Iuoe Local 302 Master Labor Agreement

Hudson Yards Developer Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) are engaged in a kind of struggle for the labor contract for the next phase of massive development. Similar claims that some unions that will participate in the new agreement have defrauded it of $100 million and have negotiated directly with the unions they want in the workplace. The company recently announced that it had entered into its own deal with the New York City District Council of Carpenters to provide labor in the Hudson Yards, but BCTC President Gary LaBarbera said shortly after the Real Deal that there was no such deal and called the announcement a “simple press stunt for Related to try to save face.” UPDATE: 7. September 2018: A preliminary agreement has been reached between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contractors of Washington, the Seattle Times reported. If the proposed framework contract is approved, it would end a 17-day strike at construction sites in western Washington. Project employment contracts (PDOs), usually negotiated with unions, are a contentious issue for many in the construction industry, but proponents argue that they set the rules for all participants in a construction project and are the best way to get fair employment. Critics say union rates of pay increase costs and penalize non-unionized businesses and employees. Both the AGC of America and the Associated Builders and Contractors reject government-imposed EPAs. But many companies choose to participate in such agreements in order to enjoy standard benefits such as the assurance that there will be no strikes or lockouts during their projects, a steady flow of workers trained in safety procedures and their trade, and reduced bargaining time by covering all contracted unions.

The union, which represents concrete workers, pavers and other heavy machine operators, told its members to “resign from all picket actions and return to regular work status” from Friday, September 7. The strike began on August 21, after the union rejected two AGCW proposals. This third agreement involves an increase in wages and benefits of 17.8% over three years, compared to the increase of 13.1% and 15% previously proposed. A statement posted Wednesday on the AGCW website called it “the largest increase in parcels in the history of our negotiations on Local 302.” . . .