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Season 3, Episode 169

Union construction firms are positioned to handle labor shortages

Illinois Economic Policy Institute


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Frank Manzo

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Illinois Economic Policy Institute Executive Director Frank Manzo joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed a recent study conducted by the IEPI that found the construction labor shortage is significantly less severe for union firms than non-union contractors.

The study reviewed the data between 2018 and 2021 from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) surveys of more than 5,000 member firms, and found that union contractors are 21 percent less likely to experience delays in project completion times due to shortages of workers and 14 percent less likely to experience difficulty in filling craftworker positions than non-union firms.

Manzo explained why better pay and benefits make it easier for union firms to find more high quality workers and how it affects project timelines. Union contractors invest in job quality, and therefore are better able to attract and retain skilled construction workers, he noted.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more about the survey.

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