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Weekly Poll (39)

Is there a shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions in your company?

How do you handle coworker disputes?

How much gray hair does your company have?

Many ex-offenders work for construction firms. Should project owners be allowed to dictate whether these, or other contractor employees, may work on a project?

Now that personal marijuana use is increasingly legal, what is your policy on its use in the workplace?

Do you conduct drug tests on your employees?

A proposed U.S. rule would ban “pay secrecy” by federal contractors and allow those workers to openly share wage information. What do you think?

A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has said that architects “have nothing to do with the workers.” Should architects concern themselves with worker conditions on their projects?

This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?

Do we still need construction trade unions?

A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?

Two-thirds of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers. How about you and your company?

How do you rank your priorities in evaluating a current or future job?

California is weighing a bill that would hold contractors liable for wages, taxes and workers comp shortchanged by subcontractors and temp agencies. Good idea or bad idea?

How should industry employers treat marijuana in states where it is now legal?

A bill now before Congress would raise the federal minimum hourly wage to $10.10. Should Congress pass the bill, kill it, or pursue an amended version?

As of Jan. 1, 21 states now pay more (some substantially more) than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Whom do you think should set minimum wage?

The world’s largest labor group accuses Qatar of near-slavery treatment of World Cup 2022 construction workers. What should World Cup sponsor FIFA do?

The world’s largest labor group accuses Qatar of near-slavery treatment of World Cup 2022 construction workers. What should World Cup sponsor FIFA do?

On Labor Day, did you honestly give much thought to the holiday’s meaning (honoring workers and labor)?

What does Labor Day mean to you?

Which of these thoughts have you most lived to regret on the job?

The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and civilian employees by Sept. 3. Good move or bad move?

Which work pressure is most likely to keep you up at night?

What should Congress do about undocumented workers in the U.S.?

Some in Congress have adopted a “zero compromise” approach to the federal budget, no matter the consequences. What do you think of this approach?

What should Congress do about undocumented workers in the U.S.?

The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.8 percent at the end of 2012. What’s your prediction for the end of 2013?

How does your upcoming peak season look, compared to last year?

How would tightening immigration laws affect the coatings and construction industries?

What mode of transportation do you take to and from work?

Overall, where would you rather work/manage others: a union company or an open shop?

How has your staffing been in 2012?

How big a factor are illegal/undocumented workers in today’s coatings industry?

How do your current new hires and applicants generally compare to those of yesteryear?

How big a factor are illegal/undocumented workers in today’s coatings industry?

How do you generally feel about today’s younger applicants in the industry?

What should happen to public-sector unions?


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