May 20, 2005 / Issue No. 2-05
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Register NOW for the June 9-10 HR Forum!
STP Instructor Training Workshop to Take Place June 10-11
RECENT EVENTS
AGC Labor and Employment Law Council Holds 21st Annual Symposium
Union Contractors Meet Operating Engineers’ New President
Open Shop Contractors Discuss Current Concerns
Heavy & Highway Alliance Executive Speaks About National Project Agreement
JURISDICTIONAL DISPUTES
Carpenters Cancel Agreements with Iron Workers and Sheet Metal Workers
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Contractor Lawfully Repudiated 8(f) Agreement During Contract Term
Secret Negotiations Justified Contractor’s Withdrawal From Bargaining Unit After Accepting Multiemployer Agreement
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS
Employee Can Be Fired for Refusal to Authorize Credit Check
POSTING REQUIREMENTS
New USERRA Posting Requirement Now in Effect
FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE
Distance Between Work Sites for Determining FMLA Coverage is Measured by Public Roads, Not Linear Distance
RECRUITMENT
DOL Releases Database of Available College Students with Disabilities
COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
NLRB Offers Online Answers to FAQs

  Open Shop Contractors Discuss Current Concerns
The Open Shop Committee held a roundtable discussion of current labor issues during AGC’s Annual Convention on March 14. Contractors and chapter staff discussed the state of affairs in their respective areas of the country.

Participants discussed a number of open shop concerns, including best value contracting initiatives, market recovery job targeting programs, documentation and management of immigrant workers, and project labor agreements.  While the reported level of work available and other primary concerns varied, one frequently raised concern was the impact of local job targeting programs on open shop contractors’ competitiveness.  Some participants reported that unions were picketing and bannering in their areas, but with little success.  Participants also discussed labor supply issues, including the importance of funding workforce training and the need for legislation to help illegal immigrants to lawfully remain in the country. [ return to top ]