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Laborers in Colorado Settle With Builders, Highway Contractors on Three-Year Pacts




By Tripp Baltz

Thursday, June 7, 2001




DENVER--Journeymen laborers in Colorado will earn $12.95 an hour in wages under a new three-year contract between the Laborers' International Union of North America and the Associated General Contractors of Colorado.


LIUNA Local 720 in Denver also concluded contracts with eight heavy highway contractors that will increase hourly wages for journeymen to $14.50 in the agreement's first year.


The union represents just under 3,000 workers in both contracts, which were ratified May 1, Felix Trujillo Jr., business manager and secretary treasurer of Local 720, told BNA.


"It was a decent wage increase this year, better than in the past," Trujillo said.


Tight labor markets necessitated a healthy pay increase, Bob Miller of the Denver law firm of Miller, Stettner & Cohn, attorney for the AGC, told BNA.


"This was a little more than the normal increase, designed to try to attract and keep people in the trades," he said.


Under the AGC contract, the hourly wage rate for laborers at the journeyman level increased from $12.25 to $12.95 effective May 1, according to numbers supplied by Miller and Local 720.


In the second year of the contract, laborers will earn $13.50 an hour. In the third year, pay will increase to $14.20. Foremen earn $1 more an hour than journeymen, Trujillo said.


The hourly vacation contribution did not increase over 2000's rate and will remain at 60 cents throughout the life of the contract.


Health and welfare pay doubled from 25 cents an hour in 2000 to 50 cents effective May 1, 2001, and will remain at that rate in 2002 and 2003. Pension benefits increased from 70 cents an hour to 75 cents in 2001, 85 cents in 2002, and 90 cents in 2003.


AGC employers' contributions into the apprenticeship and training fund increased from 25 cents an hour to 26 cents an hour in 2001 and will increase to 28 cents and 30 cents in 2002 and 2003, respectively.


The 2 cent an hour contribution into the Laborers'-Management Cooperative Committee, a task force dedicated to drug testing, remained at 2 cents in 2001 but will increase to 3 cents in 2003.


Wage Increases for Highway Work


Under the three-year heavy highway contract, journeyman wages increased from $13.75 an hour to $14.50 an hour on May 1, 2001. Hourly pay will increase to $15.09 in 2002 and $15.69 in 2003. As with the AGC contract, foremen earn $1 more an hour than journeymen.


Hourly pension payments under the contract are $1.10 in 2001 and will be $1.15 and $1.20 in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Health and welfare pay is $2.25 an hour in 2001 and will be $2.50 and $2.75 in 2002 and 2003.


The contract's apprenticeship and training fund contribution will be 29 cents an hour in 2001 and 30 cents an hour in 2002 and 2003.


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