ABC GREATER TN MEMBER NEWS | MARCH 2, 2020
Women in Construction Week: March 1-7, 2020
The focus of Women in Construction Week is to highlight women as viable components of the construction industry. - NAWIC
While women made up just a fraction of the construction workforce at nearly 10% in 2018, that number is on the rise. In particular, we have seen an influx of women in craft professional roles, increasing from 3% of the workforce to 12% between 2013 and 2018, according to  ABC’s 2019 Workforce Development Survey .

That’s because construction offers numerous career opportunities with competitive salaries -especially compared to other industries. While women in the U.S. workforce earn an average of 81.1% of what their male counterparts make, the gender pay gap in the construction sector is significantly smaller, with women earning an average of 99.1% compared to men. 
2020 Member Directory
ABC Greater Tennessee has formed a new partnership with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce our official 2020 Membership Directory. E&M will be managing the ad sales, creative design, and formatting.

 E&M will be contacting all members about the advertising opportunities available in the Membership Directory. We ask that you give them a moment of your time.
If you have questions or would like to advertise, please contact Brian Baumann with E&M at 615-216-0401 or 
Information on the advertising opportunities can be viewed online at  www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/ABCGTC
Bryan Hay of Skanska, Sam French of Rodefer Moss, & Co., Representative Patsy Hazelwood, Clay Crownover ABC President & CEO, and Brent Neal of F.E. Neal & Co.
Day on the Hill 2020
Representatives of ABC Greater Tennessee visited the Tennessee General Assembly on Wednesday, February 26th for our annual Day on the Hill. Eighteen member companies represented ABC as we met with 23 members of the General Assembly.

The Construction Industry Payment Protection Act was the foremost issue on the minds of our members as we educated the General Assembly on its industry impact. Also discusse d were issues ranging from workers compensation to stop-work legislation. Action on these issues will take place in the coming weeks and ABC Greater Tennessee will continue to make our voice heard on the Hill as the General Assembly progresses. 
CONGRESSMAN TIM BURCHETT VISITS ABC MEMBER SITE
ABC Greater Tennessee met with Congressman Tim Burchett for a site visit of The Christman Company's newest expansion.

Shannondale, a senior living community in Knoxville, is scheduled to add 96 new apartments by winter 2020. The addition will bring amenities including a fitness and wellness center with an indoor pool. The lobby will have a "main street" concept modeled after a mountain chalet with a fireplace.

If you are interested in hosting a site visit, please contact ABC President, Clay Crownover .
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"Right to Work" Law Has Been Shelved Virginia's Public Radio - Michael Pope
Thanks to efforts from ABC, the effort to repeal Virginia’s right to work law has failed, at least for now.

Labor leaders were thinking this could finally be their year. Now that Democrats are in power, they hoped, Virginia could finally ditch the 1940’s-era “right to work” law, which opponents call a freeloader law. Basically, this law prevents employers from compelling their workers to pay union dues. This means that people who are not members of a union and don’t pay union dues get all the advantages of being represented by the union.
"But that doesn’t stop the public pressure for this bill. So, the bill will be back next year.”
Delegate Lee Carter,
D-Manassas

Tennessee Supreme Court Holds ABC Led Bill On Statutory Cap On Non-Economic Damages Doesn't Violate State Constitution
"This landmark decision is a conclusive determination by the highest court in the State of Tennessee and puts to rest years of speculation and controversy regarding the constitutionality of non-economic damages."

Janet Hayes, Lewis Thomason's appellate team member who argued the case before the Tennessee Supreme Court.
CHATTANOOGAN - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 

In an opinion released Wednesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court answered three certified questions from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, holding that Tennessee’s statutory cap on non-economic damages in civil cases does not violate the Tennessee Constitution.

This case arose from injuries sustained by Jodi McClay in a store at the Nashville International Airport in 2016. Ms. McClay filed a personal injury lawsuit against Airport Management Services, LLC, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

ABC Greater Tennessee Sponsors University of Tennessee
The Construction Management Competition is ABC’s hallmark competition promoting careers in construction management. The CMC features teams of four college and university students testing their project management, estimating, safety, quality control and presentation skills.

26 colleges and universities compete in this year’s Construction Management competition. Who will win?
Register for ABC Convention 2020 to find out! 
MEMBER NEWS
Commercial auto insurance costs are increasing in construction. What can you do to control costs and protect your people?

Join HUB International in our webinar on March 4 to find out! This webinar is in partnership with Construction Executive.

Be Part of the Marcum National Construction Survey
Marcum strives to deliver thought leadership that adds value to your business in the construction industry. With the strength of Marcum's robust national construction practice, our construction survey has grown to cover national industry trends. With that in mind, you are invited to participate in the Marcum National Construction Survey. 

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Each participant will receive the complete survey results and a detailed analysis of what they reveal about the current state of the construction industry, including predictions for 2021.

In addition. Marcum will randomly select one participant each week to receive a $100 Visa gift card until the survey closes on March 31. 
WANT TO JOIN THE CLUB? There's Still Time!
The Executive Club is made up of ABC Greater Tennessee member companies who want to participate in and support all major ABC events for the entire year.

These partners receive a variety of marketing opportunities and access to extra sponsorship perks that are exclusive to club partners.