Construction industry employment reached a five-year high in August as the sector added 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate for August in seven years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that the latest figures reinforce survey results the association recently released showing many contractors are having a tough time finding enough qualified workers.
"Construction employment growth has been accelerating and is broad-based," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "The increase in the past 12 months was the largest since 2006 and was spread among residential, nonresidential building and heavy construction."
HR / Labor Relations
Dealing with workforce issues such as complex state and federal employment regulations, labor relations, wage negotiations, affirmative action policies and employment discrimination is often the biggest headache for a company. MBI employs two labor relations specialists who provide members with a full range of services to assist them in dealing with workforce issues, including the following:
- Collective Bargaining - MBI assists in preparation for and execution of the collective bargaining process for its signatory collective bargaining members.
- Union Relations - As well as negotiating contracts, MBI's staff coordinates and interprets labor agreements, monitors Taft Hartley fringe benefits funds, provides arbitration services, and assists member companies in dealing with grievances and other disputes and the unions. MBI can also offer assistance with picketing and other organized labor activities.
- Open Shop - MBI's staff provides a full range of services for members employing open shop labor, including providing advice and counsel on prevailing wage / Davis-Bacon Act issues, union organizing, salting, negotiations, affirmative action issues, equal employment opportunity and discrimination issues, grievances and disputes and employment policy. MBI also sponsors alcohol and drug abuse testing programs, and closely monitors both state and local legislative, regulatory and litigious activity to ensure the interests of the construction industry are not compromised.