Business Journal: Pay Hikes For Some Industrial Workers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Census Bureau reported before Labor Day that household incomes have now been stagnant for five years but heavy equipment operators aren’t in that bind.

The Operating Engineers Local Union #3 has negotiated an $8 an hour hike spread over four years. Their Northern California union members, working at development sites and on highway projects, will be earning $55 an hour in cash and benefits by the end of this decade.

The labor agreement affects 3,500 members in Greater Sacramento … and was ratified this month, a year ahead of schedule.