What is ABC? Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Based on the merit shop philosophy we help our members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
What is the Merit Shop Philosophy? The Merit Shop Philosophy encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach to business. Merit Shop contractors believe contracts should be awarded solely on merit, without regard to labor union status. Merit Shop contractors are NOT anti-union; they simply believe the most qualified should prevail.
What regions does ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter cover? Associated Builders and Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter covers Colorado and Wyoming.
Where is ABCRMC located? ABCRMC is located in Denver at 2267 W Yale Ave. Englewood, CO 80110.
How do I apply for ABCSD membership? Click here to fill out an application.
What are the membership categories? Associate (Dues Category 1): Members provide service to the construction industry, but no material or labor. (i.e. attorneys, insurance companies, banks, etc.) Industry Design Professional (Dues Category 1.5): Architects and Engineers Supplier (Dues Category 2): Members supply material to contractors, shops, or job sites, but provide no on-site labor. Contractor (Dues Categories 4-25): Members are active in the construction field; prime and subcontractors in all types of construction. Dues are based on a member’s preceding year’s volume.
How do I renew my membership? Payment is applied to the first full year of dues. A pro-rated amount will be invoiced for the second year
Are dues refundable? Dues are non-refundable
How does my company benefit from joining ABCRMC? Contractors who become members of ABCSD receive significant benefits including: Networking with colleagues and allies of the Merit Shop industry. Participation in ABC’s Awards programs to recognize and honor your best work. Safety programs and certifications to help prevent accidents and lower your overhead costs through improved insurance rates. News and information about best practices for your business and for winning work. Advocacy on your behalf on the local, state, and national level to protect your business interests and rights as a Merit Shop contractor. Discounts on services such as insurance, and on products such as vehicle purchasing and leasing, tools, and smartphones.
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How do I register for an ABCRMC event? Click here to visit our events calendar and click on the event to register.
How does ABC advocate for your business interests? No other group represents you as a Merit Shop contractor like ABCSD. Joining with other chapters in California and with our nationwide network and organization, members and staff educate and advocate for fair and open competition in contracting without excessive government mandates or intrusion.
What are ABC’s legislative and regulatory priorities? ABC’s priorities on a local, state, and national level include: Stopping employment discrimination on public projects through Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) Protecting ABC’s apprenticeship training opportunities on all projects, and educating the next generation of skilled construction professionals Promoting healthy growth in the construction marketplace Encouraging diversity in the construction industry, including better representation among traditionally under-represented groups including minorities, women, and military veterans Fighting against unnecessary and costly regulations and licensure How can I get involved to protect my business? Information: Read our member newsletter. ABCSD’s member newsletter keeps you up to date on pending legislation or adverse government actions, and issues “Calls to Action” for you to participate, speak up, and be heard Communication: Let policy makers know how their decisions affect you as a constituent. When ABCSD needs to raise concerns on behalf of our shared interests, take time to send an email, make a call, or even show up at a government board meeting or hearing and represent the Merit Shop point of view Participation: Join our Political Action Committee. ABCSD’s Political Action Committee (PAC) works to stay informed on threats to fair and open competition among all contractors, and acts as your voice to inform and educate decision-makers. Your support whether volunteer or financial can help protect members from damaging Project Labor Agreements and other measures which shut down our ability to win work in the open marketplace.
What is the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) about? ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety self-audit and awards program for contractors. The program evaluates applications based on safety performance and the applicant’s score on the “20 Key Components,” ABC’s innovative safety evaluation system and awards them either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status.
STEP is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants regardless of company size or type of work.
How do contractors benefits by participating in STEP? By participating in the STEP program, ABC member companies become eligible to apply for Accredited Quality Contractor status. STEP Platinum recipients are eligible to apply for the prestigious National Safety Excellence Award, presented annually at the Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. ABC member companies that participate in the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) receive 70 percent fewer citations per inspection and have an overall fatality rate that is 59 percent lower than the national Bureau of Labor Statistics average for the construction industry. STEP participants also have an incidence rate that is 41 percent lower than the national average for construction. Through self-evaluation of your company’s safety performance, STEP will recognize areas in your safety procedures that need improvement. STEP provides resources and best practices to help you improve company safety. ABC members nationally who participated in STEP in 2017 were 670% safer than the industry average.
How do I get a return on investment as an employer in safety programs? When a company can reduce incidence rates and days away, it protects workers while saving personnel costs. By lowering the experience modification rate (EMR or “mod factor”), contractors can reduce their annual workers’ compensation insurance rates and share savings with clients. Recognition for safety performance can be used as an important business development tool, making a contractor more attractive to current and potential clients.
Where do I apply for the STEP safety program? Click here to apply for STEP