and management in the Construction Industry in Washtenaw County
have a long history of working together developing programs for
the betterment of our Industry.
a group of representatives from the local Building Trades Unions
and representatives of the local Construction Trade Associations
formed a Joint Committee and began meeting to discuss the representation
of the unionized Construction Industry, and its particular problems.
2, 1968, in a joint statement issued by the Washtenaw County Building
Trades Council AFL-CIO, representing the areas building trades unions,
and the Washtenaw County Association of Contractors, representing
plumbing, heating, mechanical contractors, general contractors,
and homebuilders, it was announced that the Committee had established
a more formal Labor-Management Committee. The Committee was the
first of its kind in the area on an industry-wide level.
newly created Committee constitutes recognition by the industry
of the public's interest in its labor-management relations"
the Committee members pointed out in a News Release. The release
continued: "This joint approach assumes that labor and management
are ready, willing and able to cooperate in the attainment of their
goals. Further, we share, in common, far more than the differences
which divide us on specific issues at infrequent times."
Committee is evidence of the desire to facilitate and improve labor-management
relationships by jointly working on mutual industry problems."
Release indicated the principal purpose of the Committee would be
to study and make timely recommendations on industry and community
related matters. It provided a communications link between groups
on an industry-wide basis.
LABOR-MANAGEMENT JOINT CONSTRUCTION BOARD
formed organization, named the Labor-Management Joint Construction
Board (JCB), began meeting on a monthly basis to discuss items of
the years the Board was successful in a number of activities:
with local, state, and national legislators to
work on the concerns of the organized industry;
of local Prevailing Wage Ordinances;
those involved in the Industry of the skilled workforce available
through the resources of the Joint Construction Board, and,
an ongoing dialogue with others in the construction community
. . . owners and users, developers, contractors, architects, engineers,
suppliers, and the media ... insuring that everyone concerned
was aware of the highly professional contributions the organized
segment of the Industry has made in the past (and is prepared
to make in the future) for the betterment of the Washtenaw County
with the aforementioned activities, specific programs and projects
the JCB worked on for the betterment of not only our industry, but
for the Washtenaw County area included:
and Management have always taken their social responsibilities seriously.
They took steps to actively recruit, train, and employ area minorities
prior to 1964 ... the year that President Johnson issued Executive
Order 11246, which governed Equal Employment of Minorities on Federal
Action Program for the Construction Industry was a model program
used throughout the Country as an example of both segments of the
Industry working together.
Since that time, there has been a continual growth in the number
of minorities and women, both entering apprenticeship training,
and graduating into the ranks of journeyworkers craftsmen in Washtenaw
outreach programs, including area junior and senior high school
career day activities, and programs such as the local Student Homebuilding
Programs, we actively participated in recruitment throughout the
area. We were, and are, committed to providing a quality product
to owners and users of construction, a respectable profit to the
contractor and job security for the craftsman. We believe that the
fulfillment of the concept of equal employment opportunity for minorities
and women is an integral part of meeting that commitment. Joint
past actions support this belief. Future actions will assure continuation
of this segment of our commitment to excellence.
can survive without the incursion of new blood. The most positive
ways to direct people into the organized trades was to educate students
of the advantages of our industry. Local home builders, contractors,
and labor leaders believed the best way to do so was a Student Homebuilding
Program. In 1968, they began selling the program. After contacting
all local labor unions, contractors, and suppliers, obtaining their
support, the leaders worked with local school boards for approval
of the programs.
dream was realized in the 1970-71 School Year with the completion
of the first student built house, this one in the Ann Arbor School
District. To date, this program is completing its 33rd home and
continues to be one of the most successful programs of its type.
After the success of the Ann Arbor program, similar programs began
in other parts of Washtenaw County. A number of our local tradespersons,
supervisors and contractors were introduced to our Industry through
the Student Homebuilding Programs.
out the Website at: www.aastudentbuilding.org
it was announced that Domino's Pizza would be building their world
headquarters in Washtenaw County. Their plan would mean millions
of dollars in construction work, and hundreds of thousands of hours
of work for the local building trades.
the feeling of all involved that the Construction Manager for the
project believed that unionized construction was the desired approach.
Even so, it was felt that something concrete should be offered to
the owner to insure there would be no work stoppages, no lock-outs,
and a highly productive work force.
this charge, the prototype Memorandum of Understanding was agreed
to. It later became the cornerstone of CUB. Through this document,
the construction project provided steady work with no interruptions.
