NAHB Institute’s premier report tracks deep dearth of workers

Sources: Home Builder Institute, Washington, D.C.; CP staff The residential construction industry faces a shortfall of 200,000 skilled trades workers, according to the Home Builder Institute’s inaugural HBI Construction Labor Market Report. “This persistent challenge endangers the affordability and availability of housing and hinders a robust economic recovery,” affirms HBI CEO Ed Brady, noting how labor represents approximately 30 to…

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Index finds labor driving construction costs more than materials, products

Source: Turner Construction Co., New York; CP staff

The Second Quarter 2015 Turner Building Cost Index, which measures non-residential building construction market activity and is widely subscribed among public and private project stakeholders, has increased to a value of 938, reflecting a 1.19 percent jump from the first quarter and 4.7 percent gain over the same period in 2014.

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Labor Board cuts losses on union-friendly poster rule

Sources: National Right to Work Foundation, Springfield, Va.; CP staff

A deadline has passed for the National Labor Relations Board to file petitions at the U.S. Supreme Court to review two federal appellate court decisions striking down a proposed rule requiring private-workplace display of an 11- x 17-in. poster detailing employees’ union-organizing rights.

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New Labor Board validates order favoring Aggregate Industries NE

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The newly constituted NLRB has adopted an administrative law judge’s decision dismissing a Teamsters Local 42 complaint that alleged Aggregate Industries Northeast Region failed to negotiate in good faith during collective bargaining sessions for a May 2008–April 2011 contract successor. It marked one of the first pending-case actions for the agency, which as of mid-August has four new Members and a Chairman beginning a five-year term—all following Senate confirmation last month.

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Appellate Court blocks mandate for union-organizing poster

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) applauded a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit injunction amid proceedings challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule for private sector employers to post by April 30 “Notification of Employee Rights,” an 11- x 17-in. notice on National Labor Relations Act union-organizing and collective bargaining provisions.

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Employers face November deadline to display union organizing rights poster

Source: National Labor Relations Board

Private-sector employers must notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by November 14, a deadline marking 75 days after the NLRB published a related rule in the Federal Register.

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Union rights workplace poster mandate carries NLRB label

An NLRB-proposed rule would require private employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, which defines union organizing, representation, and collective bargaining activities.

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