Unions Take Pay Cut on PHA Projects

Laborers say they haven’t had much work in recent years.

Fourteen building-trades unions in Philadelphia have agreed to take a 20 percent pay cut on projects built by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. That will reduce costs on publicly funded affordable housing projects — and could spread back into the private sector.

The Inquirer reports:

“This is a very, very good negotiated agreement,” said Pat Eiding, secretary-treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Philadelphia.

Eiding, who also is president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, said the agreement “didn’t happen without a whole lot of consternation and meetings.” But he added that some of the 14 unions represented by the building council “haven’t had a hell of a lot of work in the last couple of years.”

Eiding acknowledged that giving PHA a discount may lead other developers to ask for the same. “I hope it does,” he said, adding that in return, the unions would want long-term employment commitments.

The agreement lasts five years, during which PHA pledges to engage “only contractors who hire union laborers, carpenters, painters, and other workers.” (Inquirer)

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  • nissi-n-philli

    So, let me see if I’ve, got this, everyone is ecstatic, about PHA’s workers, taking a pay cut, for work that they are too trifling, to do anyway, most of these projects are so very poorly served, including, some of the properties run by the “private sector.” Oh btw, did I forget to mention that PHA, has the gull to recruit hard-working tenants, under their “tax-credit,” program, so they should have more than what they need, especially, since I pay almost $900.00 per month (cash,) yet they seem to deliver more attitude, than service………………………