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CONTRACT UPDATES

Indiana Ratification Meeting Dates:

Ten County and Michiana Building Agreement Ratification Meetings:

Thursday, July 14
6:00 p.m. central at the District 7 Hall
7:00 p.m. eastern at the District 6 Hall

Indiana Contract Updates:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This afternoon, Local 150 reached a tentative 3-year agreement with the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association (NICA), the association representing the building employers in District 7.
 
If members are contacted to go back to work under the District 7 Building Agreement, they may return to work. If you are working under this agreement and have not been contacted, please call your employer and ask if they would like you to return to work.
 
A ratification meeting date will be set once tentative agreements have been reached with all three associations involved in the recent strike.
 
Local 150 is currently meeting with the Four County Highway Contractor Group, and we will update you on the progress as soon as we have some information to share.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Friday’s negotiations between Local 150 and the Four County Highway Contractors Association, the second session of the week, failed to produce an agreement between the two parties. Progress was made, and while no new negotiations have been scheduled at this time, communication between the parties remains open.
 
On Monday, June 27, Local 150 will sit down with representatives of the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association, which covers the District 7 Building Agreement. When negotiations conclude, an update will be posted here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

On Friday, Local 150 representatives met with negotiators with the Four County Highway Contractors Association to discuss the agreements under which Local 150 members across Northern Indiana are currently on strike.
 
While significant progress was made early in negotiations, resolving all outstanding language issues, this progress was halted when the association presented its economic proposal, along with several pieces of new language changes that had never before been discussed or proposed.
 
This new proposal, with its unacceptable language changes, was presented as a “last, best, and final offer,” leaving no room for a counter-proposal on our part.
 
When we indicated that the changes were not anything that we could agree to and not even close enough to agreeable to bring members in to vote on it, negotiations concluded.
 
The Four County group on Saturday night released a statement to area media outlets that we had refused to accept an increased economic proposal, never mentioning the “poison pills” it had included in its language proposals, knowing that it was unacceptable. They said we refused to budge from our economic proposal, failing to mention that we were not given a chance to even respond to their proposal.
 
While we, and several representatives of the employers’ negotiating committee, were very glad to see the progress that came early in the session, it seems that the latter portion of negotiations amounted to little more than Chairman Keith Rose posturing for the next round of media, setting the situation so that he could irresponsibly spin it in the hopes of driving the public and other trades against us.
 
Negotiations are best held at the table, not in the newspaper, and while the employers seem content to spout inaccurate numbers into the media to paint us as villains, we encourage them to get serious and negotiate in good faith with us. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This morning, Local 150 expanded its strike to affect all building and highway projects being performed under the District 7 building agreement, the Four County highway agreement, and the Ten County agreement. This comes after employers did not bring back new proposals after all three proposed agreements were rejected by members on June 5th.

Employers who are not behind the negotiating tactics of the highway associations have begun signing on to an independent agreement, which covers healthcare costs, allowing them to resume work.

Please direct calls regarding individual job sites to your District Hall or Business Agent. Check back on this website, as new information will continue to be posted as events occur. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Today, Local 150 expanded its strike, which began last Thursday, to include approximately 12 asphalt plants across Northern Indiana. The strike comes in the wake of stalled contract negotiations between the union and three major employer associations as well as several individual employers.
 
The expanded strike now affects several employers operating asphalt plants and various heavy equipment, several of which are signatory to the Four County Constructors Group (FCCG) and the Indiana Constructors Association (ICA). Together, these two associations represent employers performing the majority of the road and bridge work across Northern Indiana. The strike against the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association (NICA) continues, impacting building projects in Northwest Indiana.
 
The unions’ contracts with all three employer associations are expired, and all three associations’ latest proposals were overwhelmingly rejected by Local 150 members on Sunday, June 5th.
 
Local 150’s main focus in negotiations has not been on wage raises, but instead on keeping up with rapidly increasing healthcare inflation costs. Failure to cover the inflationary costs would result in a reduction of benefits or the reduction in wages to cover the costs, both of which are unacceptable, considering all that Local 150 members have sacrificed in the last two years to stabilize benefits.
 
“Wages are not the primary source of disagreement,” said David Fagan, Local 150 Financial Secretary and lead negotiator in Indiana. “The cost of healthcare is running wild, and we are trying to ensure that our members and their families can simply maintain the level of coverage that they currently have. We cannot have a situation where members working under one agreement for a contractor are subsidizing the cost of insurance for members working for another contractor.”
 
Local 150’s strike affects building, road, bridge, and various other types of work being performed in Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, La Grange, Marshall, Fulton, Kosciusko, Noble, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski Counties.
 
Many employers who have voiced their disagreement with the hardline negotiating tactics being utilized by FCCG and ICA have walked away from the associations and formed their own, the Northern Indiana Independent Contractors Group (NIICG), which signed an agreement with Local 150 on last Tuesday.
 
In anticipation of today’s strike, numerous employers previously signed to FCCG and ICA began reaching out to Local 150 last week to sign on to the NIICG agreement. Employers signed to the NIICG agreement will not be affected by potential large scale job action against employers signed to the FCCG and ICA agreements.
 
No further negotiations between Local 150 and NICA, FCCG, or ICA have been scheduled at this time.
 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

This morning, members working under the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association Building Agreement went on strike against several employers covering work in Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski Counties.

After the association’s latest proposal was unanimously rejected by members on Sunday, the association did not revise its proposal, and the Union initiated a strike early this morning.

At issue are benefit costs. The Union’s primary focus in negotiations has not been wages, but rather the 10-14% inflationary costs associated with healthcare coverage. Failure to cover those costs would require members to either give up their level of coverage or take money away from wages to cover the difference in cost. Neither of those options is acceptable, as members have committed money over the past two years to stabilize the pension and benefits funds.

Local 150 will continue to seek a fair and equitable agreement that meets members’ needs and allows employers to remain successful.

At this time, there has also been no response from the Four County or Ten County associations following the rejection of their proposals by members in Districts 6 and 7. Please watch this site carefully for updates.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Local 150 has reached an agreement with the Northern Indiana Independent Contractors Group, made up of contractors who have expressed disapproval of the hardline negotiating tactics of the Four and Ten County associations and hope to avoid job action associated with the two associations’ contract proposals.

The two-year agreement calls for total package increases of approximately 3.5% annually.

Employers signing this agreement would not be affected by any potential job action on the two heavy highway agreements. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Three contracts were voted upon this morning: the Four County Heavy & Highway at 9:00 a.m., the Ten County Heavy and Highway at 10:00 a.m., and the Northwest Indiana Builders Association Agreement at 11:00 a.m.

After the employers’ last and final proposals were read at each respective meeting, the membership overwhelmingly rejected all three. In the event that negotiations with employer organizations cease, these rejections will serve as authorization to strike.

Work in the area has remained strong throughout the recession when compared to adjacent markets like Northeastern Illinois, and so the Union’s goal of keeping up with inflationary costs of benefits are in no way unreasonable. For the last two years, the members of Local 150 have committed dollars out of our own pockets to stabilize our benefit funds. It is now time for the employers to share the load with us.

The Local 150 negotiating team will continue to work toward a fair and equitable agreement that protects the benefits of all members while allowing employers to remain successful.

Please check this website often, as updates will be regularly posted here as the situation continues to unfold.



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