Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgSeptember 9, 2009 / Issue No. 4-09
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Professional Development
Register Today for AGC’s Joint HR Professionals Conference and Training & Development Conference
Hiring & Firing
Legal & Practical Tips for Construction Employers When Handling RIFs, Lay-offs & Furloughs
EEOC Issues Guidance on Waivers of Discrimination Claims in Severance Agreements
Federal Contracting
Federal Contractor E-Verify Rule Now in Effect
AGC Submits Comments on Proposed Rule Encouraging Federal Agencies to Consider PLAs
AGC Submits Comments on Proposed Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Post NLRA Notices
Health Care
CDC Issues Employer Guidance in Preparation for Flu Season
Is Your Company's Health Plan "Qualified"?
What Does a Health Insurance Mandate Mean for Construction Industry Employers?
Labor Relations
Union Representation in Construction Increases Slightly in 2008
DHS Formally Proposes Rescission of No-Match Rule
Labor Relations
Union Representation in Construction Increases Slightly in 2008

The rate of union representation in the construction industry increased modestly in 2008 for the second consecutive year following a steady decline in the decade preceding 2006.  Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) reports in its latest biennial report on union representation trends that the percentage of workers represented by a union in 2008 was 16.2 percent.  This compares with 14.4 percent in 2007 and 13.6 percent in 2006, according to BLS data.

CLRC notes that both the rate of union representation and the number of union workers increased in every geographic region in 2008, while total construction employment declined in all regions but one.  Still, even in the most heavily union region - the east north central region - under 40 percent of construction workers were represented by a union, says CLRC. 

Click here to read the full report, which is posted on the Labor & HR Topical Resources page of our Web site at, in the category "Unions/NLRA," subcategory "Union Membership Data." 

For more information, contact Denise Gold at (703) 837-5326 or
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