If ever there were a dispute in which the outcome depended on the details, it is the question of whether a union may legally display banners or inflatable rats or hold mock funerals outside of businesses that use open-shop contractors. Is it free speech or an illegal boycott under the labor law? With one exception, we think the highly politicized National Labor Relations Board got this decision right—the 3-2 vote that supported the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1506, in Arizona. Photo: AP/Charlie Nye There are at least 10 other cases pending involving the use of
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.