The local elected bargaining committee and they spent dozens of hours bringing home the best deal our local has seen in years. This included participating in a one-day training of the negotiating team to prepare for the negotiations, the first ever organized by the locals. Third, we continue to invest and train our members at the highest level to meet the needs of the modern construction and service industry. Other contract improvements include an increase in foremen`s pay to 12.5% over the corporate level; The obligation to provide pay cheques in privacy envelopes; Retroactive payment and protection for rest periods. Bill Guthrie, chief of business for AU Local 393, said there were five factors for this success. No other UA-Local, IBEW-Lokale or Blecharbeiter local contract negotiations in 2015 in Northern California raised a better amount of money: an increase of 3.50 USD per hour per year for three years only for a total of 10.50 USD per hour increase! On 30 July, the two ratified, by a near-unanimous vote of the members, the new treaty on the Master Labor Agreement, which expires on 30 June 2018, and then voted in favour of the allocation of the first increase effectively and retroactively to 1 July 2015. But with good union contracts, there is a collective responsibility. As we grow, rat entrepreneurs grow too. Look no further than the use of sacramento non-union workers on downtown San Jose`s one South Market Project.
First, our elected bargaining committee was very convinced of what we were doing and it was clear that the members had our backs – something our employers also knew. Guthrie said: “We would be naïve to say that we have total control of our market share. I think all members need to know that. We must fight the practices of our non-unionized competition. Our success in negotiating future contracts and continuing the work of members for good union jobs that keep the family requires the commitment of all of us – from apprentices to companions to retirees – to counter non-unionized contractors who are trying to deprive our families of food. Second, the technology industry has caused a regional construction boom. This is a good time to negotiate. Finally, our local continues our proud history of commitment and commitment to our community, while building the political power to negotiate union work. “They`re taking away one of those elements and we wouldn`t have seen that win,” Guthrie said.