A 17-day construction worker strike in Seattle and Western Washington state ended Sept. 6 after a local union reached an agreement with the Associated General Contractors of America. Crane operators and other members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 went on strike Aug. 21, after a second rejection of a proposed master labor agreement. The strike slowed or halted construction projects across Western Washington, including in Seattle, the city with the highest number of cranes in the U.S., at 65. The union rejected a tentative agreement that included a 15.9% pay increase over three years as well as a 13% increase in fringe benefits, according to the Seattle Times. A number of contractors earlier signed an amended version of the proposal plus additional financial compensation, according to Local 302’s website.
Labor Deal Ends Seattle Crane Strike
September 13, 2018