Mitigating the Consequences of Labor Unrest on Construction Projects

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The construction industry has been historically strike-prone with approximately 22% of all strikes during the 1960s involving construction projects.

February 14, 2023
Cameron Lukas, Alan Winkler & Gregory Begg - ConsensusDocs

Until this past year, we have enjoyed an era of relative labor stability. It’s true, however, that labor unrest frequently coincides with inflationary pressure on prices, something that we are currently experiencing. The recent nationwide rail workers strike was averted only through the extraordinary intervention of the federal government. More recently, thousands of academic workers in the University of California system went on strike. Underscoring this development was a November 2022 New York Times article reporting that polls showed the highest level of support for organized labor since the 1960s. The same article also quoted a professor of labor relations warning that the current economy presents a high potential for strikes. This recalls the sixties and seventies when increased costs due to inflation led to a multitude of strikes.

The construction industry has been historically strike-prone with approximately 22% of all strikes during the 1960s involving construction projects, contrasted with the fact that construction workers themselves accounted for only roughly 5% of the nation’s nonagricultural labor force. Incredibly, in 1969 alone, a record number of nearly 1,000 construction strikes occurred nationwide with 20 million worker days lost, more than five times the lost working time of the rest of the economy.[1]

Reprinted courtesy of Cameron Lukas, Peckar & Abramson, P.C, Alan Winkler, Peckar & Abramson, P.C and Gregory Begg, Peckar & Abramson, P.C
Mr. Lukas may be contacted at clukas@pecklaw.com
Mr. Winkler may be contacted at awinkler@pecklaw.com
Mr. Begg may be contacted at gbegg@pecklaw.com



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