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General Services Contractors (GSC) Negotiations

Negotiations for the wage and benefit reopener with five of the largest General Service Contractors in Central and Northern Florida concluded in September 2010.   The reopener was for the last three years of a five year agreement. GES and Freeman were at the bargaining table with the other employers agreeing to be bound by the results. The settlement was above industry standards with the Journeyman wage and benefit package increases of 3.3%, 2.2% and 2.2% over the last three years of the agreement.   

Negotiations were successful in changing the benefit contribution rates from cents per hour to a percentage of gross wages. This was the most difficult issue because it was the most expensive part of the package and was front loaded.

Representatives from Tampa Local 321 and Jacksonville Local 115 participated in the negotiations along with Orlando Local 835. All Locals ratified the agreement which went into effect October 1, 2010.

There are several other GSC and freight contracts that renew on December 31st and it is expected that settlements will follow the pattern set.