Can you afford NOT to use union contractors and labor?
Sometimes there is a misconception that there is no advantage to working with a union contractor, or worse, that it is unreasonably costly or troublesome. Not true! Here are some important benefits that a contractor with a union workforce can bring to a job.
Increased Job Productivity. Studies have estimated that union workforces are anywhere between 17% and 45% more productive than their non-union counterparts. This is due not only to the superior training that union personnel receive, but to the relatively high morale achieved by a competitive wage and benefit package. Additionally, the union involvement and leadership in workforce matters fosters good communication and cooperation between employees and management.
Greater Job Safety. Unions are committed to safety for their members, and consistently reinforce that priority through training and standards enforcement. Additionally, union craftspeople view their professions as careers, not jobs, and reduced turnover leads to fewer jobsite accidents.
High Qualified and Trained Personnel. Labor unions operate thousands of independent and comprehensive training centers around the country that offer educational experiences as soon or better than those provided by colleges and technical schools. These apprenticeship programs are consistent and reliable, and are jointly managed by contractor and union representatives who are intimately acquainted with the industry’s needs. They ensure that the next generation of the workforce is well prepared to take over.
Economic Advantage to the Community. The living wages and excellent benefits offered by union contractors translate into employees who are contributors to the local economy. In addition, unions actively seek to offer opportunity to people of color and women who might not otherwise find their way to careers in constructions. Additionally, union contractors and union leadership often work with regional businesses to promote economic and job development.
The Value of Prevailing Wage
“It is not about union vs. non-union… it is about preserving jobs for our community”
Out-of-Town contractors are taking work away from local contractors. Keeping construction dollars in our community has a positive economic impact. Establishing a local Prevailing Wage….
● Provides a stable and highly productive workforce
● Gives incentive for local contractors to bid projects
● Improves opportunities for local contractors to win work
● Increases local bidding promoting competitive pricing for owners
● Promotes the development of training in the workforce
● Enhances employee productivity, skills, and quality work
● Keeps working environments safe with experienced workers
● Stabilizes the cost of public construction projects
● Retains jobs in the community for local residents
● Encourages health and pension benefits for local families and employees
Community established wage and benefit standards level the field and focus the Bidding Process for Owners…
Contractors are required to compete based on good management, skill, and efficiency, not on the wage rates of workers. Construction bids have to meet clearly defined specifications for materials and components. Prevailing Wage ensures that all bidders, union and non-union alike, meet a consistent specification for the labor component of a project.
Keping Construction eCosts Down…
Establishing Prevailing Wage laws in our communities will not inflate the costs of public construction. They will stabilize the cost of projects and increase the value of the projects we build.