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.

Copyright KMOX Radio

  • AGD

    The strike was 8 weeks long. That doesn’t equate to 30 days.

  • ames

    50 days too long…

  • Karen

    50 day long strike, not 30! The amount of days coupled with the fact that it took place during the busiest time of the year makes me furious at both the union and the contractors. I hope the contractors felt finacial pain and loss during this time for their arrogant stubborness. Other trades should be greatful for the fight Local 1 fought and the message that fight sends to others who are trying to minimize the unions as well as the skill and talent these bricklayers possess!
    If breaking the union was the ulitmate goal for them, maybe they should have chosen the laborers as the guinee pigs- now there is fight they could have won. There is no skill necessary in holding signs and picking up trash, yet the folks doing this job are getting paid nearly the same as those in a highly skilled trade AND they get to retire sooner than any other trade! This is where the unions get a bad name!!

  • glab42

    Karen, you obviously do not know what you are talking about. Do some research, if you know how.

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