Three Specialty Trades Reach Contract Agreement

The Ironworkers ratified a three year agreement by a four to one margin. This concluded the construction industry contract negotiation season for this year. Earlier this summer the plumbers and pipefitters and the sprinkler fitters reached agreement.

The only negotiation which resulted in a strike was the sprinkler fitters. The strike by the union representing 300 members shut down 40 construction sites with an estimate 20000 other union members honoring the pickets at various times.

This is the first strike in the construction industry since the Operating Engineers Local 302 shut down the industry for almost the entire month of August when negotiations broke down between them and the concrete suppliers. The settlements in all three negotiations continue to be in the record levels even though there are beginning signs of the economy slowing.

For more information contact Doug Peterson AGCs Director of Labor Relations at 206-284-0061 or dpeterson@agcwa.com.