SANTA FE (KRQE) – A multi-million dollar road project is facing a big road-block and all New Mexicans will pay for it.
In late 2014, FNF Construction of Tempe, Ariz., won a bid for the project with the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The company was hired to pave Interstate 40 and rebuild a bridge over the interstate near the small community of Continental Divide, east of Gallup. The project would take six months and cost the state $6.5 million.
Hiring union labor brings several benefits to a project, including safety, efficiency and reduced costs due to the training union workers receive. Union-trained laborers receive detailed, structured training that focuses on safety and efficiency, which can reduce construction overhead costs by reducing workman’s comp costs and insurance premiums. By hiring union labor, a project owner can rest easy knowing they are getting a safety focused team that will more often than not, bring the project in on time and within budgets.
The New Mexico Building Construction & Trades Council (NMBCTC) is an alliance of craft unions that are the best choice for highly skilled and highly productive construction labor. That’s because the NMBCTC and its affiliated member unions demonstrates a concerted commitment to world class skills development and training; coupled with a 21st century labor/management model that is founded upon the principles of performance, pride, cooperation and partnership.