There has been a tentative agreement reached between the AGC & GCCA and the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. The negotiations committee, which is, comprised of Council staff and Rank and File members from Oregon and SW Washington, unanimously recommends a YES vote.
After carefully considering the online survey results the bargaining committee has negotiated a proposal, which reflects the results from the majority of the membership.
-This three-year agreement includes some minor language changes that will help expedite the evaluation process when bringing in new Carpenters.
-Proposed wage increases for the first year (June 1) is $1.00- which is a 2.2% increase
*COLA was at 1.7%
-The following two years (June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015) wage increases will follow COLA (Cost Of Living Allowance).
-No old work protection on private projects
Historically our wage increases have generally followed COLA, and using the 30 year average of COLA increases, by the end of this contract we would be over $50/ hr total package.(based on a 2.87% average since 1983)
Again, your bargaining committee of Council Staff and rank and file members recommends we vote YES by May 30th.
Please see the attached for the letter from GP Douglas McCarron regarding the closing of Locals 1501 and 2247 in Alaska. Local 1501 & 2247 Letter
Not if we can help it!
The Washington State Transportation Committee will be meeting today at 1:30pm to debate amendments to the State Senate Transportation Budget. One of these amendments could remove the $81 million currently in the budget to fund the Columbia River Crossing. If this amendment passes, the project ends on July 1, 2013. Please call the list below and-
“URGE THEM TO NOT SUPPORT ANY AMENDMENTS TO REMOVE THE $81 MILLION FOR THE COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING.”
Thank you to everyone who made calls in support!
Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Supporters,
The Columbia River Crossing project is an important issue to our members. The state of Oregon has committed its half of the funding to get the bridge build, and now all eyes are on Washington. There are efforts to block the project by a minority of policy makers siting various reasons for their opposition, all of which are untrue. Read the facts here: CRC petition responses
The truth is that the current bridge is unsafe, and needs to be replaced. The bridge replacement will bring with it thousands upon thousands of work hours of good family wage jobs which are much needed to boost to our economy.
There are two days of actions surrounding the Columbia River Crossing project, and your help is both needed and appreciated.
The Carpenters are joining the proponents of the Columbia River Crossing in a day of action. We will be contacting our State Legislators and urging them to include the funding of the Columbia River Crossing in the upcoming Transportation Budget. To find your Legislator, please visit: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
Call or Email on April 8th to urge your Legislator to Build this Bridge! Talking points can include:
- CRC will create 4,200 jobs bringing $231 million in wages to boost our local economy by 2030
- The current project is built on wood pilings that are not deep enough to sustain the bridge should an earthquake hit
- If Washington does not commit, we will lose $850 million in federal funding and $450 million from Oregon
On April 9th the C-Tran Board of Directors will be holing their regular meeting at 5:30pm at the Vancouver Library located at Evergreen Blvd and C Street in downtown Vancouver. Opponents of the project are trying to pack the room for this televised meeting in an attempt to show that “most people oppose this project”. This is to try to sway those on the C-Tran Board who are in favor of the CRC, to vote against it. We know support of the CRC far outweighs the small minority of those against it, so lets show them. We need to fill the room, the hallways, and any other vacant space with those who know the CRC is good for jobs, good for Washington, and good for the local communities. Show up early, as space will be limited!
Thank you for your support of our economy, or community, labor, and the much-needed jobs the CRC will bring!