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ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS URGES DEFEAT OF STRIKER REPLACEMENT BILL

 ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS URGES DEFEAT
 OF STRIKER REPLACEMENT BILL
 WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Associated Builders and Contractors, along with more than 100 other national business organizations, is urging the Senate to reject the Anti-Striker Replacement Bill. A vote is tentatively scheduled for later today.
 The Anti-Striker Replacement Bill seeks to amend the National Labor Relations Act in order to prohibit employers from hiring replacement workers during a labor dispute and would guarantee the reinstatement of workers following any work stoppage.
 ABC Senior Vice President Charles E. Hawkins said the bill would impose extraordinary burdens on contractors -- union and open shop alike. He explained that since construction frequently operates with multi-employer worksites, a transient work force and under strict deadlines, labor disputes under this bill would significantly increase the potential of "putting that contractor out of business by taking away his ability to bargain."
 Hawkins said, "We are not opposed to strikes but this bill creates an imbalance between management and labor and upsets 50 years of labor law." He added that such legislation is unnecessary and cited a recent General Accounting Office study which revealed only 17 percent of all strikes involve replacement workers, of which 4 percent were permanently replaced.
 Hawkins said that the Anti-Striker Replacement Bill would apply in all labor disputes and not just to those arising from a collective bargaining agreement. Under this bill, two or more workers could walk off the job and give little or no reason for leaving except to protest terms or conditions of employment.
 Hawkins said the bill would also cause non-striking workers to lose seniority and benefits once striking workers return. Hawkins added that in the event of employee cutbacks, non-striking workers would be the first to lose their jobs.
 ABC is a national construction management association representing more than 16,000 member firms in 81 local chapters. ABC was established in 1950 to represent the interest of merit (open) shop contractors. Today the merit shop accounts for more than 70 percent of all construction put in place each year in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Haas or Mike Henderson of Associated Builders and Contractors, 202-637-8800/ CO: Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: LEG


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