 24 women in the state construction industry to be recognized by The Daily Reporter during the inaugural event at the Marcus Performing Arts. The award honors outstanding achievement by top women in the construction industry who, by achieving success, have also paved the way for success for other women in construction. Read the rest of entry »

With nearly 1,600 apprentices, ABC of Wisconsin remains committed to skilled trades training

8/16/2019 3:28 PM
ABC believes strongly in the earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship model, which provides careers with limitless opportunities for advancement and high earning potential. The ABC Apprenticeship Program is a 501(c)(3) educational organization working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and 11 state technical colleges to educate nearly 1,600 apprentices in 12 skilled trades. This fall, ABC’s apprenticeship program is training nearly 450 additional new apprentices in communities across Wisconsin. ABC is proud to be part of Wisconsin’s deep apprenticeship tradition. Since 1987, we have graduated thousands of apprentices who have great careers as skilled craft persons.  Read the rest of entry »

New safety series designed specifically for jobsite managers

8/9/2019 4:35 PM
Safety Leader 101 graphicMADISON — The newest offering from ABC of Wisconsin’s Construction U aims to help member companies develop their safety supervisors and managers into safety leaders.

Safety Leader 101 will debut this fall at the ABC of Wisconsin Training Center in Madison, offering a 48-hour, six-session course over a six-month period that provides the tools needed to develop safety leaders, regardless of job title. Students will explore the importance of leadership, cultural transformation and the safety management process.

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Chapter enhances member services with new human resources professional

8/6/2019 3:51 PM
MADISON — ABC of Wisconsin members now have a human resources professional they can lean on for consulting. The chapter announced the hiring of Kate Schieldt, director of Human Resources Consulting, who is ready to answer members' questions. Chapter leadership identified a need for this position, particularly for members who are not large enough to have someone to handle human resources issues. Shieldt, who has more than 20 years experience in human resources with a major Wisconsin manufacturer, will provide an immediate benefit to members through high-quality human resources consulting but the depth of what she will be able to offer members will grow in the future.  Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin construction unemployment at 2.8% in June

7/31/2019 1:48 PM
2.7% imageWASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's construction unemployment rate was at 2.8% in June, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate in the state was up from the record low 1.3% in May, but down 0.4% from May of 2018 and still significantly lower than the 3.5% overall unemployment rate for the state.  The 2.8% rate is tied for 11th best among the states.  Read the rest of entry »
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