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Editor’s note:  The following article written by Construction Citizen’s newest blogger was originally published in Dallas / Ft Worth Construction News, one of a group of monthly publications which report on the construction industry in Texas.The Construction Industry may want to improve its “Image” in order to recruit students.  CareerCast, a job search and placement website, rated construction jobs in the bottom 10 for the last 3 years.  Few, if any, high school counselors recommend students going into the construction workforce.  Why should they?  What does the industry have to offer these young men and women?  
John Hinson's picture
July 21, 2011
The use of low-wage underground carpenters and drywall workers in Portland has landed a specialty subcontractor in hot water and, pending the outcome of his trial, a possible term in jail.  An article in Oregon Business explains:“The subcontractor is Stephen Nagy, formerly president of S&S Drywall Assemblies, arrested January 2011 and charged with racketeering, theft and other crimes related to shady business practices.  S&S has shut down its Hillsboro office and disconnected its phone line while Nagy awaits trial.”The regional carpenter’s union, itself the target of questionable practices from some of its critics, is protesting the shady practices of S&S by picketing
Jim Kollaer's picture
July 20, 2011
Following the June passing of Alabama’s new illegal immigration law, HB56, many Hispanics have left the state to seek work elsewhere, causing a potential shortage of construction...
Elizabeth McPherson's picture
July 18, 2011
The first investigative report by David Schecter at WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth drew quick reaction from other subcontractors and from legislators in Austin.  In a follow up...
Jim Kollaer's picture
July 17, 2011
WFAA News 8 TV in Dallas/Fort Worth aired an investigative report last night by David Schecter about the plight of worker misclassification in the Texas construction industry, and...
Elizabeth McPherson's picture
July 13, 2011
The Career Advisory Board and DeVry University recently teamed with the folks at Harris Interactive to do a poll on “The Millennials”, identified as adults ages 21-31, and report on their current expectations for the future of their careers in the workforce.I found it interesting that the survey was “conducted online within the United States between December 29, 2010 and January 10, 2011.”  According to the report Future Of Millennial Careers:“The survey participants included 500 U.S. adults age 21-31 who are either employed or plan to seek employment in the future.  They also included 523 U.S. adults age 18+ who are
Jim Kollaer's picture
July 12, 2011
Home builder and general contractor Reynaldo Orozco has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay $504,047 in unpaid employment tax for filing a false tax return for his Miami business, Rock Construction Builders Inc.According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, court documents state that from 2004 through 2007, Orozco issued corporate checks from his business to nonexistent subcontractors, then cashed those checks himself at local check cashing stores to generate large amounts of cash which he then used to pay his employees without reporting those wages on quarterly employment tax returns and without withholding taxes
Elizabeth McPherson's picture
July 11, 2011
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have issued a plea for action against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed revision to their Construction General...
Elizabeth McPherson's picture
July 07, 2011
Our last blog post talked about “black box” projects.  ExxonMobil just disclosed a new project that has been in the Black Box for several years: Project Delta. ...
Jim Kollaer's picture
July 06, 2011
Corporations and government agencies have fairly large “Black Boxes” like the infamous “Area 59” in California where they conduct research, development and design on projects that they don’t want their competition or sometimes their vendors and allies to know about.In the economic development world, it is not unusual for a city’s economic development team to be contacted by a site consultant or company representative to discuss potential sites for an unnamed project.  Invariably they have great names like Dick and Jane or the Duck, or more recently the Delta project.The mystery companies make everyone sign non-disclosure agreements or NDAs to keep the real company’s identity secret during negotiations.  
Jim Kollaer's picture
July 05, 2011