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Maximize Your ABC Membership Investment:
Gain Impressions Through Committee Involvement

Engaging with ABC’s membership pays dividends many times over, and a sometimes-overlooked, no-cost avenue is through committee involvement. Keystone’s eight standing committees address all of ABC’s functional areas, and there truly is a committee for everyone. Many of ABC’s most satisfied members utilize committee involvement to increase their impressions (one-on-one conversations) with ABC members. Learn more:

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Advocacy Update: Election Recap and Help Us Improve Our Advocacy Program

The 2020 General Election is now behind us. Much like in 2016, the polls were wrong in many respects. In a year when Democrats were projected to win big, the “blue wave” flopped. Democratic operatives were looking to flip control of state legislatures to dictate re-districting processes next year. As it turns out, only two state legislative chambers changed control, both in New Hampshire, and both flipped from Democrat to Republican. Overall, Republicans outperformed expectations, gaining seats both in the U.S. Congress and in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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Ask an Attorney: Five Quick Ways to Turn Your P.O. Form Into a More Protective Contract

Most contractors and subcontractors use a standard purchase order – or P.O. – form for their limited-scope projects. Attorneys often recommend supplementing the P.O. by attaching a form of general terms and conditions. Although general terms and conditions are designed to incorporate broad legal provisions that protect a contractor’s or subcontractor’s rights during a project, they can be time-consuming to prepare. Consider these five tips for quickly supplementing your P.O. forms in situations where general terms and conditions are unavailable:

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Building Careers at ABC: Apprenticeship Update

In October, ABC Keystone celebrated Careers in Construction Month, dedicated to the many paths available for pursuing opportunities in our great industry. Earlier in November, the Chapter celebrated National Apprenticeship Week. These celebrations of construction careers continue, as every week, apprentices enter the Chapter’s training facility to learn from their instructors the many facets of their trades, each of them striving to build their own skills and futures. Read more for an update on the Electrical and Plumbing programs.

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ABC Keystone Message from the President

Message from the President-CEO: Why We Do What We Do

Seven and a half months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic began, and those dreaded words came down from Governor Tom Wolf: “All nonessential
businesses must close.” As we came to find out, construction was determined to be nonessential. Through many emails and phone calls, we
were able to get some projects open if they were life-sustaining. I am still not sure a real definition has been issued for ‘life-sustaining.’ However, in their wisdom, the State felt they could define it through a waiver process, and we all know how that worked. Read more…

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National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2020!

Join the ABC Keystone Chapter in celebrating apprenticeship and the many career paths and opportunities available in the construction industry! During the week of November 8-14, 2020, we will be highlighting our former apprentices and their career journeys from apprenticeship to leadership. Check back daily for updates and visit our social media channels for daily postings!

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Member Spotlight: Bill Lastinger, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.

How does ABC provide you value?
ABC Keystone has helped us grow our business by providing a variety of technical and leadership training courses for our employees. The more employees learn skills that apply to their day to day responsibilities, the better your company will be. Knowledgeable employees are more engaged in their work and more valuable to our clients. That has proven itself over and over again through the apprenticeship certification program, management training options, and technical training opportunities, such as ASHE certifications and competent person safety training.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Advocacy Update: Thankful for Engaged Members

Thank you for your service and membership with ABC! It is safe to say the start of the new decade did not go as anyone intended. Our members continue to manage the effects of the pandemic and are concerned about business prospects in 2021. Despite these challenges, ABC chapters and members have been more active in our advocacy efforts than ever before. In fact, during and after the shutdown, our grassroots network grew by nearly 50 percent. Thank you!

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Make Your Voice Heard: VOTE

ABC is committed to keep you informed and connected to resources leading up to Election Day. Your voice and your vote matters! Many of you have already performed your civic duty by casting your vote through the mail. For that, we thank you. Others are planning to vote in-person at the polls. We thank you in advance.

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Member Spotlight: Raser Industries, LLC

How does ABC provide you value?
My team and I have been pleased to have benefited from a number of ABC Keystone’s member services and trainings, including: Leadership Development training, customized training for my employees, COVID-19 webinars, and networking events such as this past winter’s Meet the Generals event. Read more and Meet Andrew Bachert, General Manager.

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Election Day is Approaching Fast

ABC is committed to keep you informed and connected to resources leading up to Election Day. Your voice and your vote matters! We are less than one week from the Election Day. If you have not voted yet, we want to make sure you are connected to the resources and information you need to cast a ballot. Discover resources.

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Ask an Attorney - ABC Keystone Blog

Ask an Attorney: Part of the Team – Construction Lawyers as a Career in Construction

It is true that attorneys don’t physically build anything. And we don’t dig, paint, or install any materials (although I did put in a slightly uneven
BBQ patio this summer). Still, we are a career in the construction industry. My goal is the same as any other player on the project — whether it be an engineer, architect, estimator, or project manager — I seek to help the project move smoothly and without conflict. The most satisfying part of my career is when I’m able to help a construction company move forward with their projects and business decisions. Sometimes that involves guiding the company through disputes and litigation, but more often than not, the focus of my job is problem-solving and identifying and addressing risk.

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