Weekly Poll (59)


Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?


A recent survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk has found that severe workforce shortages are affecting small and large contractors. Do you believe enough is being done to address these concerns?


A recent report indicated that death rates for the construction industry have remained unchanged for 10 years, despite efforts made by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Do you believe additional action is needed to lower this rate?


Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on classifying employees and independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Do you believe this proposed rule would help prevent misclassification of workers?


A report from the Associated General Contractors of America found in an analysis of government data that although construction input costs appeared to be decreasing, contractor bid prices remained on the rise for the month of July. Have these numbers been impacting your business?


Construction is set to resume on the long-delayed Purple Line Light Rail Transit Project in Maryland later this month. Do you think the project will face any more lengthy setbacks as it continues?


Several reports have indicated that the construction industry in North America is continuing to undergo challenges related to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and recruitment. Is your company being impacted by the labor shortage?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry, despite growth in the nation’s labor force participation rate. Has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


A job forecast issued by ThinkWhy for construction and extraction occupations predicts that the industry is expected to expand by 3.9% (nearly 240,000 jobs) in 2022. Do you believe that this will be impacted by the current labor shortage?


According to a survey released from the Associated General Contractors of America, along with Autodesk, 80% of construction firms reported to struggle with filling hourly craft positions. Since the survey’s findings were released, the AGC has called on the federal government for help. Which, if any, of the federal requests to aid in filling craft positions do you think will be the most useful?


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?


Just last month Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 136 and Senate Bill 231 into law. Bill 136 lowers the prevailing wage threshold amount for public projects and restores the prevailing wage for workers on those projects to 100% and Bill 231 removes language that prohibits contractors and subcontractors from entering into agreements with labor organizations while working on public projects. Do you think this will successfully help those working in construction unions reach economic recovery?


Recently, Colorado passed The Human Right to Work With Dignity Act (HB-1267) into law, which officially makes wage theft over $2,000 a felony theft. Do you think this legislation should be adopted in all U.S. states?


Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, recently brought forth a bill that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention. Currently, OSHA has guidelines and recommendations to avoid heat hazards, but there is no set standard for heat exposure. Should OSHA write its standards or should warmer states be pushing their own legislation?


In 2017, will your firm hire additional craftworkers, including painters?


A group of Construction Specifications Institute members have started an online initiative called “Let’s Fix Construction,” encouraging discourse on issues ranging from project collaboration to the lack of technical knowledge in construction documents. Do you believe construction is broken?


A recent report issued by the CDC found that construction workers appear in the top five on a list of occupations with the highest suicide rates. What do you think is the cause?


This summer has been characterized by excessive heat warnings and a “heat dome” in the central United States. How do you protect workers who must be outside in these conditions?


A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Have you witnessed or experience this in your field?


When do you hire a consultant?


Steel manufacturers in Europe have cut more than 5,000 steelworker jobs in the past year. Manufacturers blame cheaper Chinese steel imports for causing the problem. Do you agree?


Would you recommend a career in coatings for your son or daughter?


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 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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