December 23, 2005 / Issue 4-05
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Register Now for Feb. 8-9 Collective Bargaining Workshop!
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  Register Now for Feb. 8-9 Collective Bargaining Workshop!
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend AGC’s next collective bargaining workshop.  This highly evaluated seminar is offered only once every two years and threatens to fill up!

The course will take place February 8-9 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, PA.   Attendance is open to all AGC members and chapter staff, as well as nonmembers who represent construction contractors in collective bargaining negotiations.

Along with outstanding faculty from past AGC programs, such as attorney Michael Boldt (Ice Miller), attorney Jack Widman (Susanin, Widman, and Brennan), and economist Bob Gasperow (Construction Labor Research Council), this year’s course boasts the addition of Prof. Maurice Schweitzer, an instructor of negotiations in the prestigious Wharton School executive education program.  It will also include a demonstration of Bargaining Power® cutting-edge labor-costing software.

The day-and-a-half program will cover such topics as:

  • PREPARING FOR NEGOTIATION – How to select the bargaining team, set management objectives, and develop bargaining proposals.
  • GATHERING & USING DATA FOR BARGAINING ADVANTAGE – Why gathering data is important, what data to gather, and how to gather it.
  • THE LAW OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING – The ins and outs of the National Labor Relations Act and duty to bargain as applied to specific construction-industry issues such as pre-hire agreements, subcontracting restrictions, anti-dual shop clauses, industry funds, and hiring halls.
  • COSTING THE CONTRACT AND MAXIMIZING COST-EFFECTIVENESS – How to calculate the true total cost of a contract, including such costs as taxes, overtime, show-up pay, travel pay, foreman premiums, workers comp, and more.
  • CURRENT ISSUES IN CONSTRUCTION-INDUSTRY LABOR RELATIONS – The latest information on such hot topics as the fall-out of AFL-CIO disaffiliations, jurisdictional disputes, PLAs, and the state of Taft-Hartley funds.
  • THE ART OF NEGOTIATION – The psychological processes that underlie negotiations, including aspects of the persuasion process, the role of emotions, and strategies for managing counterparts’ satisfaction. 

The registration fee is $535 for AGC members and chapter staff, and $635 for AGC nonmembers.  This includes course tuition, written course materials, breakfast (both days), refreshment breaks (both days), lunch (Wednesday), and an evening reception (Wednesday).

To register, visit, where you can register online or download a printed brochure for registration by fax or mail.  The registration deadline is January 23.   Please note that refunds will not be provided to registrants who cancel after February 1.

A block of rooms has been reserved for course registrants at the Ritz-Carlton, which is located at Ten Avenue of the Arts, in the heart of the downtown business district.  To reserve a room at the AGC group rate of $209 plus tax per night, call the hotel at (215) 523-8000 by January 16, and notify the reservations clerk that you will be attending the AGC collective bargaining workshop.

For assistance with course registration, contact Amy Southworth at or (703) 837-5382.  For other questions related to the course, contact Denise Gold at or (703) 837-5326.

Co-Hosts and Sponsors:

AGC of Metropolitan Washington, DC
General Building Contractors of New York State
Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania
New York State Chapter
Philadelphia Builders Chapter
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