Training Facility Mezzanine Outfitted for Sheet Metal Training

Kristi Pronovost Apprenticeship & Workforce Development Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

Sheet Metal Instructor Matt Zook and the Sheet Metal apprenticeship classes are taking full advantage of the newly renovated mezzanine area in the skills lab at ABC’s Keystone Center for Construction Careers. A portion of the mezzanine has recently been converted from storage space into a fully outfitted sheet metal …

Celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

Kristi Pronovost Apprenticeship & Workforce Development Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: G. David Sload, President-CEO, ABC Keystone Americans are ready to rebuild our neglected infrastructure – schools, highways, bridges, dams, public transit. But we also can’t neglect the big challenge ahead of us: filling a shortage of 500,000 skilled construction workers—a number that could double if the promise of a …

Keystone Members Eye Elected Office in 2018

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By, Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs After a full year of President Donald Trump in office, most critics agree that it’s hard to deny the effect of business experience in government.  Financial markets have skyrocketed and the national business climate is booming after a series of regulatory and financial …

House Committee Focuses on Banning Project Labor Agreements

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Project Labor Agreements, or pre-hire collective bargaining agreements that mandate the use of union-only labor, have been around for decades, but lately, there’s been a nationwide push to ban the discriminatory practice.  So much so that 23 states now outlaw the use of …

Carpentry 4 Class Covers Advanced Stair Systems with Instructor Tom Fasnacht

Kristi Pronovost Apprenticeship & Workforce Development Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

ABC Apprenticeship Carpentry 4 class recently covered the Advanced Stair Systems module from the NCCER curriculum. Instructor Tom Fasnacht had the students in the lab doing their hands-on performance profile which covered these areas: Install open service stair treads and risers Install treads and risers on open, closed, and/or combination …

Wolf Announces Overtime Pay Proposal

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

This week, Governor Tom Wolf announced his plans to follow up on an expired plan by the Obama administration in 2016 to extend mandatory overtime pay to salaried employees.  Currently, salaried employees who are eligible for overtime pay are evaluated on the federal threshold for compensation, which is $23,660 annually.  …