Construction Industry

  • Op-Eds
    November 12, 2002 - 11:56am

    Congress recently held hearings about the "legacy costs" of the steel industry. The question Congress faces -- should the United States government step in to relieve U.S. steelmakers of some of the health benefits of retired steel workers? The answer is a resounding "yes." Congress must act.

    Much of the world's necessary steelmaking capacity reduction will be in the United States if there's no legacy relief or fair trade policies. (Stacy Innerst, Post-Gazette)

  • Research Report
    January 1, 2002 - 2:05pm


    In recent years, the U.S. construction industry has faced a shortage of skilled craft workers. This shortage could grow more severe in the years ahead due to an aging construction workforce, leading to high rates of retirement. Since the late 1980s, the share of Pennsylvania construction industry workers aged 40 and over has risen from just under a third to nearly half.

  • Briefing Paper
    February 1, 1999 - 11:41am

    Pennsylvania law requires construction contractors working on publicly funded construction or renovation projects to pay workers at a minimum the prevailing wages and benefits in their respective trades in the geographical area in which the work is performed.

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