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Reshaping the Construction Industry

According to a story last week in Syracuse.com, the online connection to The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, New York, “The owners of a Pennsylvania construction company face...
April 21, 2011
Today was Tax Day for millions of Americans, but not for some in our industry.  The current situation with our broken immigration system and the smuggling of workers into the...
April 18, 2011
Previously we told you about a lecture at Texas A&M University about Ethical Dilemmas in Construction Industry Labor Practices.  Following the February 1 lecture,...
April 15, 2011
I was asked to say a few words about the approach to the Marek Workforce Development session that we noted in several blogs recently.  The session, according to the...
April 14, 2011
In an earlier post about the progress of the construction of the World Trade Center complex and memorial, we told you about the invitation from the Port Authority of New York and...
April 11, 2011
On January 12, Marek Brothers Systems Houston held a meeting to establish goals for improving and increasing their workforce.  This post is a continuation of a series we are bringing to you about this extraordinary event.Marek’s Director of Workforce Development, Katrina Kersch, opened the session stating that the two objectives for the day were to prepare for the future and to improve the company’s existing workforce.  She introduced Jim Kollaer who was present to lead the 24 superintendents, foremen and managers through a process to determine
April 08, 2011
As the economy and the construction industry begin to recover, it is highly likely that we will experience a severe shortage of skilled workers.  In fact, even in a depressed market, many employers struggle to find qualified craft professionals.  With the average age of the craft professional approaching 50, and the projection that 20% of the construction workforce will retire in the next 2-4 years, the time for action is now.Employers should be readying their workforce for the upturn by focusing on the needs of their incumbent workers.  As recovery begins, attracting young new entrants and providing training for their employees will be a must for any successful contractor, but plans for accomplishing this should be made now.  
April 07, 2011
Last week the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Business & Industry heard testimony in Austin relating to House Bill 2989 which would establish the Workplace Fraud Prevention Act (WFPA) in Texas.   The bill speaks directly to the construction industry and attempts to define what an employee in the construction industry is in order to curtail the rampant misclassification of employees as independent contractors in the state.State Representative Joseph Deshotel, who chairs the committee, is sponsoring the bill, and introduced it that day before the committee.
April 05, 2011
Randy Travis, no not the Grammy-winner in country music (whose dad, by the way, ran a construction business), the investigative reporter from Fox 5 in Atlanta, has been doing a series of investigations into the use of illegal workers and subsequent wage theft issue that arise when those workers are not paid.  In the latest episode, he interviewed the owners of Perez Masonry in Atlanta.The company is owned by two brothers who are both illegal immigrants, yet they just worked on a military project in Atlanta where they were “sub-subs” to a specialty contractor that they now claim has not paid them for their work.  In the video report, Travis asks:“How could this happen?  After all, under Georgia law, any public contractor has to check
April 03, 2011
Construction site risks can come from many directions.  A worker twists his back while unloading a dolly of sheetrock.  A new employee misses a briefing on PPE (Personal...
March 31, 2011