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The Cumberland Valley Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors is dedicated to defend and promote the merit shop construction industry. ABC is committed to developing fair and equal work opportunities in the construction industry. The Cumberland Valley Chapter keeps you up to date on government action through grass root efforts. The CVC monitors all legislative activities at local, state and national levels. The legislative committees keep membership informed of pertinent information and initiates any required activity.

ABC maintains full-time legal assistance for members on all labor issues. Legal assistance is immediate, free for first consultation on each issue and provided by a leading law firm in the labor relations field.


ABC strongly opposes union-only project labor agreements (PLAs) on public construction projects.

Union-only PLAs drive up the cost of construction by reducing competition for the work and effectively exclude merit shop contractors from working on projects paid for by their own tax dollars.

A union-only PLA is a contract that requires that the project be awarded only to contractors and subcontractors who agree to:recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on that job
  • use the union hiring hall to obtain workers
  • obtain apprentices exclusively from union apprenticeship programs
  • pay into underfunded and mismanaged union benefit plans
  • obey costly, restrictive and inefficient union work rules

Please visit ABC's new blog about PLAs: www.TheTruthAboutPLAs.com