April 28, 2015

Within Iowa’s construction industry, there are countless individuals and companies involved in bringing a project out of the ground and turning it into a functional workspace, be it a hospital, school, office building, prison or stadium.  Along with each project comes a measurement of trust, morals and ethics that can make or break the project for one contractor or the entire project team.  How much do you trust the contractors on the project…How far can they trust you and your team?  Ethics to the very core, is talking the talk, and walking the walk…every time!

To address the topic of ethics in construction, Master Builders of Iowa is offering Ethical Business is Good Business – An Exploration of Ethical Issues in Construction, where we explore and analyze many of the ethical issues that contractors, design professionals and others confront throughout a project from beginning to end. Issues such as bid shopping, proprietary and performance specifications, disclaimers, pay-if-paid and pay-when-paid clauses, lien waivers, onerous specifications and dispute resolution provisions will be reviewed from the different perspectives of the parties to a project to analyze the ethical issues associated with them. 

Offered in two locations:

May 14, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Sheraton Iowa City
210 South Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA
Master Builder Designation Hours:  Ethics – 3 hours

May 15, 2015
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sheraton West Des Moines
1800 – 50th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Master Builder Designation Hours:  Ethics – 3 hours

To view the complete program brochure, click here

For additional information, please contact Tom Fulcher at or 515.657.4395

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.


For more information, contact: 


Labor Counsel
(515) 480-3334
Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.