February 23, 2009 / Issue No. 1-09
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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
Employers Must Continue Using Old Form I-9 for Now
Collective Bargaining
Newly Negotiated Union Wage and Fringe Benefits Up 4.6%
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 ]