Construction union leaders released a 165-page report on May 31 aimed at discrediting market penetration claims of their longtime open-shop nemesis, the Associated Builders and Contractors. The report, produced in four months by the AFL-CIO-funded National Labor College, comes in an election year amid growing ABC activism against mandated project labor agreements."ABC is particularly aggressive in [its] attempts to block familysupporting PLAs," said Laborers' union General President Terry O'Sullivan. It intends "to drive down wages, undermine training and skirt safety standards, while contractor profits increase at the expense of taxpayers and workers." The report claims, among other things, that ABC's
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.