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About ABCSD

What is ABC?


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Based on the merit shop philosophy we help our members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.




What is the Merit Shop Philosophy?


The Merit Shop Philosophy encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach to business. Merit Shop contractors believe contracts should be awarded solely on merit, without regard to labor union status. Merit Shop contractors are NOT anti-union; they simply believe the most qualified should prevail.




Where is ABCSD located?


Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego has its offices and its Apprenticeship training facility in a single location in the City of Poway at 13825 Kirkham Way, Poway, California, 92064




How can someone contact ABCSD?


By email: info@abcsd.org By phone: 858-514-4700 By social media: www.facebook.com/ABCSanDiego https://twitter.com/abc_sandiego http://www.instagram.com/ABCSanDiego




How can I sign up for the ABCSD Newsletter?


Click here to sign up for ABCSD's Weekly Newsletter.





 

Safety

What is the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) about?


ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety self-audit and awards program for contractors. The program evaluates applications based on safety performance and the applicant’s score on the “20 Key Components,” ABC’s innovative safety evaluation system and awards them either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status. STEP is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants regardless of company size or type of work.




How do contractors benefits by participating in STEP?


By participating in the STEP program, ABC member companies become eligible to apply for Accredited Quality Contractor status. STEP Platinum recipients are eligible to apply for the prestigious National Safety Excellence Award, presented annually at the Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. ABC member companies that participate in the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) receive 70 percent fewer citations per inspection and have an overall fatality rate that is 59 percent lower than the national Bureau of Labor Statistics average for the construction industry. STEP participants also have an incidence rate that is 41 percent lower than the national average for construction. Through self-evaluation of your company’s safety performance, STEP will recognize areas in your safety procedures that need improvement. STEP provides resources and best practices to help you improve company safety. ABC members nationally who participated in STEP in 2017 were 670% safer than the industry average. Click here to learn more about STEP.




How do I get a return on investment as an employer in safety programs?


When a company can reduce incidence rates and days away, it protects workers while saving personnel costs. By lowering the experience modification rate (EMR or “mod factor”), contractors can reduce their annual workers’ compensation insurance rates and share savings with clients. Recognition for safety performance can be used as an important business development tool, making a contractor more attractive to current and potential clients.




Do ABC’s safety programs show any results for our members?


According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA), workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent since 1970. The majority of construction accidents are preventable with training, but consistent training is a must.




Where do I apply for the STEP safety program? 


Click here to apply for STEP.




Is there a deadline to apply for the STEP program?


The San Diego Chapter deadline for application is October 1, 2018. This guarantees member recognition in ABCSD’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards. However, your STEP application is accepted year-round. Click here to view STEP deadlines.




What resources can ABCSD’s STEP program provide to my company’s safety director? 


Contractor members can participate in STEP to qualify for safety awards; participate in ABCSD’s monthly safety meetings; use ABCSD safety resources such as toolbox talk topics and safety tips; and attend safety courses.  





About ABCSD

What is ABC?


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Based on the merit shop philosophy we help our members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.




What is the Merit Shop Philosophy?


The Merit Shop Philosophy encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach to business. Merit Shop contractors believe contracts should be awarded solely on merit, without regard to labor union status. Merit Shop contractors are NOT anti-union; they simply believe the most qualified should prevail.




Where is ABCSD located?


Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego has its offices and its Apprenticeship training facility in a single location in the City of Poway at 13825 Kirkham Way, Poway, California, 92064




How can someone contact ABCSD?


By email: info@abcsd.org By phone: 858-514-4700 By social media: www.facebook.com/ABCSanDiego https://twitter.com/abc_sandiego http://www.instagram.com/ABCSanDiego




How can I sign up for the ABCSD Newsletter?


Click here to sign up for ABCSD's Weekly Newsletter.





 
 

Events

Can non-members attend/sponsor ABCSD events?


ABCSD is a membership-based association so priority for event registration/sponsorship goes to members and if there are still tickets/sponsorships available, non-union companies may sponsor and/or attend with the exception of Members-Only Events such as Member Mixers.




If I purchased tickets to an event but can’t go, can I get a refund?


100% of event refunds minus credit card processing expenses are available up to 48 hours prior to the event. Refund requests afterwards will be denied.





 

Membership

How does my company benefit from joining ABCSD?


Contractors who become members of ABCSD receive significant benefits including:

  • Discounts on the cost of tuition. If your company has multiple students, the savings on tuition alone pay for the cost of yearly membership dues. Contact us for an analysis on what your company could save in craft training by becoming a member.
  • Discounts on services such as insurance, and on products such as vehicle purchasing and leasing, tools, and smartphones.
  • Networking with colleagues and allies of the Merit Shop industry.
  • Participation in ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards to recognize and honor your best work.
  • Safety programs and certifications to help prevent accidents and lower your overhead costs through improved insurance rates.
  • News and information about best practices for your business and for winning work.
  • Advocacy on your behalf on the local, state, and national level to protect your business interests and rights as a Merit Shop contractor.
Review the rest of our Membership page to learn about the additional benefits of joining ABCSD.




What are the membership categories?


  • Associate (Dues Category 1/1A): Members provide service to the construction industry, but no material or labor. (i.e. architects, attorneys, insurance companies, banks, etc.)
  • Supplier (Dues Category 2): Members supply material to contractors, shops, or job sites, but provide no on-site labor.
  • Contractor (Dues Categories 4-14): Members are active in the construction field; prime and subcontractors in all types of construction. Dues are based on a member’s preceding year’s volume.
Dues DO NOT include costs for apprenticeship training, craft training, or health benefits.




