An initiative to boost construction productivity is at work for the first time in metro St. Louis, Mo. The PACT (Productivity and Commitment Together) agreement was signed by the more than 20 labor unions and 20 trade associations involved with the construction of the new $3 million Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield, Mo. The SMACNA-St. Louis Chapter and SMWIA Local 36 are among the groups endorsing PACT.
“The Contract for Principles of Fairness” within the PACT agreement is binding on all signatories and covers job site safety, contract terms, labor relations and the optimal use of skilled, well-trained union workers. The PACT agreement also prohibits work stoppages stemming from jurisdictional disputes and creates a project-based resolution team to maintain productivity. The resolution team is empowered to arbitrate job site disruptions caused by construction management, supply problems, safety or other issues and must resolve the dispute within two days of notification.
“We listened to management and developed a fair, equitable agreement to ensure the efficient delivery of construction labor,” commented Jerry Feldhaus, executive secretary/treasurer of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. “The PACT agreement for the Kemp project is endorsed by all construction unions affiliated in the St. Louis area.”