Non-Union Construction Pushing into Commercial Real Estate, continued coverage of Zetlin & De Chiara Event
Open shop construction, an arrangement where both union and non-union firms work different portions of a job site, has become commonplace in residential projects as developers look to cut costs on wages.
Now, there are signs that the model may soon migrate to the commercial sector, further loosening the grip of union labor on the New York City market.
Commercial is switching over. Go out to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and you’ll see an example. Talk to the clients that are trying to get new jobs off the ground. That’s something that they’re entertaining,” said Turner Construction’s Charles Murphy during a recent panel discussion organized by law firm Zetlin & De Chiara.