„These negotiations have been successful thanks to the collaborative spirit of our union partners. It has resulted in a plan that clarifies things while benefiting all parties. This new agreement will create stability and security in the construction industry,“ said Seth Gudeman, SENIOR spokesman for MARBA. „This is a win-win agreement for both Union Carpenters and our contractual partners who have developed a comprehensive plan for the future,“ Gary Peniar, Executive Secretary of the CRCC, said in a statement. „By solving the problems of contractors and offering a very good contract to our members and their families, we have ruled out the possibility of interrupting work. Our strong commitment to training, safety and productivity, so that our members and contractors maintain their competitive edge and market share, will always be our top priority. A new five-year agreement has been reached between the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (CRCC), which represents more than 30,000 members, and the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA), a multi-employer association that focuses on collective bargaining in the industrial construction industry. Representatives of both parties launched negotiations at an early stage to find a solution before the deadline expired. The new agreement, which will come into force on June 1, calls for annual increases in improved wages, health care and pension benefits. According to the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA), the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA) recently signed a five-year contract with the Chicago Regional Carp Council (CRCC).
The succession agreement, due to come into force on June 1, 2019, expires on May 31, 2024 and provides for wage increases of 3.25%, 3.25%, 3.00%, 3.00% and 3.00%. The union represents approximately 30,000 carpenters in eight counties. MARBA negotiates with Teamsters Joint Council 25 the collective agreement that expires on May 31. The parties are scheduled to meet in mid-April to begin negotiations. The list of contracts expiring in the Chicago area (and the rest of Illinois) is available on the MARBA website. This contract includes 8 counties in the State of Illinois Wages – Fringe Benefits Contract Summaries Archives . MARBA says it will update by email the progress of negotiations with other trade negotiations, including with transactions that the employer group does not negotiate. Negotiating rates of pay is just one of MARBA`s many functions. Labour rules and behaviour, legal issues and complaints are also a wide range of contractor/union issues dealt with by MARBA. MARBA is also a reliable and trustworthy organization for the distribution and pooling of management and contracting resources and information. .
Both parties have found a strong balance to strengthen contractual and working relationships for the foreseeable future.