Merit shop is about open competition and free enterprise, regardless of labor affiliation. Not only should the best contractor win a project, that contractor should be able to hire union companies or merit-shop companies — or even both.
Amid persistent concerns about a labor shortage, Wisconsin lawmakers voted this week in favor of a bill aimed at extending recruitment efforts to a perhaps obvious but nonetheless overlooked group: college dropouts.
Construction spending stayed strong in December on residential projects, although the same couldn’t be said for most private nonresidential projects, according to findings by a national contractors association.
Apprentices from across the state compete Friday during the annual Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Skill Competition at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend.