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John Asplund



Point Ruston.

We have been given a link to the Point Ruston project for the purpose of signing up on the PT. Ruston responsible contractor list.  Click on the link.  User name is rspcontractor Password is union! 

Jul 10, 2007

Is the Union going to control my business?

No.  We want to be your partner, but have no desire to run your business.  The Union supplies skilled manpower.  It does want you to succeed, and it does want you to respect its workers.

 Is it true I can never fire anyone?

No.  You or your foreman are in charge of layoffs and discharges.

 Will the Union allow me to use my existing work force?

Yes.  Those in your employ who do Cement Masons or Plasterers work would be required to join the Union as a Journeyman or as an Apprentice, depending on their skill level.

 On a prevailing rate job, do I have to pay an apprentice full rate?

No.  Apprentices in our program get paid the appropriate apprentice rate.  We are the only registered program for Cement Masons and Plasterers in Western Washington, so the lower rates are compliant with the law.

 How does the sub-contracting provision in the contract work?

A signatory general contractor must hire a  signatory sub-contractor when doing Cement Masons or Plasterers work.  This provides for a harmonious job site, and a more stable workforce.

 What do my employees have to pay to become members, and what benefits do they receive?

The initiation fee is $150 for all apprentices.  Journeyperson initiation fees are $400.  Under specific/special circumstances, Journeypersons could be allowed a reduced initiation fee of $150.  If they are allowed the reduced initiation fee they must agree to attend a union sponsored COMET/Orientation Class.  Monthly out of pocket dues are $5-15, depending on the level they come in at, and there are hourly deductions, depending on their trade.

The benefits they receive are:  representation for safety, health and other issues, a "marketing team" in the field to procure more work for all the members, free training in safety, new products and standardized methods, a voice in a democratic organization, and health & welfare and retirement benefits.

 Am I going to be less competitive as a Union contractor?

We have successful contractors in all areas of the concrete/plastering construction industry.  They are just like you, they want to make profits.  They feel they have many advantages with their business relationship with us.  Otherwise, they wouldn't bother.

 Does the Union require me to use more help than I need?

No.  As a contractor, you have the final say in manpower, and the flexibility to increase or decrease your workforce as needed.

 How long does the contract last?  Is it permanent, or can I get out if I don't like it?

A contract generally runs in either a three year or five year cycle, so it depends on when you enter the cycle.  Our Business Manager might also consider a one-job agreement, so we can both see if we are a good fit for each other.

 How do the Trust Funds work?

Through the years of negotiated wages, the membership and the contractors have allowed portions of these wages to be placed in Trust Funds, one for health & welfare, one for retirement, and one for apprenticeship and training.  The Trustees of these funds consist of representatives from both Management and Labor, who work under the goverment's TAFT/Hartley laws.  The combination of Labor and Managment assures that both interests are met.  Together, they hire the professionals that invest the funds and counsel the Trustees.  Unlike many other benefit programs in the country today, our Trust Funds are very stable, and money paid into the Trust Fund is tax deductible.

 How are benefits paid?

The contractor has until the 15th of the following month in which the work was performed to pay the benefits to the Third Party Administrator.  This includes the payroll deductions for dues and vacation funds, as well as health & welfare and retirement fund contributions.  For example, the hourly assessments for January should be paid by February 15th.

 Are there different rates of pay for new employees?

Yes.  Apprentices with no prior experience in the trades start at 50% of Journey level wage, depending on their trade.  They receive intensive related/supplemental instruction at our Training Centers.  On prevailing wage work, these lower rates still apply.

Jul 10, 2007
Journeyman and Apprentice training and recruiting provide skilled Cement Masons and Plasterers for the industry
  • Highly structured curriculum assures that every apprentice is trained in every aspect of the trade.
  • Over half a million dollars is spent on training each year, demonstrating our serious commitment to the future of our industry and its workforce.
  • Journey level upgrade classes give our Cement Masons and Plasterers, and employers, a competitive edge in the latest technologies.
  • Safety training is a key element in everything we do.  OSHA 10 and 30, Confined Space Entry, First Aid, Contact Dermatitis, Silica and Hazard Communication are some of the courses that are required to help keep the workforce safe and our employers' rates down.
  • Outreach to schools, community-based organization, the military, Employment Security and job fairs are all part of our recruitment efforts.
  • Partnerships with industry management groups and other unions have been developed to recruit quality tradespeople.
  • Professional development helps our instructors and administrators stay on the cutting edge of adult education.
  • We offer customized classes for job-specific training, new product training, or the use of our facilities for in-house training.
When you work with us, you get more than a well-trained, skilled workforce - you get a partner committed to a Rock Solid future.

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