Members of Massachusetts Floorcoverers Local 2168 voted last night to ratify a new three-year collective agreement. The agreement provides for an increase in wages and benefits of $1.25 in the first year, $1.50 in the second year and $2.50 in the third year. The contract will also change the package for floors that work in western Massachusetts. Members who perform flooring work under Local 108s`s geographic jurisdiction receive the Western Carpenter Rate for salaries and pension funds. Massachusetts construction unions are currently working with casino developers to create employment contracts that could create consistency in standards and working conditions for all proposed institutions in the state. The next agreement will be held monthly in January for the Vonderatons, which are covered by the Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Agreements, the New Northern England Agreement and Premises 723 and 2168. On Friday, February 13, NERCC signed a collective agreement with Tocci Building Corp of Woburn, MA. NERCC has reached a preliminary agreement with the contractors on a new collective agreement for Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Details will be announced and votes will take place at MPs` meetings on Thursday evening.
Members who have not received a call with Time and Place should contact their local union hall. Woburn, MA (February 19, 2015) – Tocci Building Companies (Tocci), Boston`s director of work and a recognized leader in virtual design and design solutions, has entered into a collective agreement with the New England Carpenters Regional Council (NERCC). The new agreement provides a mutual understanding of the demand for improved technology in the developing construction, design and construction sectors, as well as a higher level of safety training and practices. A story on BusinessWest.com shows the efforts of MGM Grand and the carpenters union to ensure that local workers are prioritized for employment opportunities when building a casino in Springfield in the near future and that these jobs come with good wages and benefits. Carpenters Local 108 Business Manager Jason Garand, who led efforts to reach a deal with MGM, is prominently in the room. Members of Carpenters Local 94 in Rhode Island unanimously ratified a new two-year collective agreement at a meeting on Saturday. The contract was negotiated with the Associated General Contractors of Rhode Island and includes increases of 1.50 $US per year. 75 cents will be added to salaries this month.
The remaining 75 cents for the first year will be added to contributions in January. The allocation of these increases will be set in December by decision of the members. The second year of the agreement is also expected, with a 75-cent salary increase in June and a 75-cent increase in contributions in January 2013. Language changes to the agreement mainly included budgetary issues such as changes to electronic receipt benefits for employer contributions to pension funds.