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Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Launches Campaign Against Discriminatory Practices of Almac and Skanska USA

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 General News J E 4
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EAST NORRITON, Pa., July 8 Southeast Pennsylvania ChapterAssociated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC SEPA) announced today that ithas launched a comprehensive marketing campaign to increase the awareness ofthe discriminatory practices of Almac, an Irish company serving thepharmaceutical industry and its general contractor, Skanska USA. Almac andSkanska are building a new 240,000-square-foot headquarters for Almac in LowerSalford, Pa. They have elected to utilize a discriminatory device known as aunion-only Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the project.

Most people are unaware that more than 75 percent of construction workersin the greater Philadelphia area are Merit or open shop and only 25 percenthave elected to join a union. Additionally, $20 million in taxes subsidies isbeing allocated to this project by the Township of Lower Salford. If Almacopened the bidding to all qualified contractors, the cost of the project wouldbe reduced and there would be no need for a public subsidy.

"We believe a construction job should be based on value, safety, training,quality and experience and be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder,regardless of their labor affiliation," said Geoffrey Zeh, president and CEOof ABC SEPA. "Obviously, Almac and Skanska don't have these same values.They are discriminating against the majority of construction workers in thearea who are helping to fund the project with their hard-earned tax dollars.Townships, like Lower Salford, need to understand the impact of such decisionsand we are hoping that this campaign will heighten the awareness of all theparties involved in this un-American practice."

The awareness campaign includes print advertisements that are titled "MyDaddy Can't Work on the Almac/Skanska Project in Montgomery County," as wellas 60-second radio commercials, a traveling billboard, an online petition, aresource section on ABC SEPA's website, hand bills, letters to townshipofficials, among other marketing and public relations tactics.

ABC is a national association representing more than 50,000 Meritconstruction employees in Pennsylvania and 14,000 from the GreaterPhiladelphia region. The Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter represents almost 500member companies from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphiacounties.

For more information please contact Tammy Zelahy, Vice President, PublicRelations, ABC SEPA at 610-279-6666 or at tzelahy@abcsepa.com.

SOURCE Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors,Inc.
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