Open Shop Employees: Highly Trained and Professional

The longevity of the open shop workforce allows open shop contractors to provide highly trained craftsmen and women on projects who put customers first because they subscribe to the core principles of the merit shop: quality, value, budget, schedule and safety.

  • Merit shop employees are trained and fully licensed according to strict government standards, are certified in OSHA-10 safety training and actively participate in continuing education classes.

You can expect professional behavior from open shop employees because they care about their own reputation and the future of their employer. You'll feel comfortable having open shop workers on your job site and interacting with your employees. Merit shop employees act in a professional manner among themselves and others, dress appropriately, focus on the job at hand, and work hard for you.

The bottom line: merit shop employees are professionals eager to meet the customer's needs.

"People have a range of reasons for joining or not joining unions, and none of Smith's experience suggests that non-union workers bring any less commitment or skill to their jobs or to the projects of which they are a part."

- Ruth Constantine, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Smith College