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Mar 2, 2022

Understanding Why Signatory Contractors Have to (and Don't Have to) Collectively Bargain

From FCA International -finishingcontractors.org/2022/02/14/do-we-have-to-negotiate-that-understanding-and-operationalizing-mandatory-permissive-and-illegal-subjects-of-bargaining/

During contract negotiations, contractors know that wages and benefits will always be front and center. But, what about other subjects, such as travel time, bargaining unit scope, converting from an 8(f) to a 9(a) relationship, etc.? Is the contractor required to bargain over these subjects or can they refuse to bargain over the topic? 

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) divides the subjects of bargaining into three categories:

Mandatory – both parties (management and labor) have a statutory obligation to bargain these subjects.
Permissive– both parties may choose to (or refuse to) bargain these subjects.
Illegal– both parties must refrain from bargaining these subjects.

Generally, the test for determining whether a bargaining subject is mandatory or permissive is whether the subject “vitally affects” the relations between the employer and its employees.  …Read More

Jan 31, 2022

FCAI 20th Anniversary Celebration

From FCAI Board of Directors & Mark Palmer, Executive Director

The month of February marks FCA of Illinois 20th year serving as the voice of signatory contractors in DC 30.  Twenty years of representing your interests and providing services, educational programs, timely communications and information, and networking events. Plus, providing opportunities that help enhance your profitability and run your business more efficiently.


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Jan 19, 2022

Peer Groups Specifically for Signatory Contractors

From FCA International - finishingcontractors.org

Many FCA International members have requested a peer group structure for signatory business owners and executives. While there are many opportunities to be involved in peer groups, there are not many options strictly for the betterment of signatory contractors and the obstacles they face. FCA International will be holding its first Peer Group Meetings during the upcoming FCA International Leadership Council at Las Vegas’ The Wynn Hotel from March 23-26. Interested contractors should fill out an application, and read on for more information on peer groups and their value for signatory contractors.

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Dec 13, 2021

Controlling Costs Under Existing Construction Contracts

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for construction contractors. Contractors who bid for work in 2019 and 2020 may still be performing work under pre-pandemic contracts that never anticipated the steep increases in material prices, labor shortages, and ever-changing regulatory and safety landscape.

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Nov 18, 2021


Article by Anthony Darkangelo, CEO FCA International

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