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Union contractors from around the country recently logged on to www.tauc.org to learn what they can do to avoid job losses, construction delays and higher project costs associated with jurisdictional disputes.
The Webinar, provided by The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), was entitled, “Tackle Jurisdiction…Before it Tackles You” and offered three different perspectives on this one contentious issue. An organized labor representative, a union contractor and a professional arbitrator all took part in the discussion to present an unbiased look at how union construction professionals can better manage work assignments to avoid jurisdictional disputes.
Mike Gannon, vice president and director of jurisdiction for the Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Union, provided the union’s perspective. Ted Sharp, director of labor relations for APComPower Inc., offered the contractor’s point of view. And lastly, Tom Pagan, a professional arbitrator and national labor relations consultant, gave the arbitrator’s perspective and explained the procedures for resolving jurisdictional disputes in accordance with both the National Maintenance Agreements and The Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes in the Construction Industry.
TAUC’s Craft Jurisdiction Guide was released in conjunction with the November 15 Webinar and is currently available for purchase. The jurisdiction guide is designed to be a quick, ready to use manual that consists of established jurisdictional information and the latest craft jurisdictional agreements provided by the International Unions. This guide is one of a kind, and the only place where you can find all of the various craft agreements and materials relative to jurisdiction in one document. The guide is also easy accessible using free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, it contains bookmarks for each agreement and is key-word searchable.
An archived version of “Tackle Jurisdiction… Before it Tackles You” and the new TAUC Craft Jurisdiction Guide are available for purchase at www.tauc.org under the Education & Training section and then the Products subsection. Or, you can click here to go straight to the products list.