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A guidebook on the labor and employment laws and issues contractors need to be familiar with, including Davis-Bacon wage and hour laws, equal employment/affirmative action, occupational safety and health, wrongful discharge law, immigration law, and chapter apprenticeship programs. This handbook is also the source book for the publications indicated below by an asterisk.
The handbook contains the following:
- Contractor’s Guide to Job Targeting
Background information and guidance for responding to union job targeting campaigns that subsidize labor costs on selected projects to enable union contractors to underbid their merit shop competitors.
- Coping with Salting in the Construction Industry
Overview of how salting is used by the unions (including in apprenticeship programs); provides a sample hiring policy for merit-shop contractors, helpful Q&A on salting, and a “dos and don’ts” salting checklist.
- Dual Shop Information
Guidance on setting up and running a “dual shop” or “double-breasted” operation. Includes 2005 legal memorandum from ABC general counsel Maury Baskin.
- How to Deal with Union Picketing
Guidance for contractors on picketing and other forms of protests, including information on dual gates and a checklist for the “dos and don’ts” when confronting picketing campaign.
- Preparing for Union Organizing
The “dos and don’ts” when communicating with employees about union organizing. Includes “TIPS” strategy to avoid pitfalls prior to receiving professional guidance.
- Model Employee Handbook
Compendium of policies and procedures on various and relevant workplace topics ranging from recruitment to retirement that contractors and chapters might want to include in their Employee Handbook.
- Responding to Union Activity
Overview of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) elections procedures and provides excerpts from the following relevant chapters of ABC’s Guide to Practical Labor Law: Chapter III, which addresses what to do when union organizing starts; Chapter IV, which provides questions and answers for dealing with union salts; and Chapter V, which addresses how to deal with union picketing.
A handbook to help contractors build and protect their company’s reputation. Provides background on corporate campaigns, gives guidance on legal action and other ways to respond to unscrupulous attack campaigns aimed at undermining a contractor’s reputation.
Provides a practical outline of how to operate lawfully as an open shop employer.
Gives an overview of union-only project labor agreements (PLAs), by which construction owners and developers require successful bidders to sign collective bargaining agreements with labor unions as a condition of being allowed to perform work on a project. Case study examples throughout this publication illustrate the impact of PLAs on merit shop contractors.
Suggested language to use when speaking with employees about union organizing.