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ABC of Michigan Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2020 CONTACT: Jimmy E. Greene 517.853.2545     [email protected] Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is excited to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, educational institutions, and other critical partners to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared the week of November 8-14 Michigan Apprenticeship Week, and we're proud to acknowledge ABC apprentices and celebrate with her.  Statewide, ABC of Michigan is undertaking an aggressive messaging campaign to recruit talent throughout the state for merit shop contractors.  "We believe there are many underemployed citizens in Michigan who simply don't know how to begin the pathway to a career in the skilled trades, and we're determined to change that," said Jimmy Greene, president of ABC of Michigan. "Our local chapters ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of MICHIGAN PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      September 2, 2020                                                                    Contact: Jimmy Greene 517-853-2545 – [email protected]   ABC of MICHIGAN PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan Political Action Committee is pleased to announce ... Read the rest of entry »

Jimmy Greene Named President of ABC of Michigan

Jimmy Greene Named President of ABC of Michigan  Breanna George Promoted to Vice President LANSING, MI- The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan today announced the hiring of Jimmy Greene as the organization’s new President and the promotion of Breanna George to ABC of Michigan Vice President.  Greene previously served as President and CEO of the Greater Michigan Chapter of ABC. George has been with ABC of Michigan for 5 years, serving the last 2 ½ as Deputy Director. “ABC of Michigan is thrilled to welcome Jimmy Greene to this exciting new role fighting for free enterprise and Michigan’s hardworking craft tradespeople,” said Robert Clancy, Chairman of the ABC Michigan Board of Directors, and owner of Robert Clancy Contracting. “Jimmy is a remarkable leader with a long track record of delivering results for Michigan workers. “Breanna George has spent years working on critical reforms that put workers first, and her leadership is ... Read the rest of entry »

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 Files Lawsuit to Protect Workers, Businesses from Weaponized State Agencies

New Constitutional Questions Raised About Denying Citizens Input on Workplace Safety Issues in the Administrative Rule-Making Process LANSING, MI- The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is among plaintiffs filing suit in Michigan’s Court of Claims to protect Michigan workers and safe construction sites from state departments weaponized by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive actions. In the early days of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Michigan’s builders and contractors pioneered and implemented proven work-safe plans to protect the state’s more than 100,000 craft trade professionals and to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Michigan workers on these job sites have followed the rules, they’ve followed the science, they’ve taken the precautions, and they are working safely. They have returned to work safely to provide for their families and build Michigan’s future. Unfortunately, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders 96 a ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC OF MICHIGAN PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR AUGUST PRIMARY ELECTION

LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Michigan Political Action Committee (PAC) is pleased to announce the endorsements of several candidates running in the August Primary Election for the Michigan House of Representatives.  “Michigan’s construction workforce, now more than ever, is looking for leaders who will defend freedom in the marketplace, promote fair and open competition, and help foster an environment where our communities can thrive,” said Jeff Wiggins, spokesman for ABC of Michigan PAC. “The candidates endorsed by the ABC of Michigan PAC embody these characteristics, and we stand firmly by our endorsement of them.” The following House candidates have received the endorsement of ABC of Michigan PAC: District 19 – Martha Ptashnik District 20 – John Lacny District 24 – William Revoir District 25 – Adam Wiley District 32 – Representative Pamela Hornberger District 38 – Chase Turner Distr ... 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 »

ABC of Michigan PAC Endorses Shane Hernandez for 10th Congressional District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Jeff Wiggins 517-853-2545 – [email protected] November 20, 2019 ABC of MICHIGAN PAC ENDORSES SHANE HERNANDEZ FOR 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT LANSING, MI – Today, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan Political Action Committee announced their endorsement of Shane Hernandez for Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. “Shane Hernandez has a record of fighting for the hardworking people of the construction industry,” said Jeff Wiggins, spokesman for ABC of Michigan PAC. “Free enterprise principles and the idea that everyone should be allowed to compete for work openly and fairly are part of the foundation of this country. Shane Hernandez is the kind of public servant that Michigan families deserve who will stand up and defend these principles in our nation’s capital.” ABC of Michigan PAC is an independent political action committee dedicated to ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Michigan PAC Endorses John James for U.S Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Jeff Wiggins-State Director 517-853-2545 – wi[email protected] November 19, 2019 ABC of MICHIGAN PAC ENDORSES JOHN JAMES FOR U.S. SENATE LANSING, MI – Today, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan Political Action Committee announced their endorsement of John James for the United States Senate in 2020. “Tried and tested leaders are needed in Washington, D.C. to stand up and defend the free enterprise principles that we, as Americans, hold dear,” said Jeff Wiggins, spokesman for ABC of Michigan PAC. “John James has a proven record of promoting these principles in the business world, as well as defending the foundational freedoms we cherish through his service in the military. James will be an excellent addition to the United States Senate.” ABC of Michigan PAC is an independent political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates that value and promote the benefits of ... 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 »

ABC of Michigan Statement on the Board of Canvassers Approval-to-Form of Citizen-Initiated Legislation Language to Repeal Prevailing Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2017 CONTACT: Jeff Wiggins 517.853.2545 [email protected] LANSING, MI- Today, Mike Houseman, Chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) Board of Directors, offered the following statement in support of the Michigan Board of Canvassers’ approval-to-form of petition language to repeal Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act:  “According to the State of Michigan, there were 200,000 more prevailing wage classifications published last year than there are construction workers in the state.  This government mess, created by unelected union bosses and ex-politicians, has resulted in complex, wide-ranging classifications that can differ by more than $100 per-hour from one requirement to the next. It’s time to drain the swamp and end this special-interest mandate costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars on government contracts compared to identical construction projects in the private sector.”   ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Michigan Praises House Passage of Skilled Trades Education Package

