Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgJanuary 24, 2013 / Issue No. 1-13
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Labor Relations
Federal Court Finds Michigan PLA Law Preempted by NLRA
Free Members-Only AGC Webinar on Multi-Employer Pension Reform January 29, 2013
Collective Bargaining in 2012 Yields Average 1st-Year Increase of 2%
Court Dismisses Carpenters’ RICO Lawsuit Against Building Trades
Federal Labor Agencies Update Regulatory Agendas
Review of 2012 W-2s Necessary After Fiscal Cliff Deal Increases Transit Benefits
Care for Adult Children under FMLA Clarified
U.S. Transportation Department Issues Guidance on State-Approved Recreational and Medical Marijuana Use
Health Care
AGC to Host Webinar on the Affordable Care Act
IRS Proposes Regulations for Affordable Care Act “Pay or Play” Mandate
Group Health Plans Undergo Strenuous Labor Department Audits
Prepare Your Workforce for Flu Epidemic
Special Events
Don’t Miss the Jan. 31 Early-Bird Deadline for AGC’s Annual Convention - March 5-9 in Palm Springs, CA
Combined Construction HR and Training Professionals Conferences Set for Oct. 16-17 in Chicago
Collective Bargaining in 2012 Yields Average 1st-Year Increase of 2%

Construction-industry collective bargaining negotiations settled during 2012 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and benefits of $0.88 or 2.0 percent, according to the year-end Settlements Report issued by the AGC-supported Construction Labor Research Council.  For newly negotiated multi-year contracts, the average negotiated second-year increase was $1.08 or 2.3 percent, and the average third-year increase was $1.13 or 2.4 percent.

While comparison to prior years’ data is approximate due to recent changes in CLRC methodology, the report notes that 2012 increases, as percentages, are higher than 2011 increases for the first contract year, the same for the second contract year, and lower for the third contract year.  Zero-percent increases in 2012 were “negotiated much less often than in 2011,” CLRC reports.  Increases in the range of 2.1 – 2.5 percent were most common in 2012.

The lowest percent average increase by region was in the South Central region (AR, LA, MN, OK, TX) at 1.1 percent, and the highest was in the New England region (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) at 3.4 percent.  By craft, the lowest average percent was negotiated by the Boilermakers at 0.4 percent, and the highest was negotiated by both the Millwrights and the crane operators (Operating Engineers) at 2.7 percent.

The full report is available via the link embedded above and, along with other CLRC reports, via AGC’s online Labor & HR Topical Resources library at (under the main category “Collective Bargaining” and subcategory “Collective Bargaining Agreements Data”).  It contains additional data and charts, as well as information about custom research and CLRC’s consulting services.

For more information, please contact Denise Gold, Associate General Counsel, at
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