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IBT members ratify have new pipeline contract agreement

08.28.14

AUGUST 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

IBT members ratify have new pipeline contract agreement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 27th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union members employed by the pipeline industry throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania, have voted to ratify a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The CBA covers approximately 4,000 IBT members.

The IBT represents employees who operate grapple trucks, tri-axle skids trucks, stringer trucks, floats, dump trucks, water trucks, and other various frame vehicles used in and around pipeline construction sites.

“Our pipeline workers will benefit from the improved wages, benefits and other provisions of the contract, which will help ensure that jobs in this part of the nation’s construction industry continues to be some of the most stable,” stated Marion Davis, Director of the IBT Building Material and Construction Trade Division.

In 2012 the IBT members went on strike against the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) because of the failure to reach an new agreement. The union members returned to their jobs without gaining a new agreement but a new successor CBA was negotiated during the three month contract extension of the expired pact.

The PLCA also has labor agreements with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the United Association of Pipefitters and Plumbers (UA), and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).

The IBT went on strike on January 1st, 2012 one year after the previous pact expired on January 1st, 2011. The Union did not call a national strike instead conducted a “selective work stoppage”. The IBT only struck several pipeline sites and did not have a work stoppage at all PLCA locations.

The 2012 strike had some controversy because several labor organizations also under contract with the PLCA, crossed the IBT picket-line and began doing their jurisdictional work.

Members of IBT Local 229 in Dunmore and IBT Local 401 were involved in the work stoppage at several pipelines near Tunkhannock and Towanda. The two union’s share the jurisdiction of the pipelines in the region.

The new CBA includes wage increases each year of the agreement. Also, two new classifications will be paid at a higher rate, and improvements were made on who receives health, welfare and pension benefits.