The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA and Laborers) did not hire a union contractor to oversee a massive renovation at its Washington D.C. headquarters. The union awarded a major renovation on its $28 million downtown office building to Davis Construction. Adding insult to injury, Davis Construction is in the midst of a labor dispute with the local Carpenters Union, and the contract between LiUNA and Davis does not require the use of any union members. The irony of this is that the Labors frequently – I know from experience – use disruptive protest tactics to force builders and their customers to use union labor. This just goes to show you that unions are businesses, and like most businesses, hire companies that are cost-effective and competent.