ABC Philosophy

ABC and the Merit Shop Philosophy

THE VOICE OF THE MERIT SHOP®
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. is the voice of the merit shop in the construction industry. We accept the responsibility for making that voice heard. We believe the merit shop movement is a movement for the betterment of the individual... the construction industry... and the nation.

We believe in the system of free enterprise. 

We believe employees and employers should have the right to determine wages and working conditions through either individual or collective bargaining, as they choose, within the boundaries of the law. 

We believe the employer must have concern for the general welfare of the employee and that there must be a fair compensation for work performed. At the same time, we believe that the employee has an obligation for satisfactory performance of assigned work. 

We support sound legislation in the areas of workers compensation, safety and unemployment compensation. 

We believe legislation that embraces fair play for employer and employee is essential to the preservation of our free enterprise system. 

We believe the law should protect the right of employees to work regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin or membership or non-membership in a labor organization. We believe work opportunities should be made available to all legal residents and we support programs toward this end. 

We oppose violence, coercion, intimidation and the denial of the rights of employees and employers. 

We believe it is incumbent upon all branches of government to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and we believe that government should award contracts only to the lowest responsible bidder. We oppose unjust pressure to violate these principles. 

We believe monopolies or any kind of price or wage fixing, in either the public or private sector, are detrimental to our system of free enterprise. 

We believe the destiny of all Americans can be best served by cooperation, reconciliation and following the tenants of free enterprise and a democratic government. We believe business leaders can best preserve these tenets by becoming active in politics and civic affairs.

CORE VALUES

ABC values economic freedom within a free-market economy, with open and fair competition and diverse participants constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance.

ABC values the highest levels of personal and corporate standards of behavior characterized by responsibility, accountability and integrity, with demonstrated personal and industry professionalism by all participants.

MISSION


ABC will continually strive to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry. ABC will promote and defend the merit shop philosophy. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

VISION

The Vision of ABC is an environment in which people and companies succeed based on free-enterprise principles within the free-market system.

CORE PURPOSE


The Core Purpose of ABC is to advance and defend the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and to provide members and their employees with an opportunity to succeed.

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Upcoming Events

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel (map)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH 10am - 12:00 noon Check-In and Registration Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch and Opening Keynote: Update from AL Dept of Finance/Division of Const Mgmt Mickey Allen, Assistant Finance Director; Frank Barnes, Dept of Finance Div of Const Mgmt 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm Break 1:10 pm - 2:45 pm Campus Panel: University of AL, UAB, K12, Auburn University, UAH, USA, Others TBA  2:45 pm - 2:55 pm Break 2:55 pm - 3:30 pm Title 41& 39 Discussion 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Building Block Bonus Session 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hosted Cocktail Reception FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH 8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast and Opening Session: Deferred Maintenance Best Practices 9:00 am - 9:10 am Break 9:10 am - 10:45 am PSCA Bond Issue Discussion 10:45 am - 11:45 am Keynote: Representative Bill Poole, Kelly Butler, AL State Finance Director:  Education Budget 2020           &...
Selwood Farms (map)

Join us for the 2019 ABC Sporting Clay Tournament at Selwood Farm. Registration is now open. 

Special thanks to this year's lunch sponsor: Vulcan Materials Company

The Club, Birmingham (map)
Please join the Associated Builders & Contractors of Alabama for its 30th Annual Excellence in Construction awards dinner. We will recognize the 2019 EIC award winners along with the Cornerstone Recipient, Mr. Jim Cooper of Cooper Construction. 
Brookley Field, 1834 5th Street Building 23 East, Mobile, AL 36615 (map)
The purpose of the first annual Gulf Coast Regional Safety Summit is to prepare owners, contractors, and first re-sponders to respond to emergencies on occupied public facilities while under construction. Participants can expect to participate in hands on demos as well as booth lectures to learn best practices in dealing with situations that may include contractors, first responders and facility owners. Demonstrations of Common Jobsite Incidents and How to Respond will Include:   Inclement Weather, Heat Related Injuries, Drug Awareness—OHC Amputations— OHC CPR, 911 Communications—Mobile Fire & Rescue Virtual Reality Training — Dunn Construction Fall Protection —Gulf Supply Confined Space—Gulf Supply Trench Safety & Gas Detection — Airgas Environmental & PPE — Servpro Roadway Workzone Safety — ALDOT LE Network & Physical Safety — Fusion Center Electrical Shocks —...
ABC of Alabama Homewood, AL (map)
Day 1 - Safety Academy Part 1 - The Road Map to World-class Safety · Dissatisfaction with Current Performance · Leadership Commitment · Cultural Transformation · Deliverable - Transformation Plan for Company and Individual Day 2- Safety Academy Part 2 - World Class Systems and Processes · World Class Results · Deliverable - Transformation Plan for Company and Individual · Best Practice Systems and Process · Balanced Scorecard  
ABC of Alabama Homewood, AL (map)

Course Outline: The training of project leaders in construction is critical to getting jobs built on time and within budget while maintaining client relationships for the long term. This Project Leadership Development Program was developed to address the specific needs of project staff who have great impact on project success. The primary objective is to teach leadership, communication and project management skills in a way that will keep projects moving and build bridges with field staff. Through a combination of educatio n, hands on workshops and self analysis, this six module program will help your project leaders improve their effectiveness both by showing them how to run projects more effectively and by providing them with the tools they need to improve their abilities.