Inefficient work practices not required by collective bargaining agreements pervade the unionized sector of industrial, utility, and commercial construction. Many of these practices persist even though they are specifically prohibited by local labor agreements. A diverse panel of knowledgeable owners and contractors estimates that these practices inflate union construction labor costs, on average, by approximately 15%. These experts also estimate that one-half of this amount, could realistically be saved. This report discusses how these inefficient local practices came into existence, and why the circumstances that contributed to their growth have made their elimination very difficult. It must be emphasized that this report does not seek to blame these practices on any single party in the industry. Its objective is to unearth facts and suggest possible solutions that will contribute to a healthier and more competitive construction industry. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Project Report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Business Roundtable

    200 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10166
  • Publication Date: 1982-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report C-5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM