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 …

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.  …

Paycheck Protection Falls Short as House Wraps up 2017

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The House concluded the first half of the 2017-2018 legislative session this week with a flurry of bills that were championed by some of the state’s most conservative lawmakers.  At the top of the list was Senate Bill 166, introduced by Sen. John …

Celebrating the Pennsylvania Construction Industry

Kristi Pronovost

Join ABC chapters from Pennsylvania for a celebration of Pennsylvania’s Construction Industry with Industry partners in New York City. The event coincides with the Pennsylvania Society gala held every year to honor a prominent Pennsylvanian.

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 Endorses 2017 Judicial Candidates

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For more information, contact Brent Sailhamer 717.653.8106 or brent@abckeystone.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 26, 2017 (Harrisburg, PA) The five chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors throughout Pennsylvania met earlier this month to evaluate candidates for statewide elected office and have endorsed five aspirants for the Commonwealth’s appellate courts …

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 …

Pennsylvania Becomes Ground Zero for Trump Referendum

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Historically, midterm elections have not gone well for sitting Presidents. Only two years into a term, Presidents have lost seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in 9 out of the last 10 elections.  In the Senate, the party of the …

PennDOT Drops Efforts At First Ever Project Labor Agreement

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  August 30, 2017 In early 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) indicated that they had plans to include a project labor agreement (PLA) in their bid process for a road reconstruction project in Montgomery County. The effort would be a …