ABC National Legislative Conference

ABC National Legislative Conference in June saw hundreds of ABC members and staff gather from across the country in Washington D.C. to take Merit Shop issues and concerns to Capitol Hill. Inland Pacific ABC attendees included members Mike Beck, Beck Cabinet Company, Rich Wells, Ginno Construction, Angela Pable, Sloan Security, Dean and Cindy Haagenson, Contractors Northwest, Inc. and ABC staff members Kate McCaslin, Lindsay Clarke and Suzanne Schmidt.

The two day conference included briefings and speakers, plus an entire day visiting our Senators and Congressmen including the entire Idaho Congressional delegation and Washington 5th District Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Our issues focused on regulatory matters, and the critical need to get Federal agencies, like the NLRB, the Department of Labor, and OSHA under control.

Read more about what our ABC member attendees had to say about the value of this year’s conference.

From Angela Pable, HR/Safety Manager, Sloan Companies (Boise, Idaho)

I had the honor of traveling with Inland Pacific ABC to the National ABC Board Meeting and LegCon in Washington DC last week. I am impressed and humbled to learn about all the hard work ABC does for so many companies behind the scenes. ABC has proven to be a representative, voice, advocate, and lobbyist for their members across the United States. Prior to the visit to Capitol Hill, ABC conducts a National Board Meeting to share their financials, success, and concerns of what has/is being done within the organization. Then the following day during LegCon ABC meets with Senators and Congress to bring awareness to issues that impact so many American companies. A few of the topics covered were NLRB, OSHA, Unions, and Davis Bacon Wages. This ability for ABC to present current issues to Capitol Hill allows face to face time to further explain why voting decisions have such great impact. Personally, I was able to share with Congressman Labrador concerns of Davis Bacon Wages, how they are calculated across the United States, and the impact to small businesses. I would like to thank personally Kate McCaslin, Suzanne Schmidt, and Lindsay Clarke from the Inland Pacific ABC Chapter for investing their time in me to be able to accompany them. The knowledge and growth I am able to bring back to my company has such great reward.

From Dean Haagenson, Contractors Northwest, Inc., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

It has been said “Get into politics or get out of business.” It has never been truer. The administration would regulate us out of business and our legislators must be encouraged to stand tall. They need to understand the impact of burdensome regulation. ABC National Leg Con gives us the opportunity we need to speak one on one with our legislators to share our concerns. It is a “must attend” for every ABC member!

From Mike Beck, Beck Cabinet Company, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

When I attended my first ABC legislative conference I had no pre conceived ideas or expectations. It turned out to be an uplifting experience. Our legislators really care and listen to what we have to say. They care about governance for the people. For example at my first conference there were only a hand full of states with bans on government mandated project labor agreements. Through our efforts three years later there are 22 states which have banned PLA’s. I would encourage each member make an effort to visit this great nation’s capital and attend ABC’s legislative conference, meet your legislators and have your voice heard. We can and do make a difference.