House Legislation to Focus on Construction E-Verify

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

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone This week, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) circulated a co-sponsorship memo to his House colleagues for legislation that would require the use of E-verify for construction industry employees. Mackenzie, who maintained a B rating with ABC in the 2017-2018 legislation session and sits …

Dems Pick Up Key Seat in Special Election

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

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone Just a year ago, Senate Republicans held a more than comfortable margin in the 50-member state Senate, with 34 members. The number was so high that Republicans had achieved the so-called “veto-proof majority,” meaning that if the caucus voted together, they would …

ABC Keystone Nets Silver Grassroots Award

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

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone At last week’s ABC Convention in Long Beach, CA, the ABC National office recognized various levels of commitment to advocacy among the 69 chapters nationwide. Criteria for recognition included: Regular communications to members regarding advocacy issues Dedicated committee structures Improved lobbying efforts …

Waiving the White Flag: PennDOT Withdraws Appeal of Commonwealth Court’s Markley Street PLA Decision

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

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone In 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) took an innovative step and announced that they would be attempting to use a project labor agreement (PLA), requiring bidders to hire from prescribed union halls, rather than use their own employees. The trial …

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 …