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The Inland Pacific ABC Weekly Merit Shop News Watch is published every Tuesday, bringing you the latest information not only on ABC Plan Center projects, but other important and timely information to give your company the competitive edge!

2018 OSHA Regulatory & Policy Updates, Industry Trends and Protocols On Surviving & Responding To An OSHA Audit/Inspection

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 Length: 2 Hours Presenter: Joe Aitchison Webinar Agenda: OSHA audits and inspections usually costs dearly, both financially and legally. While there's little upside to facing an inspection, it is possible to survive the ordeal unscathed. Employers and their staff need to understand what to do and what not to when an inspector shows up at your door. Who should escort the inspector and what sort of information should you share with them? You should train your staff on handling inspections, safety complaints and investigations, enforcement actions, and inspector requests for documents during and following an inspection or investigation. Also, Employers need to be aware of the latest & mandatory regulatory developments to OSHA compliance, key challenges when facing OSHA investigations, major OSHA policy issues to tackle, the latest guidelines involving electronic submission along with many other areas of interest. The following agenda will be covered in de ...

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ABC Spotlight 02/06/2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 ABC Endorses Mary Kuney! ABC officially endorses Mary Kuney for Spokane County Commissioner. Based upon her business experience, county government knowledge and commitment to community service, ABC feels Mary would be an excellent choice to continue championing issues that matter. Read more New Members! Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity partners with people in Spokane County, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Dardan Enterprises Located in Post Falls, Idaho, Dardan Enterprises is a general contracting firm specializing in commercial construction for business and government clients in the Inland Northwest. Upcoming Trainings & Events Prevailing Wage February 13, 2018 8:00 am - 12:30pm STEP Application Guide Webinar February 14, 2018 11:30 am - ...

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ABC Spotlight 01/02/2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 We had such a blast at the Christmas Party with our ABC Members!! Tons of Toys for Tots, lots of great food and even better company. Timber Gastro Pub killed it for us. Thanks to all of our members for an unforgettable 2017! Check out additional information and pictures here. Only 10 Spots Left! Our Leadership Development Series for 2018 is open for registration! This year participants will meet every other Friday with each session concentrating on a different performance requirement of the modern day leader. The following topics will be covered this year: The Role of Leaders Personality Differences and How to Work with Them Communications and Public Speaking Dealing with Difficult People and Managing Workplace Conflict Leading and Planning Construction Safety Culture Team Building and Managing People Classes run from January 19, 2018 - May 11, 2018. Upcoming Trainings & Events Washington Paid Leave Law Updated January 4 ...

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ABC Spotlight 12/5/17

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 The Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (IPC-ABC) has endorsed Raul Labrador for governor of Idaho based on his strong support of issues important to our members. While serving in Congress, Mr. Labrador’s votes aligned with IPC-ABC’s core values 100 percent of the time. “I am absolutely honored to have earned the support of the Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors,” said Labrador. ”This is an organization that is committed to growing American businesses, eliminating burdensome regulations and lowering taxes. I support its mission, and am proud of the work I’ve done to help the construction industry by defending our nation’s economy from the partisan growth-stifling tactics used by the National Labor Relations Board, and fighting the costly and unnecessary expansion of Davis-Bacon wage requirements.” Check out his website here. Join your fellow ABC Members fo ...

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Apprenticeship program aims to assist veterans' transition into civilian life

- Fox News, Nov. 21 For the men and women serving in the U.S. military, the transition to civilian life can be a battle of its own. A pilot apprenticeship program sponsored by The Associated Builders and Contractors starting next year at Fort Drum in New York, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, looks to take away some of that uncertainty by providing valuable construction skills to service members before they make the next step into civilian life. Michael Bellaman, the president and CEO of the national U.S. trade association, told Fox News on Monday the goal of this program is to take away the "fragmented" feeling some veterans face when trying to look for employment, specifically in the construction industry in this case. "One of the big problems is that once you are out of the military it’s very, very difficult to find a portal and match up jobs in any kind of scale, aside from just putting that out in the paper," he said. In a letter last year from The Chairman's Office of Reintegrat ...

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Vocational trade school to open in Pasco

-November 2017A new trade school in west Pasco will provide classroom and laboratory space for apprentices pursuing careers in skilled trades, including future electricians, plumbers and sheet metal workers, all jobs in demand across the state. The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, or CITC, is opening its first dedicated schooling site in the Tri-Cities. The nonprofit currently uses rented space in Pasco. CITC is considered an “open shop,” as apprentices are not members of a union. The vocational trade school is headquartered in Bellevue and operates schools in Marysville, Vancouver, Tacoma and Spokane. Prior to this fall, apprentices who enrolled in their final year of the apprenticeship program through CITC would travel to Spokane once a month for two days of classroom and lab work to complete their training. The new facility on Road 90, off Sandifur Parkway, shares a building with Elite Construction and a Crossfit studio. When completed in the spring, the 9,600- ...

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ABC Spotlight 11/7/17

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Bring your employees to join us for a night of giving thanks! Enjoy dinner with your fellow ABC Members and celebrate over 100 hoodies and 200 beanies donated to local clothing banks. Click HERE to learn more or call our office at (509) 534-0826. ABC is actively recruiting for your business! Sara Cottam, our Director of Workforce Development, attends Job Fairs on a monthly basis looking for your next hire. Click HERE to access the pool of individuals ready to start today, make sure to have your username and password ready. Skilled Worker Shortage in Spokane Check out the efforts of our member, Construction Industry Training Council of WA, working hard to educate skilled trade workers in the construction industry! HERE is an interview Ken Hill from CITC did with KHQ on the skilled worker shortage in Spokane. ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety p ...

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Spokane Mayor's Urban Design Award Winners Announced

Spokane - October 25, 2017 Winners of the Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards were announced at an event held at the Saranac Commons recognizing every new project designed and built in Spokane. The celebration of the design achievements happening throughout the City, highlighted the important opportunitities available for continued improvement of the community. “The Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards recognize that every new project designed and built in Spokane is an important opportunity to continue improving the community,” said Mayor David Condon. “It’s an opportunity to recognize the important role that high-quality and thoughtful design makes on the city’s quality of life. These awards help us identify some of the successes, and thank the people behind them.” Prior to the award announcements, two design oriented nonprofits, Spokane Arts and You Express Studio, presented on their organization's work and talked about how they improve our public ...

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ABC Spotlight 10/3/2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 The ABC Fall Event was such a great night with our Members! Feel Free to click the picture above to see more photos from the event. Please help us in welcoming our newest member CITC! The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington is a state-licensed, vocational trade school for the construction industry offering training throughout Washington State. ABC Staff President/CEO Suzanne Schmidt Director of Workforce Development Sarah Cottam Retro Program Manager Breanna Sigmon Admin/Claims Associate Jenna Tellvik Admin/Member Services Bryan Brem Safety Director Curt Sather ABC took a party bus down to watch the Cougs beat up on #5 USC Trojans! Was so great to experience that game with fellow members and enjoy a game that will be remembered for years to come. Click the picture above for more information about Construction Week 2017. Click the picture above for more information about ABC National Craft ...

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