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Labor Day Appreciation

Great editorial in the Cedar Rapids Gazette offering a tip of the hat on Labor Day to the hundreds of thousands of construction workers who have built this country and those who have given their lives creating the world we live in.  Written by Greg Spenner, the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa, this Letter to the Editor reminds us to be grateful to the craft professionals who “work hard to build for the future”.

Spencer states that 86% of the construction workforce are in “merit shop” organizations – that is no unions – but most of them work side by side with union workers in the trades, licensed tradesmen and fellow construction workers.

You do deserve kudos for making it during these tough times and for building the office buildings, roads, schools, homes, retail, and industrial facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

As one of my construction colleagues told me recently, “If you can draw it, we can build it.”  In today’s industry, that is no small statement.  Stay strong and keep building.  Congratulations on your role in the industry.


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