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2017 Contact: Jeff Wiggins 517.853.2545 LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC), today, praised the strong, bipartisan support of House Bills 4315 – 4318 in the House of Representatives. The package of bills would broaden curriculum choices required for high school graduation for students interested in a skilled trades education. “These reforms provide necessary flexibility in our current high school curriculum, allowing students, parents, and educators the chance to explore educational options to for Michigan students,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of ABC of Michigan. “Students will now have the ability to astutely craft their curriculum to prepare themselves for a well-paying job in the trades.” The legislative package, introduced by Representatives Beth Griffin (R-Mattawan), Curt Vanderwall (R-Ludington), Roger Hauck (R-Union Township), and Gary Howell (R-North Branch), would collectivel ... Read the rest of entry »

MI Senate Makes Prevailing Wage Repeal First Introduced Legislation

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2017 Contact: Jeff Wiggins 517.853.2545 ​MICHIGAN SENATE MAKES PREVAILING WAGE REPEAL FIRST INTRODUCED LEGISLATION IN 2017 LANSING, MI – Today, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Michigan applauded the introduction of Senate Bills 1, 2, and 3 to repeal Michigan’s archaic “prevailing wage” law and provide for more fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars.  “For years, our schools, universities, and state government have been forced to overspend taxpayer dollars on construction projects, instead of hiring the best company for the best price,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of ABC. “The fact that these bills were the first to be introduced this legislative session sends a strong message from Michigan taxpayers and their elected representatives that they feel repeal is necessary.” Senate Bills 1-3, sp ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Michigan Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Protect Right to Operate a Business, Exercise Free Speech

For Immediate Release: December 7, 2016 Contact: Jeff Wiggins 517.853.2545 ABC OF MICHIGAN APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RIGHT TO OPERATE A BUSINESS, EXERCISE FREE SPEECH LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan today applauded the passage of House Bills 4630 and 4643, legislation that protects the rights of Michigan job creators and those exercising their right to free speech.  HB 4630, sponsored by State Representative Amanda Price (R-Park Township), would eliminate language from statute that previously forced employers to notify applicants if a position they were applying for was made available due to labor strikes or lockouts. The bill codifies a 1984 Michigan Court of Appeals ruling declaring the requirement unconstitutional.  “The Michigan Court of Appeals found the language to be a violation of our state Constitution,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of ABC of Michigan. “This legislation makes it clear tha ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Michigan Congratulates Endorsed Candidates

For Immediate Release: November 11, 2016 Contact: Jeff Wiggins 517.853.2545 ABC of Michigan Congratulates Endorsed Candidates, New House Leadership Team for 99th Legislature LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) congratulated today the 61 ABC-endorsed candidates who were victorious in their election efforts, as well as Speaker-Elect Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) and the rest of the new House majority leadership team for the 2017-2018 Legislative term.    “This past Tuesday, Michigan voters sent a clear message to Lansing that job creation, responsible budgets, and free market principles should guide the 99th Legislature,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of ABC of Michigan. “The people of Michigan made the choice to continue the pursuit of free enterprise and a government that truly serves the hardworking families of this state. The candidates endorsed by ABC of Michigan represent these principles and we congratulate them ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Michigan Announces Jeff Wiggins as New State Director

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) is pleased to announce Jeff Wiggins will be joining the association as its new State Director.  ABC also announced that it will continue to work closely with Chris Fisher as he joins Midwest Strategy Group as Partner with the Lansing-based governmental affairs firm.

 

“Jeff Wiggins will be an incredible asset for the organization and will play a key role in managing and strategically growing the association,” said Board Chair Mike Houseman, North American President of Wolverine Building Group.  “Under the leadership of Wiggins, this new arrangement will lead to new opportunities for ABC members and benefit the industry across Michigan.”

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ABC Announces Young Professional of the Year Finalists

ABC Announces Young Professional of the Year Finalists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) continued its celebration of Careers in Construction Month today by announcing three finalists for its first Young Professional of the Year Award. Finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for future industry enhancement from a field of more than 100 nominations representing 47 ABC chapters and more than 80 member companies.
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Senate passes HB 4052 - Preempting local prevailing wage and employment laws

Michigan took another step toward economic recovery and job creation today with the Senate’s passage of House Bill 4052 preempting local prevailing wage and employment laws. 

“We appreciate the Legislature’s effort to end our current irregular patchwork of rules which is costing us jobs and economic development. The state, rather than 1,800 different political subdivisions, should have the ability to regulate wages and benefits.”

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Builders and contractors support prevailing wage repeal petition drive

A leading construction trade group is supporting an effort to gather petition signatures to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law, Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) announced today. 

“We support this citizen effort to stop tax dollar waste and keep Michigan’s construction economy strong,” said Chris Fisher, president of ABC.  
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Michigan sees nation’s best year-over-year improvement in construction employment

Lansing, Mich. – Michigan’s construction industry saw the largest year-over-year drop in unemployment of any state in the U.S. with a 5.7-point unemployment rate decrease, according to data for February released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and analyzed by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). 
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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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Supreme Court will hear ABC Appeal on Lansing Prevailing Wage

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court has granted a leave for appeal by Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC), an action that could lead to local prevailing wage ordinances being invalidated throughout the state. 
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ABC Commends Livingston County for Repealing Prevailing Wage Requirements

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) August 5 commended the Livingston County Board of Commissioners for an August 4 decision repealing a job-killing prevailing wage mandate on county-funded construction projects.
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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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FOIA request reveals MSU agreement to administer union organizing program and payouts to AFL-CIO

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan has learned that Michigan State University recently entered into a "Memorandum of Understanding" with AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades division regarding operation of a national union organizing academy.
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