17-Day Construction Strike Ends With 17.8% Pay Bump
A tentative deal reached last week ended the 17-day construction strike that slowed down many Western Washington projects.
The tentative deal includes a total pay and benefit increase of 17.8% over three years, the Seattle Times reports. The members rejected a 15% bump in August that launched the strike. In July, members rejected a 13.1% bump.
Workers in places in Western Washington with a lower cost of living will get a 16% increase.
On average, union members make between $37.70 and $43.13 an hour. The Seattle Times estimated that by 2020, a union member’s median pay will be $101,400 a year, up from $85,900 now.
The deal still needs to be ratified. The full agreement was not posted on the IUOE Local 302 website as of press time.