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    Senator Aument Visits ABC Keystone Young Professional Committee

    On June 6, 2017, Pennsylvania State Senator Ryan Aument joined ABC Keystone’s Young Professionals Committee for a time of questions and answers. In an effort to connect its members to what’s happening in government, the committee invited the Senator to share his perspective on several areas of interest Read the rest of entry »

    Three Lessons in Time: The Importance of Establishing Your Value System

    As time passes, the opportunities in life will change. People will move on from their current positions. Businesses may expand or deflate. It is our duty to create and establish a value system in our everyday lives: something worth fighting for, something worth leaving for, lessons of life that are placed right before us. Read the rest of entry »

    ABC Opposes Plumbing Licensure Legislation As Support Falls Short

    House Bill 442, introduced by Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) began earlier this year as a bill that regulated the use of the title “licensed plumbing contractor.” Rather than regulating the entire practice of plumbing, the bill only set standards for individuals who held themselves out as a licensed plumbing contractor. Read the rest of entry »

    Message from G. David Sload, Interim President, ABC Keystone

    On behalf of ABC Keystone, I would like to sincerely thank Kate McCaslin for her expertise and ideas that have helped to keep Keystone moving forward while providing the greatest value to you, the members. Read the rest of entry »

    Letter from the Chair - Interim President Announcement

    As I’m sure you know, Kate McCaslin has accepted a position with an organization back in her home town of Spokane, Washington and has submitted her resignation as President/CEO the ABC Keystone Chapter. Read the rest of entry »

    Building Trade Unions Abandon Subcontractors on Prompt Pay Legislation

    Earlier this week, the House Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler), moved a controversial bill that would, for the first time, establish the procedures for suspension of performance in Pennsylvania statute. Read the rest of entry »

    As Budget Talks Heat Up, Legislature Eyes Prompt Pay and Plumbing Licensure Legislation

    In Pennsylvania, June is Budget Month – the last 30 days before the Constitution requires a balanced budget to be in place for the succeeding fiscal year. And while the legislature hasn’t always done the best job at meeting that June 30 deadline, the race to come reasonably close always brings other legislation to the surface. Read the rest of entry »

    Pennsylvania Lobbyist Eyed For White House Chief of Staff Role

    In 1997, West Point graduate David Urban had earned the Bronze Star for his bravery in Desert Storm and decided to further his commitment to public service through a different route. He was hired by former Sen. Arlen Specter and only a year later, Urban was Specter’s chief of staff. Twenty years later, rumors are swirling about Urban serving as chief of staff again, only this time, to the Commander-in-Chief. Read the rest of entry »

    Message from ABC Keystone President-CEO, Kate McCaslin

    For me, being a member of the ABC Keystone team over the past two years has been nothing short of amazing. Read the rest of entry »

    OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

    OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week: Engaging Your Employees to Achieve High Safety Standards By: Kevin B. Keith, Director of Safety Services, ABC Keystone June 12-18, 2017, is OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week. This week is set aside to remind employers that creating a safe workplace makes sound business sense. Open input from workers at all levels and company leaders acting on the concerns and suggestions can lead to a much more productive, quality driven, and safer work environment. Nothing should be shocking in this basic concept of business operation and protecting the worker. For years, insurers have shown that the cost of workers’ compensation coverage and payments for work-related injuries can all but cripple a business. Increased workers’ compensation costs lead to money draining from profits and force companies to chase more and more jobs or work to cover the losses. You would think that it would lead a reasonable business owner to stop and think about this profit draining dilemma. At l ... Read the rest of entry »