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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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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 »
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