Union Construction is Fighting Back

by Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 9, Pg. 69-72

Document Type: Feature article


To meet the threat of open-shop construction, union labor and contractors in several cities around the nation are working together in joint labor-management committees to improve the productivity of union construction. Among their priorities are the prevention of work stoppages due to disputes between craft unions or between unions and contractors; the elimination of overly restrictive or expensive union contract rules that cause delays or inefficiencies; and the improvement of construction management and job-site working conditions so as to enhance productivity. This article presents detailed case histories of joint labor-management groups in St. Louis and Indianapolis and their progress in improving the market for union construction in those cities. The formation of a similar cooperative movement between labor and management on the national level is also presented.

Subject Headings: Labor | Construction management | Contractors and subcontractors | Joints | Productivity | Case studies | Dispute resolution | Project delay | Indiana | United States

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