2018 Collective Bargaining Through Q3 Yields First-Year Increase of 3.0%

December 17, 2018

Collective bargaining negotiations settled from January through September of 2018 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and benefits of 3.0 percent or $1.70, and a median of 2.6 percent or $1.43, according to the Construction Labor Research Council’s (CLRC’s) latest Settlements Report. 

The Insulators negotiated the highest average first-year increase at 4.5 percent of $2.75, while the Teamsters negotiated the lowest at 2.0 percent or $1.01.  Regionally, the highest first-year settlements came out of the Northwest at 4.5 percent or $2.83, and the lowest came out of the Southeast at 2.0 percent or $1.07.

CLRC reports that, in percentage terms, the average increase for the first year of settlements has slowly and steadily risen since 2010, but the latest average still falls below the average reported during the 2006–2008 timeframe.

The complete report is available to AGC members in the Labor & HR Topical Resources area of AGC’s website under the main category “Collective Bargaining” and subcategory “Collective Bargaining Agreement Data.”  An updated report is expected in December or January.

AGC’s collective bargaining chapters are reminded to please send settlements information to CLRC at promptly after settling negotiations.  Chapters and members are also reminded that CLRC is available to assist with custom projects, such as analyses of local market share, contract language costs, union vs. nonunion wage and benefits comparisons, and wage and benefits benchmarks, at a discount for AGC affiliation.  For more information about these services, please call CLRC at (202) 347-8440 or visit

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