Recap: UAC’s “Constructive Collective Bargaining Seminar”

UAC Presentation
April 13, 2023
By S. J. Peters, Executive Director, PCA of Greater Chicago

Nearly 50 signatory association officials, chapter executives and management industry leaders took part in an encore presentation of this full-day seminar held by the Union Affiliated Contractors (UAC) of PHCC—National Association in Oak Brook, Illinois, on April 5.

The event was comprised of four informative educational sessions on contract negotiations geared to the employer-side of union construction and concluded with a panel discussion facilitated by PCA Executive Director and UAC Advisory Board member, S.J. Peters. The day opened with welcoming remarks from PHCC—National Association President Dave Frame (Bob Frame Plumbing Service/South Bend, Indiana) and UAC Chairman Brian Rich (GA Rich & Sons/Deer Creek, Illinois). Session presenters included attorneys John Nesse (The Law Firm of Mgt. Guidance/St. Paul, Minnesota); Richard Samson (Ogletree-Deakins/Chicago, Illinois); and Christina Wernick (Laner-Muchin/Chicago, Illinois). Sponsors included Milwaukee Tool; Bradford White; and Screen Safe.

The UAC originally held this seminar in late January in Bloomington, Illinois, for member contractors only. The encore event held last week was offered to other area contractors’ associations and was well attended. The PCA’s upcoming “At Work” print newsletter will contain full coverage of both the Bloomington and Oak Brook seminar presentations. PCA Board members in attendance included David Ariano (Ravinia Plumbing, Heating, Sewer & Electric); Moe Giglio (Calumet City Plumbing); and Tom Mascari (Mendel Plumbing & Heating). Our thanks to SMACNA Greater Chicago for making our meeting space available, the Illinois PHCC Chapter for their tremendous assistance, and to all the associations that promoted the event and sponsored attendees.

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