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Three ABC-backed workforce bills pass through Assembly Committee

1/16/2018 1:41 PM
Three workforce-related bills passed the Wisconsin Assembly's Workforce Development Committee today. The committee action comes just a few days after eleven ABC members testified in favor of the bills, intended to address the construction skills gap.  
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ABC of WI members testify on several workforce/apprenticeship bills

1/10/2018 3:09 PM
ABC of Wisconsin members appeared before the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development today to support three apprenticeship-related bills, including AB 745, relating to high school seniors being allowed to participate in adult apprenticeship programs; AB 734, relating to creating individual or corporate tax deduction for apprenticeship tuition; and AB 124, relating to the marketing of employment and training opportunities to University of Wisconsin System students who do not complete degrees. 
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Wisconsin experiencing lowest construction unemployment on record

1/3/2018 2:51 PM
Wisconsin's not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rate was the lowest on record for the state in November, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The Wisconsin rate of 5.7 percent outperformed the previous record of 6.2 percent in November 2000 and was down 1.1 percent from November 2016. 

“Wisconsin experienced impressive improvements in construction industry unemployment in 2017," said John Mielke, president of ABC Wisconsin Chapter. 

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ABC of Wisconsin adds 100 members in 2017!

12/26/2017 10:58 AM
LogoABC of Wisconsin added 100 new members in 2017, maintaining its status as the strongest chapter in the nation.  This is the fourth consecutive year the chapter has reached net growth. Perhaps even more importantly, the chapter renewed more than 9 in every 10 members in 2017. ABC is the largest of the 72 ABC chapters ...
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ABC of Wisconsin elects Board for 2018

12/22/2017 8:23 AM
MADISON, WI -- Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin members have elected a chair-elect and three new board members to replace three board members who have completed their terms ...
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ABC's chief economist predicts stable 2018 construction economy

12/14/2017 7:26 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicts stability for the construction industry’s economy and expanding nonresidential construction spending in 2018. While construction project backlog and contractor confidence remain high heading into the new year, Basu warns there are risks to the 2018 outlook as a number of potential cost increases could come into play ...
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Wisconsin receives high marks for construction business climate

11/16/2017 1:48 PM
Wisconsin has an excellent business environment for construction contractors, according to new state rankings released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard” reviews and ranks state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. Wisconsin’s ranking rose ...
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Apprenticeship Open House a big success

11/15/2017 9:23 AM
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin held an Open House in Madison on November 14. The event, which celebrated 30 years of apprenticeship by ABC, was attended by more than 100 students, parents, contractors and public officials looking to learn or share information about construction apprenticeships ...
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ABC-backed Apprenticeship Ratio measure featured on Jay Weber Show

11/9/2017 9:17 AM
The Apprenticeship Ratio measure, authored by State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and State Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), is before the State Senate for a vote today. The Senate author, Senator Chris Kapenga, took time to explain the bill on WISN’s Jay Weber Show today. 

“We always talk about the shortage of workers, but the trades ...
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Letter to editor from ABCWI President John Mielke on tax reform

11/3/2017 1:42 PM
ABC of Wisconsin President John Mielke has been in a number of publications recently, including the Fond du Lac Reporter and the Wisconsin State Journal for a letter to the editor on tax reform. Here is the copy from that letter ...
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