Defending the Industry

Success Based on Merit

We’re fully dedicating to supporting the merit shop philosophy…but what does that mean? Great question. The merit shop philosophy states that companies compete and thrive based on:

The quality of their work

Their team’s proficiency and work ethic

Their innovative problem-solving skills

Perhaps most importantly, company success is NOT linked to political connections or regulatory benefits. Instead, it’s based on the inherent value they bring to their customers. At the end of the day, every organization has the opportunity to succeed based on merit.

ABC’s mission is to advance the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

The reach of ABC and the data collected from its chapters and members play a crucial role in forming a unified voice for members. This aggregated data enables the ABC National President to walk into the Department of Labor and talk about what the members of ABC need to thrive and create good jobs.

Nick Nykerk, President Lakewood Construction

Defending and Advancing the Merit Shop Philosophy

ABC works aggressively to protect members’ interests in Lansing and DC. While you run your business, we focus on the legislative issues affecting how you do business. Below are some ways you can help defend the industry.

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Download the ABC Action App

Stay up to date on key issues and get in touch with your state and federal representatives about the latest policy issues.

Attend ABC Legislative Events

Join us at the Annual State Legislative Day in Lansing or at ABC National’s Legislative Conference in DC. Connect with your elected officials to raise awareness of issues that impact members in our area.
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Donate to ABC Michigan’s PAC or Corporate Action Fund

Support the groups who are advocating for the industry on the state and national level.

Share Your Merit Shop Story

Get the word out! Share your stories on social and by word of mouth. Talk about your successes, challenges, and lessons you’ve learned. Every new story showcases the power and potential of merit shop contractors. Email us at to request your co-branded one pager.

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Join the Merit Shop Advocacy Committee

Help position ABC at the forefront of merit shop advocacy. Engage with members, elected officials, and increase awareness of construction and labor issues.

Follow Key Issues

ABC and ABC WMC work to address federal and state issues that impact our members. Learn which issues we’re currently focusing on and how to get involved.
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