How much does membership cost?


Membership dues are billed on an annual basis:

  • Associate Members and Suppliers: $1,860
  • Contractors: Dues categories are determined by total sales for contractors. Total volume includes subcontract work, material, and labor based on the 2017 fiscal year. Click here to see the chart on page 2 of our membership application to determine your appropriate membership dues.
Dues are subject to change upon renewal.




How do membership renewals work?


Payment is applied to the first full year of dues. A pro-rated amount will be invoiced for the second year




Are dues refundable?


Dues are non-refundable unless the company is not approved to utilize our training programs, then a refund may be requested.




Are dues tax deductible?


Dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. ABC estimates for 2017, 86 percent of dues are deductible as related to your business. Please contact a professional accountant to determine what is allowable as a business expense in your individual case.




How do I apply for ABCSD membership?


Click here to fill out an application. Submit application and payment to Membership Services Manager Lisa Holme at lisa@abcsd.org. IMPORTANT: If you are a contractor interested in ABCSD’s apprenticeship/craft trainee program, additional steps are required. ABCSD will follow up once your application is submitted and contractor licenses are checked.




How long does it take to get approved to participate in the ABCSD Apprenticeship Training program?


It takes approximately one to two months to get approved to participate in the Apprenticeship program. Click here to see the application and approval steps to train.




What are the requirements for employing apprentices through ABCSD?


ABCSD’s Apprenticeship Training program places apprentices with members in good standing who have a current California contractor’s license. Your membership fees are offset by the reduced labor costs and increased productivity provided by hiring apprentices. You must agree to train apprentices in compliance with ABC Apprenticeship Standard; complete a Training Contribution Agreement, a Health Contribution Agreement, and submit training contributions. You must also complete any required public works form. Finally, you must be approved by the applicable ABC Apprenticeship Committee, which oversees the specific trade involved (electrical, electronic systems technician, plumbing, pipefitting, or sheet metal).




I’m an ABCSD member contractor who wants to enroll some of my company’s employees in the ABCSD Apprenticeship training program. What do I need to do?


First, you will need to complete the employer registration materials. Student registration materials must be completed for each individual student you will be enrolling. Please note that all paperwork must be completed and submitted in its entirety. All incomplete paperwork will be returned. Students cannot enroll until all paperwork is completed by both employer and student.





 

Safety

What is the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) about?


ABC’s Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety self-audit and awards program for contractors. The program evaluates applications based on safety performance and the applicant’s score on the “20 Key Components,” ABC’s innovative safety evaluation system and awards them either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status. STEP is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants regardless of company size or type of work.




How do contractors benefits by participating in STEP?


By participating in the STEP program, ABC member companies become eligible to apply for Accredited Quality Contractor status. STEP Platinum recipients are eligible to apply for the prestigious National Safety Excellence Award, presented annually at the Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. ABC member companies that participate in the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) receive 70 percent fewer citations per inspection and have an overall fatality rate that is 59 percent lower than the national Bureau of Labor Statistics average for the construction industry. STEP participants also have an incidence rate that is 41 percent lower than the national average for construction. Through self-evaluation of your company’s safety performance, STEP will recognize areas in your safety procedures that need improvement. STEP provides resources and best practices to help you improve company safety. ABC members nationally who participated in STEP in 2017 were 670% safer than the industry average. Click here to learn more about STEP.




How do I get a return on investment as an employer in safety programs?


When a company can reduce incidence rates and days away, it protects workers while saving personnel costs. By lowering the experience modification rate (EMR or “mod factor”), contractors can reduce their annual workers’ compensation insurance rates and share savings with clients. Recognition for safety performance can be used as an important business development tool, making a contractor more attractive to current and potential clients.




Do ABC’s safety programs show any results for our members?


According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA), workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent since 1970. The majority of construction accidents are preventable with training, but consistent training is a must.




Where do I apply for the STEP safety program? 


Click here to apply for STEP.




Is there a deadline to apply for the STEP program?


The San Diego Chapter deadline for application is October 1, 2018. This guarantees member recognition in ABCSD’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards. However, your STEP application is accepted year-round. Click here to view STEP deadlines.




What resources can ABCSD’s STEP program provide to my company’s safety director? 


Contractor members can participate in STEP to qualify for safety awards; participate in ABCSD’s monthly safety meetings; use ABCSD safety resources such as toolbox talk topics and safety tips; and attend safety courses.  





 

About ABCSD

What is ABC?


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Based on the merit shop philosophy we help our members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.




What is the Merit Shop Philosophy?


The Merit Shop Philosophy encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach to business. Merit Shop contractors believe contracts should be awarded solely on merit, without regard to labor union status. Merit Shop contractors are NOT anti-union; they simply believe the most qualified should prevail.




Where is ABCSD located?


Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego has its offices and its Apprenticeship training facility in a single location in the City of Poway at 13825 Kirkham Way, Poway, California, 92064




How can someone contact ABCSD?


By email: info@abcsd.org By phone: 858-514-4700 By social media: www.facebook.com/ABCSanDiego https://twitter.com/abc_sandiego http://www.instagram.com/ABCSanDiego




How can I sign up for the ABCSD Newsletter?


Click here to sign up for ABCSD's Weekly Newsletter.





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