Keystone Chapter Highlights National Apprenticeship Week

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Two years after completing a massive $5.3 million renovation, the Keystone chapter was on display this week in a celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, a week long focus on the importance of apprenticeship and skilled training across the nation. The Keystone …

A Time of Thanksgiving

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By Donna J. Shoff, President, H.L. Wiker, Inc. and ABC Keystone Chair of the Board Thanksgiving Day originated in 1621, when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each year in November. In modern times, …

Apprenticeship – The First Step on the Path to a Successful Career in Construction

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

By: Cindy DeWire, Director of Apprenticeship, ABC Keystone As Director of Apprenticeship at Associated Builders & Contractors – Keystone Chapter, I am excited to express my support for National Apprenticeship Week and showcase the role of the Keystone Apprenticeship Program in helping to prepare a highly-skilled workforce to meet the …

Election Recap: Dems See Momentum Heading Into Midterms

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  For months, Democrats have been positioning the 2017 “off-year” elections as an early referendum on the Trump administration and in three closely-watched states – Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey – the strategy seemed to have worked, at least for the time …

Turning Purple To Red

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Since 2006, Pennsylvania has enjoyed bipartisan representation in the United States Senate. After years of Republican control with the late Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, the watershed election of 2006 opened the door for Democrats in many states, including Pennsylvania.  Voters …

ABC PA Summit Focuses on Policy, Political Endorsements

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Last week’s meeting of the five ABC chapters throughout Pennsylvania brought a rare opportunity to work with some uncommon coalition partners and hear from candidates who will appear on the ballot in 2017. Much of the Legislative Summit was focused on …

State Budget Talks Collapse As Legislature Heads Home

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  After more than three months, Republican lawmakers are still searching for viable solution to the Commonwealth’s unfinished budget, which has started to affect operations and the state’s financial standing. In late June, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a nearly $33 billion spending …