Contract 2012 update
The Contract 2012 workshops, hosted by Locals throughout Northern California, were a great success. Based on the comments collected at the 40 workshops, members appreciated the effort.
"[There was] a lot of information covered in a short time," wrote a Local 46 member. "As an apprentice, I found it profitable and informative." A member who attended in Seaside wrote, "This was my first meeting, and I personally think that it was very informational and well presented. I learned a lot." Other members offered suggestions, including one who supports the Council’s use of technology: "Build as big as possible internet movement to strengthen our position." Members in outlying areas appreciated the effort; one at Local 751 wrote, "Thank you for showing up here in Eureka."
More than 1,200 members submitted comments to the Contract 2012 Negotiating Committee. Opinions covered a range, from the Local 35 member who wrote, "I don’t mind a wage freeze if it means getting back to work," to the Local 22 member who suggested, "Maintain [our] benefits package. No ‘give backs.’ Extend the current wage rise rate through 2015."
To keep up with the latest information on the contract talks, visit www.nccrc.org and sign up for email messages, or sign up for text alerts by texting NCCRC to 25827 (standard text messaging rates apply, depending on your carrier).Most members, however, seemed to agree with the feeling of one Local 605 member who wrote, "Health/welfare and pension are very important. Slight raise every year may work out." A member from Local 46 seemed to agree: "No rise for two years until the economy gets better. Keep wages locked in and benefits." A member from Local 405 echoed a strong theme running through many comments: "Keep us competitive in the market. We need the work hours."
CONTRACT TALKS MOVE AHEAD
Although the workshops are over, contract talks are ongoing.
"Our Bargaining Team has had several early, informal bargaining sessions with the Construction Employers Association (CEA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC)," said Bill Feyling, Executive Director of the Carpenters 46 Counties Conference Board. "The discussions have been challenging, as one might expect, given the current state of the economy, however the Committee is cautiously optimistic of reaching an extension of the current agreement for ratification by the membership."
One Local 22 member ended his note with good wishes for the committee: "Good luck to you! For us! Stay strong and together. Carpenters 2012."