ABC of Iowa Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

  For the third year in a row, Nov. 13-19 is celebrated as National Apprenticeship Week. During this week, leaders across the country will be highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships and the need for more students to join the trades. Statistics on the need for a trained workforce are overwhelming — in the United States, there will be 6.1 million jobs in the construction industry by 2021 and 1.5 million craft professionals will be needed to fill them. Skilled craft positions remain the hardest job to fill in the U.S. and globally. In Iowa, we are hearing the same message – employers across the state routinely say it’s hard to hire enough skilled workers. At Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa we are working to train more apprentices than ever before to help close the skills gap. As the largest apprenticeship organization in Iowa, this year we will train roughly 1,500 apprentices across our three campuses in Grimes, Hiawatha and Davenport.  Our students are taught proper ...

ABC of Iowa’s Statement on Appointment of Gov. Reynolds to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

  GRIMES, Iowa (Oct. 16, 2017) — Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Greg Spenner, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), issued the following statement:

“As the largest apprenticeship-training program in Iowa, Associated Builders and Contractors wants to congratulate Gov. Reynolds on being appointed to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

“The Reynolds administration is developing concrete solutions to Iowa’s workforce crisis. We know the governor will serve as an important voice to help us develop the next generation of safe, skilled and productive workers needed to build Iowa and keep our country moving forward.”

New Apprenticeship Training Center Opens in Hiawatha

  Above: (L to R) Ginny Shindelar, VP of Education and Training shows Governor Reynolds and others around the new Virtual Reality Construction Careers Education Trailer. Governor Kim Reynolds tours the Apprenticeship Training Center with level one electrical instructor Dan Weekly, Ginny Shindelar and Mike Palmer, during a grand opening of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa Training Facility. New Apprenticeship Training Center Opens in Hiawatha Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa, state’s largest apprenticeship training organization, focused on producing more skilled Iowa workers HIAWATHA, Iowa (Oct. 11, 2017) — Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds joined apprentices, instructors and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa members for the grand opening of the new training center located in Hiawatha. ABC’s 10,155-square-foot facility will expand access for more students to receive hands-on learning as apprentices. ABC is working hard to address the worker short ...

Opportunity Knocks for Rewarding Careers in Construction

  October marks Careers in Construction Month, an important time to recognize the investments made each year to attract and train the construction workers of the future. There has never been greater opportunity for those seeking a rewarding path in a skilled trade, where one can enter the workforce right away as an apprentice, get paid to learn career skills on the job, and even work his or her way up to owning a business. Construction is an in-demand career with plenty of opportunity for people from all walks of life. It provides an opportunity for a well-paying career, not just a job—one that can’t be off-shored. It is also among the few industries where workers can join as an apprentice or trainee and be paid to further their career through earn-and-learn programs, all without accruing massive student loan debt. Skilled trades are a viable alternative to college for young students. And, a 2015 survey found construction professionals are the happiest employees in the workforce. Today, t ...

ABC Hails Lower Small Business Rates in Tax Reform Framework

  WASHINGTON, Oct. 11—Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech on tax reform in Harrisburg, Pa.: “President Trump’s tax framework promises the lowest small business tax rate in the last 80 years, which would unlock the full economic potential of the 21,000 members of Associated Builders and Contractors. A growing economy means a thriving construction industry—when businesses are able to reinvest in wages, jobs, and expansion, ABC members are there to do the work. “According to analysis by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the construction industry pays the highest effective tax rate of any sector of the nation’s economy—27 percent, compared to an average of 22 percent for other industries. Reducing the tax burden on pass-through businesses through tax reform is essential to addressing this disparity. ABC members are overwhelmingly small, fami ...

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 24 States


Nearly 200,000 Construction Added Since May 2016, ABC Says

ABC Hails Florida Legislation That Encourages Competition in Bidding on Public Construction Projects


Prior to this legislation, local governments could impose unfair pre-bid hiring restrictions, training requirements, and benefit mandates that increased project costs and kept many merit shop contractors, who make up 96.9 percent of Florida’s construction workforce, on the sidelines.

ABC of Iowa Applauds Thoughtful Collective Bargaining Reforms

  Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC) applauds Governor Terry Branstad and Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature for introducing legislation that reforms collective bargaining and public employment in Iowa.

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 26 States Year-Over-Year, Iowa Unchanged

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan 31.—December not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 26 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rates for two states, Iowa and Wisconsin, were unchanged from December 2015. The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 7.4 percent was down 0.1 percent from a year ago, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

April Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 44 States from 2015

Iowa jumped up in the ranking from 15th lowest construction unemployment rate in March to second lowest in April with a 2.7 percent rate. Its 4.9 percent drop in rate from March ranked as the eighth largest monthly decrease. Its year-over-year fall of 2.6 percent was the seventh largest decline among the states.
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