June 6, 2019
AGC LABOR RELATIONS SPECIAL EDITION
 
Recap: 2019 Collective Bargaining
The 2019 collective bargaining season is complete, and though was wrought with challenges, it produced many improvements to the labor agreements with the Bricklayers, Cement Masons and Laborers.

The Milwaukee Area basic trades up for negotiations this year included the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA’s) with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 8, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local 599, Area 558, and Building Laborers Local 113. And no issue was off the table as our dedicated bargaining teams met with the unions over the course of sixteen bargaining sessions, spanning months.

Bricklayers’ Labor Agreement
In addition to clarifying language in key parts of the Bricklayers’ CBA, we improved the Hours of Work provision, will be seeking to expand drug testing to include referrals, and introduced language that now enables contractors to participate in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. The YA will serve as an excellent vehicle for local high school students to gain hands-on experience in the trades.

Laborers Labor Agreement
Several changes were made to the Laborers CBA to address recurring ambiguity in interpretation, now providing clarity and efficiency for the contractors. We also introduced creative solutions to preserve a level playing field for local contractors.


Cement Masons Labor Agreement
We took significant strides with the Cement Masons CBA to protect the competitive advantage for Milwaukee Area contractors. Specific changes include increased flexibility in contracting and expanded the availability of the four-day ten-hour work week. Several other changes were made to the CBA to provide contractors with additional clarity.

The AGC’s 2019 Collective Bargaining sessions presented several unique challenges, but through the resolve and leadership of our bargaining teams, we obtained improved contracts on behalf of the industry. Read the Complete Report of all CBA Changes.

The AGC’s Labor Relations Program is an industry service supported by AGC Members and Industry Advancement Program Contributing Partners. To learn more about our program contact AGC Labor Counsel, Nathan Jurowski, at (414) 778-4100 or njurowski@agc-gm.org.

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Acknowledgements: AGC’s 2019 Collective Bargaining Team Participants
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the leadership and significant contributions made by our 2019 Collective Bargaining Team Members.

The qualities and dedication of our bargaining volunteers is reflective of the professionalism of the local construction industry as a whole and is vital to advancing AGC’s many initiatives. We would like to thank the following individuals and their companies for their commitment.

Building Laborers, Management Bargaining Team

•  Chairman - Mark Schmidt, C.G. Schmidt
•  Kevin Bird, Wanasek Corp.
•  Rupert Kotze, Kotze Construction
•  Kevin Sandkuhler, Hunzinger Construction


Cement Masons, Management Bargaining Team

•  Chairman - Mike Abuls, C.G. Schmidt
•  Werner Holentunder, Berghammer Construction
•  Dan Schneider, Jens Construction
•  Dan Wargolet, J.P. Cullen & Sons

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Management Bargaining Team

•  Vice-Chairman - Rupert Kotze, Kotze Construction
•  Joel Becker, Hunzinger Construction

Again, the AGC would like to acknowledge the hard work of these individuals and to thank them for their contributions.

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Economics: Negotiated Wage & Benefit Packages

In striving to maintain a competitive advantage for local contractors through our 2019 Collective Bargaining sessions, the AGC was able to obtain reasonable wage increases that are both fair and attractive to union members, while holding at or below local increases and below national forecasted trends.

In the interest of reliable contract terms, the AGC negotiated three year agreements with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 8, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local 599, Area 558, and Building Laborers Local 113, with the following wage increases

 

You can also find the specific wage allocations for the local basic trades by reviewing our 2019 Collective Bargaining Wage Rates Report.

As part of its Labor Relations Program, the AGC periodically provides essential industry information to local commercial contractors. To learn more about our program contact AGC Labor Counsel, Nathan Jurowski, at (414) 778-4100 or njurowski@agc-gm.org.

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AGC LABOR RELATIONS SPECIAL EDITION
Recap: 2019 Collective Bargaining
Acknowledgements: AGC’s 2019 Collective Bargaining Team Participants
Economics: Negotiated Wage & Benefit Packages
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