||Migrant Worker Home Countries Have Mixed Responses to Abuses in Qatar
Nepal and India are starting to exert more pressure on booming Gulf nation to moderate kafala system and improve working conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers.
||Construction Gains No Jobs in June, but Jobless Rate Dips
Unemployment rate declines to 6.3% from May's 6.7% and is markedly better than year-earlier 8.2%.
||NAVFAC Takes Step to Fill 3,000 Vacancies
As a two-year hiring freeze is lifted, US Navy's construction arm ramps up talent push to get projects moving.
||Worker Gaps Cost Construction Firms More
Survey shows salaries rose by 3.46% in 2014, up from 3.24% the year before.
||Alaska Projects Face Local-Hire Rules To Ease State Joblessness
90% local mandate will apply to craft and engineering jobs on July 1; contractors see impacts on rural jobs.
||Canadian Pipeline Regulator Responds to Oil Group's Plea for Better Engineers
As soon as NEB inspectors learn the trade, an official says, they jump ship.
||Prevailing Wages Remain in Play in Heartland
After Indiana repealed its state prevailing wage law, the question is which states, if any, will follow.
||Construction's Jobless Rate Keeps Falling in May
Industry's rate dips to 6.7% from April's 7.5% and was much better than May 2014's 8.6%.
||Pay and Diversity Gaps Challenge HR Managers to Boost Role
Human resource directors are urged to increase their visibility and influence to top bosses.
||Industry Women Tackle Still Nagging Worksite Challenges
Sexual harrassment, being addressed by Kiewit HR exec Jill Thomsen at May 6 ENR conference, was one of the “elephants in the room” for 300 women attendees that also include pay disparity and mentoring.
||Construction April Jobless Rate Drops as Industry Adds 45,000 Jobs
Specialty trade contractors set pace with 41,000 jobs gained, but nonresidential building loses 7,800.
||1,000-Strong Tradeswomen Gathering Sees Future in Doubled Apprenticeships
Union sponsored event focused on boosting recruiting and developing women for long -term craft careers.
||Employees in Construction Are Among Happiest of All Sectors, Says Survey
Tradespeople like KBR welding inspector Holley Thomas, with boss Stuart Bradie, say they like their work, the opportunity for advancement and the satisfaction of building; Holley was cited by ABC as its craft professional of the year.
||Building Trades Reach Across Aisle To Push Election Agenda
The Democratic Party no longer has a lock on organized labor loyalties, says Sean McGarvey, North America building trades president.
||Close-Knit Team Keeps Houston Electrical Engineer's Sparks Flying
Firm has avoided layoffs and now is poised for growth.
||High School Team Tests Skills as Roller-Coaster Builders
Students in Oxnard, Calif., learn ups and downs of applying engineering concepts to model
||Construction Jobless Rate Falls but Industry Loses 1,000 Jobs
Job losses in residential specialty trades, heavy-civil segments outpace gain in buildings sector.
||?New AGC President Says Future Depends on a Safe Workforce
The chairman of Linbeck talks about the hard choices in enforcing safety practices, the need to empower foremen and the search for craft leaders.
||Military Engineers' Construction Camps: Learn Alot, Have Fun and Wear Great T-Shirts!
SAME one-week summer programs for high-school students at US service academies are now signing up recruits.
||U.S. Spends Big for Outsourced Worker Services, But Contractor Workforce Size Is Still a Mystery
Congressional Budget Office data analysis of last decade can't determine the number of contracted employees.
||Skills Shortage Challenges New Zealand Earthquake Rebuild
Facing worker competition in a booming national economy, government and industry try new regional training approaches and inducements like free ski passes.
||Improving Safety, Business Skills on the Radar for IMPACT
The North American Ironworkers/IMPACT Labor-Management group reported progress on key safety and market expansion initiatives, and making signatory contractors more successful, said union President Walter Wise at late February conference in Las Vegas.
||Construction Feb. Jobless Rate Down From 2014, 29,000 Jobs Added
Specialty trades firms, buildings contractors gain jobs but heavy-civil sector is down.
||Lifting Experts Teach Online Course for Rigging Engineers
Rigging engineering is becoming high-risk work that requires knowledge transfer, experts say.
