Engineering & Utility Contractors Association (EUCA) Magazine, August 2011
EUCA Magazine (Engineering & Utility Contractors Association Magazine) featured a piece by CCA Director, Daniel Villao,“Reinventing Construction: A Moving Target for Workforce Development.” In it, he describes how greening construction has the potential to create to both “low-road” and “high-road” jobs and how today’s construction providers face critical decisions to stay competitive.
Says Daniel Villao, “As the construction industry adapts to an increasingly ‘green’ economy, it is faced with an enormous opportunity. The jobs of the next generation can either be ‘low road’ or ‘high road.’ Low-road jobs are the type of jobs that are characterized by minimal wages, lack of safety, and wage theft, and provide no avenue for redressing these injustices. High-road jobs, on the other hand, are high quality and long-term careers that pay family-supporting wages… If we do it right, the industry can resurge through … its training advantage in apprenticeships, [using social equity and the latest efficiency techniques and technology] to lead the industry back.”