The COVID-19 pandemic has caused work to slow down, but not halt in many areas throughout the U.S. union members have adapted and overcame the struggles and have continued to build America.
Tippecanoe Building and Construction Trades Council President Steve Snyder said his affiliated members have weathered the pandemic well, keeping their heads down and pushing forward on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
The Tippecanoe Building and Construction Trades Council
Snyder said the 17 affiliated trades associations, who represent about 3,500 tradesmen and tradeswomen are doing well, considering the situation.
He said the construction industry has its highs and lows, adding that the situation could be much worse. Work is still in demand in the nine county jurisdiction and it is expected to pick up even more in March of this year.
The tradesmen and tradeswomen have done well to quickly adapt to COVID-19 safety precautions and have continued to follow these guidelines throughout the pandemic.
Relationship with the Indiana state government
Although the state of Indiana is a So-Called “Right to Work” state, Snyder said the building trades try to remain as close as possible to help their affiliated members. He added that every year there is legislation introduced that would harm working people, but the building trades remain resilient.
Snyder said the pandemic has provided a silver lining for the building trades and the working people of Indiana. Lawmakers have backed off on prevailing wage attacks and other anti-worker efforts as they are occupied with the pandemic.
U.S. and Indiana’s infrastructure
Like much of the country, the infrastructure in central Indiana is outdated. Snyder said there is no need to negotiate, as infrastructure throughout the U.S. needs to be rebuilt.
He added that some solar farms are popping up within the region. With many pushing clean energy sources, Snyder said his affiliated tradesmen and tradeswomen stand ready to adapt to any new technology and the local unions are prepared to adapt their training programs.