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Studies, Reports and White Papers

Your Resource for Research Studies and Reports on Critical Issues Affecting Construction  

TCI has complied studies, reports and white papers published over the last decade on critical issues affecting construction such as apprenticeship, project labor agreements, prevailing wage laws, misclassification, safety, productivity, and workforce development (including green jobs), among others.

We are not and cannot be held responsible for the content of these studies or papers and do not necessarily endorse in any way, shape or form the content, opinions, political views, and any other subject matter contained therein.

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships in Alaska
Jeff Hadland, Alaska Economic Trends, Vol. 2, No.2 (February 2009)

Registered Apprenticeship: Findings from Site Visits to Five States
Pahl Gunn and Lalith De Silva, Ph.D. (November 2008)  

Building Trades Apprentice Training in Massachusetts: An Analysis of Union and Non-Union Programs, 1997 - 2007
Labor Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Boston (2008)

Construction Apprenticeship in Oregon: An Analysis of Data on Union and Open-Shop Apprenticeship Programs
Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon (March 2005)

Analysis of Construction Industry Apprenticeship Programs in Indiana
Jeff Vincent, Indiana University Institute for the Study of Labor in Society (2004)

Apprenticeship Utilization in Washington State Programs in the Building and Construction Trades
Washington State Construction and Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO (2003)

The Hazards of Training: Attrition and Retention in Construction Industry Apprenticeship Programs
Cihan Bilginsoy, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Volume 57, Issue 1 (2003)

Building Trades Apprentice Training in West Virginia: A Comparison of Union and Non-Union Building Trades Programs in the 1990s
West Virginia University Extension Service, Institute for Labor Studies and Research (2002)

Construction Apprenticeship and Training in Pennsylvania
David H. Bradley and Stephen A. Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center (2002)

Apprenticeship Training in the U.S. Construction Industry
Cihan Bilginsoy, University of Utah (September 1998)

Apprentice Training in Kentucky: A Comparison of Union and Non-Union Programs in the Building Trades
William. J. Londrigan and Joseph B. Wise, Kentucky AFL-CIO (March 1997)

Environmental, Safety and Health

Fractures in the Foundation: The Latino Workers Experience in an Era of Declining Job Quality, Catherine Singley, National Council of La Raza (September 2009)

Employers with Reported Fatalities Were Not Always Properly Identified and Inspected Under OSHA’s Enhanced Enforcement Program
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit, Report Number: 02-09-203-10-105, March 31, 2009

Expert Forecast on Emerging Chemical Risks Related to Occupational Safety and Health, European Risk Observatory Report
Emmanuelle Brun, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (March 2009)

Breaking the Cycle: New Approaches to Establishing National Workplace Safety and Health Policy
ORC Worldwide (November 2008)

Prosecuting Worker Endangerment: The Need for Stronger Criminal Penalties for
Violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act

David M. Uhlmann, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (September 2008)

Dying For Work In Massachusetts: Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts WorkplacesMassCOSH and Massachusetts AFL-CIO (April 2008)

Immigrant Construction Workers and Safety and Health in South Florida
Bruce Nissen, Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, Center for Labor Research and Studies, Florida International University (June 2007)

Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Study
The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell
(June 2006)

Making OSHA Inspections More Effective: Alternatives for Improved Inspection Targeting in the Construction Industry
David Weil, Boston University School of Government and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Healthcare

Tracking the Contribution of U.S. Health Care to the Global Competitiveness of American Employers and Workers: 2009 Business Roundtable Health Care Value Comparability Study
Arnold Milstein, MD, M.P.H. and Carrie Hoverman Colla, M.A., Mercer Health & Benefits
(February 28, 2009)

Misclassification and the Underground Economy

Annual Report 2009, Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (March 2009)

Building Up New York, Tearing Down Job Quality - Taxpayer Impact of Worsening Employment Practices in New York City’s Construction Industry Fiscal Policy Institute (December 2007)

The Underground Economy in the New York City Affordable Housing Construction Industry
Fiscal Policy Institute (April 2007)

The Economic Costs of Employee Misclassification in the State of Illinois
Michael P. Kelsay, Ph.D., James I. Sturgeon, Ph.D., Kelly D. Pinkham, M.S., Department of Economics University of Missouri-Kansas City (December 2006)

The Social and Economic Costs of Employee Misclassification in the Maine Construction Industry Elaine Bernard, Ph.D. Robert Herrick, Sc.D., Francoise Carre, Ph.D.; Randall Wilson; University of Massachusetts, Boston; Construction Policy Research Center Labor and Work life Program, Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health (2005).

