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Merit Shop Philosophy

For more than 70 years, ABC has been the leading voice promoting the merit shop philosophy in construction.

ABC-NJ members are champions of free enterprise and open competition committed to delivering high-quality, safe construction projects awarded to the most qualified bidder based on merit, not mandates or political favoritism. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2023 Union Members Summary, a record 89.3% of the U.S. construction workforce has freely chosen not to join a union.

  • We believe in the system of free enterprise and open competition.
  • We believe employees and employers should have the right to determine wages and working conditions through either individual or collective bargaining, as they choose, within the boundaries of the law.
  • We believe the employer must have concern for the general welfare of the employee and that there must be a fair compensation for work performed. At the same time, we believe that the employee has an obligation for satisfactory performance of assigned work.
  • We support sound legislation in the areas of workers compensation, safety, and unemployment compensation.
  • We believe legislation that embraces fair play for employer and employee is essential to the preservation of our free enterprise system.
  • We believe the law should protect the right of employees to work regardless of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin or membership or non-membership in a labor organization. We believe work opportunities should be made available to all legal residents and we support programs toward this end.
  • We oppose violence, coercion, intimidation, and the denial of the rights of employees and employers.
  • We believe it is incumbent upon all branches of government to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and we believe that government should award contracts only to the lowest responsible bidder. We oppose unjust pressure to violate these principles.
  • We believe monopolies or any kind of price or wage fixing, in either the public or private sector, are detrimental to our system of free enterprise.
  • We believe the destiny of all Americans can be best served by cooperation, reconciliation and following the tenants of free enterprise and a democratic government. We believe business leaders can best preserve these tenets by becoming active in politics and civic affairs.

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