它只看了最近的头条新闻,就发现各行各业的员工参与了“罢工者”.这是一个流行的说法,指的是10月份建筑行业的大量工人举行了罢工. 然而,建筑罢工并没有出现在罢工者的头条新闻中, the construction industry has still seen the effects.

 

A General Trend Toward Striketober

 

The last year, especially the last few months, have seen a sharp rise in worker strikes, leading to the title Striketober. The U.S. Department of Labor reports 57,800 workers on strike in the year’s first nine months. 这比过去十年中每年罢工的工人人数还要多.

 

导致罢工的最主要的抱怨是不平等和缺乏补偿——那些罢工抗议让公司老板赚了数十亿美元,而自己却只赚了几分钱.

 

Experts say that the pandemic also plays a powerful role. This is especially the case for essential workers, 谁为了低工资而冒着生命危险,却看不到这样做的经济好处. 大多数公司都扭转了局面,试图削减“重要”员工的工资.

 

Strikes in the Construction Industry

 

建筑行业罢工的一个例子是西雅图的木匠工会. 两千名木匠参加了寻求提高工资和福利的活动, along with parking allowances. After three weeks, 工人们接受了华盛顿州联合总承包商提出的第五项协议, but by a slim margin of just 54 percent to 46 percent.

 

Future Strikes

 

专家们还预测,该行业可能会发生更多的罢工. Management-side labor attorney Charles Krugel told Construction Dive 由于该行业的不确定性,罢工是有可能的. 他特别强调了劳动力短缺和材料短缺. 正如他解释的那样,工会比总承包商更有优势,因为不确定性.

 

其他专家说,对疫苗的犹豫也是罢工可能增加的一个原因.

 

但并不是每个人都同意,建筑业将看到更多的罢工,因为罢工者通过了. Mark Erlich, for example, 他曾是新英格兰地区卡朋特理事会的执行秘书兼财务主管,现在是哈佛大学的研究员.

 

他还与Construction Dive进行了交谈,但他预计罢工不会大幅增加. While there may be some, 他说,新冠肺炎对该行业的破坏性并不大,这使得罢工的可能性低于其他行业. 虽然新冠肺炎对建筑业产生了一些影响, he points out that it was “pretty much back, almost without a hitch” by last fall.

 

The Hiring Gap

 

建筑业已经存在熟练劳动力短缺的问题, and with the growing demands for higher pay and benefits, this issue may worsen. 罢工者确实强调工人们想要更高的工资.

 

建筑工会尚未透露他们是否计划举行更多罢工. That being said, 其他行业的罢工可能足够有效,可以向建筑公司表明他们的工人优先考虑什么.

 

承包商团体也希望工会借此机会关注罢工对工人的长期影响, including their economic prospects.

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