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ABC of WI’s apprenticeship program reaches record high enrollment

9/12/2018 1:39 PM
A record 400 new contracted apprentices enrolled in Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program this fall, bringing the program’s total number of participants to 1,454 across 12 construction trades. The enrollment numbers are the highest on record since the launch of ABC of Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program in 1987. Read the rest of entry »

Honoring the men and women who build Wisconsin

9/5/2018 9:22 AM
On Labor Day, we honor the men and women who build our communities. From roads to bridges, schools and municipal buildings, Wisconsin’s construction industry has contributed to our local development, advancement and strength for decades. And the construction industry builds people, too, by prioritizing well-paying jobs, professional advancement and lifelong learning.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin and our more than 870 members have been setting the standard for excellence in construction since 1976, and workforce development remains one of our strategic goals. Our chapter – the largest of 72 ABC chapters throughout the country – is working hard to recruit and train the next generation of construction workers. These efforts are most evident in our apprenticeship program, which features more than 1,500 workers who are receiving paid on-the-job instruction in 12 different construction trades. Read the rest of entry »

July construction unemployment rates down in every state year over year, says ABC

8/28/2018 1:51 PM
WASHINGTON – For the second time this year, estimated July construction unemployment rates fell in every state and nationally on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The July 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 1.5 percent to 3.4 percent from July 2017. At the same time, the construction industry employed 303,000 more workers nationally compared to July 2017, according to BLS statistics. Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin holds 'Apprenticeship Signing Day' at Royal Construction in Eau Claire

8/23/2018 2:39 PM
EAU CLAIRE, WI – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin on Thursday celebrated the state’s Youth Apprenticeship program and marked a milestone for a youth apprentice as he committed to an adult registered apprenticeship at Royal Construction in Eau Claire. “Apprenticeship Signing Day” featured Treyton Sloniker, a 2018 graduate of Greenwood High School who began a youth apprenticeship with Royal Construction in April 2017.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin president makes statement on Governor's race

8/15/2018 11:20 AM
MADISON, WI -- The ABC of Wisconsin president makes an initial statement about the race for Governor in Wisconsin:

“Scott Walker has opened up more public projects to greater competition and done more to address the skills gap than any governor in the nation,” said John Mielke, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin ... Read the rest of entry »

June construction unemployment rate down from prior year in Wisconsin

8/1/2018 3:53 PM
Estimated June construction unemployment rates fell in 15 states on a year-over-year basis – including Wisconsin – rose in 33 states and were unchanged in two states (Arizona and New Hampshire), according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by ABC. The June 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate increased 0.2 percent to 4.7 percent from June 2017. At the same time, the construction industry employed 282,000 more workers nationally than in June 2017. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA seeking feedback on changes to electronic injury reporting rule

8/1/2018 8:49 AM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking feedback on a proposed rule regarding the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. According to OSHA, the proposal seeks to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the 2016 Electronic Injury Reporting and Anti-Retaliation final rule. Read the rest of entry »

ABC, Industry Groups Urge President Trump to Reverse Obama-era Policy on Project Labor Agreements

7/25/2018 8:02 AM
PLA imageWASHINGTON—Associated Builders and Contractors joined a coalition of construction and business associations urging President Trump to eliminate government-mandated project labor agreements and allow all qualified contractors to compete for federal and federally assisted taxpayer-funded construction projects ...   Read the rest of entry »

May construction unemployment rates down year over year in Wisconsin, 44 other states

6/26/2018 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON – Estimated May construction unemployment rates fell in Wisconsin and 44 other states on a year-over-year basis, rose in four states and were unchanged in one state, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The May 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent from May 2017 to 4.4 percent, the lowest May rate on record. At the same time, the construction industry employed 291,000 more workers nationally than in May 2017.  Read the rest of entry »

April construction unemployment rates up slightly year over year in Wisconsin

6/1/2018 2:50 PM
In Wisconsin, the construction unemployment rate for April ticked up slightly to 5.1 percent, a 0.8 percent increase from April 2017. Wisconsin was tied with Georgia for the 14th lowest estimated NSA construction unemployment rate nationwide in April and had the second lowest rate in the East North Central Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin ... Read the rest of entry »
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