WSRCC Top Three Week of January 22nd

Here is the Top Three for the week of January 22nd.

Local 1912 Endorses Yassamin Ansari for Congress

This past week, Arizona Union Carpenters welcomed Yassamin Ansari at the Phoenix training center for an important press conference. The press conference was held to announce our endorsement of Yassamin Ansari for Congress as representative for Arizona’s third district. About the endorsement Ansari said, “I have worked tirelessly to deliver better wages, benefits and a stronger workforce to my constituents. From passing a historic prevailing wage ordinance, to raising wages for city employees across the board, to standing alongside labor unions at every turn, I am proud to be #unionstrong.” Ansari has been a supporter of Carpenter economics, most recently voting in favor of prevailing wage legislation in Phoenix.

Oregon Contract Ratifications Win

With great pride that we announce that Oregon Delegates ratified the following 3 agreements: the Oregon Association of General Contractors Agreement, the General Concrete Contractor’s Association Agreement, and the Oregon Wall and Ceiling Association Agreement.

The new agreement gives members a 14.11% increase of wages over the next three years. $2.25 in the first year, $4 in the second year, and $3 in the third. Additionally, all three associations have agreed to switch over to the Southwest Pension effective January 1st giving members a pension increase of 312% — three times more than what the average Carpenter was getting under the old pension. This raises the pension credits from $78 to $244.

 As Union Carpenters, you play a vital role in building and shaping the landscape of Oregon. This win affirms our commitment to upholding the high standards of professionalism, safety, and excellence that define our Union. Congratulations, Oregon Carpenters!

Click here to view the message from WSRCC EST Frank Hawk.

Alaska Carpenters Advocate for Volunteer Labor Compliance Officers

Union Carpenters in Alaska are doing their part to regulate the industry by showing their support for HB186. Last April, Carpenters testified in front of the Alaska state legislature speaking up against the prevalence of wage theft and tax fraud in the state of Alaska, this bill is the first-step towards combating the issue. This Bill asks for stricter regulation on public works projects to better prevent wage theft and tax fraud, though the use of volunteer labor compliance officers. We look forward to the positive change that this bill may enact.

Click here to view the testimony.