Tom Baca, Vice President of Intl, called it « the most advanced agreement in the nation » and congratulated the directors general and representatives of Western countries for their exceptional efforts to reach a three-year pact with their signatory subcontractors. The agreement, currently signed by 124 contractors, covers all field work performed by Boilermakers in these 12 states (including construction, assembly, rigging, loading and unloading, field manufacturing, assembly, dismantling and on-site repair). Union jurisdiction includes Local 4 (Page, Ariz.), Local 11 (Helena, Mont.), Local 92 (Los Angeles), Local 101 (Denver), Local 242 (Spokane, Wash.), Local 500 (Salem, Ore.), Local 502 (Tacoma, Wash.), Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.) and Local 627 (Phoenix). Baca believes the negotiations have also strengthened the union`s relationship with the signatory contractors. The Western States Area Agreement, which came into effect from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 201l, includes fieldwork in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Signing of a three-year agreement for the western states zone, l. an r., seated: President Larry Jansen (employers) and Tom Baca (trade union); Standing, Employer Co-Chair Jerry Bennett and Secretary Tom Dillon, and David Bunch, Union Secretary and Vice President Kyle Evenson. According to Baca, the contract is the best deal his territory has ever had. Not only does it contain its biggest pay raise to date, but it will almost double over the duration of the contract. Language changes include portability for up to five cauldrons used by CES jobs to be transferred anywhere in Western countries, mandatory safety training until 1 October 2009, and new guidelines on absenteeism.
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