Using Helpers Could Cut Construction Labor Costs 20%

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 10, Pg. 44-46

Document Type: Feature article


During the past decade, most growth in the United States' construction industry has been captured by open-shop contractors. The chief economic advantage enjoyed by open-shop contractors is their ability to use a high percentage of semi-skilled workmen, called subjourneymen, and to pay them accordingly. This article describes how subjourneymen are used by open-shop contractors and in union construction. The economic advantages of using subjourneymen are described. Recommendations for implementing subjourneymen clauses in union agreements are given.

Subject Headings: Contractors and subcontractors | Labor | Construction costs | Economic factors | Construction industry | Agreements and treaties

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