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December 2014
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10 Contract Classes you should consider

8:30am - 10:30am 

Concord, NH

Kelly Gagliuso,  

Gagliuso & Gagliuso




Confined Space

8:30am - 2:00pm 

Concord, NH

Mark Lord, United Rentals Training


12/10 & 17

OSHA 10 HR - Portsmouth

7:30am - 1:00pm 

Portsmouth, NH

Charlie Aylward




ARC Flash
8:00am - 4:30pm 

ABC Training Facility 

Concord, NH




7:30am - 4:30pm 

Comfort Inn  

Portsmouth, NH 


What you don't know will hurt you! Workforce changes affect your business 

It is not news and you are aware, the US labor force is aging. The average age of the US workforce is now 41.8 years old. Between 1985 and 2010, the average age of construction workforce went from 36 to 41.5 years old. Age distribution within the construction workforce has also changed.In the same 15 year period, the proportion of workers aged 45 to 64 years old increased to almost 40% of the construction workforce. The proportion of younger workers in the industry decreased significantly. This is not sustainable.


What you may not be aware of is that as of October 2014, the Northern New England and Massachusetts Laborers District Council had received 600,000 more contribution hours (hours worked) than in all of 2013. They expect to have 1 million more work hours in 2014 than in 2013 in this union alone. Over the summer of 2014 the Laborers added 400 new members.The pipe-fitters, the electrical workers and carpenters all say they are increasing their membership. 


Also, recent decisions by the Obama controlled NLRB, OSHA and DOL such as the approval of micro-units, union access to open shop construction sites, and upcoming changes in laws relating to the "ambush" or "quickie" election rules, "Persuader" rules and an enhanced definition of protected concerted activities will give trade unions greater access to open shop employees and provide less opportunity for employers to educate employees about or to oppose unionization.  


What you don't know will hurt you. Are you prepared to protect your company, retain your employees and recruit new employees? With a downturn in younger workers entering the construction industry contractors and unions increasingly turn to the existing workforce as the source for workers and that may include your employees. On December 2 ABC hosted a seminar to promote awareness, provide information and to stress the importance of effective internal communications. To quote a participant at the seminar who recently dealt with an aggressive union campaign to solicit and ultimately organize his employees; "most employers if asked about their communications and relationship with employees would state that they have good communications with their employees. Well, I am here to suggest you probably do not and it must be a priority."  


Please, don't hesitate to contact ABC for any assistance to support your efforts. To begin you may CLICK HERE for an overview of what you need to know. 


Election Results and Proposed Legislative Activity

A month ago you went to the polls and voted. Now the results of the elections will translate into action in the US and state legislatures. Please contact ABC with any issues or activity that you may be aware of to understand ABC's involvement. Also, watch for and respond to ABC request for feedback or help with constituent contacts to support our efforts. Below are links for very brief summary of state level election results:

NH State Election Results
VT State Election Results

Also, CLICK HERE to view list of current activity and proposed issues to date.






The NH/VT ABC Chapter is now collecting data for its annual Wage & Benefit survey. The survey can be completed online this year; it is very user friendly and a quick easy process! Click HERE to complete the survey and please help ABC help you by participating.  


If you are not the correct company contact to complete the survey, please forward the survey to the correct contact. This year the survey results will be more important than ever! Due to low survey response and insufficient data, last year survey results were not published.


If you have completed this anonymous survey Thank You! 

ABC Membership SAVES you money!

Take advantage of your ABC Membership. ABC has partnered with many National Discount Programs that can save YOUR company (and employees) money!

Here are just a few:

Verizon Wireless - take discounts off your monthly calling plans (employees of ABC companies can also get a discount).
CLICK HERE to learn more

Insurance - ABC offers Health, Dental, Life, Auto, Worker's Comp., and Home Insurance! (employees of ABC companies also qualify)
CLICK HERE to learn more

Vehicle Discounts - Planning to purchase a new truck or van in 2015? Make sure to get your ABC discount with GM, Chrysler, or Ford Fleet Programs!
CLICK HERE to view eligible GM Vehicles
CLICK HERE to view eligible Chrysler/Dodge Vehicles
CLICK HERE to view more information on the Ford Fleet Program

Fuel Programs - Get up to $.06 off per gallon with our Exxon/Mobil Fuel Card.
CLICK HERE to view more information

2015 Sponsorship Opportunities NOW available!   




Become a Premier Sponsor for 2015! Commit now and be recognized all year long with sponsorships, advertising, online presence, and free registrations! Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE to view 2015 Calendar of Events & Advertising opportunities. *NEW This Year* Website Advertising!


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30th Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 29
LaBelle Winery, Amherst NH
CLICK HERE for more information


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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