All union members working under the same Collective Agreement are paid equally, so it’s easy to tell you what our pay rates are, and what benefits we receive.
But non-union tradespeople are not all paid the same, so a perfect apples-to-apples comparison is difficult.
Following are the major differences between what our members receive and what many non-union people receive:
- Our hourly base pay is usually higher.
- Our total hourly pay package is almost always higher.
- Time and one half and Double-time overtime is part of all of our contracts.
- Our pension plan is a dual pension plan consisting of a 'defined contribution' and a ‘defined benefit’ plan.
- We are paid a flat hourly rate for every hour worked for vacation and holiday pay every payday
- Members, members spouses, and their dependents are eligible for health benefits (major medical, dental, disability, and life insurance) without additional payments.
- Numerous journeymen upgrading classes are available in the evening at our training center.