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Open Shop Philosophy

Cutler Associates is an open-shop design-build firm that subcontracts without regard to union affiliation in all trades.

Our philosophy of open-shop contracting stems from our commitment to:

  • Create value for clients
  • Fair competition based on quality, safety, scheduling and cost
  • Quality workmanship at a fair price

The advantages to owners of an open-shop approach to construction projects are considerable, including: a higher level of safety, lower costs, better quality work and more control.  Open-shop general contractors that employ both union and non-union subcontractors offer access to 100% of the construction marketplace. By contrast, firms that are signatory to labor unions are restricted to using union-only subcontractors, which account for less than 20% of the construction labor force nationwide (22% in Massachusetts).  The open-shop philosophy is clearly the wise, fair and equitable approach.

Independent information about the merits of open shop contracting can be found at www.abcma.org.

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