OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Construction Teamsters in Northern California and Nevada have ratified an agreement with the United Contractors Association and the Associated General Contractors by an enthusiastic margin. The new Master Construction Agreement covers nearly 400 hardworking men and women in the construction industry.
The four-year agreement provides for improvements to wages, pension and paid sick leave compensation, and maintains the existing active and retiree health and welfare plans.
"This agreement covers 13 Teamster locals in an area spanning from Fresno in the south to the Oregon state border, and from the Pacific Ocean to Nevada on the east, including the Reno/Tahoe basin," said Stu Helfer, Chairman of the Heavy, Highway, Building and Construction Teamsters Committee for Northern California.
"Our committee knew what was important to our membership and we were able to win a good settlement without any losses in existing language or conditions. Construction in California has been on an uptick over the past year or so and the local unions were well positioned to take advantage of it," Helfer said.
The negotiating climate was strengthened by the recent Ready Mix settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area, where over 600 Ready Mix drivers also recently ratified a new four-year agreement.
The Master Construction Agreement keeps the Teamster construction membership on the same contract cycle as the other major crafts involved in construction in the area, which was one of the strategic issues that were considered in the negotiations.
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