June 12, 2020

Painters Proposed Agreement Ratified!

We are pleased to announce that the 2020-2023 DC16 NCPFC Painters Master Agreement was ratified by the DC16 union membership on Thursday, June 18, 2020. The unofficial employee vote was 553 "Yes" and 416 "No" out of 2,400+ union painting members. 

Per the new Agreement, all monetary changes will take effect on January 1, 2021.

However, there are a few items in the new Agreement that do take effect July 1, 2020:

  • Holidays and designated days off (DDOs) have been updated through June 2023. A full list can be found by clicking here (Article 11; Section 3); 
  • A new bridge painter classification and wages were created but do not take effect until January 1, 2021. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is being created to outline how to pay these employees from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 until the new wages are implemented January 1 (Article 10; Section 3). As soon as the MOU is complete we will send it out to membership;
  • Apprentice/Journeyperson ratios have been recalculated. When the Employer employs one (1) or more Journeyperson who are regular employees it may employ one (1) Apprentice Painter; then one (1) additional Apprentice Painter for the next two (2) additional thereafter. The ratio is determined on an Employer basis, not by job, except on Prevailing Wage work (Article 9; Section 3). A table with the ratios calculated out can be found by clicking here.  
  • High time premiums are to be paid whenever Federal or State OSHA requires personal fall restraints are to be worn by the employee (Article 10; Section 9a);
  • Employees can now be paid via pay/debit card (Article 10; Section 11);
  • Travel time is now calculated without traffic. An MOU outlining how to calculate this time moving forward will be made available soon (Article 10; Section 13);
  • Double time is to be paid after 12 hours worked Monday through Saturday (Article 11; Section 2); and
  • Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) language was added to protect contractors from class action lawsuits without first going through the proper Arbitration and Grievance processes set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article 15; Section 9).

As a reminder, a copy of the redlined version of the Agreement can be found here. The final version will be emailed out and posted to the website as soon as it is available.
 
For our contractor members: Over the next month, your DC16 Business Agent will be visiting your office requesting a company signature on the new Agreement. You will see the signature page containing Jeannie Simpelo's signature as the representative of the Association that signifies that we have reviewed the document and you should sign on behalf of your company.
 

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by Brooke Fishel, Director of Labor Relations