Congress will soon vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This bill is an unprecedented attempt to fundamentally change dozens of well-established labor laws to assist organized labor without regard to their detrimental impact on workers, employers—union and open-shop—and the economy. If enacted, the PRO Act would completely upend decades of work to balance employee and employer rights and restrictions settled in courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and Congress.
Among the bill's provisions, it would:
- Eliminate “secondary boycott” protections that would allow unions to launch disruptive protests and pickets against any employer, even those having nothing to do with a labor dispute;
- Strip away employees’ Right-to-Work protections, which have been established in 27 states, requiring all employees to contribute fees to a labor organization;
- Impose a “backdoor card check” exception to employees’ well-established right to a secret ballot election where they can freely vote their choice without intimidation by employer or union;
- Codify the “quickie” or “ambush” election rules that limit employees’ access and opportunity to consider information about the union seeking to represent them;
- Expand joint employer liability that could alter well-settled subcontracting practices in the construction industry;
- Hinder contractors’ ability to secure legal advice on complex labor matters; and
- Establish an overly restrictive independent contractor test.
This legislation recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a nearly party line vote and already, has 40 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. Tell your U.S senators to oppose the PRO Act today.
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AGC members are the association’s greatest advocates. At times throughout the year, it is necessary to call upon the membership to make its voice heard loudly and clearly on legislative and regulatory matters affecting the construction industry.
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AGC of America published AGC Testifies on Water Infrastructure Investment in Latest News 2019-09-30 16:10:10 -0400
On Sept. 19, Jamey Sanders, Vice President of Choctaw Transportation and Division Chair of AGC of America’s Federal and Heavy Construction Division, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the importance of water resource infrastructure to the U.S. economy.Read more
The construction industry is experiencing a significant workforce shortage with record job openings and record low unemployment. Tell Congress to reform federal education policy to help the industry meet its present and future workforce needs.
Here's why this matters:
- Current federal funding disproportionately favors traditional four-year higher education.
- Less than 15 percent of all federal post-secondary education spending goes toward workforce education and job training.
- The federal Pell Grant program, which offers needs-based aid to low-income individuals seeking a career, is only available to students enrolled in semester-long programs further skewing these resources towards traditional four-year higher education.
This funding bias negatively impacts the construction industry, and that must change.
Congress can take corrective action by passing the JOBS Act. This legislation will expand needs-based financial aid Pell Grant eligibility to short-term training courses and programs - an important step towards bridging the skills gap and helping individuals receive necessary training for job development.
Taking action is easy. Simply submit the pre-written messages as is to your Representative and Senators or customize them with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.
AGC of America published Construction Employment Increases in 40 States and D.C. in Latest News 2019-08-16 14:24:21 -0400
Forty states added construction jobs between July 2018 and July 2019, while construction employment increased in 25 states from June to July, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released on August 16. Association officials said the new jobs totals indicate there is a need for new federal investments in career and technical education programs, along with immigration reform.Read more
AGC of America published EEOC Opens EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection Portal in Latest News 2019-08-06 15:34:15 -0400
On July 15, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) officially opened the Web-based portal for the reinstated EEO-1 collection of pay and hours worked data for calendar years 2017 and 2018. The EEOC also provided a series of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) regarding the new requirements and a More Info Page to assist filers. The More Info page provides additional resources such as a sample form, an instruction booklet, a user’s guide, a fact sheet, and reference documents.Read more
AGC of America published AGC Supports OFCCP’s Increased Focus on Compliance Assistance in Latest News 2019-06-19 11:44:23 -0400
On June 7, AGC submitted comments to the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in response to its proposal to institute a new approach in reviewing federal construction contractors’ compliance with OFCCP’s Affirmative Action Program (AAP) and record-keeping requirements through compliance checks. OFCCP intends for these compliance checks to be less burdensome, but exercised in greater quantity as opposed to more intensive compliance reviews or audits. If OFCCP determines during the compliance check that the contractor has not maintained AAPs, affirmative action specifications, and required records, OFCCP will provide individualized compliance assistance to help the contractor come into compliance and may place the contractor in a pool for a future compliance evaluation. The amount of information for contractors to submit would be more extensive for direct federal contractors than federally assisted contractors.Read more