ABC Philosophy



From the beginning, ABC has worked to be the leading voice of free enterprise within the construction industry. Promoting and defending the merit shop philosophy have been constants throughout our history. Today, that means encouraging open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

#ABCMeritShopProud is a campaign, a communications hub and a resource, for ABC chapters, members and prospective members.  

Members are encourage include #ABCMeritShopProud in their social media when using Twitter and Facebook.  Be sure to visit the Merit Shop Score Card to view live feeds about how ABC helps members Develop People, Win Work, Deliver Work, and Better Communities.
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ABC is the VOICE OF THE MERIT SHOP® and we accept the responsibility for ensuring that voice is 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.