CLRC Examines Labor Contract Provisions in Latest Terms & Conditions Reference Guide
The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) recently published its latest Terms and Conditions Reference Guide examining trends in non-wage collective bargaining agreement provisions. The report covers such provisions as shirt premiums, holidays, dues check-off, dispute resolution, time paid but not worked, and basis of fringe benefit contributions.
Construction-industry collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) most commonly provide for either six or seven unpaid holidays, CLRC reports. This number has been stable in recent years. CLRC found that holiday recognition varies by geographic region, with six recognized holidays being most common in the East North Central Region and at least 10 in the Southwest Pacific Region. Paid holidays remain the exception. They are provided in just over 10 percent of CBAs, most commonly in the Middle Atlantic Region. Over half of all CBAs providing for paid holidays are with the Operating Engineers or Teamsters.
Dues check-off language is found in over two-thirds of CBAs, according to the report. Amounts withheld from wages for dues check-off continue to increase. The median amount is 70 cents. Since the amount is often expressed as a percentage of the wage increase, the amount increases each time wages increase. Over a quarter of CBAs contain dues check-off provisions without reference to an amount at all.
Shift provisions vary widely. “Usually the language calls for eight hours pay on each shift with eight hours of work on the first shift, seven and a half hours work on the second shift, and seven hours work on the third shift,” advises CLRC. “For second-shift payments, there is now an almost even split between agreements providing for no additional premium and those with a 10 percent premium. Similarly, there is an almost even split for third-shift work between agreements with an extra hour’s pay and those with an extra hour plus a percentage premium, usually 15 percent.” Payment of the extra half-hour or hour is most commonly found in basic trade CBAs, while the additional 10 or 15 percent pay is most commonly found in specialty craft CBAs. When a specific minimum number of days worked is required for shift work, the most common minimum is five days.
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