ABC: Unionized construction workforce slide continues

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C. An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of 2023 union membership data published by finds at least 90 percent of workers in the private construction industry do not belong to a union in 29 states, up from 26 and 24 states in the prior two years. North Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, South Carolina and…

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Non-union crews approach 90 percent of construction workforce

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of 2022 state union membership data published recently by, at least nine out of 10 construction workers in private industry do not belong to a union in 26 states, up from 24 states in 2021. Nationwide, a record 88.3 percent of construction workers do not belong to a union, U.S. Bureau…

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Past NAHB chairman challenges peers’ workforce strategies

Sources: Home Building Institute, Washington, D.C.; CP staff During an International Builders’ Show briefing earlier this month in Orlando, Home Builders Institute CEO Ed Brady dubbed the industry’s chronic labor shortage as a “long-term structural crisis” and issued a “call to action for an all hands and industry-wide effort to increase training, compensation, diversity and productivity.” “We need to take…

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An Overview Of The Labor Shortage

by Pierre G. Villere As we were going to press this month, all eyes in the human resources world were on the continuing labor shortages; a news story that went viral reported that a Burger King restaurant in Latrobe, Pa. had hung out a banner offering a $1,500 signing bonus, which was later clarified when management explained it was for…

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ICPI rolls out workforce program to combat contractor, installer labor shortage

Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly,Va.

Expedited by the Board of Directors, ICPI has launched a workforce development program in response to wide-spread contractor needs for new and better skilled employees. It includes a new Hardscape Installer/Contractor Career Path, in partnership with the National Concrete Masonry Association, that aligns the two groups’ certifications and education courses in a clear, achievable process for those entering the industry.

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Paver contractors log strong project sales despite labor shortages

Sources: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.; CP staff

Gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the United States and Canada increased by 7.7 percent during 2017, while four of every five contractors cite difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees, according to a new Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute survey. 

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