The Social and Economic Costs of Employee Misclassification in Construction (Massachusetts)
Elaine Bernard, Ph.D. Robert Herrick, Sc.D., Francoise Carre, Ph.D.; Randall Wilson; University of Massachusetts, Boston; Construction Policy Research Center Labor and Work life Program, Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health (2004).

Prevailing and Living Wages

Making Contracting Work for the United States - Government Spending Must Lead to Good Jobs
David Madland and Michael Paarlberg, Center for American Progress Action Fund (December 2008)

Prevailing Wages and Government Contracting Costs: A Review of the Research
Nooshin Mahalia, Economic Policy Institute (July 2008)

The Effect of Prevailing Wage Regulation on the Construction Industry in Iowa
Peter Philips, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, University of Utah (March 31, 2008)

An Evaluation of Prevailing Wage in Minnesota: Implementation, Comparability and Outcomes
Lisa M. Jordan, Ph.D., Robert Bruno, Ph.D., Phil Schrader, Tony Sindone, Ph.D. (October 2006)

The Economic Development Benefits of Prevailing Wage
Fiscal Policy Institute (May 2006)

Wages, Productivity and Highway Construction Costs - Updated Analysis 1994 – 2002
Construction Labor Research Council (March 2004)

Health Care Subsidies: Does the Public Sector Subsidize Low Wage Contractor
C. Jeffrey Wadsoups (2004)

The High Road to a Competitive Economy
Professor Harley Shaiken (January 2004)

The Adverse Economic Impact from Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Missouri
Michael P. Kelsay, Ph.D., Research Associate and Instructor, L. Randall Wray, Ph.D., Professor, Kelly D. Pinkham, M.S., Research Associate (January 2004)

Making Hay When It Rains: The Effect Prevailing Wage Regulations, Scale Economies, Seasonal, Cyclical And Local Business Patterns Have On School Construction Costs
Hamid Azari-Rad, Peter Philips and Mark Prus, Journal of Education Finance 27, pp. 997-1012 (Spring 2002)

Analysis on Claimed Cost Savings from Excepting School Construction from Prevailing Wage Requirements
Herbert Weisberg (July 8, 2002)

Four Biases and a Funeral
Peter Philips, Economics Department, University of Utah (February 2001)

Thoughtless Think Tanks - Factoid Scholarship and Sound Bite Thinking About the History and Intent of Prevailing Wage Laws
Peter Philips, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, University of Utah (2001)

A Comparison of Public School Construction Costs In Three Midwestern States that Have Changed Their Prevailing Wage Laws in the 1990’s
Peter Philips, University of Utah (February 2001)

The Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Idaho: Economic Myths and Realities
Michael DiNoto and Steven Petersen, University of Idaho, Center for Business Development and Research (2000)

Prevailing Wage Regulations and School Construction Costs: Evidence from British Columbia
Cihan Bilginsoy and Peter Philips, Journal of Education Finance 24 (Winter 2000)

Prevailing Wage Laws and School Construction Costs, an Analysis of Public School Construction in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic States
Mark J. Prus, Ph.D., Economics Department, State University of New York (January 1999)

Prevailing Wage Laws, Unions and Minority Employment in Construction
A Historical and Empirical Analysis

Professor Dale Belman, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Professor Peter Phillips, Economics Department, University of Utah (1998)

Davis-Bacon Works, Prevailing Wage Laws are Good for America
Professor Dale Belman, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Professor Peter Phillips, Economics Department, University of Utah (February 28, 1998)

Analysis of Kentucky Governor's Study "The Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws on Labor Costs for Capital Construction Projects”
Construction Labor Research Council (ND)

Productivity

Construction Productivity Study
Walter W. Tucker, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University (October 2003)
See also PowerPoint presentation at http://www.mitripartite.com/Productivity%20Survey.pdf

Wages, Productivity and Highway Construction Costs - Updated Analysis 1994 – 2002
Construction Labor Research Council (March 2004)

Project Labor Agreements

Project Labor Agreements in New York State:In the Public Interest
Fred Kotler, Cornell University, ILR School (March 2009)

Project Labor Agreements
Dale Belman, PhD, Michigan State University, Matthew Bodah, University of Rhode Island, and Peter Phillips, University of Utah (2007)

The Benefits of Implementing a PLA for Construction of the New Kent County Courthouse
RI 21st Century Labor-Management Partnership (August 2003)

