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    :: Thursday, February 22, 2007 ::

    Vegas struggles to meet construction demand - BY TONY ILLIA & VALERIE MILLER, Las Vegas Business Press
    While local unions have heated up recruitment from Southern Nevada and the rest of country, some non-union contractors are feeling iced out. "They have been pretty active on our job sites," complained Warren Hardy, the president of Associated Builders & Contractors, an organization made of some 250 non-union firms.

    Other contractors charge that union representatives have gone to their workers' homes to recruit, a claim the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357 wouldn't deny.

    "We organize anyone who is qualified," said David Jones, the business manager of IBEW Local 357. The electrical union has 600 workers in its five-year apprentice program and is able to recruit from other areas of the U.S. and Canada. "We are not expecting a shortage now," he said. "The IBEW will be able to draw from labor from the Midwest, where it is very depressed, and the Northeast."
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