Construction Unemployment Continues to Fall

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Maryland rate even lower; nearing ‘full employment’ Construction unemployment rates were down in 38 states and the nation, according to analysis released today by ABC National. Maryland’s rate, 5.2, is down 0.9 percent from a year ago and is 0.5 lower than the national average. Maryland is ranked 19th out …

Employers Must Begin Using Revised I-9 Form on January 22, 2017

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. This past November, the USCIS published a revised I-9 that employers must begin using January 22, 2017. The new version is dated 11/14/2016. …

ABC Extends Congratulations, Support to Mayor

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Statement by ABC Baltimore “ABC Baltimore is pleased to offer its warmest congratulations to our City’s 50th mayor, Catherine Pugh. “ABC enjoyed a very good working relationship with Mayor Pugh during the years she served in the State Senate and we are confident that will continue as she assumes her …

ABC’s Young Leaders Give Back;

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Group volunteers at the Believe in Tomorrow House Last week, the Young Leaders of ABC committee visited the Believe in Tomorrow House, a temporary home for families with children receiving care at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. About a dozen young professionals volunteered by cooking ¬Ëœbreakfast for dinner’ for the families …

Texas Judge blocks Overtime Rule

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On November 22, 2016, just days prior to President Obama’s initiative seeking to expand overtime wage protections to 4.2 million workers was set to take effect, Texas District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III issued a nationwide injunction blocking the overtime rule from going forward. The injunction means that, at least …

2017 ABC Baltimore Board of Directors

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We are very pleased to welcome new members to the 2017 Board of Directors: Kate Lawrence with Lawrence Law, David Brodie with Wohlsen Construction and Ronnie Brouillard with Kinsley Construction. OFFICERS BOARD CHAIR Matthew Bolyard, Southway Builders (general contractor) 1st VICE CHAIR Vic Victoriano, Skillforce, Inc. (associate) 2nd VICE CHAIR …

Habitat for Humanity launches workforce development program, partners with Project JumpStart

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Habitat Humanity of the Chesapeake and Project JumpStart launched The HabiCorps Workforce Development Program, which, with support from AmeriCorps, trains Baltimore City residents that face significant barriers to employment in the construction trades. The HabiCorps traineeship provides hands-on experience in the construction trades over the course of ten months. Under …

2016 Anirban Presentation

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In case you missed ABC’s State of Industry event… Anirban Basu’s 2017 Economic Forecast  

If you do Davis-Bacon work, you need to understand this law!

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Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) recently issued the final rule; Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The final rule requires federal contractors to provide employees with up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave in a year, …

SAVE THE DATE: ‘Build Baltimore Gala’

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Please ‘Save the Date’ for ABC’s ‘Build Baltimore Gala’ on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and dancing all to benefit Project JumpStart! Stay tuned for further updates! In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact Brittany Chaapel at bchaapel@www.abcbaltimore.org or (410)821-0351 ext. 113.  

Sagamore Development to be Honored at ‘Build Baltimore’ Gala

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VP Caroline Paff to be honored for unrivaled commitment’ to workforce The 2nd Annual Build Baltimore Gala will honor Sagamore Development’s Caroline Paff for the developer’s unprecedented commitment to make a long-term, sustained investment in Baltimore City. The Gala, a fundraiser for Project JumpStart, will be held Saturday, February 25 …

ABC Members Listed in ‘Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Baltimore’

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The Baltimore Business Journal annually publishes the list of the fastest growing companies in the Baltimore area based on the percentage growth in annual revenue. Congratulations to the ABC Member companies that are expanding quickly throughout Baltimore! CC&A Ecological Restoration and Management Hord Coplan Macht Oak Contracting Rosen, Sapperstein & …

Girl Scouts Earn ‘Construction Badge’ with Women in ABC (WABC)

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On October 1st, WABC hosted 3 Maryland Girl Scout Troops in painting ¬Ëœlittle libraries’ that will be placed around Baltimore and residents can use to take a book or leave a book. The focus of this activity was to discuss with the troops the different career opportunities in the construction …

New School Year: More Students, More Tech & More Hands-On

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ABC Baltimore’s apprenticeship program has, like the industry it serves, fully emerged from a crippling down-turn that saw its overall number of students drop more than 30 percent. After a summer of interviewing, testing and registering students, the 2016/2017 School Year began with its highest number of students in more …

WABC Professional Career Day Inspires Young Women

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The Women of ABC (WABC) hosted its annual Professional Career Day for 11 young women from various local high schools at Southway Builders’ City Arts 2, a working job site. The focus of the day was to educate the young women on the career opportunities available in the construction industry, …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight,’ Chairman of the Board: Matthew Bolyard

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Company: Southway Builders, Inc. Job Description: Division Manager overseeing teams managing a variety of multi-family residential and commercial projects. How did you get involved with ABC?: I first got involved in ABC with the West Virginia chapter. I later became involved in Baltimore with the events committee and General Contractor’s …

Professional Development Program 2017

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The ABC Young Leaders Professional Development Program is a six month-long program designed to provide a series of educational seminars, network opportunities, mentoring and community service projects for the developing young professional. Through this program the participant will: ¬Â¢ Further their leadership skills and professional development. ¬Â¢ Grow in their …

Minimum Wage Hike Falls Short

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Proponents now turn their attention to the State On Monday, Baltimore City Councilman Pete Welch introduced a resolution to the Council which calls on the state legislature to pass $15 minimum wage legislation statewide a month after similar wage increases were unsuccessful in the City. This legislation was unfavorable for …

A Behind the Scenes Look at Pre-Con

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9/13 network featured panel of the area’s leading GC’s Four of the region’s top General Contractors candidly provided insight on how company decisions are made during the pre-construction process. Subcontractors weighed in with many questions and walked away with a better perspective about what happens behind-the-scenes between when bids are …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Shane Carmadella

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Company: Ruppert Landscape, Inc. Job Description: Business Development Manager How you got involved with ABC: Ruppert Landscape has been a national member of ABC for over 30 years. I was encouraged to get involved by our corporate leadership and joined the Baltimore Chapter in 2007. Your passion as a board …