Pro-Employee/Union-Free - A Carolinas' Tradition

Dec 02, 2015, 07:45 ET from Carolinas AGC

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Carolina and South Carolina have a tradition of maintaining a pro-employee/union-free workforce, which is stronger today than ever due to carefully nurtured, positive employer-employee relations. Both states equally have only 3.2% of the workforce represented by unions—the lowest in the nation. Nowhere is the pro-employee/union-free tradition experienced to its full extent than in the Carolinas' construction industry.

For nearly 100 years, Carolinas AGC (CAGC) has helped keep the Carolinas' construction industry union-free, with full-time staff and resources dedicated to the effort. CAGC provides the construction industry with the resources and information necessary to assist employers in keeping a content, productive, well-trained workforce.

"Keeping a pro-employee/union-free workplace isn't about fighting unions, it's about having a personal relationship with your employees," states Otis Crowder, CEO, Crowder Constructors Inc., Charlotte, NC. "We believe being able to work directly with our employees on their career paths, training and safety are critical to our employees' well-being and the company's as well."

Fostering positive employer–employee relationships give the employee the ability to determine their own future and ability to work on that future directly with the employer. If a positive relationship doesn't exist, the employee may look to other avenues to reach his/her goals, whether it's a job with another employer, change of careers or union affiliation.

"Having positive, one-on-one relationships with employees, with emphasis placed on the employees' future and goals benefits all involved," states Allen Gray, CAGC Utility Division Government Relations Director. "When a workforce is represented by a union, the individual no longer has an avenue to interact personally with employers. The union becomes a middleman between the workforce and employer, placing an unnecessary interloper in the employer-employee relationship."

CAGC President and CEO Dave Simpson said, "We will do all we can, particularly as our construction industry rebounds, to continue our CAGC tradition of keeping the Carolinas pro-employee and union-free."

The Carolinas construction industry is experiencing a boom in construction coming out of the recession. Employing an adequate, productive workforce is a top priority, with many companies and industries fighting over a finite pool of competent workers. It is more important than ever to provide excellent employment packages with good wages, benefits, training, and career paths, as well as a positive personal relationship between employers and employees. 

For more information on CAGC's Pro-Employee/Union-Free initiative and resources visit,, or contact Allen Gray,, 704-609-0760.

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