The Construction Industry Association of Choice Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
ABC is the merit shop construction industry's voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media. ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. ABC's objective is to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis through its national office and chapters. ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices, and business development through an online contractor search directory. ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md., to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop philosophy, within time making ABC the fastest growing association in the United States. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry. Our Mission The Rocky Mountain Chapter of ABC is dedicated to advancing the Merit Shop philosophy. We provide to our diverse member companies, their employees, and the construction industry, leadership, safety education, workforce development, advocacy, and other services to ensure members a competitive advantage.
Chapter History ABC Rocky Mountain (ABC RMC) has been a leader in the industry since our chapter formation in 1975. Protecting and promoting the merit shop philosophy has been a cornerstone of our existence from the outset. ABC continues to be a leader in the industry, protecting and defending your company’s right to run your business as you see fit, unencumbered by government.
From our very beginning, ABC has been, and will continue to be, the premier construction association promoting and protecting the principles of open competition and free enterprise. From our humble beginnings, ABC RMC has evolved into the leading organization representing the merit shop construction industry in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Chapter became a statewide chapter in 2013 and now represents merit shop contractors and our industry partners throughout the entire state of Colorado.
ABC Philosophy 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.
Code of Ethics The following Code of Ethics shall be honored by every member of Associated Builders and Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter: Whereas, as members, we agree to uphold the Merit Shop Philosophy and Support the Preservation of Free Enterprise, which is the foundation upon which ABC was created and still operates today; Whereas, as members, we agree to be mindful of our responsibility to ABC Rocky Mountain and fellow members, and through conduct of our businesses, demonstrate that membership in this association is an assurance of integrity, safety, and quality; Whereas, as members, we agree to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and observe and foster the highest standards of safety and working conditions for employees; Whereas, as members, we agree to comply with all laws and regulations governing the industry and our community; Whereas, as members, we agree to dedicate ourselves to bringing together members of the construction industry and community at large in the bonds of fellowship, mutual understanding, and positive solutions; Whereas, as members, we agree to develop our professional reputation on the basis of our direct experience and service provided; Whereas, as members, we agree to support the training of skilled tradespeople for the future welfare of the construction industry; Whereas, as members, we agree to promote the dignity and integrity of the profession; ABC Rocky Mountain is a trade association dedicated to serving construction professionals throughout the state of Colorado.
"We benefit from ABC's ethical support of the construction industry through legislation, education, and interaction. " - Jeff Erker, FCI Constructors, Inc.