Opinion: Biden Policies Threaten Florida Construction, Our Political Parties and More

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | November 5, 2022

Biden polices put Florida projects at risk

During his recent swing through South Florida, President Joe Biden touted his administration’s efforts to combat inflation. What Biden failed to disclose was that his inflationary and anti-competitive labor policies are dealing a severe economic blow to the construction industry and infrastructure projects desperately needed in Florida. These policies will needlessly raise costs and steer contracts to unionized contractors and workers.

This is bad news for taxpayers, the majority of Florida’s construction industry and projects ranging from our roads and bridges to affordable housing and clean energy.

While Americans continue to fret over rising prices for food, gas and just about everything else, the president is implementing an executive order that mandates controversial project labor agreements on large-scale federal construction contracts that will hike construction costs by 12% to 20%.

Project labor agreements also needlessly exacerbate the industry’s skilled labor shortage by excluding workers who have already made the choice to not join a union. This effectively eliminates nearly 98% of Florida’s construction industry from working on these jobs.

Floridians deserves better. Visit BuildAmericaLocal.com. to learn why project labor agreement schemes are not the answer to building public works projects safely, on time and on budget.

Peter Dyga, CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, Coconut Creek

Biden labor proposal shakes up gig economy that relies on contractors

October 11, 2022 Fox Business  Article

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule on Tuesday that would make it more difficult for companies to treat workers as independent contractors, a change that is expected to shake up the business models of the ridesharing, delivery and other industries that rely on gig workers.

Shares in Uber and Lyft traded sharply down Tuesday morning.

The proposal would require that workers be considered a company’s employees, who are entitled to more benefits and legal protections than contractors, when they are “economically dependent” on the company.

The Labor Department said it will consider workers’ opportunity for profit or loss, the permanency of their jobs, and the degree of control a company exercises over a worker, among other factors.

Most federal and state labor laws, such as those requiring a minimum wage and overtime pay, only apply to a company’s employees. This means employees can cost companies up to 30% more than independent contractors that many industries have come to rely on, according to some studies.

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh in a statement said businesses often misclassify vulnerable workers as independent contractors.

“Misclassification deprives workers of their federal labor protections, including their right to be paid their full, legally earned wages,” Walsh said.

The rule, which will take at least several months to finalize, would replace a Trump administration regulation that says workers who own their own businesses or have the ability to work for competing companies, such as a driver who works for Uber and Lyft, can be treated as contractors. The new proposal adopts a broader definition of who counts as an employee, mirroring legal guidance issued by the Obama administration that was withdrawn by the Labor Department under former President Donald Trump.



More than one-third of U.S. workers, or nearly 60 million people, performed some sort of freelance work in the past 12 months, a December 2021 survey by freelancing marketplace Upwork showed.

Groups representing businesses including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest U.S. business lobbying group, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Retail Federation and Associated Builders and Contractors had met with White House officials to lobby for a more business-friendly standard.

Those groups have said that any broad rule would hurt workers who want to remain independent and have flexibility.