From Friday, July 2:

House Democrats Add PLA Provisions to Infrastructure Bill:

Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, a partisan infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 221-201

Following the bill’s passage, ABC released a statement highlighting opposition to the bill’s restrictive labor policies that would impact the construction industry.  Democrats also used the en bloc amendment process that prevents consideration of each amendment based on its individual merit and helps ensure support for controversial amendments, including an amendment from Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) that would mandate project labor agreements on authorized clean energy projects.

Ahead of the vote, ABC sent a key vote letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the bill and urged ABC members to contact their members of Congress and tell them to oppose the legislation through an ABC Action Alert.

The INVEST in America Act, which also includes a water infrastructure title, represents House Democrat’s partisan attempt to reauthorize the expiring 2015 Fast Act, which expires at the end of September. The $715 billion legislation will now wait for developments in the U.S. Senate, as they consider their own surface transportation bill along with the emerging bipartisan infrastructure agreement.


TAKE ACTION - ABC Action Alert on Potential Biden Potential Pro-PLA Executive Order:

ABC issued an action alert for members to send to the White House and oppose the president’s efforts to strengthen an Obama-era rule on Project Labor Agreements. The Biden administration has reportedly circulated a draft executive order to expand federal agencies’ use of project labor agreements. The order would update the Obama-era order from 2009 that encouraged federal agencies to consider requiring project labor agreements when awarding contracts of at least $25 million on a case-by-case basis and permits state and local government recipients of federal money to mandate PLAs on public works construction projects. Thanks in part to ABC’s advocacy efforts, President Obama’s pro-PLA order and regulations rarely led to project labor agreements on federal construction projects (learn more here).

Please use the link here to contact President Biden and ask him to allow all Americans to compete to build federally financed construction projects on a fair and level playing field.


TAKE ACTION HERE

 

Reminder – National PRO Act Survey: Voters Alarmed About PRO Act Impact on Workers’ Rights and Small Businesses:

Today, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) released a national survey on voters’ concerns with the PRO Act. The survey asked over 1,000 registered voters about the PRO Act and its impact on workers’ rights and small businesses. The survey proves Americans are concerned with the bill’s numerous radical provisions.

Some of the key findings:

  • Seven out of 10 voters are concerned about repealing state right-to-work protections for workers and forcing them to pay union dues or risk losing their job.
  • Three out of four voters are concerned about requiring employers to turn over employees’ personal information to union organizers without the consent of the employee.
  • Seven out of 10 voters are concerned the PRO Act limits the ability of individuals to work as independent contractors.
  • 57 percent of voters believe that Americans should not be forced to join a union as a condition of employment.
  • 67 percent of voters are concerned about eliminating ‘secret ballot’ union elections.
  • Nearly seven out of 10 (65 percent) voters are concerned about upending the franchise business model, turning existing owners of franchises into employees of their brand and reducing new franchise ownership opportunities.
  • Only 34 percent of U.S. voters think unions should have more influence.

 

The Coalition statement on the survey can be read https://myprivateballot.com/2021/06/30/national-survey-small-businesses/

 

Upcoming Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Meeting (7/18-7/20):

ABC National State Affairs staff will be attending the upcoming RLCC National Meeting, July 18 – 20, and 45 states will have legislative leadership in attendance. Due to ongoing generous support of the RLCC by the Free Enterprise Alliance, our staff will have extensive opportunities at the meeting to discuss ABC priorities, including private meetings. Linked here is a full list of attending elected officials for you to consult and see who might be attending from your state, and if there are any issues of concern or things to highlight for those legislators, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nick Steingart, Brandon Ray, and/or Ben Brubeck to discuss further.

 

Updated ABC PAC Questionnaire Added to National Connections:

The ABC PAC Committee has approved a revised 2021-2022 ABC PAC Questionnaire that now includes a qualifying question on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The updated questionnaire can be found here. For ABC Chapter reference, the 2021 – 2022 ABC PAC Candidate Questionnaire has also been uploaded to National Connections.

As a reminder, this questionnaire is an important part of the ABC PAC process. First time candidates without a voting record, must receive 100% on the ABC PAC Candidate Questionnaire in order to be considered for support.