Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cement League Strike Update

At this time The District Council and the Cement League have failed to reach an agreement. The District Council in accordance with the strike vote authorized by the Delegate Body is on strike against Cement League contractors on non-PLA jobs. The position and past practice of the New York City Building and Construction Trades Council is that other trades will NOT honor economic picket lines of another Trade. In the unlikely scenario that contractors attempt to replace union trades people with non-union workers this position will be revisited.

This is especially important on Project Labor Agreements or PLA jobs. While we recognize individual member’s rights in regards to picket lines, the District Council is contractually bound by a “no-strike” provision on these projects. If the District Council was found to be in violation of this provision we would be subject to potentially catastrophic damages in court or through arbitration. Therefore, while we recognize individual members have a right not to cross a picket line the District Council is legally obligated to keep these jobs running without interruption.

It is our intention to conclude our negotiations as quickly as possible. Please refer to our website nycdistrictcouncil.com for continuing updates and a list of PLA jobs with “no strike” provisions.

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