While craft workers remain in short supply in most of the U.S., wage hikes are steady but not skyrocketing, based on recent industry-wide surveys. State building-trades chief Frank Callahan says the 74 local unions in Massachusetts are starting to see an uptick in wage growth. But that growth is not always keeping pace with other project costs, such as materials, real estate and legal fees, he says.
“People are doing better at the bargaining table for a total package,” he says. “But we’re still seeing a significant amount … going into health-care cost increases and other benefits.” He says state unions “have been able to meet the demand for skilled labor.”

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