As we all know, the boom is over. There are less projects, less jobs, and less money to go around. Things have never been tougher for workers and clients alike.
When everything was going full steam, clients needed all the workers they could get. Things weren’t as buttoned down. Coming in late, extending breaks, and taking off early wasn’t too big of deal. These days, slim profit margins have made productivity more important than ever. It’s been estimated that lost time on tools can cost a single client up to $80,000/day. That’s over $1 million every two weeks.
Clients pay a premium for union workers. Over 85% of us are doing a great job, putting in a full day’s work, every day. But the impact of the other 15% can’t be ignored. To cut down on costs, some clients have started hiring non-union workers for jobs that unions used to be able to rely on. We have to act now to prove the value union workers bring to the table.