Spring is in the Air

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, Director of Government Affairs Believe it or not, we are heading into the “spring session” of 2020. On March 16, the Legislature returns from a month-long break that allowed the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to hold public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. In the months ahead, the state […]

ABC PA Advocacy in Action

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, Director of Government Affairs As a follow-up to last month’s article (“A New Year of Opportunities”), ABC PA is hard at work advancing our issues at the Capitol Building and planning key events to connect you with decision-makers. Last month, leadership of all five chapters of ABC PA came together […]

The Best is Yet to Come

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone, Director of Government Affairs ABC PA’s mission is to be a unified voice that preserves, protects, and defends the ideals of free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy. Last week, the leadership team that makes up ABC Pennsylvania (ABC PA) held a legislative summit to discuss, outline, and […]

A New Year of Opportunities

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs ‘Tis the year for resolutions. As a planner, I am in the process of organizing activities and alliances for the New Year, and it is a year full of opportunities. We are well-positioned to negotiate legislation that will end discrimination in apprenticeship ratios; we […]

The More the Merrier

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By: Austin Cawley, ABC Keystone, Government Affairs Coordinator Harrisburg, PA—ABC PA members from across the Commonwealth gathered in the Capitol Building to participate in a hearing on apprenticeship. To the astonishment of many, the hearing room was packed with ABC PA members and our friends with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) organization. ABC Keystone’s Incoming […]

ABC PA Slated to Appear at Public Hearing on Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship Law

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs On December 17, in Harrisburg, the House Labor & Industry Committee will hold a public hearing on the state’s outdated and discriminatory apprenticeship law. We are encouraged and applaud committee Chairman Jim Cox (R-Berks) for calling this hearing and for shedding light on the […]

Giving Thanks for Dedicated ABC PA Advocates

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By: Austin Cawley, Government Affairs Coordinator Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and football. It is also a time to give thanks for the blessings we received throughout the year – and ABC PA has a lot to be thankful for, not the least of which is engaged and passionate advocates. This year started […]

Be Prepared for New Employee Hiring Requirements Coming in 2020

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs A new Pennsylvania law will require all construction industry employers to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm workers are legally permitted to work in the United States. The law, Act 75 of 2019, takes effect on October 7, 2020. E-Verify is a free […]

Frightening News for the Merit Shop

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs Things just got scary if your business does public work projects. You may have read about the recent criminal indictment filed by the Attorney General against Scott Good, owner of Goodco Mechanical, an ABC Central Pennsylvania member, and Goodco itself. The triple-digit charges allege […]

Why Local Elections Matter

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs This November, you will have the opportunity to vote for candidates running for local government. The winners of these elections will serve as school board director, county commissioner, city or borough council person, township supervisor, mayor, among others. Generally, voter participation and interest in […]

Fall Legislative Session Begins

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs Earlier this month, the Legislature returned to work for their Fall session. The window of opportunity is short, but ABC was paving the way over the summer months to position ourselves nicely. Some items of note are as follows: • E-Verify: House Bill 1170 […]

ABC PA at the Forefront

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Keystone Director of Government Affairs In the previous pages of this month’s Merit Shop Spokesman, you read about ABC’s advocacy on a legislative proposal to reform the state’s apprenticeship and training program. Over the summer, the ABC Government Affairs team has been speaking with lawmakers about other areas we […]