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    :: Thursday, February 16, 2006 ::

    New alliance of construction unions aims to limit disputes - Gannett News Service
    The construction industry added 498,000 jobs last year, but union membership dropped by 53,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only 13.1 percent of construction workers were union members last year, down from 14.7 percent a year earlier.

    A major contributor to that decline has been work-site disputes among the 15 construction trades. Those disputes have become a major headache for construction companies.

    Contractors often are caught in the middle of work slowdowns, work stoppages, picketing and even strikes involving protests among trade unions on how to divvy up work.
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