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An Interesting and Unique Political Season

In typical years, June is an active month, as Legislators put the final touches on a state budget and other agreed-to bills before recessing for the summer. While the state budget was – at least temporarily – completed before June, this month was extremely active from a political and legislative perspective – and we are only at the midway point! Here is a recap of two major happenings:

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Merit Shop Training and Research Center Awards 18 Scholarships

MANHEIM, PA, June 10, 2020 – Eighteen deserving individuals were recently awarded scholarships from the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC). The $20,850 in scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year brings the total to $535,850 that has been awarded by MSTRC since its inception, helping students entering a career path in the construction industry.

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Meeting Member Needs

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, ABC Keystone’s first goal has been to meet members’ needs and respond to requests and questions. Thank you for reaching out and letting us know how we can better serve you during this time. We continue to develop new resources for your use. Thank you for making safety your top priority!

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Congratulations, Stephanie Schmidt!

Poole Anderson Construction, LLC President, Stephanie Schmidt, has been named a 2020 Women of Influence Honoree by the Central Penn Business Journal. The Women of Influence Awards honors women business leaders for their contributions to their companies, industries, and communities.

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Congratulations to ABC Keystone’s 2020 Apprenticeship Graduates!

The ABC Keystone Chapter is proud to celebrate this year’s graduating class of apprentices. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the necessary postponement of the in-person ceremony previously scheduled for this past May, but we look forward to celebrating these graduates in alternate ways this summer. Please watch our website, social media channels and our upcoming August Merit Shop Spokesman for graduate features celebrating the class of 2020. This class has worked diligently for this accomplishment, and we look forward to further recognizing their achievements!

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Share Your Safety Successes!

How are you and your team working safely on the jobsite and in the office?

We know that safety is your top priority, and we would like to feature your team’s efforts. If you have safety success stories, tips, or photos of how your team is adapting to COVID-19, please reach out to kristi@abckeystone.org and kevin@abckeystone.org.

We look forward to hearing your successes and highlighting your team in a future issue of the Merit Shop Spokesman and on our social media channels.

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Types of Claims that May Arise from Construction Project Losses Related to COVID-19

Since March, all contractors and subcontractors have been addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. Contractors/subcontractors have prepared COVID-19 protocols, revised their employment practices to address the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), evaluated financing options under various stimulus and loan packages, and handled multiple issues arising from government orders.

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A Message from ABC Keystone President-CEO

A Message from the President-CEO

Those that know me well are aware that I am a very positive person. If you ask me in the morning how I am doing, I always respond, “I’m living the dream!” I finally realized, after the last two months, that some dreams can be nightmares. But it is because of our members, the staff, and our leadership team that I have been able to remain positive during this recent COVID-19 dream (or nightmare) and take each day as a new challenge.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Wow! The end of this month will mark my halfway point serving as Chair at ABC Keystone. January and February started out the same way many of my predecessors had experienced. There was the first Executive Committee meeting, the All Committee Kickoff event, Inaugural, the first Board of Directors meeting, Economic Breakfast, and mixing with members and prospects at our quarterly Wake-up Call events. I thought, “Gee, I am getting the hang of this Chairman thing! I can do this!

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Construction Safety Pledge

ABC Keystone Announces National Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge

Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter recently announced the launch of the Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge, an industry-wide call to action to redouble construction jobsite safety commitments under new protocols due to the coronavirus outbreak. Open to all U.S. contractors and industry associations, the pledge calls for prevention, preparedness, and response plans to prevent injuries and disease and safeguard total human health.

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The Halfway Point

Despite the crisis, ABC Pennsylvania’s government affairs program has been active and has made a difference. We strengthened relationships with associations in sharing information, resources, and intelligence. Our grassroots advocacy network has grown by nearly 50 percent. We topped 1,100 calls and emails into the Governor and Legislature on issues of concern.

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