Union Labor Policies

The HIT requires 100% union labor (including projects covered by a project labor agreement through the local building and construction trades council) on all of the construction-related projects in which it invests.

  • The good-paying, family-supporting jobs generated by this requirement are an important collateral benefit for the HIT’s investors.
  • Union workers add value to HIT-financed projects through the skills, knowledge and experience they bring to the job.
  • The labor requirement benefits the HIT's investments by promoting positive labor relations and productivity on HIT-financed projects, while also minimizing possible costs associated with labor-management disputes.
  • Higher wages and more hours worked can:

    • Help the local economies as the impact ripples throughout industries.
    • Increase contributions to pension and other benefit funds.

  • The requirement also benefits housing developers and contractors by assuring that projects are built by highly skilled workers, who are trained in safety to minimize accidents and injury.

The HIT is committed to assisting developers and contractors to meet the union labor requirement and assure the success of their projects. That assistance is offered through the HIT's unique Labor Relations Services.

  • HIT Labor Relations also helps contractors meet local hiring requirements, e.g., Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis. Such requirements enable low-income residents to access family-supporting wages and benefits.
  • Pre-apprenticeship program graduates work on its projects, whenever possible, e.g., Boston’s Building Pathways graduates worked on Old Colony in Boston. These programs provide pre-apprenticeship and job training programs with access to union construction jobs and a career path paying family-supporting wages and benefits.