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

April 24-25, 2019 - 10:00am-2:00pm 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  
University of Alabama (map)
Join us for the 2nd Annual Regional Safety Summit!  The overall theme of this event is “EMERGENCY RESPONSE ON THE CONSTRUCTION JOBSITE”.  There will be hands-on demonstrations of common emergencies that can happen on a jobsite, how to prevent these situations and what to do if these unfortunate events occur.  Demon-strations will be in both English and Spanish. 
Vendors will be onsite showing off the latest and greatest innovative safety products available.  Following the demonstrations lunch will be provided for all attendees.  This event is open to everyone in the construction  industry, but is specifically focused on people who are on the jobsite, Tradesmen, Supervisors and  Superintendents.   
Bluegill on the Causeway (map)
Join us for a networking social and shrimp boil on May 16th at the BlueGill Restaurant.
White-Spunner Construction (map)
Join us for a monthly safety meeting. Free to all members.
The Club, Birmingham (map)
ON MAY 30TH, OUR 15TH ANNUAL SAFE DAY will be held at The Club in Birmingham at 11:00am. The Annual Safest in the Industry Awards will be honored during lunch. Safe Day helps bring safety awareness to the forefront of the construction industry. It is a known fact that this event not only recognizes excellence in safety, but that it also saves lives. There are no secrets in safety, and we believe this event will only enhance the event and highlight the excellent strides the construction industry has made in this arena. We are very excited once again to have excellent speakers, wonderful sponsors and ABC member companies in attendance to support and show their commitment to sending the industry’s craftsmen and women home safely to their families each day! Please join us on May 30th at The Club for Safe Day 2019!
ABC of Alabama Homewood, AL (map)
This monthly safety meeting is open to all active members. 
The Pearl Hotel (map)
Sunday, June 9 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception   Monday, June 10 8:30 am – 9:40 am Board of Directors Meeting /Breakfast 9:40 am – 9:50 am BREAK 9:50 am – 10:30 am Understanding Your Role as a Fiduciary in the 401(k) Space Presented by: Renasant Bank DINNER ON YOUR OWN 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Last Call Cocktail Reception Sponsored by: Harrison Construction Tuesday, June 11 8:30 am – 10:00 am University Trends / Upcoming Work  University of Alabama/Auburn University/UAB                                       10:00 am – 10:10 am BREAK  10:10 am – 11:00 am State/Federal Regulations & Briefing and Legislative Updat DINNER ON YOUR OWN 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Last Call Cocktail Reception&...
ABC of Alabama Homewood, AL (map)
This monthly safety meeting is open to all active members.
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)
This monthly meeting is open to all active members.