With 30 labor contracts set to be negotiated by June 30, 2011, the BTEA will embark on an information campaign to the rank and file union members working for BTEA contractors.
The main theme of the campaign is that BTEA contractors want to remain building projects with 100% building trade union members but are facing increased competition from non-union contractors.
The campaign started with an article in Crain’s NY (LINK) expressing the concern of high unemployment in the construction industry.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage building trade members to attend their union meetings and get the facts about the realities of the economy the construction industry is facing today such as:
• 30% unemployment in Building Trade Unions
• 25% higher costs to build union than to build non-union
BTEA contractors, as well as prominent developers, are willing to pay a premium to use Building Trades members. Both stress the importance of safety, quality and scheduling on a construction project. However, the cost differential must be reduced.
The BTEA will continue to provide updates about the campaign to save union construction jobs in the next coming months.