Thursday, June 28, 2012

Contract Negotiations Update

At last nights delegate body meeting EST Mike Bilello said he is continuing contract talks with our contractor associations and both sides have agreed to extend the terms and conditions of our previous contracts until July 31, 2012. The contracts expired June 30, 2011, but an “evergreen clause” keeps them in effect for one year.

Bilello said communication is ongoing and he remains opposed to "full mobility" and will continue negotiating to come up with a contract that works for both sides.

There is no strike or any other job action authorized at this time. In the event that a strike becomes necessary all Local Affiliates, District Representatives, Shop Stewards and Members will be notified. 

On March 27, rank and filers soundly rejected four contracts negotiated with contractor associations last year—a blow to contractors because the deals included a number of work-rule changes that they have long coveted.

The primary one was “full mobility” provision that would have that would to enable contractors to hire 100% of their workers, bypassing the councils out-of-work list, except for shop stewards.

The NYCDCC (Forde & Thomassen) were held in contempt of Court for violations of the out-of-work list. The standing order mandated by Federal Judge Haight, dated May 26, 2009 mandated a 67% - 33% Hiring Ratio from the councils out-of-work list.

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