What is the Truth on PLAs?
RI 21st Century Labor-Management Partnership (Sept 2003)

Project Labor Agreements: Reliable Staffing Plans for Capital Construction Projects
Gerard M. Waites and Gregory A. Mancini (October 2002)

Constructing California: A Review of Project Labor Agreements
Kimberly Johnston-Dodds (October 2001)

Project Labor Agreements – A Home Run for Your Community
Bill Rickman, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (2000)

Public Sector Project Labor Agreements – An Objective View
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO and National Constructors’ Association (January 1995)

Public Construction

Army Corp of Engineers Construction Contracting Opportunities (Presentation at TCI public bdding seminar), Sheila Winston-Vinciulla, District Contracting Chief (August 2009)

General Services Administration - How to Do Business with GSA (Presentation at TCI public bidding seminar), Jerry D. Smith, Director, Office of Small Business Utilization (August 2009)

Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management: Certification and Prequalification of Contractors and Public Bidding (Presentation at TCI public bidding seminar) Susan Goldfischer, Deputy General Counsel and Mike Lambert, Director, DCAM (August 2009)

Massachusetts Highway Department Accelerated Bridge Program (Presentation at TCI pubic bidding seminar), M. Shoukry Elnahal, Director (August 2009)

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General - Filed Sub Bidding (Presentation at TCI public bidding seminar), Jocelyn Jones, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of the Fair Labor Division (August 2009)

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General - Bidding Under MGL 30, 39M (Presentation at TCI public bidding seminar), Deborah Anderson, Assistant Attorney General Bid Unit of Fair Labor Division (August 2009)

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General - Prevaling Wage Law (Presentation at TCI public bidding seminar), Deborah Anderson, Assistant Attorney General Bid Unit of Fair Labor Division (August 2009)

The Road to Responsible Contracting, Paul K. Sonn and Tsedye Gebreselassie, National Employment Law Project (June 2009)

Technical Assistance Guide for Federal Construction Contractors, US DOL, Employment Standards Administration,  Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (May 2009)

Paying Our Way - A New Framework for Transportation Financing, Report of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission (February 2009)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts FY2009-2013 5-Year Capital Plan (December 2008)

Public Construction: Bidding on Public Building and Public Works Contracts
Hugh J. Gorman, III, Construction Business Owner (February 2007)

Designing and Constructing Public Facilities: Legal Requirements, Recommended Practices, Sources of Assistance, Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (Fall 2005)

Unionization Impacts

The Economic Footprint of Unions in Los Angeles
Economic Roundtable (2007)

The Economic Impacts of Multi-Employer Property Trust Investments Across the United States
Dr. Randall Pozdena and Alec Josephson, ECONorthwest, Inc. (August 9, 2006)

How Unions Help All Workers
Lawrence Mishel with Matthew Walters, Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper #143 (August 2003)

Wage and Hour Enforcement

Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers, Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in American Cities, Bernhardt, Annette, et. al. (August 2009)

Wage and Hour Division’s Complaint Intake and Investigative Processes Leave Low Wage Workers Vulnerable to Wage Theft, GAO Testimony Before the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives
Statement of Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Special Investigations and Jonathan T. Meyer, Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Special Investigations (March 25, 2009)

Workers’ Compensation

New York State Workers’ Compensation: How Big is the Coverage Shortfall?
Fiscal Policy Institute Report (January 25, 2007).

Workforce and Economic Development and Green Jobs

Green Investments and the Labor Market: How Many Jobs Could be Generated and What Type? Josh Bivens, John Irons and Dethan Pollack, Economic Policy Institute Issue Brief #253 (April 7, 2009)

Mobilization for Federal Economic Recovery Infrastructure Investments – Task Force Reports
Commonwealth of Massachusetts (February 2009)

Gaming in Massachusetts: Can Casinos Bring 'Good Jobs' to the Commonwealth?
Marlene Kim, PhD, Susan Moir, ScD, Anneta Argyres, MPH, University of Massachusetts Boston Labor Resource Center (2009)

The Green Justice Solution - Win-Win Plan to Address Climate Crisis and Jumpstart an Equitable and Sustainable Economic Recovery, Summary & Highlights
Green Justice Coalition and Community Labor United (December 6, 2008)

Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy
Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Helen Scharber, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (September 2008)

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy: A State-By-State Picture of Occupations that Gain from Green Investments
Robert Pollin & Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Political Economy Research Institute University of Massachusetts, Amherst (June 2008)

Massachusetts Employment Projections Through 2014
Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development (December 2006)