Recent Bargaining Results Vary Widely, with National Average Just Slightly Above Last Year’s
Collective bargaining negotiations settled during the first six months of this year resulted in an average first-year wage and fringe benefit increase of $1.58 or 4.1 percent, according to the latest report from the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC).
This represents an increase from the $1.38 or 4.0 percent reported for the comparable period last year. The average second-year increase in newly negotiated multi-year agreements is $1.85 or 4.3 percent, and the average third-year increase is $1.91 or 4.3 percent.
Individual settlements varied more than in other recent years, and the national average was impacted by above-average increases in contracts covering a large number of workers. The East North Central Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WV, WI) reported settlements covering 31,853 of the 73,328 total workers covered by the report and had a first-year average increase of $2.08 or 4.9 percent.
Three years continues to be the preferred duration for newly negotiated contracts, CLRC reports. About 75 percent of new agreements were negotiated to last three or more years.
The report is intended to merely provide an early indication of 2005 bargaining results. More detailed reports will be issued later in the year. AGC members can view CLRC’s annual year-end settlements report and other selected CLRC reports on the Labor & HR Topical Resources page of AGC’s Web site under the topic “Collective Bargaining Agreement Data.” Members can also search the complete database of CLRC-collected wage and fringe benefit rates on the Collectively Bargained Wage Data page of the AGC site. The database can be searched by city, state, or craft.
AGC is a founding member of CLRC and supports its efforts to gather and report accurate labor-related information for contractors. All AGC chapters are reminded to send new wage and fringe benefit information directly to CLRC promptly upon contract settlement. Such information may be delivered via e-mail to email@example.com, via fax to (202) 347-8440, or via regular mail to CLRC’s new location at 1750 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006.
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