Negotiating building agreements, or better known as collective bargaining agreements, with building and construction trades unions throughout central and northern New York and the Mohawk Valley is a critical service the Association provides to not only the regional construction industry, but the general public as well. In addition to all private construction projects, the New York State Department of Labor utilizes the terms, conditions, wages and fringe benefits provisions from CEA CNY building agreements as the prevailing rates and conditions on all public work projects located throughout the region.
During the collective bargaining process, the Association works closely with signatory employers to develop negotiation strategies, reviews items of importance which may be negotiated with the union, conducts industry research, analyzes data, hosts employer caucus meetings and lead discussion during the negotiation meetings with union officials. Upon reaching an agreement with a union, the Association prepares the Memorandums of Agreements, develops new or amends existing collective bargaining agreements and informs signatory employers and the industry in general of the new collective bargaining agreements.
As a 501 c 6 not for profit trade Association, the CEA CNY is proud to be the region’s leader in representing union contractors during the collective bargaining process. Facilitating negotiating meetings, educating contractors, gathering information and preparing the team of contractors for negotiating agreements with unions remains a vital role of the Association and the general public for which we serve.