Wage and benefit settlements reported to the Construction Labor Research Council so far in 2000 have resulted in an average first-year increase of $1.15 or 3.7 percent and a second-year increase of $1.25 or 3.8 percent. Settlement levels remain toward the high end of their narrow range of the past decade, with bargaining activity staying light.
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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.