How construction unions compete

Unionized construction has been in decline for many decades, chiefly because of the efficiency-killing work rules that the unions demand. For that reason, non-union construction now has most of the market, except for government projects where anti-competitive special interest laws (Davis-Bacon and various governmental mandates for “Project Labor Agreements” that shut out non-union contractors) reserve the work for the unions. But unions also hold on in big cities where they can intimidate non-union firms into backing away. That’s the point of this post about the vicious tactics the unions in Philadelphia have been using against a non-union contractor.

Unions claim that they just want to advance the well-being of workers, but in fact they operate like monopolies intent on eliminating competition by any means they can get away with.

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