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January 2021 Light at the End of the Tunnel

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District 4 Members Ratify Heavy Highway and Building Agreements

At a ratification meeting held on May 17th at the District 4 Hall in Rockford, nearly 100 members unanimously voted to accept a four-year agreement with the Northern Illinois Contractors Association. These contracts cover both heavy-highway and building work.

In addition to annual wage increases of 3.25 percent, the contract includes the same language updates as the agreements reached in Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5. The most notable changes ensure that additional setup or assembly work is assigned to Operating Engineers. 

“I am pleased by the turnout and the enthusiasm in support of this agreement,” said Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney. “Updates in this contract will allow our members to keep up with the cost of living, enable our contractors to remain successful, and minimize language disputes that are avoidable and time-consuming.”

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