Thursday, May 5, 2011


The Association of Master Painters & Decorators of NY and the Painters D.C. #9 have reached a 4 year contract agreement. Below are some of the key details included in the agreement:

Contract Duration: May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2015

Wages & Benefits:

  • 1 year wage freeze.
  • 1.9% weighted average increase over 4 year period.
  • 20% reduction in payroll costs of wages and benefits for non-Manhattan commercial work (similar reduction for residential work through previously negotiated PLA)
  • Currently seeking PLA with REBNY for Manhattan interior work to be enacted by May 2013 for 17% to 20% cost reduction through wage/benefits and work rule changes. Failure to execute the PLA will result in the employers to contribute an additional $.50 each for May 2013 and May 2014.
  • Overtime calculation reduced to straight time plus ½ the annuity plus ½ the vacation rate – estimated 20% reduction.
  • The union is required to reduce the current healthcare costs by 10% over the course of the 4 year contract - approximately $4.4 million.
  • No future employer contributions to health benefit funds from May 2012 to May 2014 funding a union responsibility.
  • No additional employer contributions into pension fund over 4 years.
  • Security checks will be at employers’ expense.
  • No overtime for shift work on Manhattan interior work

Work Rules & Related Issues:
  • Flexible starting times between 6 AM – 9 AM.
  • Elimination of hiring hall.
  • Free use of tools.
  • No restrictions on type of work apprentices can perform.
  • Security background checks.
  • Random drug and alcohol testing paid for by the employer.
  • Adoption of top work place performance plan to retrain unqualified or unproductive employees. After 3 bad evaluations the employee can be removed from the union.
  • Working Shop and Job Stewards must be qualified and productive. May be removed after 24 hour joint hearing.
The Association and the Union are currently attempting to negotiate a PLA with REBNY.


  1. The painters really got screwed - especially with giving up their hiring hall!

    What's worse is, this is probably a pattern the contractors want to impose on the rest of us!



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