Restrictive Work Practices: A Management Problem

by Charles C. Marino, Project Scheduling Engr.; URS Co., Inc., Madigan-Praeger Div., 150 East 42 Street, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 73-87

Document Type: Journal Paper


Many authorities in the field of labor and management believe that workers have adopted restrictive work practices primarily to ensure job security. Restrictive work practices can stifle a worker's productivity and add to construction costs. Existing labor contract clauses, which management believes are restrictive, are presented by categories. In general, Federal statutes are ineffective in handling the problem of restrictive work practices. The courts have taken the position that it is impractical to designate a specific group of individuals who have the power to decide what is restrictive. Restrictive work practices and decreasing productivity must be approached as a management problem. Management has a responsibility to increase productivity through improved communication, planning and scheduling, and optimizing the use of labor, materials, equipment, knowledge, and money.

Subject Headings: Labor | Productivity | Security | Construction costs | Contracts | Federal government | Legal affairs | Scheduling

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