Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgFebruary 6, 2014 / Issue No. 01-14
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Labor Law
NLRB Re-Proposes "Quickie Election" Rule
NLRB Abandons Notice-Posting Rule
Circuit Court Validates Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements
Wage-Hour Law
Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of “Changing Clothes” Under The Fair Labor Standards Act
Federal Contracting
OFCCP’s Disability and Veterans Rules Effective March 24, Mandatory Self-ID Form Released
Recording of AGC’s Latest Davis-Bacon Webinar Series Now Available
Labor Department Provides Clarification on Application of Davis-Bacon to Survey Crews
Union Contracting
Updated Inventory of Construction-Industry Multiemployer Pension Plans Released as Advocacy Efforts for Reform Continue
Collective Bargaining in 2013 Yields Average 1st-Year Increase of 2.2 Percent
Construction Union Membership and Members’ Earnings Both Rise in 2013, While Nonunion Workers’ Earnings Decline
HR Practice
Save the Date: 2014 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference Set for Oct. 15-17 in Phoenix, Arizona
Health FSA Rules Modified to Allow Carryover
Counting the Cost of Payroll Cards: Are They Worth It for Employers?
Construction Firms Plan to Hire in 2014, Worry About Worker Shortages
Construction Union Membership and Members’ Earnings Both Rise in 2013, While Nonunion Workers’ Earnings Decline

Union representation in the construction industry rose to 14.9 percent (967,000 workers) in 2013 from 13.7 percent (850,000 workers) in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. Union membership in the industry also rose, from 13.2 percent (820,000 workers) in 2012 to 14.1 percent (915,000 workers) in 2013. Total employment in construction increased by a significantly larger margin during the year – rising over 4 percent, from 6.205 million workers to 6.474 million.

Also on the rise in 2013 were the median weekly earnings of full-time workers in the industry who were members of, or represented by, a union. For union members, the median increased from $1,086 to $1,096. For union-represented workers, it increased from $1,069 to $1,081. At the same time, the median weekly earnings of nonunion workers declined from $722 to $713, causing the median for all workers in the industry to decline from $768 to $762.

The construction industry continues to have one of the highest union representation rates among private industries reported by BLS, exceeded only by the utilities, transportation and warehousing, and telecommunications industries. Union representation across all private-sector industries was 7.5 percent in 2013, as compared to 7.3 percent in 2012.

Assessments of BLS industry data should consider that such data cover surveyed employees at all levels and classifications, including personnel that are not typically organized, such as office clerical workers, professional staff, and executives. The data also cover all sectors of the industry, including residential construction.

BLS further reports that the percentage of union-represented workers in construction and extraction occupations – whether employed in the construction industry or another industry – also increased in 2013, from 19.9 percent to 20.3 percent. The total number of workers employed in such occupations rose from 5,567 million to 5,809 million.

For the full report from BLS, click here. For additional breakdowns of BLS data on union representation, including industry data broken down by state, click here.

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