My name is Michael Salgo, and I am the Executive Director of the Cement League. The Cement League is an association of concrete industry contractors that was formed more than one hundred years ago. Our Association collectively bargains (all of the contractor members sign the same negotiated agreement) with the Lathers, as well as with the Masons, Laborers, Carpenters and Operating Engineers.
In addition to negotiating the Collective Bargaining Agreements, I sit as an Employer Trustee on your Funds. The law directs that an equal number of union and employer trustees oversee and make certain that the obligations of the funds office to all current and retired union members entitled to benefits are met. But the most important function I perform with your local is maintaining on-going and open communications with your leadership. I am pleased to say that we have a very cordial and respectful relationship. It is the nature of what we do that makes us periodically disagree on issues, but it is our mutual, firm commitment to the success of unionized high rise construction that keeps us going.
The unionized construction trades have entered into a new era. Non-union competition for the same work has created a crisis in the industry. While we often hear of poor workmanship, delays, and dangerous work conditions on non-union projects, there are other things that are equally true. There are now many competent and qualified non-union contractors whose workers are highly skilled, safe, fast and reliable, and these companies have eaten into our share of the current work, and threaten our share of future work.
As a result of the non-union threat, I am forced to engage in the least enjoyable part of my job — talking about competitive labor rates that will enable Cement League members to continue to get the contracts to build the projects of local developers. The business environment is changing every day, and we are all looking towards the future and working to maintain, and hopefully increase, our market share. It is never comfortable to ask a highly skilled worker to make less than what he/she is used to, but we are all looking to the future, and making plans to survive and prosper.
Michael Salgo, Executive Director
49 West 45th Street, Suite 900
New York, NY 10036
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