Joanna Masterson's Articles

Alabama Prohibits PLAs on Taxpayer-Funded Projects

Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.) signed into law H.B.195, which prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to sign a project labor agreement (PLA) or any other agreement with labor unions as a condition of performing work on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

Construction Companies Vow to Hire Vets

Construction industry leaders from more than 100 companies pledged to hire 100,000 veterans in the next five years during the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment in Construction National Symposium.

Oil and Gas Industry to Make Significant Infrastructure Investments

During the next decade, the oil and gas industry is projected to make nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure investments that will result in more than 900,000 jobs nationwide.

Developing Prized Recruits in Western Michigan

The ABC Western Michigan Chapter formed a task force last fall that put together a curriculum to be administered by the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC). The program—called the Construction Core Certification (CCC)—combines the NCCER core curriculum with training requested by ABC members.

What Are Your Top Requirements for Selecting a Contractor?

Executives from Avalon Bay Communities, Hospital Corporation of America and DuPont Corporation explain what they look for when considering contractors for a construction project--from safety and financial performance to diverse talent and built-in value for the owner.

An Industrial-Sized Family

ABC's Contractor of the Year, Iowa-based Interstates Companies, stays grounded in its core values while building relationships for the future.

From Classroom to Career

Last fall, the ABC Central Ohio Chapter opened its own charter school as a way to erase deficiencies in high school training
and put local students on an early path to apprenticeship and employment. In just one year, the chapter put regulatory compliance in place, added classrooms at its existing training facility and recruited an inaugural class of 30 students.

Executive Insights: Insurance & Surety Bonding

Insurance and surety experts discuss how contractors can leverage surety bonding when competing for private projects; how
they can ensure they are not purchasing a fraudulent bond; what major factors they should evaluate when selecting a surety; and what documentation they should bring to an initial meeting for establishing a bond limit.

Why Workers Should Follow the ‘Three Points of Contact’ Rule

When it comes to equipment-related falls, small things can make a big different. To safely mount, dismount, enter or exit equipment, three of four points of contact must be maintained with the vehicle at all times: two hands and one foot, or both feet and one hand.

$668 Million Designated for Coastal Projects In Louisiana

The plan serves as a financial update to the Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast adopted by the state legislature in 2012. Funding will come in part from money the state receives from legal settlements related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in 2010.

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Bringing Balance Back to the NLRB
Although its purpose is to interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a fair...

2018 Regional Construction Outlook
Starting in 2012, the construction sector generally has turned in stronger growth...

The DNA of Giving Back
This month marks 89 years in business for Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth...

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