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JUL-SEP 2018

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CONSTRUCTION A L A B A M A N E W S 6 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS JUL–SEP 2018 6 Publisher JAY REED Associate Publisher/ Managing Editor TODD WALKER Publishing Coordinator/Circulation CHARLES HALL Accounting JENNY WILSON Advertising Sales JENNY WILSON Writer PAIGE TOWNLEY Print Production ALLIANCE PUBLISHING GROUP Art Direction KRISTEN BAILEY ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION NEWS is published by Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Copyright © 2018 ABC -Alabama All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Address all correspondence to: ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION NEWS 1830 28th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35209 For advertising information: contact JENNY WILSON at 205.870.9768 X106 or email jenny@abc-alabama.org. For editorial information: contact PAIGE TOWNLEY at paige@abc-alabama.org. LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT JAY REED | President, Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama OVER THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS, ABC of Alabama has had countless opportunities to tackle concerns and opportunities that directly relate to why we were formed: merit shop and free enterprise. While these tasks were taken on by ABC of Alabama, I felt it important to share our efforts with the entire industry. TOYOTA MAZDA Our Board of Directors has been extremely concerned about the delivery methods Toyota Mazda will use in delivering the upcoming project. We have personally spoken with Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville, the entire congressional delegation, Secretary Greg Canfield and Governor Kay Ivey regarding this matter. ABC supplied the governor's administration with anti-PLA kits to share with both Toyota and Mazda, as well as the key decision makers in Japan. We applaud Governor Ivey for sharing our information with Toyota Mazda on her visit to Japan. FAIR AND OPEN COMPETITION ACT – D.C. VISITS ABC of Alabama set two records this year regarding D.C. We have had three fly-ins, and at our D.C. Day on the Hill, we had 27 people attend our congressional luncheon. We were there to encourage the Trump Administration and our Alabama delegation to pass HR 1552, The Fair and Open Competition Act. This will rescind President Obama's Executive Order that mandates PLAs on federal work. We also encouraged support of reauthorizing the Perkins Act, which would increase funding levels for skilled trades like the Academy of Craft Training. KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION ABC of Alabama has had the second meeting with our federal delegation regarding Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court. We also briefed Senator Doug Jones's Judicial Director on why he should support Kavanaugh. By the time you read this publication, we will have met with Senator Doug Jones in D.C. That will be four D.C. visits by ABC of Alabama, and it's only August. As you can see, while some of these issues were resolved and some remain before us still, we cannot take free enterprise/right to work laws for granted. Just a few weeks ago, on August 7, Missouri overwhelmingly overturned the Right to Work law. Also, we are seeing increased local efforts to energize what is now less than 10% of the construction industry in Alabama. Stay informed at #ABCMeritShopProud In closing, as I stated in my opening, ABC of Alabama is aware, involved and defending our roots and mission. We could sure use your help. Jay Reed

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