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Record crowd convenes for Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction

In the single largest meeting of TAUC's history, more than 250 union contractors, labor representatives and industrial business owners from around the country convened at Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction on Sept. 9.

Despite limited travel budgets, industry leaders came from around the country to address critical safety and labor relations issues in industrial maintenance and construction.

The meeting included representatives from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma and California, according to TAUC Chief Executive Officer Stephen R. Lindauer.

TAUC President Robert W. Santillo welcomed the large crowd to the record-breaking event.

"I believe this packed room is a testament to the fact that TAUC has very quickly established itself as an industry-leading association that is here to create lasting, positive change," TAUC President Robert W. Santillo said.

"When other groups and associations are seeing a decline in attendance, interest, and support . . . The Association of Union Constructors is seeing a dramatic increase!"

In his opening remarks, Santillo told the crowd that union construction's classic business models are no longer adequate.

"Our industry is now demanding bold, innovative approaches; approaches that may not feel completely comfortable at first," Santillo said. "However, if we can rise to this challenge and demonstrate the flexibility that these times require, union construction will see bright days again."

Pennsylvania Powers Union Construction was generously sponsored by:
Aramark Uniform Services;
Boilermakers Local 154;
Blue Mountain Equipment Rental Corporation;
the Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania;
Manning & Napier;
the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Pennsylvania;
Mobile Medical Corporation; and,
the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc.

The Association of Union Constructors will be holding another industry-wide event on Dec. 9, 2009, in Washington, D.C., called State of the Union Construction Industry 2009. Advance registration is required through www.TAUC.org. Questions can be referred to Todd Mustard at 703.524.3336 x 112.

ABOUT TAUC

The Association of Union Constructors is the premier national trade association representing the 21st Century union construction industry. TAUC consists of more than 2,500 union contractors, local union contractor associations and vendors in the industrial maintenance and construction field. We demonstrate union construction is the best option because it is safer and more productive, and it provides a higher-quality and cost-competitive product.

09/09/2009