Federal Legislation

Public Workforce System Rulemaking Addressed in Comments

0 June 25, 2015  Construction Training, featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

As part of a coalition, ABC submitted comments June 15 to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of Education (DOE) on proposed rules for the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  ABC and the coalition offered their input on areas where the public workforce system under WIOA can be better […]


OpEd: Construction Career Training is Essential to Economic Growth

0 June 11, 2014  featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

In today’s edition of The Hill, Dan Brodbeck, the National Chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors calls attention to the construction industry’s expected skills gap and the efforts being made by both Congress and the industry to train the workforce of tomorrow. In particular, Mr. Brodbeck highlight’s the recently introduced Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which makes […]


Bipartisan Deal Announced to Improve Federal Workforce System

0 May 22, 2014  featured, Workforce Issues

Yesterday, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers announced they have reached a deal to improve the nation’s workforce development system through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The bill, which will now be considered by both the House and Senate, modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century […]


Maintaining American Competitiveness Through Improved Workforce Training: A Guest Post By Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC)

0 May 7, 2014  featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

In order to maintain American competitiveness, we must ensure that our 21st Century workforce includes the highly skilled and trained craftsmen and professionals that our economy requires. Over the years, federal workforce training and workplace development programs have been added and existing programs have been modified in order to address spikes in unemployment.  While these […]


Apprenticeship Tax Credit Introduced in Senate

0 April 11, 2014  Workforce Issues

A bipartisan bill was announced in the U.S. Senate yesterday that will provide a federal tax credit for employers hiring new apprentices.  The Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs Act (LEAP Act) was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to increase employer participation in registered apprenticeship programs and provide skilled […]


Construction Training Programs Could Get Federal Tuition Assistance

1 January 16, 2014  featured, Workforce Issues

For students interested post-secondary education, money often weighs heavily in the decision. While federal tuition assistance programs provide support for students interested in pursuing 4-year degree programs at the post-secondary level, they do not offer the same for industry-recognized credentials. It’s no wonder career-specific training programs have no chance at competing. But if a new bill introduced […]


CTE Hearing Highlights Industry Participation Needs

0 November 26, 2013  featured, Workforce Issues

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing to investigate proposals for improving career and technical education (CTE) funding programs through the Carl D. Perkins Act re-authorization.  In his opening remarks, Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) mentioned the sub-committee testimony of Al Bargas, president of the ABC Pelican Chapter in […]


Registered Apprenticeship Hit By The Shutdown

0 October 2, 2013  Workforce Issues

Construction apprenticeship students, sponsor organizations and employers of apprentices will face delays, compliance roadblocks and increased risk of wage and hour violations  as a result of yesterday’s federal government shutdown.  In a Training and Employment Notice issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on September 30th, the Acting Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow laid out the […]