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CCIA Annual Report 2008 LABOR RELATIONS Throughout 2008, the Labor Relations staff was engaged in supporting our members in the following areas: labor agreement interpretation, representation in labor negotiations, grievances, arbitrations, and unfair labor practices. Significant efforts were also made to improve the financial condition, operation, and benefit structures of the Taft-Hartley fringe benefit plans where the CCIA staff and employer representatives sit as trustees. Advice was also provided to our members to ensure compliance with all labor laws and with regard to our members’ interactions with other state and federal agencies regulating the employment relationship in such areas as Workers’ Compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act, state and federal prevailing wage rate questions and discrimination laws. The Teamster negotiations were completed in March on behalf of our members who are signatory to the Teamster ReadyMixed and In-Plant and Heavy and Highway Agreements. A diligent negotiation team was able to negotiate a mutually beneficial and competitive economic package along with revision of the grievance procedure to revitalize the State Panel step in the process. The three year agreement improved wages by .75, .80 and .90 cents per hour in each year. Health contributions increased in the second and third years by .36 and .40 cents and pensions contributions increased by .65 cents in each year. The total package cost was $5.16 over three years. The agreements also accommodated requirements of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 by including a 10 percent increase in pension contributions to permit adoption of the Act’s mandated Rehabilitation Plan aimed at putting this underfunded plan on a better financial footing – avoiding employer surcharges. The UPS and Master Freight agreements also contained 10 percent increases. Also in March, we negotiated new three-year agreements with the Operating Engineers covering employees who work under their six labor agreements with CCIA and AGC. The agreements improved wages by $1.00 in each year. Joint Apprenticeship contributions were increased by .10 cents per year, pensions by .50 in each year and health contributions by .25 cents per year. The total three-year cost was $5.55. A new Favored Nations clause was added and the Market Recovery language was modified and updated. In November of 2008, we amended the Ironworkers agreement to redirect .15 cents in employer health contributions to the pension plan in each of the next three years. This was necessary due to declining stock market performance and the need to submit a Rehabilitation Plan. This year marked a continuation of a generally constructive relationship with most of the unions we deal with and the reduction of jurisdictional disputes between unions. Some unions continue to advocate strict construction of their agreements to ensure the maximum amount of work for their members. Putting Construction Projects On Solid Ground For 75 Years. Dewatering Systems: • Wellpoint Systems • Sewer Bypass • Turn-Key Contract • Peizometers • Deep Well Systems • Permanent Dewatering • Biopolymer Trenches • Monitoring Wells • Eductor Systems Systems • Slurry Wall Griffin Dewatering New England, Inc. Toll Free: (800) 243-7136 299 Hop River Road • Bolton, CT 06043-7411 E-mail: Visit our website: A Breed Apart Hard Work. Honesty. Quality of Services. These are our founding principles we’ve brought to every job for more than 40 years. 860-242-7419 • 103 Old Windsor Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002 28 / CONNstruction / Spring 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2009

CONNstruction - Spring 2009
The Proving Year
AGC’s Building Division – Where the Value Shines Through
A List Worth Checking
In Defense of “Special Interests”
The Vexatious Litigant
Your Industry Association Membership - Now More Than Ever
Executive Summary
CCIA’s Executive Committee and Officers for 2009
CCIA Board of Directors 2009
Association Activities
Education and Training
Legislative-Lobbying and Government Relations
Labor Relations
CCIA Division Officers
CCIA Staff
Plenty of Parking
Building a Foundation
Connecticut Roadbuilders Fall Meeting
UCAC Annual Scholarship Auction
2008 CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Reception
Diggers/Mixers/Fixers Golf Outing
AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Spring 2009