ABC of Michigan is a statewide trade association representing the commercial and industrial construction industries. 

 
Dedicated to open competition, equal opportunity and accountability in construction, ABC members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. 

Membership is available to all businesses in the construction industry that believe in the Merit Shop philosophy. The Merit Shop philosophy is based on the belief that every company has the right to bid and be awarded contracts based solely upon the merit of their work, and NOT on their affiliation with labor organizations.

ABC supports fair and open competition, free enterprise, freedom of choice for workers concerning union membership and training programs, balanced budgets, a fair taxation structure, and reasonable regulation. Learn more about how we advocate on behalf of the construction industry in front of legislators and regulatory agencies.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is supported by three local chapters: Greater Michigan, Southeastern Michigan and Western Michigan. Companies who are interested in membership join ABC through these local chapters.

When you join your local chapter a portion of your total dues goes to both the state and national organizations. As an ABC member you will not only belong to your local chapter, but you will be a part of the nearly one thousand Michigan members and the twenty-four thousand contractors and suppliers that belong to Associated Builders and Contractors nationally.

More About the Merit Shop

We believe in the system of free enterprise. 

We believe employees and employers should have the right to determine wages and working conditions through either individual or collective bargaining, as they choose, within the boundaries of the law. 

We believe the employer must have concern for the general welfare of the employee and that there must be a fair compensation for work performed. At the same time, we believe that the employee has an obligation for satisfactory performance of assigned work. 

We support sound legislation in the areas of workers compensation, safety and unemployment compensation. 

We believe legislation that embraces fair play for employer and employee is essential to the preservation of our free enterprise system. 

We believe the law should protect the right of employees to work regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin or membership or non-membership in a labor organization. We believe work opportunities should be made available to all legal residents and we support programs toward this end. 

We oppose violence, coercion, intimidation and the denial of the rights of employees and employers. 

We believe it is incumbent upon all branches of government to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and we believe that government should award contracts only to the lowest responsible bidder. We oppose unjust pressure to violate these principles. 

We believe monopolies or any kind of price or wage fixing, in either the public or private sector, are detrimental to our system of free enterprise. 

We believe the destiny of all Americans can be best served by cooperation, reconciliation and following the tenants of free enterprise and a democratic government. We believe business leaders can best preserve these tenets by becoming active in politics and civic affairs.

To maintain a standard of performance consistent with the owner’s best interest and my obligations.

To quote only realistic prices and completion dates and perform accordingly.

To guarantee cooperation to the fullest extent with the architect and other agents of the owner toward fulfillment of the contract undertaken.

To solicit and accept bids and/or quotations only from firms who subscribe to the principles of this Code of Ethics.

To make all payments promptly within the terms of the contract.

To observe and foster the highest standards of safety and working conditions.

To establish realistic wage schedules for employees commensurate with their ability so that they may enjoy the dignity to which they are entitled.

To participate actively in the training of employees for the future availability thereof to members of the Association.

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. is the voice of the merit shop in the construction industry.

We accept the responsibility for making that voice heard. We believe the merit shop movement is a movement for the betterment of the individual, the construction industry, and the nation.

We believe in the system of free enterprise.

We believe employees and employers should have the right to determine wages and working conditions through either individual or collective bargaining, as they choose, within the boundaries of the law.

We believe the employer must have concern for the general welfare of the employee and that there must be a fair compensation for work performed. At the same time, we believe that the employee has an obligation for satisfactory performance of assigned work.

We support sound legislation in the areas of workers compensation, safety and unemployment compensation. We believe legislation that embraces fair play for employer and employee is essential to the preservation of our free enterprise system.

We believe the law should protect the right of employees to work regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin or membership or non-membership in a labor organization. We believe work opportunities should be made available to all legal residents and we support programs toward this end.

We oppose violence, coercion, intimidation and the denial of the rights of employees and employers.

We believe it is incumbent upon all branches of government to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and we believe that government should award contracts only to the lowest responsible bidder.

We oppose unjust pressure to violate these principles.

We believe monopolies or any kind of price or wage fixing, in either the public or private sector, are detrimental to our system of free enterprise.

We believe the destiny of all Americans can be best served by cooperation, reconciliation and following the tenants of free enterprise and a democratic government. We believe business leaders can best preserve these tenets by becoming active in politics and civic affairs.


ABC of Michigan is a statewide trade association representing the commercial and industrial construction industries. Dedicated to open competition, equal opportunity and accountability in construction, ABC members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.