With Wilma Liebman's departure as the National Labor Relations Board chairwoman in late August, when her term expired, the five-member board is now down to three members, the minimum needed to issue major rulings. But that number could be down to two by 2012.“It's just so uncertain what's going to happen with the [board's] composition,” says Denise Gold, the Associated General Contractors of America's associate general counsel.Board member Craig Becker, a Democrat, is serving under a recess appointment that extends only until the end of December. President Obama has nominated Becker twice for full NLRB terms, but a Senate vote
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.