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August 2015
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8/12 & 19


7:30am - 1:00pm

(both days) at

Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co.

Hanover, NH

Jay Fitzpatrick. WorkSafe New England  


8/24, 25, 26

Train the Trainer (NCCER ICTP) 

8:30am - 4:30pm

Concord, NH

Dan Stover, ABC


Instructor, performance evaluators and test proctor certifications available.


8/27- begins

Super Cert: Construction Documents 

3:30pm - 6pm

Concord, NH

Dan Stover, ABC & 

Pete Swislosky, Granite Roots Construction


With 1400 high school kids registered we need you there to show them why they should consider construction as a career.


the event is

Sept 17 & 18

7:30am - 1:30pm

New Boston, NH

Booth registration deadline is approaching so signup today


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Upcoming Events:

September Social


Manchester Country Club

180 S River Rd Bedford, NH, 03110

6:00pm -  10:00pm 

Click here to register 



603 Brewery Tour


603 Brewery   

12 Liberty Dr Londonderry, NH 

5:30pm  8:00pm



Bowling Tournament


Merrimack Ten Pin 

698 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH 

6:00pm - 9:00pm



Smaller Companies Targeted



The five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is tasked with interpreting and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. The agency is supposed to serve as a neutral arbiter of federal labor law, but under the Obama administration it has promoted the narrow policy goals of politically powerful unions. Under the Obama administration, the NLRB has issued controversial, anti-business rule-makings seeking to promote union organizing in the construction industry and elsewhere at the expense of employers and employees. In addition, the NLRB has aggressively expanded its enforcement authority and issued dozens of precedent-reversing legal decisions impacting construction workplaces including decisions on bannering, salting and other troubling union tactics. The NLRB's radical agenda tramples both employer and employee rights.


Most notably, the NLRB finalized its controversial "ambush" elections rule, which went into effect in April. Although currently being challenged in two circuit courts, on July 30  the US Federal District Court in DC rejected ABCs challenge to NLRB's election rule. ABC anticipates filing an appeal. The rule significantly changes the union representation election process by reducing the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place from a median of 38 days to as few as 10 to 14 days. The rule also seeks to "streamline" the process by deferring or eliminating long-held employer rights. In addition, the rule requires employers to hand over their employees' names, home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, work locations, shifts and job classifications to union organizers.


Since the ambush election rule went into effect in April, the number of petitions for elections to unionize has risen dramatically. The shortest election to take place, according to National Law Review, was in Region 22 in Newark, New Jersey, where an election was conducted in just nine days. In this instance, employers and employees had just over a week to educate themselves on the facts. Historically, employers had an average of 38 days - a little over a month - to combat and plan for a union election. The extra time was important, allowing small companies that don't have in-house counsel to hire an outside legal expert to ensure they are complying with labor laws and election practices. In fact, recent organizing activity has targeted companies with 30 or fewer employees. Before this rushed ruling, employers had that extra time to speak with their employees and explain what unionization would mean for their individual workplace, and for their paychecks. But not anymore; the ambush election ruling stifles an employer's ability to speak freely with his or her workers and increases the likelihood that a workplace will unionize. History shows that the shorter the amount of time an election takes place after the petition is filed, the greater the likelihood that a company will unionize.


It is extremely important that employers develop and maintain effective programs that will create a workforce that is resistant to the appeals of union organizers. In effect they will be going after the "low hanging fruit." Employers who have an "inoculation" program in place, who have talked to their employees about what is going on, what is likely to happen, and given advanced information, may be passed over. If union organizers are meeting resistance; they are going to go someplace else. Employers must understand and neutralize the appeals of union organizers. Every company should be training management and supervisors how to identify early signs of organizing activity, why an employee would consider union representation and make certain to maintain effective communications and relationships with employees. Please, contact ABC for assistance, especially if you have any reason to suspect your employees are being solicited by union organizers. This is especially true in construction where employees from different employers work side by side and communicate all day long. Your employees need to feel valued, respected and important and the message that they hear and trust the most needs to come from you.   



