December 9, 2013
By Terry O’Sullivan, LIUNA President
Washington, D.C. The current employment data shows that, in addition to creating jobs for the more than 700,000 people still looking for work in the construction industry, Congress needs to do more to improve wages as well. Job levels are finally returning to 2008 levels, but construction workers are still working longer hours without any significant wage increases.
Recent proposals for investing in America’s infrastructure – such as the WRDA Act, BRIDGE Act and UPDATE Act – will help lift up depressed wages in the construction industry by creating more family-sustaining jobs that allow working men and women to earn their way into America’s middle class.
We will continue working, on behalf of millions of construction workers, with policy makers on both sides of the aisle to pass these bills as soon as possible.
Note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report shows the construction unemployment rate has slightly improved to 8.6% percent, from 9 percent in October,