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Apprenticeship ratio changes credited with jumps in apprenticeship enrollment

12/11/2018 8:35 AM
Apprenticeship imagesPEWAUKEE -- Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) reports a big jump in construction apprenticeship programs as a result of the apprenticeship ratio changes that went into effect this year. 

In a recent news post, the college announced record enrollments in the School of Applied Technologies, which operates many different types of apprenticeships, including the ABC construction trades ...  Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin hits record high membership level

11/29/2018 2:16 PM
MADISON – Membership in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Chapter has reached an all-time high in 2018, with 881 merit contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and construction-related professionals renewing their memberships or joining the trade association. ABC of Wisconsin also reached an all-time-best membership renewal rate of 92.32 percent in 2018. Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin receives high marks for construction business climate

11/28/2018 1:22 PM
MADISON – Associated Builders and Contractors released its annual Merit Shop Scorecard today, ranking Wisconsin as a state with an above average business environment for merit shop construction contractors. The ranking rates states on policies and programs that encourage open competition, education and job growth, and award construction contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. With an overall rank of 12 out of 50, Wisconsin moved up three spots in the rankings from 2017. Read the rest of entry »

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

11/27/2018 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Estimated October construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 45 states – including Wisconsin – 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. While the October 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent from a year ago to 3.6 percent, the construction industry employed 318,000 more workers nationally compared to October 2017, according to BLS statistics. In Wisconsin, the NSA construction unemployment rate for October was 3.9 percent, a decline of 1.3 percent from October 2017’s rate of 5.2 percent. Wisconsin was tied with California with the 30th lowest estimated NSA construction unemployment rate nationwide in October. Read the rest of entry »

Steve Klessig of Keller, Inc., elected ABC national secretary

11/14/2018 11:51 AM
LAS VEGAS – Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering for Keller, Inc., Kaukauna, was elected Tuesday as secretary of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Executive Committee. Klessig, the Midwest region vice chair of ABC, was elected by the association’s 200-member board of directors – comprised of delegates from each of ABC’s 70 chapters across the nation – during a meeting at ABC’s Leadership Institute in Las Vegas. Read the rest of entry »

Year-over-year September construction unemployment rate down in Wisconsin, 29 other states

10/30/2018 2:26 PM
WASHINGTON – Estimated September construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 30 states, including Wisconsin, on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The September 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent from a year ago to 4.1 percent. At the same time, the construction industry employed 300,000 more workers nationally compared to September 2017, according to BLS statistics. Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin endorses Walker for governor

10/22/2018 4:38 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin endorsed incumbent Gov. Scott Walker for re-election today during a campaign event at Tri City Glass & Door in Appleton. Walker is seeking his third term in the Nov. 6 election. ABC of Wisconsin – representing 870 merit contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, manufacturers and construction-related professionals throughout the state – endorsed Walker because of his work to address the skilled labor gap and grow the economy. Read the rest of entry »

October is Careers in Construction Month

10/19/2018 3:17 PM
For recent high school graduates, individuals interested in changing professions and those seeking a second chance at the American dream, there is no better time to join the construction industry. Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin is committed to recruiting and fostering the next generation of workers to close the skills gap. October is designated as national Careers in Construction Month, but ABC of Wisconsin works with high schools and community-based organizations year-round to ensure everyone has access to these worthwhile, family-sustaining career opportunities.  Read the rest of entry »

August construction unemployment rates down in Wisconsin, 48 other states year over year, says ABC

10/2/2018 9:19 AM
Estimated August construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in every state except Colorado 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 August 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 1.3 percent from a year ago to 3.4 percent. At the same time, the construction industry employed 287,000 more workers nationally compared to August 2017, according to BLS statistics. Read the rest of entry »

Letter to the Editor: Gov. Walker’s support of apprenticeship isn’t new

9/28/2018 9:47 AM
ABC of Wisconsin President John Mielke touted Gov. Scott Walker's record on apprenticeship in response to a letter to the editor in The Daily Reporter in Milwaukee. Pathways for construction apprenticeship have continuously expanded under Gov. Scott Walker’s leadership, he wrote, noting Walker signed into law a bill that makes adult registered apprenticeship available to qualified high school seniors who want to get a head start on their careers. It’s similar to high school students taking advanced-placement courses for college (dual) credit. Gov. Walker also signed a measure to change the skilled-worker-to-apprentice ratios to 1:1, which eliminates convoluted state rules and brings Wisconsin in line with many other states with similar ratios.
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