ABC and Merit Canada signed a resolution Feb. 13 outlining the associations’ commitment to merit shop construction, where employees are not compelled to join a union as a condition of employment.

In the resolution, Associated Builders and Contractors and Merit Canada agreed to:

•          Support free enterprise principles

•          Improve the construction industry and help contractors provide rewarding careers for employees

•          Promote safety.

•          Support government policies that award contracts without regard to union affiliation

•          Increase international business opportunities for members of both groups.

“ABC is thrilled to be working hand in hand with the Merit Canada to promote the merit shop philosophy and free enterprise,” said 2014 ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners LLC. “Together, we can address key issues relevant to construction contractors in North America, including developing our workforce and ensuring each worker returns home to his or her family at the end of the day by working toward world-class safety on every jobsite.”

Merit Canada’s president, Terrance Oakey, agreed.

“This joint resolution with ABC is a great opportunity to engage in cross-border cooperation to further our goals on important North American construction industry issues such as safety and workforce development,” Oakey said. “Together, we can make great strides toward attracting and retaining top talent and keeping all of our members moving toward the goal of zero incidents on jobsites.”