Joint Council 7 TEAMSTER

Volume 58, Number 4

Teamster Master Construction Locals Ratify new 3-Year Agreement

The 13 local unions that are signatory to the Northern California Teamster Master Construction Agreement (137, 150, 287, 315, 386, 431, 439, 533, 665, 853, 890, 912, and 948) and their respective members have unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for the period of July 1, 2013 thru June 30, 2016, reports Nor Cal Construction Chairman Dale Robbins.

The agreement calls for a $1.51, $1.56 and $1.60 per hour increase for a total of $4.67 over the three years.

The Nor Cal negotiating committee was comprised of Michael Tobin, Local 150; George Netto, Local 287; Ralph Miranda, Local 665; Stu Helfer, Local 853; Jim Sveum and Dale Robbins, both from Local 315. The committee met with the Associated General Contractors and United Contractors Associations who represent the bulk of the construction contractors. Many other small local contractors sign a “Me Too” white paper individual agreement.

The agreement covers the geographic area of the 46 Northern California counties to the Oregon border and east to Nevada state line and just south of Fresno.

“The Teamsters master construction agreement sets the prevailing wage rates for the Teamsters classifications in both the federal and the state prevailing wage determinations posted by the Department of Industrial Relations,” explained Robbins.

In the peak of the work season, several hundred Teamsters work on various projects throughout Northern California.

High Speed Rail agreement signed

On another positive note, on behalf of the Teamsters, Robbins signed the new Community Benefits/Project Labor Agreement between the California Building and Construction Trades Council and the California High Speed Rail Authority. The agreement’s wage and fringe benefits are based on master labor agreements of all individual trades. The agreement will be in place throughout the life of the project, covering an estimated $68 billion of construction over the next two or three decades.

“State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter did an outstanding job in negotiating this historic agreement,” says Robbins. “He deserves a lot of the credit for making this project a reality for the thousands of working men and women who will ultimately work on this project.”