Press Release 9.24

press release

ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24— Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents ABC Western Pennsylvania at the national level, received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award on Sept. 23 at a White House event. Among nine recipients, ABC was selected due to its demonstrated excellence in workforce education and commitment to President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers, which ABC signed on behalf of its 69-chapter network in 2018, pledging to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.

For decades, ABC Western Pennsylvania has played a key role in developing the next generation of Pennsylvania’s construction workforce. This year alone, ABC Western Pennsylvania is educating nearly 100 electrical, carpentry and sheet metal apprentices and sponsoring more than 1,600 pre-apprenticeship students in 13 area career and technical education centers.

“We’re proud to be a part of the ABC network that fulfilled this monumental pledge to the merit shop construction workforce,” said Pete Gum, president of ABC of Western Pennsylvania. “Especially as workers experience the employment effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ABC Western Pennsylvania and our members are even more committed to recruiting new workers to the construction industry, upskilling current workers and helping everyone achieve their career dreams."

In 2019 alone, ABC members invested $1.5 billion to provide more than 1.1 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education to build a construction workforce that is safe, skilled and productive. Safety education accounted for nearly half of the total workforce investment, averaging more than $1,100 per employee.

“On behalf of President Trump, I am honored to award the inaugural Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award to ABC and eight other outstanding organizations,” said Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, who presented the award to the ABC 2020 Chair of the Board of Directors, Tim Keating, owner and president of R.C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida, at a White House ceremony. “ABC has demonstrated a meaningful and substantive commitment toward re-skilling and investing in the futures of their workers, more urgent now than ever before due to the changes brought on by the pandemic. Prioritizing American workers and ensuring they are well prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow will guarantee the continued exceptionalism of our country’s workforce for decades to come. Congratulations, ABC!”

ABC’s all-of-the-above approach to workforce development has produced a network of ABC chapters and affiliates in 1,400 locations across the country that offer more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and management education programs. ABC delivers construction education through innovative and flexible learning models, such as just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, work-based learning and industry-recognized apprenticeships in more than 50 professions—plus more than 300 U.S. Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship programs across 20 different occupations—to build the people who build America.

The inaugural award was created by the Department of Commerce in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Baldrige Performance Excellence program and with support from the Department of Labor.