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The Associated General Contractors of America, the voice of the construction industry since 1918, is an organization of qualified construction contractors and industry-related companies dedicated to Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility.

AGC - San Diego Chapter, Inc. has been in existence since 1927. AGC is dedicated to improving the construction industry daily by educating the industry to employ the finest skills, promoting use of the latest technology, and advocating building the best quality projects for owners, both public and private.

AGC Monday Morning Quarterback

March 18, 2019

"Skilled and Trained" Workforce - The Definitive History
Eddie Sprecco, CEO

Don't skip this article - if you aren't already affected by "Skilled and Trained" Workforce (STW) requirements, you may be soon! Union, non-union, public and private.... If, in the last seven years you read one of our many Monday Morning Quarterback articles on this topic, and decided it wasn't your concern, a lot has changed....

Who could be against having skilled and trained workers on a construction site? The contractor and owner who employs a skilled and trained workforce is going to end up with a better project in the end. The problem is, the term "Skilled and Trained Workforce" has taken on a very particular meaning, and in practice, the policy is used as an anti-competitive cudgel for union vs. non-union and union vs. union battles, with no documented positive effect on project outcomes. The downside, however, is very real: a new law, now in effect, imposes fines starting at $5,000, and ratchet up to debarment for non-compliance. The costs of compliance, by agencies and contractors, is equally expensive.


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