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Non-Union ABC Endorses Trump

The construction outfit said they were supporting him due to his opposition to the PRO Act

Kris LaGrange's picture
Aug 31, 2020

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) are one of the largest non-union construction groups in the country.  ABC routinely lobbies for weaker standards on construction sites, lowering wages, and weakening safety protections. They were part of the Trump taskforce that sought to weaken apprenticeship standards and one of their contractors was responsible for the Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans.

With a record like this, it should come as no surprise that ABC has announced their support for Trump’s reelection. In a statement announcing the endorsement, ABC President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman and ABC 2020 National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R. C. Stevens Construction Co. in Winter Garden, Florida, said:

“Your continued support for fair and open competition, job creation, small businesses, and expanded workforce development initiatives during your first term in office have helped ABC members grow their businesses, upskill their workforce and create career enhancing jobs.”

“In addition, your promise to veto the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, legislation that will overturn freedom of choice in all existing right-to work states, take away a worker’s right to a secret ballot and eliminate the ability for workers to pursue independent contracting opportunities, assures us you will protect the merit shop construction industry and small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. “

“ABC looks forward to continuing our work with your administration on the issues critical to our industry, including establishing fair and open competition and creating the conditions for every individual to be safe and healthy and achieve their career dreams in the construction industry and the communities in which they live and work.

The PRO Act, which Vice President Joe Biden has said he would sign if elected President, would punish bad employers who misclassify workers, make it easier for workers to organize, and would ban Right to Work laws.

In this statement, ABC isn’t even trying to hide the fact that the single biggest reason they are endorsing Trump is that he is non-union. They have one goal, build cheaper and they know that four more years of Trump will make that a reality, no matter how many lives it might put at risk.

So far in 2020, ABC’s PAC has donated $492,500 to Republicans and currently has over $636,000 on hand. They have made no donations to Democrats. According to the group, they have over 21,000 companies that make up their membership.

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