Labor

Forward Thinking. GBCA maintains collaborative relationships with general presidents and business managers of the various building trades, other trade associations and negotiating teams to discuss critical issues to help ensure productive relationships and facilitate business opportunities. We also administer six trade agreements in counties across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Collective Bargaining

GBCA provides guidance and opinions throughout the year tapping into the extensive knowledge base contained within the Labor Policy Committee and through its expansive network of labor policy experts. The Labor Policy Committee manages up to 6 contractor-based negotiating teams that are responsible for leading negotiations with our affiliated trades: Carpenters, Laborers, Cement Masons, Operating Engineers, Drywall Finishers and Rodsetters.

Conflict Resolution

GBCA actively works to resolve labor disputes. Through GBCA’s Labor Policy Committee, members meet with representatives of the trades to address critical industry matters such as competitive solutions and worker eligibility programs. When necessary, the Labor Policy Committee meets to discuss jurisdictional disputes and develop solutions that support and reinforce the right to award work to the most economic and efficient contractor.

Data Tracking

GBCA tracks industry man-hours across trades and monitors national and regional labor developments. In addition, GBCA maintains an industry-wide wage and benefit database. This information is a valuable resource to all of our industry stakeholders.

IAP & Financial Guarantee Administration

GBCA provides administrative oversight for the association’s Industry Advancement Program (IAP) and its financial guarantee for payment of fringe benefit funds. The IAP is administered solely by GBCA and used specifically for the advancement of the local construction industry.

The IAP is established within most collective bargaining agreements and mandates that employer contributions shall be paid for each employee working under that agreement. The IAP provides the resources which enable GBCA to carry out much-needed industry-wide programs that benefit the construction industry and GBCA members.

IAP-funded activities benefit many segments of the construction industry, and the public sector has also benefited from GBCA’s involvement in labor and industry relations, safety, education, apprentice training, advocacy, market development and research.