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    :: Saturday, July 16, 2005 ::

    Construction firms finding more jobs than workers - By Claudio Mendonça, Miami Today
    Mr. Trucks said the average salary for non-union construction is $19 an hour as opposed to $24 for union workers, and most contractor work in South Florida is non-union.

    But Coscan Construction President Michael Neal says South Florida is facing not a labor shortage but a glut of projects. In reality, he said, the problem contractors face is an increase in labor costs generated by contractors 'stealing' employees from their competitors.

    'What is happening now is that company A is picking employees from company B by paying higher salaries, therefore creating a dramatic rise in labor costs,' he said.
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