Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgAugust 19, 2010 / Issue No. 4-10
AGC Home Page
Email our Editor
Search Back Issues
Forward to a Friend
Subscribe
Printer Friendly
On the Inside
Labor Relations
AGC Persuades Corps of Engineers to Withdraw PLA Requirement
Year-to-Date Collective Bargaining Results in Low and No Increases in Wages and Fringe Benefits
AGC Union Contractors Exchange Views with Carpenters and Operating Engineers General Presidents at New England Regional Meeting
NLRB Finds Regional Carpenters Council was Bound to National Construction Agreement and Plan for Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes
Supreme Court Invalidates Decisions of Two-Member NLRB; Senate Confirms Two New NLRB Members
Legal Compliance
DOL Revises Interpretation of "Clothes," Changing Time Considered Compensable
Labor Department Clarifies Definition of "Son or Daughter" in FMLA
Labor Department Revises Child Labor Law, Leaves AGC-Supported Apprentice Exemption in Place
DOL Issues Guidance on Breaks for Nursing Mothers Under the FLSA
Homeland Security Department Revises Rule on Electronic Processing and Storage of I-9 Forms
OFCCP Plans to Strengthen the Affirmative Action Obligations Related to Individuals with Disabilities
Employee Benefits
Temporary Pension Relief Legislation Enacted
COBRA Subsidy Expires; Extension Seems Unlikely
HR Professional Development
AGC HR and Training Conference to Highlight Link between Coaching, Workplace Performance and Corporate Results
Year-to-Date Collective Bargaining Results in Low and No Increases in Wages and Fringe Benefits
 

Collective bargaining settlements reported to the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) between January and June of this year resulted in an average first-year wage-and-benefits increase of $0.55 or 1.1 percent.  This is considerably lower than the $1.49 or 3.1 percent average increase reported for the comparable period last year.  The average second-year increase in newly negotiated multi-year agreements is $0.69 or 1.6 percent, and the average third-year increase is $1.01 or 2.2 percent.  These increases are also lower than those negotiated a year earlier, but by a smaller margin, according to CLRC.  As reported earlier in Human Resource & Labor News, wage-and-benefit increases negotiated in 2009 overall were the lowest in 13 years.

CLRC found widespread occurrences of small or zero increases during the period.  "Almost a quarter of new agreements were freezes or reductions, and about two-thirds were less than two percent," CLRC reported in its latest Wage amd Benefit Settlements Report.  "Similarly, about two-thirds of the first-year increases were less than one dollar.  Almost all second- and third-year increases were under three percent," CLRC said.  This is not surprising given the economy, nor is the shorter duration of newly negotiated contracts.  Most parties agreed to just one-year agreements, with the vast majority of the remainder agreeing to three-year agreements.

Of the 80 settlements covered by the report, 33 were from the East North Central Region, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, west Virginia, and Wisconsin.   The average first-year increase in that region was about double the national average at $1.11 or 2.0 percent. 

The complete report - which provides an early indication of 2010 bargaining results and will be followed by further reports later this year -- is posted along with other CLRC reports on the Labor & HR Topical Resources page of AGC's website at www.agc.org/labor/topicalresources.  Select "Collective Bargaining" from the first pull-down menu and "Collective Bargaining Agreement Data" from the second for links to the reports.  For a searchable database of collectively bargained wage and fringe benefit rates, go to www.agc.org/cbrates

Collective bargaining AGC Chapters are reminded to kindly send all settlements information to CLRC promptly upon completion.  Information may be submitted by e-mail at clrc@clrc.biz, by fax to (202) 347-8442, or by mail to 1750 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20006. 
Return to Top

2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400 • Arlington, VA 22201 • 703.548.3118 (phone) • 703.548.3119 (fax) • www.agc.org
AGC Home | About AGC | Advocacy | Industry Topics | Construction Markets | Programs & Events | Career Development | News & Media

To ensure delivery of AGC’s Human Resource & Labor News, please add 'communications@agc.org' to your email address book or Safe Sender List. If you are still having problems receiving our communications, visit our white-listing page for more details.

© Copyright The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. All Rights Reserved.


The Associated General Contractors of America | Quality People. Quality Projects.