||New Federal Contractor Rules Target Worker ‘Trafficking’
Firms must develop annual compliance plans, but experts see challenges in global supply chain enforcement
||Welder Shortfall Fires Up Industry Training Programs to Work Overtime
America’s industrial-energy construction boom fuels the push for more welders with top skills
||Construction January Jobless Rate Down From Year-Earlier Level
Industry gains 39,000 jobs, led by buildings construction, which added 19,500.
||Fatal Collapses, Jobsite Safety Concerns Prompt Building Halt in Nairobi
Moritorium threatens jobs but follows two building accidents that killed eight in January; Chinese worker also dies in road jobsite assault
||Firms Anticipate More Worker Shortages Ahead
Growing building trade union rosters could help fill need, unions say.
||Beavers, Caterpillar Raise Education Funds
Cat has committed up to $1 million if members of the Beavers raise twice that amount, or $2 million, through 2017.
||Contractor Cites Pension Fund Claim as Reason for Bankruptcy
Tennessee masonry contractor Wasco takes an unusual step in seeking protection during a messy disagreement over millions a union pension fund says the company owes.
||Industry Executive Pay Drops 8% As Profits Decline, Says FMI
New survey shows biggest long-term compensation drop for business-unit chiefs and financial top execs
||Construction Adds 48,000 Jobs as Year-End Jobless Rate Falls
Specialty trade contractors gained 25,500 jobs last month; heavy-civil firms picked up 11,600 and buildings sector added 10,800.
||Global Practices Vary Greatly in Use of Migrant Construction Workers
Activists are escalating concerns about global labor exploitation on big projects, such as this estimated $27-billion cultural resort under way in the UAE; Singapore is paying contractors to adopt more labor-saving technology.
||Workers Strike Chinese Firms in Namibia Over Job Hazards and Benefits Inequality
Workers claim they lack social security protections and are denied transportation allowances enjoyed by their Chinese counterparts.
||MWH Engineer Expat Sues His Now Former Employer Over Family Saga in Qatar
Employee challenges firm's risk-prevention steps, but an international employment attorney says the situation was tough to 'predict on the front end.'
||Construction Nov. Jobless Rate Up, But Workforce Grows by 20,000
Industry adds 20,000 jobs in November, led mostly by gains in residential sector.
||Obama's Immigration Actions May Complicate I-9 Form Audits
If enforcement actions against employers involving form I-9 increased under the Obama Administration's new planned executive actions, employer compliance could become more complicated and risky.
||Owners and Contractors Debate Labor Shortage Remedies At Texas Summit
Owners' group CURT will release its new targeted labor supply tool in December and an updated workforce risk mitigation white paper next February.
||Construction Leads South Africa's Job Growth, Says Latest Report
Sector's employment gain helped push slight reduction in country's overall joblessness in the third quarter.
||Construction October Jobless Rate Drops, as Workforce Rises by 12,000
Increase in jobs concentrated in specialty contractors, heavy-civil sectors, as buildings segment sheds positions.
||Demand Hikes Pay for Most E&C Professionals, Says FMI Analysis
Marketers and field engineers gained most, but discretionary bonuses suffered with tanking profits in recesssions
||AGC Survey Cites Worse Shortages and Added Quality Concerns
About 86% of Southern state respondents, mostly nonunion, report problems in finding adequately skilled craft workers.
||Union-Employer Study Cites Marcellus Shale Construction Job Boom
Survey says region's oil and gas development has spawned 45,000 new jobs since 2008.
||Pushback Against Chinese Workers Escalates in Africa
Kidnappings shed light on Chinese firms' heavy reliance on expatriates to keep projects on track, despite promises to hire more locals.
||Bad Boss Relationship Spurs Most Turnover, AEC Survey Reports
Morrissey-Goodale study pins 24% of key hire departures to difficulties with bosses, but also cites several other turnover catalysts.
||Improving Sector Buoys Commercial Real Estate Women
CREW Network President Judith Nitsch, an engineering firm exec (left), queries potential 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton on womens' risk-taking and role in the economy at Miami conference.
||Construction Sept. Unemployment Rate Falls as Industry Gains 16,000 Jobs
The industry's September jobless rate was 7%, down from August's 7.7% and well below September 2013's 8.5%