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Nov 30, 2018

ABC of Wisconsin breaks membership record in 2018

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin set an all-time membership record in 2018, having nearly 900 contractors and industry professionals joining or renewing their memberships.

Oct 26, 2018

October is careers-in-construction month

For recent high-school graduates, individuals interested in changing professions and those seeking a second chance at the American dream, there is no better time to join the construction industry.

Oct 15, 2018

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ABC’s defense of Gov. Walker falls flat

A recent letter to the editor from John Mielke of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin made the argument that Gov. Scott Walker has been the biggest cheerleader for apprenticeship throughout Wisconsin, and he closes his piece by claiming “we should not distort reality.”

Sep 26, 2018

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Governor Walker’s support of apprenticeship isn’t new

Last month, Associated Builders & Contractors held one of Wisconsin’s first-ever “Apprenticeship Signing Days,” replicating signing-day events that are held for high-performing student athletes recruited into four-year universities to play sports.

Sep 4, 2018

Walker touts plan to offer more youth apprenticeships

On the first day of school for many students in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is touting his plan to provide more youth apprenticeships.

Aug 23, 2018

EXPANDING ON SAFETY: New training center to double classroom space (VIDEO)

For more than 30 years, the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council Apprentice and Training Center in DeForest has taught prospective workers a slew of jobs in construction — and how to do them safely.

Feb 20, 2018

State Senate passes apprenticeship ratio bill (UPDATE)

The state Senate approved a bill on party lines Wednesday meant to combat the construction industry's persistent labor shortage by preventing more than one journeyman from ever being required to oversee the work of an apprentice.

Feb 15, 2018

Assembly approves bill making apprenticeship costs deductible (UPDATE)

The Assembly was expected on Thursday to approve a proposal that would allow payments for apprenticeship training to be deducted from income taxes.

Jan 16, 2018

Panel advances bills encouraging apprenticeships (UPDATE)

State lawmakers gave favorable recommendations on Tuesday a trio of bills meant to draw more young people into apprenticeships and ultimately the trades.

Jan 11, 2018

Trio of bills meant to encourage worker training

As a labor shortage continues to weigh on Wisconsin’s construction industry, union and non-union companies and groups alike lined up this week behind a trio of bills meant to draw more young people into apprenticeship training.

Jan 5, 2018

This ‘one weird trick’ for combating labor shortage

The good news is the bad news. Wisconsin's not-seasonally-adjusted construction-unemployment rate was the lowest on record for the state in November, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nov 1, 2017

Panel gives favorable nod to journeyman-to-apprentice bill

Lawmakers on a legislative panel voted along party lines Wednesday to advance a bill meant to prevent more than one journeyman from being needed to oversee the work of any […]


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