3 Tips for Architects and Contractors Hiring Non-Union Labor


As IT design architects, BTP is often one of the first phone calls that an architect, construction firm, or designer makes when creating a new office space. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a marked trend in cabling design: the industry is increasingly moving towards subcontracting with non-union labor firms.

In BTP’s experience, we have found that some situations are not ideally suited for non-union labor. In certain buildings, only union workers are allowed. Likewise, governmental contracts often require union labor. We suggest that contractors take precautions when vetting on a non-union firm. Union workers tend to be highly specialized, have a deep level of experience, and a keen adherence to safety regulations. Are you getting the same from your new provider?

According to attorney Wally Zimolong of Zimolong LLC, here are some legal considerations that construction, architecture, and design firms should be aware of:

  • First, if the contractor that is hiring the cabling company is itself a union contractor, then it needs to be aware of the provisions of its collective bargaining agreement which may prohibit subcontracting work to a non-union firm.