The construction union movement has been in decline for decades in many locations, facing right-to-work laws and court ordered challenges. But some areas are still strongly union and those unions use their power to increase the quality and efficiency of their members while fostering greater success among their contractors. A long time “union town,” Chicago is showing the way unions and the construction companies can be mutually benefited by creating a better workforce.
Apprenticeship programs offer a lot of benefits including hands-on training that leads to greater quality and safety on construction projects. But should these programs be required to work on a job? One city is now saying yes.