Report Says South's Construction Boom Costly to Workers

The report points out that workplace injuries are common among these workers, fewer than half are offered medical insurance by their employers, and more than half earn less than $15 an hour despite having on average high levels of experience in the indust

Monday, September 4, 2017

A new report titled "Build a Better South" from the Workers Defense Project, Partnership for Working Families, and the University of Illinois at Chicago sheds light on the working conditions for construction workers in six southern U.S. cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Nashville. These cities are "engines of growth in the South and are home to some of the largest and most important construction markets in the U.S.," having together employed nearly 1 million construction workers in 2013, it says.  

The report points out that workplace injuries are common among these workers, fewer than half are offered medical insurance by their employers, and more than half earn less than $15 an hour despite having on average high levels of experience in the industry. Thirty-six percent reported they struggle to pay for basics such as food and rent... Read more.