Local 302 Master Labor Agreement

Project work contracts (GPs), which are generally negotiated with unions, are controversial to many in the construction industry, but proponents say they set the rules for all participants in a construction project and are the best way to get fair employment. Critics say union pay rates increase costs and penalize non-unionized businesses and workers. The MCO of America and the Associated Builders and Contractors reject the mandatory STATE-mandated PLA. Hudson Yards Developer Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) are caught up in some sort of battle over the employment contract for the next phase of massive development. Similar claims that some unions that will be involved in the new agreement have defrauded him of $100 million and negotiated directly with the unions they want to work with. The company recently announced that it had reached its own agreement with the New York City District Council of Carpenters to deliver labour to Hudson Yards, but Board President Gary LaBarbera told The Real Deal shortly after that there was no such deal and called the announcement a “simple press stunt for Related to try to save face.” UPDATE: September 7, 2018: A preliminary agreement has been reached between the International Union of Local Operational Engineers 302 and the Associated General Contractors of Washington, reports the Seattle Times. If the proposed main employment contract were adopted, it would lead to the end of the 17-day strike on construction sites in Western Washington. But many companies choose to participate in such agreements to use standard services such as assurance that there will be no strikes or lockouts in their projects, a constant influx of workers trained in safety procedures and their trade, and a reduced bargaining time by covering all unions under contract.

The union, which represents concrete workers, pavers and other heavy equipment operators, instructed its members to “perform in all strike actions and return to regular working status” effective Friday, September 7. The strike began on 21 August, after the union rejected two GATW proposals. This third agreement provides for a 17.8% increase in wages and benefits over a three-year price from the previously proposed 13.1% increase and a 15% increase. In a statement published Wednesday on the GATW website, it was “the largest increase in parcels in the history of our local 302 negotiations.”

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