Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgFebruary 6, 2014 / Issue No. 01-14
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Labor Law
NLRB Re-Proposes "Quickie Election" Rule
NLRB Abandons Notice-Posting Rule
Circuit Court Validates Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements
Wage-Hour Law
Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of “Changing Clothes” Under The Fair Labor Standards Act
Federal Contracting
OFCCP’s Disability and Veterans Rules Effective March 24, Mandatory Self-ID Form Released
Recording of AGC’s Latest Davis-Bacon Webinar Series Now Available
Labor Department Provides Clarification on Application of Davis-Bacon to Survey Crews
Union Contracting
Updated Inventory of Construction-Industry Multiemployer Pension Plans Released as Advocacy Efforts for Reform Continue
Collective Bargaining in 2013 Yields Average 1st-Year Increase of 2.2 Percent
Construction Union Membership and Members’ Earnings Both Rise in 2013, While Nonunion Workers’ Earnings Decline
HR Practice
Save the Date: 2014 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference Set for Oct. 15-17 in Phoenix, Arizona
Health FSA Rules Modified to Allow Carryover
Counting the Cost of Payroll Cards: Are They Worth It for Employers?
Construction Firms Plan to Hire in 2014, Worry About Worker Shortages
Collective Bargaining in 2013 Yields Average 1st-Year Increase of 2.2 Percent

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 (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 or (703) 837-5326.

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