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Lumber isn't the only thing that's getting more expensive for contractors

Apr 22, 2021
Everything that goes into a building project, from diesel fuel to plastics to gypsum for drywall, is getting more expensive.
Sharply rising prices for all kinds of raw materials are hurting residential and commercial builders alike.
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Uber, Lyft threaten to stop service in California

Aug 20, 2020
The dispute could put jobs at stake during the pandemic.
The conflict has come after a judge supported a state law that classifies drivers as employees, not contractors.
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Why is it so hard for the government to buy PPE?

May 11, 2020
ProPublica's David McSwane said brokers are trying to profit off of unprecedented demand for face masks.
Workers produce face masks at the Thai Hospital Product Co. factory in Bangkok.
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Some contractors worry California’s AB 5 will limit their flexibility

Sep 11, 2019
Advocates say it will provide vital benefits to misclassified workers. But drivers, nail technicians and other gig workers don't want to endanger their ability to set their own hours.
Under the new California bill, nail salons would have to classify their technicians as employees. Above, a nail salon in San Francisco.
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Can Cleveland require contractors to hire local workers?

Apr 30, 2019
The Supreme Court of Ohio will decide.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland is undergoing a $185 million renovation. The construction firm on the project has voluntarily agreed to comply with a local ordinance that requires contractors on certain publicly funded construction projects allocate at least 20% of the work hours to Cleveland residents.
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The temp industry is at an all-time high

Jun 17, 2016
From medicine to hotel housekeepers, large staffing agencies supply temporary and contract workers.
courtesy Flexographic Trade Services

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Truckers strike over employment status

Jun 2, 2016
They're considered contractors. They want to be employees.
A truck pulls out of the port of Los Angeles carrying a container. 
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Finding local labor for public projects

Aug 4, 2015
Should contractors who bid on public projects be forced to hire more local workers?