ABC of California Convenes 2021 Virtual Legislative Day 

On March 24-25, members from the ABC of California chapters met virtually with over 47 state legislators and their respective staff for full days of meetings and advocacy. We were also able to hear from guest speakers such as Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D – San Gabriela) and Assemblymember Suzette Valladares (R – Santa Clarita).

This was an event like no other— amid a pandemic, we virtually connected with elected officials such as Senator Anna Caballero (D – Salinas), Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D – Bakersfield), and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) to advocate on industry issues impacting ABC of California members.

Our visits came at a very crucial time in California politics – with the state focused on recovering from the pandemic and job-creation being a hot topic of discussion.

Ultimately, the successful event served as a topline opportunity for ABC of California members to communicate that we are working tirelessly to recruit, educate and upskill California’s future construction workforce.


ABC of California is Building the High Road

“As California invests in its future workforce, ABC of California plays an important role in offering a higher quality of life to the Golden State construction workforce – while doing its part to support historically disadvantaged populations by creating family sustaining careers in the construction industry."
-- John Hamo, Chair of the Board of Directors of ABC of California

What is a High Road economy?

High Road companies see their employees, the communities in which they operate and the products and services they provide as equally important to their financial success. These companies hold a long-term perspective and view the workplace an opportunity to create a significant business and social impact. High Road Employers know that, logically, their businesses are likelier to thrive and grow when they strengthen their marketplace by operating responsibly and compensating employees fairly[1].

Why is ABC of California endorsing a High Roads approach?

ABC of California is a voice for the State’s construction industry – representing working Californians building commercial, industrial, and residential projects with apprentices that graduate from state and federally approved apprenticeship programs in many of the construction trades. Our organization is pro-employee and naturally aligns with policies that support and open opportunities for California’s construction workforce.

What are the principles of a High Road Employer?

A High Road Construction Employer provides a safe workplace and training opportunities, believes in fostering diversity and inclusion, offers family -friendly benefits, maximizes a worker’s take home pay, implements policies that are worker and employee-driven, engages their local community, constructs sustainably and builds green environments, works to responsibly manage the supply chain, and encourages the opportunity to work where you live.

Why is ABC of California taking the High Road?

ABC of California acknowledges the High Roads principles as both practical and aspirational – believing our member companies represent the best practices of High Road construction employers by either currently practicing or striving to adopt these principles in their future businesses as policy changes allow.

Click here to download our High Roads Fact Sheet.



Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 68 Chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.