It was promoted in the local media as showing Domino's commitment
to the local Construction Industry. The promotion, by Domino's,
informed the people of Washtenaw County what our organized industry
HISTORY OF COOPERATION
the years, the JCB continued its history of cooperation. As labor
and management we worked together to bring: construction projects
to the area; wage moratoriums during difficult times; increased
awareness of safety problems -- including one of the first position
papers regarding substance abuse on jobsites; supported individuals
for local boards and committees to help regulate the industry; supported
pro-growth legislators for election; and worked to better our area
through community service projects.
with the progress of the organization and the continued market share
that the unionized industry had, it was felt that to continue to
serve the owners and users of our product, more was necessary. We
wanted to insure that when owners who had construction needs began
to develop their project, they would think only of unionized contractors
when ready to build.
Years of Continued and New Progress
Joint Construction Board felt the necessity to reorganize to better
address the problems of the unionized Construction Industry.
meeting in April, 1986 the JCB voted to change not only the name
of the organization, but to expand its purpose. With a unanimous
vote the newly named "Construction Unity Board" reorganized
-- continuing with its original directive of working on mutual problems,
but- increasing its programs to better serve the owners and users.
this "Renewed Commitment" an Executive Committee of four
management and four labor officials was elected from the CUB membership.
The Executive Committee Members began working on the documents that
would be the benchmark of the CUB program.
began working together to effectively communicate with all area
users of construction in terms of who we are. The program continued
to be housed at the offices of the Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors
Association of Washtenaw County, and administered by their staff
under the direction of the CUB Executive Committee.
communicate the commitment of the organization, it was important
to develop a program that would be presented to owners at the earliest
possible time. It was felt that with input from the client, the
program would accomplish more. The Executive Committee would continue
to work on upgrading CUB after the presentation.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FORMALIZED
core of CUB is the commitment by all parties to put the owner's
need for a smooth managed project as the top priority. On a CUB
project, unions and contractors have agreed to a specific Memorandum
of Understanding which outlines principles for improving quality,
safety, and productivity on every CUB project.
view the CUB Memorandum as a binding commitment to deliver a project
without work stoppages. CUB is an alliance of construction professionals
and skilled trades that have made a commitment to provide a project
done in a timely, safe manner that achieves the quality and cost
effectiveness owners want and deserve.
the Memorandum of Understanding agreed to by all parties a presentation
was made to owners. Owners and users from throughout the State attended
the event which included presentations from: Michigan's Speaker
of the House, the Executive Director of the Business Roundtable,
and the President of the Michigan Construction User's Council, along
with members of the CUB Executive Committee.
of a no-work stoppage pact brought high praise from all in attendance.
It was noted that owners need to look at the big picture: one which
shows that union construction workers are the most productive employees
available. CUB offers this to owners, along with projects done in
a timely, safe manner that achieve the quality they want in the
most cost effective way.
Executive Committee continued solidifying the programs discussed
at the owners meeting.
WHAT IS A CUB JOB?
activity of the Executive Committee was to determine what would
distinguish a project as a CUB job. The first answer was obvious
-- it would be a project with a signed Memorandum of Understanding.
with the promises of no work stoppages it was important to offer
the client something more. After reviewing, at great length, the
Business Roundtable's Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness (CICE)
program, the Executive Committee adopted, in concept, the principles
of CICE, including, but not limited to:
Quality and Productivity
Completion on Schedule
to the very premise the Business Roundtable's report was written
to address. CUB agreed that more construction for the money was
a practical and available concept.
project would be a means to achieve these results.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
that alcoholism, drug dependence and other medical behavioral conditions
are highly complex illnesses which, under most circumstances, can
be successfully treated.
that it was the responsibility of the industry to follow procedures
assuring that no employee with illnesses will jeopardize the job
security and safety of others. CUB supported a substance abuse detention
and assistance program for construction projects.
then a Substance Abuse Agreement, was jointly adopted emphasizing
the need to address the problem, one of the first in the Country.
and management are united to supply the most qualified and responsible
workers for their construction jobsites, the various Building Trades
members of CUB have developed Joint Apprenticeship Programs. These
are programs registered with the State of Michigan and the Federal
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
Jointly administered programs are committed to train knowledgeable,
experienced, responsible craftsmen with the capability of performing
all functions of their respective trades.
programs operated in Washtenaw County are some of the best in the
United States. It takes commitment and resources to develop programs
like ours that include:
training that contributes to the safe completion of a construction
programs that concentrate on related training in the classroom to
supplement on-the-job training.
training is why CUB contractors deliver consistent, high quality
time when the number of skilled construction workers is falling
steadily behind the demand, the existing, skilled CUB workforce,
and our advanced training, mean a CUB project will always have the
best possible, productive workforce.
work site, in which all practical steps are taken to prevent injury,
including education on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse is
of vital importance. Safety is paramount to safe-guard human life.
