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ABC Michigan Statement on Court Victory: Court of Claims Strikes Down Whitmer E.O.s’ Hijacking of MIOSHA Enforcement Rules

LANSING, MI- The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan state director Jeff Wiggins provided the following statement today, after the Court of Claims handed Michigan workers a significant legal victory.  Following a lawsuit by ABC Michigan and others, the Court struck down portions of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive orders hijacking the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (MIOHSA) enforcement mechanisms, threatening job sites with unfair punishments and charges for good faith efforts to follow COVID-19 safety requirements: “The Court defended Michigan workers today, striking down Governor Whitmer’s attempt to weaponize MIOHSA and other state departments against safe jobsites that are taking good faith precautions to combat COVID-19.  This Court of Claims decision allows more than 100,000 craft trades professionals to continue operating safely without the threat of multiple, arbitrary, and significant fines or other MIOHSA pena ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Michigan: Senate Right to Stand Up Against Bullies, Unprecedented Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        Contact: Jeff Wiggins, State Director January 22, 2020                                                                     248-255-1052 - [email protected] ABC Michigan: Senate Right to Stand Up Against Bullies, Unprecedented Mandate LANSING, MI- Jeff Wiggins, State Director of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, today, praised members of the state Senate for approving Senate Concurrent Resolution 18, a move to fight back against so-called labor peace agreements. Rules proposed by the Whitmer administration to govern the licensing of marijuana-related businesses would institute the agreeme ... Read the rest of entry »

Governor Whitmer Forces Road Workers to Pay for Benefits They Don’t Receive

Governor Whitmer Forces Road Workers to Pay for Benefits They Don’t Receive Whitmer Hits Workers’ Paychecks to the Tune of $29 Per Hour, While Slashing Road Funding FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2019 CONTACT: Jeff Wiggins, State Dicrector 248-255-1052 [email protected] LANSING, MI- Jeff Wiggins, State Director of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan today criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer for eliminating a common sense provision approved by the House and Senate to prevent contractors doing business with the state from mandating road workers pay into benefit plans in which they do not participate and from which they would not benefit:   “Governor Whitmer late last night launched an absurd attack on Michigan’s road workers, forcing many to pay up to $29 an hour into benefit funds in which they do not participate. Whitmer’s move to hit workers’ paychecks will inflate the price of road projects at the same time she is ... Read the rest of entry »

Prevailing wage repeal is Legislature’s first bill of 2015

Michigan taxpayers, public schools and universities will get a budget break this year if priority House and Senate legislation to repeal the “prevailing wage” law is finally passed.
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ABC Applauds Congress’ Passage of Key Workforce Development Bill

WIOA will streamline and localize job training programs while ensuring that they are targeted toward available career opportunities.
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Michigan Builders and Contractors Applaud Governor Snyder Signing Merit Curriculum Improvements Into Law

Michigan high school students can now get a jump start in rewarding careers while in high school, thanks to legislation signed into law today by Governor Rick Snyder. 
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