Wage rates for construction journeymen are finally showing gains beyond the 3 percent to 3.5 percent range that characterized the last decade. The Construction Labor Research Council reports an average 4.6 percent increase for union agreements reached so far in 2001, while PAS Inc. of Saline, Mich., says nonunion wage gains will likely match last year's average 5.3 percent increase.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.