Construction-industry collective bargaining negotiations settled during 2012 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and benefits of $1.00 or 2.2 percent, according to the annual 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 $1.30 or 2.6 percent, and the average third-year increase was $1.34 or 2.6 percent.
For all three contract yrs, the average increases negotiated in 2013 – whether measured by percentage or by dollar amount – were higher than those negotiated in 2012. As in 2012, though, there were significantly fewer settlements for zero-wage increase than in the prior year.
Regionally, the area reporting the lowest average first-year increase in 2013 was the Mountain-Northern Plains Region (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) at 1.3 percent, and the region reporting the highest was the New England Region (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) at 2.7 percent.
By craft, the lowest average percent was negotiated by the Insulators at 1.4 percent, and the highest was negotiated by the Teamsters 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 http://www.agc.org/topicalresources (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.
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