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.
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