This Labor Day, I’d like to praise the efforts of a particular group of people that sometimes goes unnoticed — the construction industry’s merit shop craft professionals.
These highly trained and skilled individuals perform a wide variety of jobs in the commercial and industrial construction industry.
They include carpenters, electricians, masons, pipe insulators, plumbers and sheet-metal workers, just to name a few.
What sets merit shop workers apart from others in the construction industry is that they can be multiskilled, with no limit on their opportunity to advance their careers.
The evidence of their hard work is all around us. They build the offices where we work and the schools our children attend, along with hospitals, restaurants, stores and the other venues that make our communities unique.
Let’s remember to thank all of the construction craft professionals, regardless of labor affiliation, whose hard work building America each day improves all our lives.
Carol Bowen, vice president, government affairs, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, Pompano Beach