ABC-RMC—Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Rocky Mountain Chapter

Current Members: 178

Increased Membership Target for 2010: 250

Key Issues/Initiatives: Strengthening our role as the voice of merit-shop construction in order to prevent the implementation of discriminatory union-only project labor agreements and to defeat the passage of the ill-conceived Card Check legislation. ABC is leading a coalition dedicated to exposing and defeating project labor agreements on federal construction projects. PLAs are nothing more than a blatant political payback to organized labor at the expense of 90% of the construction workforce in Colorado that has chosen not to belong to a labor union.

Highest Issue on Strategic Plan: Capitalizing on current successes to ensure ABC is even more proactive and responsive in addressing industry-related matters such as the economy and legislation that affect member firms.

2009 President/Chair: Paul O’Donnell, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., operations manager

Economic Priorities: Jobs, jobs, jobs. Revitalization of the private nonresidential construction market will be a challenge due to the market being overbuilt, tight credit, project delays and cancellations, and rising unemployment.

Biggest Concerns: Government’s interference with the free marketplace, government increasing taxes and fees, and the increased influence of organized labor with elected officials being slanting the playing field.

“ABC is dedicated to providing its members with the highest quality services while staying focused on our commitment to the merit-shop philosophy. As the industry faces tough economic and legislative challenges, ABC will work diligently to provide our members with the resources to thrive during these tough economic times.”

— Paul O’Donnell