Holiday Pay – What Does Your Union Contract Say?

The collective bargaining agreement between Reyco Granning, a commercial vehicle suspension supplier, and the Teamsters provides holiday pay to workers who work at least 8 hours on the last regularly scheduled workday prior to the holiday. The CBA further states that an exception “may be made” if an employee arrives to work late by less…
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Multi-Employer Contract Bargaining

Multi-employer bargaining happens when two or more employers bargain or negotiate through an agent or committee with a labor organization that represents the employees of both employers. Employers who negotiate in a group like this are in a stronger position when sitting across the negotiating table from the union. Multi-employer contracts are mostly seen in…
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New Ohio Prevailing Wage Thresholds Take Effect September 29, 2013

Area wage standards, union scale, and “prevailing wages” are minimum payments contractors or subcontractors must pay employees when performing certain publicly funded contracts. A wage standard is calculated based upon the average payments for the corresponding class of laborers or mechanics employed on similar projects in the area and are generally found in multi-employer collective…
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Jurisdictional Disputes Drag Contractors into Fights between Unions

Jurisdictional disputes occur when two or more unions make conflicting claims over which group is entitled to perform certain work. For example, many different unions are represented on a construction project and there may be a dispute about who is responsible for cleaning up the scrap at the end of the day. Members of the…
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Fast Food Workers and Pot Pushers are the Same Thing to Unions

Tomorrow is supposed to be a nationwide fast food worker strike. Organized by worker centers representing labor unions, this strike is the latest outburst by unions seeking to organize the largely non-union fast food industry. With union membership at (or near) an historic low, unions are trying to organize fast food workers and newly legalized…
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Unions Strike While the Weather’s Hot

My clients like to tell me that their employees will never go on strike. No matter how contentious negotiations get, or how angered their workers become, their people will never engage in the ultimate act of solidarity. And for the most part, my clients are right. However, just because they’re right, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t…
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