Essential to North America
North America’s construction industry was highly unionized causing excessive work disruptions, jurisdictional disputes and escalating costs.
Fifty years ago, the open shop movement was necessary to get people working and keep building critical infrastructure. Open shop started in the U.S. and migrated to Canada by the early 1980’s. Changes were welcomed and in some areas, like Alberta, they occurred virtually overnight.
A critical piece of open shop was the creation of the hour bank benefit plan, which was developed by Merit Alberta. It was created to accommodate the transient nature of construction employees between companies. Merit Alberta also created the College of Construction to offer managerial and supervisor training programs. Training courses for Merit members allow companies access to the very best programs available to continue to improve their workforce.
See how the merit shop (open shop) movement started in the U.S.