Union Construction is Fighting Backby Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.;
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: Construction management | Labor | Joints | Contractors and subcontractors | Urban areas | Case studies | Productivity | Dispute resolution
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