Carpenters' jobs hit hard
- By Alexandra Berzon, Las Vegas Sun
Dear union leaders,
Please stop sending your workers to Las Vegas. We can’t take any more.
That was the gist of a letter Marc Furman, president of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, recently sent to Carpenters union locals across the country.
Until very recently, union work on commercial and public works projects in Las Vegas continued to boom even as residential construction faded. Out-of-towners steadily trekked to town, lured by the high times of Strip construction.
But suddenly the amount of work shrank to a point where it no longer can support newcomers, Furman told the union officials.
“There’s no point in encouraging more people to come in here,” Furman said in an interview this week.
“It’s the business we’re in,” Furman said. “If you want to work all the time, become a public employee.”