CUB contractors have a commitment to safety education and safety
program on their jobsites. These programs, typically, allow them
to enjoy lower Worker's Compensation Modification Rates - resulting
in lower labor costs and lower project costs.
Memorandum pledges the parties to no work stoppages. This leaves
open the question of how disputes will be settled in the event that
they arise on a CUB job. Reliance on the existing mechanisms such
as the National Labor Relations Board, or Joint Board for the Settlement
of Jurisdictional Disputes will be utilized. There will be no work
stoppages, or slow downs during the settlement of a dispute.
is a dispute, other than jurisdictional, a Disputes Board has been
established and agreed to by all parties. Again, if for any reason
a dispute arises, there will be no work stoppages or slow downs.
Committee is in the process of completing Mid- and Post-Job Evaluation
procedures. This will include evaluations by all parties to the
project: owner, designer, prime contractor, subcontractor, and craftsman.
so, this will enable, in particular, the owner to give the type
of input into our process to make this and future jobs more productive
and run more cost efficient. The evaluation process will also enable
CUB to make additions to our program assisting our ability to supply
the best quality construction project.
imperative, for the success of our program to continue, to educate
the owners and users of construction that the organized construction
industry delivers the most cost effective results. That is the bottom
line -- smart people look at the big picture and we must show that
union construction workers and union employing contractors are the
most capable people on the job.
reports are reviewed daily. When new projects and/or new developers
or owners are considering our area they are contacted. In reviewing
the progress of our organization throughout the years, and presenting
the benefits of a CUB job, we feel confident we will continue to
have the majority of construction in ~Washtenaw County done by union
employing contractors. The success of our program is exemplified
by the decision of the developers of the Wal-Mart Shopping Center
in Washtenaw County to build the project totally with union labor.
For an organization known for building their stores with non-union
contractors, there is no better example of the benefits of CUB.
CUB local and CUB contractor has made a commitment to look for and
encourage the development of innovative construction practices and
techniques that can increase productivity, quality and safety. Numerous
CUB members were instrumental in the formation of the Construction
Innovation Forum and the organized Construction Industry works to
promote the work being done through this organization.
with our work locally, CUB participates as an active member of LOC
(Labor-Owner-Contractor) Summit of Southeastern Michigan, a statewide
organization working for the betterment of the organized construction
industry. We know we are not alone in our commitment to serve owners
and users. A Summit of all statewide programs enables us to exchange
ideas, and utilize the collective knowledge of all organizations.
importance to the education of our clients is the necessity to reinforce
to our employees how vital their productivity and cooperation is
to maintaining the good working relationship that encourage the
use of our product.
are the first line of defense against the non-union industry. With
their continued commitment and hard work, the jobs of tomorrow will
be there. They will be there because the owners will continue to
receive the very best product.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS
with the need to better educate owners and users is the need to
enlighten the general public of the benefits from our Industry.
CUB becomes involved in various community service activities, including:
Towers Renovation - Through the efforts of CUB members, the University
Musical Society (UMS) offices, housed at Burton Towers at the University
of Michigan, were completely renovated, free of charge, when it
was determined it was desperately needed and impossible for the
UMS to do the project on their own.
Giving Program - During the holiday season CUB adopted 20 families
who were currently on welfare. The organization purchased food,
clothing and gifts for the families at Christmas.
In April - Christmas In April is a national program dedicated to
keeping low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners living in warmth,
safety, independence, dignity and decency through home repair and
rehabilitation using volunteer services. Lead by the Plumbing and
Mechanical Industry and the Electrical Industry, the unionized Construction
Industry donated time, materials and expertise to renovate homes
during the program on an Annual basis.
these programs are of vital importance in making the community aware
of our organization and the advantages we provide for the area.
- OUR 35th YEAR
CUB begins its 35th year. New programs are being developed to insure
our continued progress:
giving our clients the most cost effective product available at
the quality level they deserve,
having the safest jobsites possible,
a substance abuse free project,
replenishing our ranks with enthusiastic apprentices to continue
helping our workers reach their potential as tradesmen,
helping our foremen and supervisors achieve their potential to
administer problem free work-sites