Why black construction workers are not in demand as more black women enter construction jobs
Construction workers across the U.S. are not making the jump from black to white, according to a survey of 1,000 workers conducted by the construction management industry’s top trade association.
Black workers, on the other hand, are making more progress.
While the labor force participation rate for construction workers has been stuck in the low 70s since 2006, the percentage of black workers in the construction industry is now above 70 percent.
This has created an opportunity for more black workers to enter construction, said Mark McInnis, president of the National Association of Construction Management Workers, which represents more than 10,000 construction managers nationwide.
The industry is starting to change and it is getting a lot more diverse.
The next challenge is finding the right jobs.
The unemployment rate for black construction jobs was 13.7 percent in December, according, the Association said.
It’s about to climb to 19.3 percent, the second highest in the nation.
The number of black construction managers, according a January report by the National Employment Law Project, is expected to rise to 15,000 by 2022.
Black construction managers in general are now being hired more frequently than white managers.
Black people have been a larger share of the workforce for decades, but they are still underrepresented, said Robert Zellner, president and CEO of the Construction Management Association, which works with the industry to educate employers on hiring and promotion practices.
They also have more opportunities to negotiate better wages and benefits, Zellners said.
“The reason we have the number of Black construction workers is because of discrimination.
It doesn’t have to be a race thing,” he said.
The Association said the construction workers union was working with the Labor Department to address the problem.
The group, which also represents other workers, also has begun to organize white construction workers to protest against discrimination, Zillner said.
Some construction managers are now recruiting minority construction workers from other industries to fill vacancies.
Black Construction Managers Association spokesman Brian J. Hinkle said the association has not heard back from the Labor Dept. on whether it will issue a formal complaint about racial discrimination.
The construction industry has seen an increase in minorities joining the construction trades over the past few years.
The proportion of black and Latino workers has also increased since 2006 when the industry was only 4 percent.
Black and Latino construction workers now make up nearly 40 percent of the industry.
“We have a very high proportion of blacks, Latinos, and Asian workers, but the numbers are not keeping pace with the growth,” Hinkle told CNNMoney.
He said that the number and percentage of minority workers in construction have not been keeping pace.
Hodge said that it is time to start considering hiring minorities in construction jobs, which can help bring more African-Americans into the industry as they enter it.
“When you have an industry that has a diversity problem, you have a problem,” he added.
In the past year, a handful of Black contractors have begun to speak out about discrimination and racial discrimination in their jobs.
They include construction manager, Jody Epperson, a 29-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Eppener said she was denied promotion to a construction manager job because of her race and was given the job in the wrong building because her family had to travel to New York.
She said that her family was able to get her promotion, but that it was denied to another white employee.
Eppsens husband is a construction worker in San Francisco.
She was also denied promotion because of his race.
The union has a website, the Black Construction Management Initiative, that encourages Black construction management workers to speak up about their experiences and concerns about racism in the industry, said Eppsener, who is also a professor of urban studies at the University of Minnesota.
“It’s important that we talk about these issues,” she said.
But she added that it’s also important that they learn from their mistakes and work to improve.
“They can’t just be silent,” Eppseners husband said.
Eippener’s case is not the first to highlight the issue of discrimination and discrimination in the workplace.
In February, construction manager Ashley C. Thomas, 29, of San Francisco, was fired after a video surfaced of her saying she was “pissed off” and a member of a racist construction union.
In May, construction worker, Jasmine Lee, of Houston, Texas, said that she was not promoted because she was Black.
She has since received an apology from the company that fired her.