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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.

ABC of Iowa Wins Big at National Craft Championships

ABC of Iowa was represented with six apprentices and five journeymen at the 2016 National Craft Championship Competition in Fort Lauderdale, FL March 1-4 and placed in five of the trade competitions.

ABC of Iowa Journeyman Team Wins Gold Medal Second Year in a Row at ABC's National Craft Championships

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust’s team won gold medals at the 29th annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month.

Iowa Native Shon Smith of ACI Mechanical Named ABC’s National Young Professional of the Year

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Shon Smith, prefabrication manager at ACI Mechanical, Inc. in Ames, Iowa, has been named ABC’s first Young Professional of the Year. 

How Will the Clean Power Plan Affect Your Projects?

A new challenge looming for building professionals is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming Clean Power Plan (CPP). The plan mandates a carbon emissions reduction of 32 percent nationwide by 2030, with individual targets set for each state.