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BECHTEL AND BUILDING TRADES UNIONS SIGN UNIQUE NEW LABOR AGREEMENT

BECHTEL AND BUILDING TRADES UNIONS SIGN UNIQUE NEW LABOR AGREEMENT
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel Construction Co. (BCC), one of the nation's largest employers of union construction workers, and the Building and Construction Trades Dept. (BCTD), AFL-CIO, announced today the signing of a new labor accord.
 Titled the "National Alliance," the unique agreement represents a significant departure from previous national labor agreements in seeking to address individual construction users' needs. In the process, it focuses on many of the less traditional areas of the bargaining process.
 BCC and union officials said the key to the new cooperative pact is a commitment by both labor and management to improve the construction process and to reduce the overall cost of construction on a given job. The Alliance will accomplish this, they said, through a series of initiatives that will address such issues as enhancing a skilled work force, utilizing quality management techniques throughout both organizations, attaining the best possible safety and environmental record and lowering workers' compensation costs.
 "Construction is a rapidly changing industry and the Building Trades are constantly looking for responsive labor-management approaches that will benefit both parties," said Robert A. Georgine, president of the AFL-CIO's Building Trades Dept.
 "With this new Alliance, we have jointly developed a framework that will create and promote programs to deal with the major competitive issues facing our industry today," Georgine continued.
 Terry Farley, president of BCC, agreed.
 "The National Alliance now completes the partnership cycle at Bechtel," he said. "We already had partnerships with owners and suppliers, and now we have one with labor. We firmly believe the more cooperative partnering relationship we now have with the Building Trades will ultimately provide our customers with a better product and a lower overall cost."
 Farley explained that while the new alliance will be administered by Bechtel's senior management and by the general presidents of the Building Trades unions, joint labor management efforts also will take place concurrently at the local and jobsite levels.
 "The most important aspect of this new agreement is the application of the initiatives in the field," said Ken Hedman, BCC's vice president of labor relations.
 "Our collective efforts must provide those closest to the work process -- craft supervisors and construction workers -- with the tools and environment they need to attain the best possible safety record, to lower workers' compensation costs and to find more efficient and productive ways to perform work for the benefit of our customers."
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 /CONTACT: Larry Miller of Bechtel, 415-768-6144; or Alvin Silverman of BCTD, 202-347-1461/ CO: Bechtel Construction Co.; Building and Construction Trades Dept. ST: California IN: CST SU:


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