More reasons to hire Local 825
Our skilled engineers bring superior value to your construction projects
A collective bargaining agreement establishes a framework that clarifies job classifications and exact wage rates.
It provides for apprenticeship and journeyman training, supplying you with a skilled, dedicated, productive, and safety oriented workforce.
It establishes procedures for dealing with worker concerns, giving management and labor the tools to work them out and prevent their escalation.
As an IUOE contractor, you'll also save on health insurance and pension costs. Under all IUOE agreements, the jointly trusted labor/management funds bear the cost of administering these programs.
Prevailing wages level the field
As you compete for contracts calling for prevailing wage, you can rest assured that you won't be undercut by a competitor who tries to cut costs by paying workers substandard wages and benefits. Your labor costs will be the same, allowing you to focus on your strengths in determining a winning bid.
Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
PLAs assure that projects get done on time and on budget. PLAs originated in 2002 when New Jersey's School Construction Corporation instituted its PLA on all Abbott District Schools in the state … since then the United Building Trades Council of Southern New Jersey, of which Local 825 is a member, has led the way in promoting more than 66 such agreements.
Myths & realities of a union workforce
Many employers have preconceived notions about unions in general
MYTH: Union operators cost too much (i.e. wages and benefits).
TRUTH: Qualified, skilled operators through quality work and high productivity lower overall job costs.
MYTH: I have to pay the same for all operators regardless of skill levels.
TRUTH: IUOE local unions offer various wage rates on all equipment. In addition, nearly all locals have state and/or federally approved apprenticeship programs where operators receive a lower wage rate while they develop their skills.
MYTH: Union contractors have no control over the workforce.
TRUTH: The employer has the right to discharge for cause and to determine qualifications of employees.
MYTH: Union contracts limit flexibility and productivity and dictate restrictive work rules and working conditions on construction jobsites.
TRUTH: IUOE local union agreements are responsive to contractors’ needs for flexibility. Our union contractors wouldn’t have the strong, successful businesses they have if our local unions were holding them back. So of course we want our contractors to be successful. When they succeed, we succeed.
MYTH: Union contractors have no control over hiring.
TRUTH: Contractors can specify skills, request workers by name, determine qualifications and reject any referral from the local union.
MYTH: I can’t compete against local contractors as a union contractor in my market.
TRUTH: When you examine who works better, faster, safer, you’ll pick IUOE workers every time.
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