Legislative Update

Reconsidering Spokane City Council's 15% Apprenticeship Quota

Last week we alerted you to the fact that the Spokane City Council is considering imposing a 15% apprenticeship quota on any city project over $200,000, and urged you to write or call members of the Council to let them know how unnecessary and costly this new ordinance would be for City taxpayers.

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Spokane City Council Considering 15% Apprenticeship Quota

August 19, 2014 - Last week, without notice or input from the construction community, Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilwoman Amber Waldref, unveiled a new proposed ordinance that would impose a 15% apprenticeship utilization requirement on any City of Spokane project $200,000 or above.  The ordinance includes stiff penalties for non-compliance.  Read the rest of entry »

Obama NLRB Appointments Declared Unconstitutional

On June 24, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority in 2012 when he made temporary appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during congressional recess. The "recess-appointments" have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Read the rest of entry »

Persuader Rule Update

March 2014 - In November 2013, the Department of Labor announced its final rule regarding the Persuader Rule would be issued March 2014; however, the department has recently postponed their decision. Read the rest of entry »

White House Plan Would Mean Billion Dollar Tax Hike for Contractors, Small Buinesses

July 30, 2014 - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the White House corporate tax reform proposal unveiled by President Obama in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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DOL Persuader Rule Would Threaten U.S. Business

The Department of Labor ("DOL") intends to implement a new rule that would reverse the DOL’s longstanding interpretation of the advice exemption to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act ("LMRDA") and expand the scope of employer activities that would trigger reporting requirements under the LMRDA. The so-call "persuader" rule is a linchpin of organized labor’s efforts to increase union membership. This proposed change, which the DOL seeks to implement by November 2013, is expected to have a significant impact on employers and others, including employer associations and attorneys who provide advice to employers in labor and employment matters. As union membership and interest in organizing has waned, this is yet another attempt by organized labor to remain relevant. Read the rest of entry »

Manhattan Institute Study: The High Costs of Proposed New Labor-Law Regulations

April 21, 2013 - This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to issue a new interpretation of the "advice" exemption to the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The Labor Department’s new interpretation would require businesses to disclose the names of any attorneys or consultants from whom they seek advice regarding union-organizing activities.
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NLRB Appointments Confirmed

On July 31, 2012, the Senate confirmed five members to the National Labor Relations Board.For all business and especially for Merit Shop contractors, the majority spells continued trouble ahead - ABC expects that Pearce, Hirozawa and Schiffer will use their majority on the Board to further the radical agenda we have seen over the last four years.  This likely means a new Ambush Election rule, and intrusion of micro unions into new industries, along with a new very anti-business  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Criticizes President for NLRB Recess Appointments

ABC Jan. 4 criticized President Obama for undermining the U.S. Senate’s advice and consent role by recess-appointing Democrats Sharon Block, deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the Department of Labor; Richard Griffin, general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); and Republican Terence Flynn, chief counsel to NLRB member Brian Hayes.  
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