The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is pleased to announce the release of a landmark new study, produced in conjunction with the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), on the current state of the union construction and maintenance labor supply throughout the United States.
The study utilizes a rigorous scientific methodology to analyze nearly 1,000 responses to a 10-question survey sent in February 2015 to a cross-section of contractors, union representatives and owner-clients. The large sample size and carefully worded questions combine to make this one of the most useful union craft labor supply reports available.
In addition to overall findings, the study also features numerous data cuts based on several demographics, including respondent categories, geographic regions and specific industries. Data are presented for each of 14 crafts individually, as well as aggregated, including both actual 2014 staffing levels and projections for 2015.
One of the highlights of the study: more than 70% of respondents believe there will be growth, to varying degrees, in the construction and maintenance industry (union and non-union combined) in 2015:
Other topics covered in great detail in the study include:
Union labor shortages experienced by respondents in 2014
Projected labor supply in 2015 (broken out by craft)
Current size of workforce and apprenticeship classes: are they sufficient?
“TAUC is pleased to make this groundbreaking study available to the industry at large,” said TAUC CEO Steve Lindauer. “The depth and breadth of the analysis is, in a word, impressive. Our sincere hope is that it will foster a new level of informed discussion between our tripartite partners, and better prepare the entire industry to face a number of workforce challenges in 2015 and beyond.”