The local elected bargaining committee and they spent dozens of hours bringing home the best deal our local has seen in years. This included participating in a one-day training of the negotiating team to prepare for the negotiations, the first ever organized by the locals. Other contract improvements include an increase in foremen`s pay to 12.5% over the corporate level; The obligation to provide pay cheques in privacy envelopes; Retroactive payment and protection for rest periods. Third, we continue to invest and train our members at the highest level to meet the needs of the modern construction and service industry. First, our elected bargaining committee was very convinced of what we were doing and it was clear that the members had our backs – something our employers also knew. No other UA-Local, IBEW-Lokale or Blecharbeiter local contract negotiations in 2015 in Northern California raised a better amount of money: an increase of 3.50 USD per hour per year for three years only for a total of 10.50 USD per hour increase! On July 30, the two members ratified the new Master Labor Agreement contract, which expires on June 30, 2018, and then voted in favour of granting the first increase effectively and retroactively to July 1, 2015. Bill Guthrie, business manager of UA Local 393, said there were five factors for this success. The hundreds of AU Local members, 393, who attended the contract signing meeting at Electricians Hall, knew what was coming and were anxious to vote. Finally, our local continues our proud history of commitment and commitment to our community, while building the political power to negotiate union work. Second, the technology industry has caused a regional construction boom. This is a good time to negotiate. But with good union contracts, there is a collective responsibility.

As we grow, rat entrepreneurs grow too. Look no further than the use of sacramento non-union workers on downtown San Jose`s one South Market Project. Guthrie said: “We would be naïve to say that we have total control of our market share. I think all members need to know that. We must fight the practices of our non-unionized competition. Our success in negotiating future contracts and continuing the work of members for good union jobs that keep the family requires the commitment of all of us – from apprentices to companions to retirees – to counter non-unionized contractors who are trying to deprive our families of food. “They`re taking away one of those elements and we wouldn`t have seen that win,” Guthrie said.

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