Local Union Strikes For Pay Increase

Jul 11, 2012, 11:23 ET from MCA Detroit

DETROIT, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Detroit Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Local Union 636 of the Metropolitan Detroit Area, struck the Employer members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit (MCA Detroit) at various construction job-sites in Southeastern Michigan. During its most recent four-year contract, pipefitters represented by Local 636 received an increase of $7.80 per hour, despite the fact the metropolitan Detroit area experienced one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. The Pipefitters are demanding a raise of $7.20/hour over three years ($22,000+ over three years with 2,000 hours worked.) 

"We are merely trying to freeze the wage and benefit package at its current level, which is the highest in the Detroit Building Trades," Carl Evans Managing Director of MCA Detroit, noted. "In these tough economic times we are not asking them to do more than what other Building Trades have done."

"We are very concerned that any further increases in our labor costs in this distressed market will result in the loss of customers for Contractors and the loss of jobs for our pipefitter employees," said Evans. "That hurts everyone."

MCA Detroit is a multi-employer association, representing the interests of both mechanical and plumbing contractors in Southeastern Michigan.  The Association has negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of their contractors for over 50 years.