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John Mielke

Jun 5, 2023

Nearly 350 graduating apprentices recognized by ABC of Wisconsin as craft professionals

ABC named its Craft Professional of the Year at an event recognizing apprentices' achievements.

Apr 19, 2023

What Mitch Landrieu didn’t say during his visit to Madison

White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu visited Madison recently as part of a three-week national tour touting the impacts of the Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act, the largest federal investment in public transportation in U.S. history.

Mar 10, 2023

Wisconsin right-to-work in spotlight again

Wisconsin laws like right to work and Act 10 could have different outcomes depending on who wins the April Wisconsin Supreme Court election.

Sep 16, 2022

Federal project labor agreement proposal fuels debate across local industry

A federal proposal to implement an executive order for project labor agreements for federal projects worth $35 million or more has sparked debate within Wisconsin’s construction industry. 

Sep 16, 2022

PLAs on projects good news for Wisconsin

Late last week, John Mielke, president of ABC Wisconsin, submitted commentary lamenting items he felt weren’t mentioned by President Biden while visiting Wisconsin to discuss the billions in bipartisan infrastructure funding that is headed our way.

Sep 9, 2022

MIELKE: What President Biden didn’t mention during his visit to Wisconsin

During President Joe Biden’s Labor Day visit to Milwaukee’s Labor Fest, he touted his accomplishments to date, including a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. What he failed to mention is that his administration is imposing anti-competitive policies that almost exclusively benefit one category of construction workers over another.

Dec 3, 2021

Evers vetoes bill to provide tax break for apprenticeship tuition

Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill on Friday that would have provided a tax break for apprenticeship tuition.

Oct 20, 2021

It’s time for innovative policies for construction careers

Anyone who was in high school before 1990 can recall a requirement to take at least one type of technical-education class, where you would learn some basic techniques about cooking, sewing, metals, woodworking, printing, architecture and the list goes on.

Sep 16, 2021

Construction executive and founding ABC member Westra dies at 92

Dewey Westra, a longtime construction executive and a founding member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin has died. He was 92.

May 12, 2021

OPINION: PRO Act a professional free market hit job

By now, almost everyone in construction has heard about the PRO Act, or Protecting the Right to Organize Act, that's being considered in Congress. But many people are unaware of its likely immense consequences. If the PRO Act becomes law, it will result in big changes to our labor laws.

Oct 2, 2020

Report: Prevailing-wage repeal hurts workers, paves way for out-of-state firms

Ever since Wisconsin repealed its prevailing-wage laws, blue collar workers have steadily been making less, construction CEOs raking in much more and taxpayers saving next-to-nothing on public-construction work.

Jul 16, 2020

ON THE LEVEL: President of largest ABC chapter, Mielke helps keep apprenticeships, other services going amid pandemic

As the head of the largest Associated Builders and Contractors chapter in the U.S., John Mielke had plenty to keep him busy before COVID-19 came to Wisconsin.


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