Category: Employers

Unconscious Gender Bias in the Blue-Collar Industries

Hundreds, if not thousands, of years of culture and gender pigeon holing can be hard to shirk off.  Some jobs are considered “too hard” or “inappropriate” for one gender or the other.  Regardless of anti-discrimination laws and how hard we try these notions are often too deeply ingrained in us.  We still have an unconscious …

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The Pros and Cons of Federal Work and the Public Sector

With the election of President Donald Trump, and the announcement of his $1 trillion construction spending plan, many contractors prepared to flock to the public sector.  The massive investment by the government in the public construction sector led many contractors to switch their resources from the private sector to the public sector. However, before switching …

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Should Trucking Fleets Ban Cell Phone Usage?

Cell phones offer truck drivers useful information such as weather and delivery points which can significantly ease their jobs. However, cell phones in fleets also present the risk for distracting drivers.  Distraction leads to accidents.  The wrecks can result in thousands of dollars in ruined materials and numerous injuries and/or fatalities.  Cell phone usage while …

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Safety and Savings in Trucking: Platooning

This year, Omnitracs, a transportation software company, invested $60 million in Peloton Technology, which specializes in automated vehicle software. What would justify that $60 million investment?  The answer is the ability to utilize truck platooning. What is Truck Platooning? Peloton’s truck platooning uses “forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to …

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Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Could Affect Industry

On April 18, 2017, the White House announced President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order.  The executive order aims to promote American manufactures through forcing companies to use American products in their operations.  In addition, the executive order requires American companies to hire U.S. citizens to conduct the company’s operations.  On the surface, …

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The Decrease of Worker Salary in California’s Construction Industry

For decades, the worker salary in California’s construction industry has been trending downwards.  In 1973, the hourly wage of a U.S. construction worker was $31.84, while in 2016, the wage is $25.97 (adjusted for inflation).  Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and unionstats.com show the drop in construction worker pay as mirroring the reduction of worker …

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Attracting Women to Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction recorded in 2014, women accounted for only 8.9% of construction workers in the United States. This relatively untapped resource has interested construction companies who are desperate to make up for the labor shortage in the United States. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, there is a growing figure of …

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