Staff Report on Seattle Construction- Wage Increase Hearing

by Council on Wage and Price Stability on August 6, 1975
by Council on Wage and Price Stability

The Council on Wage and Price Stability held a hearing in Seattle on July 15 in furtherance of the Council’s responsibility under the law to work with labor and management to improve the structure of collective bargaining in sectors of the economy where special problems create inflationary pressures that threaten the national goal of attaining reasonable price stability. At the hearing the Council took testimony from representatives of the local union, the employers’ association, and private and public users of construction services concerning the. recent settlement between Local 32 of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Washington (MCA) in Seattle and its significance for the rest of Washington state -since bargaining in one area of the state influences bargaining in other areas. The Council first became involved in the Seattle situation at a meeting held on March 19 of this year in Washington, D,C. to discuss the then-upcoming plumbers and pipefitters negotiations in the state of Washington; present were employer and union representatives from the Pacific Northwest as well as officials of the Council on Wage and Price Stability and members of the Interim Construction Committee, predecessor of the Collective Bargaining Committee in Construction…

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