Weekly Poll (15)


In a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, misclassification of employees as independent contractors no longer violates the National Labor Relations Act. However, some claim that the ruling will further hurt the industry as misclassification already points to lower operational costs and further inconveniences contractors who correctly classify their workers to be competitive against others who don’t. Do you think the rule will help or hurt?


U.S. Rep. Llyod Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills last month that would create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm work, as well as potentially provide more money for career training and apprenticeships. Regarding the proposal, do you think this solution will prove more useful in the current worker shortage or cause more problems in decreasing wages?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


The Department of Labor is currently seeking applications for its annual Susan Harwood Training Grants program, which funds worker-safety training conducted by nonprofits like employer associations and unions. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has discussed eliminating this program in the future. Should the Harwood Grants go?


The Iron Workers union recently announced the introduction of a paid maternity-leave benefit for its members. Should more employers in the American construction and infrastructure industries follow suit?


Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to limit or repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which ties wages on construction projects to a “prevailing wage” for the type of work being done and the area it’s being done in. Is this a good or bad idea?


A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?


Indiana has scrapped its 80-year-old system for setting minimum wages on major public-works projects. What do you say?


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?


Employers report difficulty in finding skilled workers at all levels. Do you think good help is hard to find these days?


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?


How do you expect the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) to affect your business next year?


The NFL’s referees have been locked out while they negotiate an agreement. What do you think should happen?


 
 
   

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