Employing most of the Indiana construction workforce, the Indiana Union Construction Industry provides a combination of on-site training and classroom education to ensure the safest, most productive work practices. With three to five years of training and an extensive knowledge of on-the-job practices, union workers provide better, more reliable construction.
Union contractors make a conscious decision to use union labor. As business-minded individuals, they know training is what determines productivity on a project. Studies have found a union workforce to be 17 percent more productive than a non-union workforce. Good labor productivity not only reduces project costs, but also improves the project's schedule and quality.
Nearly 75,000 tradesmen and 4,000 union contractors jointly manage apprenticeship programs, pension trusts and industry standards. Annually, union contractors, in partnership with the building trades unions, spend approximately $25 million in apprenticeship training in Indiana. In addition, construction unions, in partnership with union contractors, have established an industry-wide drug testing program called the Indiana Union Construction Substance Abuse Trust.
The Indiana Union Construction Industry is an industry that guides employees through their education, careers and retirement. Union contractors provide pension programs that enable their workers to avoid becoming dependent on the state of Indiana as they age. In addition, union contractors provide health insurance for their workers and their dependent families. On the whole, union workers are better trained, have lower turnover and share in decision making on the job.