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Constructors Association acts to reduce competition.

Constructors Association acts to reduce competition

In a move to help counter increasing competition from nonunion construction companies, the National Constructors Association and the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department negotiated a contract containing "model' language to be incorporated into individual labor contracts between their member contractors and member unions. The agreement will bring stability, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of large construction projects, according to negotiators for both sides. The agreement, which does not deal directly with pay rates, calls for--

Flexible work hours between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Flexible workweeks.

Seven standard unpaid holidays.

Elimination of premium pay for night and weekend work.

Prohibition of all strikes during contract terms, backed by expedited grievance procedures to rule on stoppages that do occur and the possibility of union damage payments to employers of $10,000 per day per worker for unwarranted stoppages.

Elimination of travel and subsistence payments to employees in many cases.

Permission for employers to fire employees for excessive absences from work.

Permission for companies to hire more nonunion employees, such as trainees and preapprentices.

The New National Construction Stabilization Agreement also established a joint committee to assure uniform interpretation and application of the provisions.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1987
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