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.

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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, 2018
8:00 am - 9:30am

OSHA 300/300A Log/STEP Applications
January 9, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Beginner Blue Print Reading
January 12, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm

CPR Full Cert&
January 15, 2018
11:30am - 2:30pm

I-9 Seimar January 18, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Role of Leaders
January 19, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm

2018 Employer Conference/Federal
(Northern Idaho) January 24, 2018
9:00pm - 4:00pm

Estimating & Bidding
January 25, 2018
9:30pm - 4:00pm

Asbestos Awareness
January 30, 2018
11:30am - 1:00pm

Feel free to call the ABC office to Register at (509) 534-0826. Or email the ABC off by clicking HERE.

Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Eide Bailly!

Eide Bailly's journey began in 1917 with pencil and paper. By embracing change and focusing on innovative ideas, Eide Bailly has grown along with their clients to become one of the top 25 accounting firms in the nation. Accounting is about numbers, but their business is about relationships.

For more information about Eide Bailly LLP clickHERE.



Management training and educational classes are about to begin here at ABC. It is our goal to provide the services our members need!

Please take a look at the upcoming trainings and reserve your spot today, or if you don’t see what you need, contact Sarah Cottam at your earliest convenience and we will be happy to discuss a customized educational program that fits your company’s needs.

To view and/or download the Training Calendar click HERE



We are happy to share with you a "Save the Date" calendar for our 2018 ABC Events. Use this to be able to quickly spot the larger events that ABC is holding this year and what month of the year it falls on.

Feel free to register for any event at any time by calling our office
at (509) 534-0826. Or register by clicking HERE.


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


Spokane Mayor David Condon said Friday he would veto a campaign finance law passed by the City Council earlier this month that would impose new reporting requirements and halve the maximum amount a candidate can receive from any single donor.

The mayor said he supports certain efforts to curb the role of “dark money” in politics. But he said the issue is better managed at the state level and predicted the proposed ordinance would not stand up to constitutional challenge.

For more information check out the Spokesman article HERE.



The 2018 Washington Minimum Wage Is $11.50.

Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agriculture and non-agricultural jobs, although 14- and 15-year-olds may be paid 85% of the minimum wage ($9.78). For more information click HERE.




Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Initiative 1433, which was approved by Washington voters in Fall 2016, contains 4 primary changes to state law:
Requires employers to provide paid sick leave to most employees beginning January 1, 2018.
Increases the minimum wage over the next several years.
Ensures tips and service charges are given to the appropriate staff and, Protects employees from retaliation when exercising their rights under the Minimum Wage Requirements and Labor Standards Act.
For more information click HERE.




ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants regardless of company size or type of work. Click the Banner above or click HERE to apply.



Click the Banner above to check out discounts available to ABC Members including Verizon, GMC, Ford, Exxon/Mobil, FedEx and many more! Contact Bryan Brem at (509) 534-0826 for more information about these offers.

Click the Banner above for more information about ABC Workforce Week 2018!
Now is a great time to get trained for a career in construction. Here's why!

Although the construction industry has provided outstanding careers for generations, the emphasis on education changed and there was a push to direct the vast majority of young people to college rather than the trades. Read More...



Thank You to Our 2017 ABC Major Partners