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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!

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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- ...

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 ...

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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Silica Rule Enforcement Begins Sept. 23! These Resources Can Help You Comply

OSHA enforcement of the new silica standard begins Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Are you prepared? CPWR's Work Safely with Silica website is a one-stop source for information on silica hazards in construction and free resources to help you comply with the new standard -- including an easy-to-use planning tool, Create-a-Plan. This planning tool guides users through creating the silica exposure control plan required by the standard, and offers options for saving, editing, and sharing plans. The website also provides quick access to OSHA compliance information and a variety of training resources, including CPWR's Silica Hazard Alert card in English (right) and Spanish. These pocket-sized brochures contain a brief summary of the hazard and ways to prevent exposures, and are good handouts for jobsites and training programs. You can request hard copies by email, or download and print them as 8 x 11 handouts. Do you need a toolbox talk that covers the basics? CPWR's Silica toolbox talk uses a brief ca ...

Significant 2017 NEC & WAC 296-46B Changes

The latest Special Edition of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industires "Electrical Currents" newsletter detailed some of the significant changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC®) and WAC 296-246B Electrical Safety Standards, Administration and Installation electrical rules. the department adopted revisions to WAC 296-46B, including adoption of the 2017 NEC® with an effective date of July 1, 2017. Installations made under any electrical permit purchased on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to the new requirements. The recent rulemaking process was necessary to align the previous July 2014 WAC 296-46B (based on the 2014NEC®) with the 2017 NEC®. The department adopted very few amendments to the NEC®. The newsletter does not cover all changes and is meant to assist affected companies in becoming aware of some of the significant changes. The explanations vary from the actual code language, and it is recommended you refer to the full revision that will soon be availa ...

WSIA's 2017 Legislative Preview

This past Monday, January 9th kicked off the 2017 session of the Washington State Legislature, and now in this first week it's time once again to preview what big picture issues are coming in Olympia, and where policy related to workers' compensation and workplace safety might in. Big Picture Issues According to Governor Jay Inslee and leaders from both the state House and Senate at a preview forum on the eve of session, the top issue before the Legislature this year is public school funding and a battle over the amount of tax revenue necessary to meet court-mandated funding goals. Depending whether you tally it in the short term or longer term, Governor Inslee is proposing four to eight billion dollars in new taxes to fund increases in education spending over the next four to eight years, a new tax burden that falls predominately on the business community and investors, through increased Business & Occupations taxes on certain sectors, elimination of preferential rates for other sectors, a ...

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