Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgApril 23, 2010 / Issue No. 2-10
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On the Inside
Enforcement
DOL Issues Guidance on Use of Unpaid Interns
Labor Department Campaign Encourages Workers to Report Employers That Violate Worker Rights
Wages & Benefits
COBRA Subsidy Extended to May 31, 2010; May Be Extended Yet Again
The Health Care Reform Bill Is Final... Now What?
Online Compensation Reports Now Available to AGC Members with Six-Month Free Trial
2009 Collective Bargaining Yields Lowest Increases in 13 Years
Labor Relations
Final Rule on Federal PLAs Gives Agencies Broad Discretion
NLRB Recess Appointments Signal Labor Policy Changes Ahead
Open Shop Contractors Discuss Labor Developments at AGC Convention
Building Trades President Outlines Political and Business Priorities at AGC Convention
John Flynn Retires as President of Bricklayers, Succeeded by Jim Boland
Hiring & Firing
Tax Incentives Expected to Encourage Hiring; Seasonal Hires Qualify
Professional Development
WEBINAR: Advanced Issues about Worker Misclassification: What Every Construction Contractor Needs to Know
Construction Labor Law Developments Covered at AGC's Annual Symposium
Web-Based Collective Bargaining Seminar Now Available 24/7
2009 Collective Bargaining Yields Lowest Increases in 13 Years
 

Collective bargaining negotiations completed during 2009 in the nonresidential construction industry resulted in the lowest average first-year increase in wages and fringe benefits since 1996, according to the year-end settlements report issued by the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC).  CLRC reports that the average first-year increase negotiated last year was $1.23 or 2.8 percent, as compared to $1.95 or 4.6 percent in 2008 - the highest percentage increase since 1999.  The average second-year increase negotiated for multi-year agreements was $1.55 or 3.2 percent in 2009, and $2.25 or 4.7 percent in 2008.

The lower level of increases negotiated in 2009 was influenced by the almost 10 percent of settlements for zero increase, CLRC notes.  Including those negotiations, 49¢ of the $1.23 average first-year increase was designated for pension fund contribution increases.

Settlements varied less by region than usual, CLRC found, with a few individual states as stand-outs, such as Illinois on the high end and Michigan on the low end. 

Also noteworthy is the greater-than-usual number of contracts negotiated for only a one-year duration.  Typically, about 40 percent of newly negotiated agreements are for three-year terms, but, in 2009, over half were negotiated for just a one-year term. 

Click here to view CLRC's full report.

Click here for information about open-shop wage increases.
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