The signing of a three-year contract for the Western Space is, first, Presidents Larry Jansen (employers) and Tom Baca (union). Employer co-chair Jerry Bennett and secretary Tom Dillon, as well as union secretary David Bunch and co-chair Kyle Evenson. Baca believes that the negotiations have also strengthened trade union relations with the signatory contractors. « Thanks to the difficult negotiations, we have moved closer to our contractors, » Baca said. « I am very grateful to the president of the management, Larry Jansen, for all the work he has done to get what the union and contractors consider to be the most advanced agreement in the nation. » The Western States Area Agreement, which comes into effect from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2011, includes field construction in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. According to Baca, the contract is the best deal his territory has ever had. Not only does it contain its biggest salary increase to date, but it will also almost double the pro diet term. Language changes include the portability of up to five cauldroners employed in CES jobs to be transferred throughout Western countries, mandatory security training until 1 October 2009 and new guidelines on absenteeism. CALLING IT THE « Progressive It`s an agreement in the nation, » Intl. Vice Pres.
Tom Baca congratulated the leaders of Western countries and intl. Representatives of their exceptional efforts to reach a three-year pact with their signatories. « The directors of the Western States and the Intl. The representatives were the most cohesive group I`ve ever worked with, » Baca said. « I`m very proud of them all. I also worked very closely with IP Jones during the negotiations. His councils and leaders were instrumental in reaching the best deal Western countries have ever had. The agreement, currently signed by 124 contractors, covers all land construction work carried out by boilers in these 12 countries (including construction, assembly, installation, loading and unloading, field manufacturing, assembly, dismantling and on-site repair). Union jurisdiction includes Local 4 (Page, Ariz.), Local 11 (Helena, Mount.), Local 92 (Los Angeles), Local 101 (Denver), Local 242 (Spokane, Wash.), Local 500 (Salem, Ore.), Local 502 (Tacoma, Wash.), Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.) and Local 627 (Phoenix).