2015 Western Region Event Recap



(click here to view more pictures from this event) 


Thanks to everyone who attended the Western Region event and for coming to support our Future Leaders in Construction graduates! A special thanks again to all of our sponsors for this event.


Future Leaders in Construction (FLiC) Student Graduates:


Sean Hurley
Alliance Mechanical, Inc.
Eugene Sheldrick
Breadloaf Construction
Justin Wright
Breadloaf Construction
Mark Harris
Breadloaf Construction
B J Crowley
Casella Waste Managenemt
Bill Bizarro
Engelberth Construction
Dean Lockwood
Engelberth Construction
Phil Bissonette
Engelberth Construction
Wes Davis
Interstate Electrical
Mark Stock
Multi-Weld Services
Benjamin Wein
SSW Erectors, LLC
Flynt Wein
SSW Erectors, LLC



U.S. Department of Labor to conduct Davis Bacon prevailing wage survey in NH


Within the next 30 days the U.S. DOL will be soliciting payroll information on all federal, state, local and privately funded building and heavy construction projects in NH active at any time between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Information received during the coarse of this survey will be used to determine the prevailing wage rates to be paid on federally funded and assisted construction projects in the state of New Hampshire in the future.

We encourage our membership to participate in this survey. Therefore, we will be arranging an information / training session to discuss the survey process and provide assistance in completing the survey successfully.  

Here are the details:

Monday, August, 31
9-10:30 AM
ABC Chapter Office
Ellen HIll  - Regional Wage Specialist from the U.S. Department of Labor

Contact the chapter office to register: 603-226-4789




ABC NH/VT invites you to an evening sunset cruise in Portsmouth Harbor to provide opportunities for members to get out and enjoy a deserving break from busy schedules. It is especially important to stay in touch with others from the industry to compare information on the real industry indicators that may impact your business. 


Why not do it in a setting that is relaxing and fun? This unique business development event is a great opportunity to reward hard working employees, thank clients, or to simply disconnect from your busy schedule and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the NH seacoast. 


Click here to register online


Click here for more information




We are very excited about the great entries that are currently in the judges' hands. 
Mark your calendar now for the Thursday, October 22nd Awards event.

Be a part of this great event ... Sponsor Now!


Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities include:


Presenter Level - $2500   (Limited to 1)

  • Participation in Awards Presentation
  • A 60-second advertisement created for your company for the 'multi-media presentation' during the October 22nd Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony.
  • 60-second ad provided to company for post-event promotional activity.
  • Company name and logo included in all event invitation material.


Platinum Level - $1500  (Limited to 6)

  • A 30-second advertisement created for your company for the 'multi-media presentation' during the October 22nd Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony.
  • 30-second ad provided to company for post-event promotional activity
  • Company name and logo included in event invitation material.


Value for your $$ 

A typical video ad production for broadcast has a starting cost of between $1500 to $2000 per finished minute and can range up to $4000 per finished minute depending on complexity of the spot.


Your Presenter or Platinum Level Sponsorship will give you a free spot that you own and can use on your website or for future presentations.  In addition, you will be recognized by your peers at the Excellence Awards as an important, contributing member of the construction industry in New England!  


Contact Paulette at the ABC NH/VT Chapter Office now to discuss your sponsorship!  Lets work together to make this especially valuable to you and your company!
Mark your Calendars...

Saturday October, 3rd
UNH Homecoming 
Football & Tailgating Event
UNH Cowell Stadium, Durham NH

We are excited to once again be a Game Day Sponsor at the UNH Homecoming Football game on Saturday October, 3rd. As always, this is a great event to network, enjoy some great food and drinks, and catch a great hometown football game! Make sure to mark your calendars for this event.

More information to come soon.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing more than 24,000 merit shop construction and construction related firms in 70 chapters across the United States. For more info, email:

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