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Did you ever, for a minute, think the kerfuffle around LHA was about public health, or any of the touted altruistic motives that were puked up by the Blog of Record?
Associated Builders & Contractors
Political Action Committee (PAC)
The Associated Builders and Contractors Political Action Committee (ABC PAC) plays a critical role in our effort to advocate on behalf of the merit shop construction industry and your company’s right to work in an open, competitive construction marketplace. Never has your support for the PAC been more important.
Unions in Massachusetts and across the country were emboldened by the results of the November elections. Not only will they push harder than ever on Beacon Hill and the licensing boards that oversee the trades for more project labor agreements and other anti-competitive policies, but they will be appealing to officials who might not be in office but for union political efforts.
Once again last year, we at ABC were able to use our own growing political stature on Beacon Hill to block a number of bills, such as one that would have changed the rules to make it harder even for companies that participate in our new Merit Apprenticeship Program to compete for public work.
But the best defense against policies and politicians like that is to have a good offense. This year, ABC has filed eight common-sense bills this legislative session that would promote fair and open competition in the construction industry.
Two of the bills address union-only project labor agreements. One would prohibit government from determining who can work on a state job based on labor affiliation, and the other requires all awarding authorities to justify a decision to require a PLA, which codifies a decision by Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court.
Greg Beeman recently wrote a column in the Boston Herald about shenanigans at the Lowell Housing Authority as a result of a practice known as “force account,” which allows authorities to complete small projects or repairs using their own employees, sometimes with the help of outside labor. One of the bills would end use of the practice by housing authorities.
ABC is also behind a bill that would allow a prevailing wage deduction for apprenticeship training, one that would require all collective bargaining agreements to be accessible on line, and legislation that would clarify the common-law definition should be used for fraud.
A final bill would promote fairness on the boards of registration that are so important when it comes to setting the rules for licensed trades. The legislation would require that each board have both signatory and non-signatory members.
The bills are attracting bipartisan support and several of them were filed by Democratic legislators. We believe several of them have a legitimate chance of passing. But even if they don’t, fighting them forces unions to divert resources that would otherwise be used to promote exclusionary policies to defend against our efforts.
Much of our success can be directly attributed to ABC’s ability to support candidates for office through our PAC. As we continue to build bipartisan relationships at the State House, we must continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to support elected officials and candidates who favor free enterprise.
Please complete and return the enclosed invoice along with a personal check of up to $500 made out to “Associated Builders and Contractors PAC” as soon as possible. I also ask you to encourage your employees and colleagues to consider making a contribution to the ABC PAC because their ability to work and earn a living is also on the line!
Now more than ever, we need your help to take back our government! Thank you in advance for your support.
Past Chair of ABCMA
General Counsel of ABCMA
These little things seethe and ooze in Lowell politics. When C.Kennedy moves in to squash C.Elliott’s dreams to be Mayor, assuming both are on the Council come January 2014, Kennedy will do it with an alleyoop from the local unions. (Well, except for any Local associated to the NEPBA. They love Scott Brown.)
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