Opening Remarks of Albert Rees at the Council’s Public Hearing on Construction Wages

by Albert Rees on July 15, 1975
by Albert Rees

The Council has been concerned with the special economic problems of the construction industry since last November, and has been working in cooperation with the Collective Bargaining Committee in Construction, which is chaired by the Secretary of Lahor, to improve the structure of collective bargaining in the industry. These efforts have been focused on two key areas — the San Francisco Bay area and the Pacific Northwest — and on the trade that sets the pace for wage increases in both locations the plumbers and pipefitters. All of the data we have been able to assemble indicate that negotiated increases in construction wages and fringe benefits are substantially larger in the Pacific Coast than in other regions of the country, and larger in the pipe trades than in other crafts…

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