February 23, 2009 / Issue No. 1-09
 
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Convention
AGC's 90th Annual Convention/Constructor Expo is Just Around the Corner - Are You Ready?
Goverment Contracting
Pres. Obama Lifts Ban on Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements
Pres. Obama Issues First Labor Executive Orders
DOL Reduces Information Required on Davis-Bacon Certified Payroll Records
E-Verify Mandate for Federal Contractors Delayed Again
Immigration
Employers Must Continue Using Old Form I-9 for Now
Collective Bargaining
Newly Negotiated Union Wage and Fringe Benefits Up 4.6%
EEO
ADA Amendments Now in Effect
New Act Amends Federal Regulations and Increases Possibility of Pay Discrimination Claims
Other HR
Revised FMLA Regulations Now in Effect
Cutting Costs to Avoid Lay-offs
Employer Adjustments Required by Economic Stimulus Package

  Newly Negotiated Union Wage and Fringe Benefits Up 4.6%
Construction-industry collective bargaining negotiations settled in 2008 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and fringe benefits of $1.95 or 4.6 percent, according to the Construction Labor Research Council’s (CLRC) annual settlements report.  This is the highest percentage increase since 1999 and is slightly higher than the $1.75 or 4.5 percent average increase negotiated in 2007.  The average second-year increase in newly negotiated multi-year agreements was $2.25 or 4.7 percent, and the average third-year increase was $2.16 or 4.4 percent, reports CLRC.

The largest number of reported settlements came from the East North Central region (covering IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WV, WI), where the average first-year increase was $2.15 or 4.6 percent.  The region reporting the highest average first-year increase was the Southwest Pacific region (AZ, CA, HI, NV) at $2.31 or 5.5 percent.  The region with the lowest was the Southeast region (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA) at $1.04 or 3.8 percent.

Variation by craft was not significant, with most unions negotiating average first-year increases between 4.5 and 4.8 percent.  The Boilermakers negotiated the highest average first-year increase of $2.75 or 5.5 percent, while the Bricklayers negotiated the lowest average first-year increase of $1.34 or 3.4 percent.

AGC members and chapters can view the full report, as well as CLRC’s recently released Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook report and other CLRC reports, via the Labor & HR Topical Resources page of AGC’s Web site at www.agc.org/hr/topicalresources.  Select “Collective Bargaining” from the first pull-down menu and “Collective Bargaining Agreement Data” from the second pull-down menu. [ return to top ]