Unions Fight Medical Cost Hikes That Drain the Pocketbooks

Winston, Sherie
September 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;9/5/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 9, p28
Trade Publication
The article reports that health insurance remains one of the most important benefits for union construction workers, but as costs continue to spiral, more collective bargaining agreements must tilt money to health and welfare benefit funds than to workers' take-home pay. For nearly 15,000 workers in the 12 Southern California locals that make up the plumbers' union's District Council 16, increases under the current five-year pact that would have gone to wages were shifted to health and welfare and pension funds, leaving paychecks stagnant.


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