Bricklayers, Contractors Come to Agreement
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The 30 day strike by Bricklayers ended Wednesday when members of Local-1 and the Mason Contractors Association signed a new agreement.
It’s a four year agreement retroactive to June first and all bricklayers will return to work Thursday morning.
The Bricklayers will get a $3.40 an hour raise over four years: Immediately, 55 cents an hour; 2nd year – 85cents; 3rd year – $1; and the 4th year – $1
The package also maintains the eight hour day, 40-hour work week with overtime after eight hours on any given day.
The union agreed to a number of contractor’s proposals including using Saturday as a make up day due to loss of work in bad weather.
Other highlights of the final settlement include Local 1:
Maintaining the right of the negotiating committee to determine how the total economic page will be split between wages and benefits.
Maintaining the 30 pound weight limit on a block to be lifted by one man, a key safety issue for the union.
Maintaining the full $2 per hour payment into the union’s vacation fund.
The Union agreed to a number of the contractor’s proposals to include:
Relief for the contractors paying any mandated assessments for future pension liabilities.
The use of corner poles as a construction guide for laying a line of brick instead of first building the traditional brick corner as the laying guide.
Assigning a union steward from one of the contractor’s existing employees on a specific job regardless of the size of the project.
Local 1 represents some 1,600 bricklayers , tuckpointers and caulker/cleaners.
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