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Elections Have Consequences Which is Why Our Industry Needs to Vote

stephen e sandherrBY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR, AGC CEO

The most important election is always the upcoming election. That is because every election has consequences. This is particularly so as the scope of government’s involvement in every aspect of the economy continues to grow, the outcome of the next election will inevitably have an impact on your firm and your employees.

There is a great deal at stake for the construction industry during this year’s election season, which culminates on November 8 with Election Day. While control of the White House is not up for grabs, control of Congress, as well as many governor mansions and state legislatures is. The November results will have a pronounced impact on a host of regulatory, funding and economic issues for our industry.

The congressional elections, for example, will determine the fate of the PRO Act. This measure represents the single largest change to labor laws since the Korean War. It would tip the scales significantly in favor of organized labor from one that today is fairly balanced. Should Democrats expand their control of the House and Senate, this measure is more likely to pass and be signed into law by President Biden. But if Republicans take control of either or both houses, the PRO Act would likely go away — at least for the next two years.

Likewise, state and local elections will impact a host of measures now being contemplated in state capitols and city halls. These include funding for career and technical education programs that are essential to exposing more students to construction career opportunities. Other issues include many measures to dictate the carbon footprint of construction sites and labor rules. The elections will also impact a host of funding initiatives for schools, water systems and other public works projects.

Making sure you and your entire team get out and vote by November 8 is essential. That is why AGC of America is preparing a range of resources to help educate your teams about the value of voting. And since so many voting rules have changed, especially since the pandemic, we have included information about the latest local voting regulations and even polling locations. You can find that information at ConstructionVotes.com or by texting “AGCVOTES” to 52886.

Please download our voting resources and share it with your entire team. Encourage them to vote. Doing so is one of the best ways to make sure the construction industry’s voice is heard loudly and clearly this election year.