Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


CLRC Releases Settlements Report

Oct 22, 2020

CLRC Settlements Report-September 2020 Cover 275x345The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released its September 2020 Settlements Report for Total Package Increases for Union Craft Workers in Construction. Two major forces are acting on rates: the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of craft workers.

Section 1 of the report covers the first year of new union settlements in the construction industry reached from January through September in 2020 (2020-Sept) which had an average increase of 2.7 percent. All data in this report are based on the total package (wages, fringe benefits and other employer payments).

Section 2 includes not only the first year of new settlements (see Section I), but also the ensuing years (all years after the first year).

CLRC conducted analyses focused on identifying the impacts of COVID-19 on union craft pay data. Of particular interest to SMACNA members is the addendum, COVID-19 Impact on First Year Settlements in 2020, which compares the distributions of first year settlements in 2019 (2019–Yr 1) and COVID-19 impacted first year settlements in 2020 (April 1 – September 30).

SMACNA, along with 10 other associations, sponsored the report. For questions about the report, please contact Joye Blanscett at