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July 17, 2023 | Around the NASRCC

“The Way We Build: Restoring Dignity to Construction Work” by Mark Erlich

"The Way We Build: Restoring Dignity to Construction Work"

Mark Erlich, retired executive secretary-treasurer of the former New England Regional Council of Carpenters is releasing a book this week about the changing nature of the construction industry and the need for changes.

“The Way We Build: Restoring Dignity to Construction Work” is Erlich’s third published book. He previously wrote and authored “With Our Hands: The Story of Carpenters in Massachusetts” and “Labor at the Ballot Box.”

“The Way We Build” reviews the history of the construction trades and construction unions as a source of pride, dignity, and economic mobility for blue-collar workers. While still true for many, Erlich discusses declining union strength, a growing non-union sector, and other factors that have undermined those traditions.

The book is available on Amazon here and in regular book-selling venues. The University of Illinois Press is offering a special 30% discount code when you order from and use Promo Code S23UIP. Offer good until December 31, 2023.