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Deal Ends 17-Day Crane Strike in WA

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Seattle crane operators are no longer on strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contractors of Washington, according to reports.

The strike began on Aug. 21 on the heels of the union rejecting two proposals from AGCW. The third deal—the one to effectively end the 17-day stint—provides a 17.8 percent bump in pay and benefits over the next three years, an almost 3 percent increase from the last proposal (15 percent).

Crane Operator Strike

According to The Seattle Times, the union is composed largely of heavy equipment operators, mechanics, construction surveyors and stationary engineers. When the crane operator strike occurred, construction projects in Seattle were delayed or appeared to be completely shut down.

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Seattle crane operators are no longer on a 17-day strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contractors of Washington, according to reports.

In previous negotiations, neither party explicitly revealed what portions of the proposed deal were disagreeable to the union. The union did also issue a notice on how workers were to exit projects and protest. Workers employed under separate collective bargaining agreements were exempt from the strike.

If the proposed deal is approved by the union, the monthslong dispute, lasting since negotiations began in May, would finally be settled. During the construction quiet caused by the strike, 65 cranes sat parked, unused.

The deal, a master labor agreement that accounts for western Washington, will also see a 16 percent pay increase for workers living on the edges of the same region, as cost of living is lower in those areas.

The previous deal that expired in June accounted for a $7.48-an-hour increase for those in the union. For median workers, this generally meant an increase from $41.29 to $48.77.


Tagged categories: Business operations; Contracts; Cranes; Workers

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