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The challenge of finding employees is real across all aspects of the economy, but is particularly severe for the construction industry, which has seen continued significant growth from low interest rates, stimulus monies, increasing real estate values and pandemic inspired projects. The challenge of finding employees, let alone skilled employees, is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Construction companies need to adapt to this new normal and offer what employees what they truly want.

ABC NH/VT members – Consider running for office! There is always room for a smart, accomplished and principled member of the construction industry to serve in Concord.

After nearly two years of managing the workplace through the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, employers are being impacted by another significant challenge: the “Great Resignation,” which is the recent trend of workers voluntarily resigning from their jobs en masse beginning in 2021 and continuing today. Employers across a number of industries, including construction, are facing the pressure of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating job candidates in record speed to fill vacancies and meet the operational needs of the business.

Gary Clevenger, vice president-risk control at CNA, shares his insight on how to build a well-trained, connected workforce in order to promote a culture of safety and reduce the risk of injury.

Associated Builders and Contractors member contractors invested $1.6 billion to provide more than 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education in 2021.

ABC has studied how to improve construction jobsite safety through STEP since 1989. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on key components and criteria for best practices through a detailed questionnaire, with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incident rates.

President Joe Biden’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be celebrated by construction union bosses who stand to gain from controversial Biden administration policies. These overreaching policies will cost taxpayers a fortune while undermining critical taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure.

President Joe Biden’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be celebrated by construction union bosses who stand to gain from controversial Biden administration policies. Yet these overreaching policies are and will cost taxpayers a fortune while undermining critical taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure.

In January, Gov. Phil Scott highlighted making historic investments to grow and strengthen the workforce and give young people more career development opportunities. This includes adding $1 million to the state’s internship program and $1 million to Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s Advancement Grants, which help adults enroll in programs without a college degree; and investing $2.7 million to improve how to connect employers with career and technical education students seeking meaningful employment opportunities. 

Last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring project labor agreements on federal construction projects over $35 million. The White House claimed that the order will help ease management concerns and organization on large construction projects. ABC sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Biden’s efforts to require controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction contracts.