Past ABC of Wisconsin Chair Bill Monfre (left) and current chair Dan Bertler (right) pose for a photo with Gov. Scott Walker during an ABC endorsement event today at Tri City Glass & Door in Appleton. VIEW MORE PHOTOS

APPLETON – 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.

“The health of the construction industry begins with the health of the state’s economy,” said Dan Bertler, 2018 chairman of ABC of Wisconsin. “Thanks to Gov. Walker, Wisconsin is seeing record economic success with unemployment below 3 percent for eight months in a row. There are more people working in Wisconsin than ever before. His pro-jobs, pro-education agenda benefit everyone.”

Bertler said Walker promotes education at all levels and understands the importance of skilled trades and apprenticeship.

“That is why ABC of Wisconsin is endorsing Scott Walker for governor,” Bertler said. “It’s a clear choice. Wisconsin needs to continue Gov. Walker’s pro-jobs, pro-education and pro-free enterprise reforms.”

During his time in office, Walker has signed into law several ABC of Wisconsin-backed initiatives, including:

  • Wisconsin Act 3, known as “Project Labor Agreement Neutrality,” which prohibits all levels of Wisconsin government from entering into union-only project labor agreements on taxpayer-funded projects.

  • Assembly Bill 208, called the “1-to-1 Ratio Bill,” which eliminated the Department of Workforce Development requirements for multiple journey workers to a single apprentice and brings Wisconsin in line with ratios in other states.

  • The full repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, which eliminated prevailing wage mandates on construction projects funded by Wisconsin taxpayers.

  • Assembly Bill 745, which allows high school seniors to begin adult apprenticeship programs early, similar to high school students taking advanced placement courses for college credit.

“We couldn’t be more honored to have the endorsement of the men and women who represent ABC of Wisconsin,” Walker said. “That really represents the people who are quite literally helping us build the state’s economy.”