In Boston, 1,400 sheet metal workers went on strike August 1 after the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 union rejected a proposal from the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association (Association), which represents about 30 owners and businesses in the negotiations. According to the Association, the proposal provided a wage and benefits package totaling nearly $97 per hour and would have made the workers the highest paid members of the construction trade in the Boston market. Under the contract that just expired, the employers paid $44.11 an hour plus pension and health insurance benefits.
120 Teamster-represented sanitation workers, including drivers, mechanics, and dispatchers, employed by Republic Services in the Atlanta area, walked off the job August 10 over a dispute primarily concerning Republic Services’ outsourcing work from full-time workers to subcontractors.
On August 16, 560 union workers at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, went on a one-day strike, demanding higher pay during ongoing contract negotiations, after the hospital offered a 2 percent raise. The hospital stated that it would have to hire temporary works for a minimum of five days so the striking workers could not return to work for four days after the strike.
On August 21, Washington state construction workers represent by Local 302 of the International Union of Operating Engineers did not report to work after rejecting a labor contract with the state’s chapter of the Associated General Contractors. The contract offered a 15 percent increase in pay over the three-year term. Approximately 5,000 workers were affected by the previous contract, which expired May 31. The union voted down an earlier contract proposal in July.