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Working for a Better Community

The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council was established to assist contractors, construction clients, and our member trade workers; to provide essential coordination and support to the work of its affiliated local unions to facilitate inter-trade solidarity, assist organized construction workers in achieving a powerful voice: in government, in bargaining, and in their communities. If you are a contractor and wish to become a signatory member of the trade union and the CRICBT please contact the CRICBT for information. Information about individual member trades unions may be found on our website's Trades pages.
Each member trade union has a representative on the governing board of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council.

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The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council works behind the scenes to create the very best environment for the construction industry. The governing board establishes policies and coordinates information among the affiliated trades unions. Their work benefits all members and the community. For example, in 2011, the CRICBT successfully negotiated a project labor agreement (PLA) with the city of Cedar Rapids for the construction of the new Convention Center. This was the first PLA in the history of Cedar Rapids and was vitally important in the effort to keep local projects being built by local people. The PLA was negated by the current governor's (Republican Governor Terry Branstad) executive order 69 which forbade PLAs on projects receiving state money. However the background work already done helped the city and the council find an exchange proposal to replace the PLA. An agreement was established to put a PLA agreement on the city's hotel renovation project which received no state funds. In addition other procedures regarding city bidding were instituted — important outcome developed as a result. While PLAs may face roadblocks from anti-labor entities, the City of Cedar Rapids recognizes the importance of the primary goal "keep local projects being built by local people" and has now implemented those other procedures to assist in reaching that goal. For example, the city requires contractors to attend pre-bid meetings and the city breaks project bids into smaller bid packages as a way to give local contractors a chance to compete effectively against larger, out of the region, competitors. The city also requires contractors to operate a drug-free workplace and certify that employees have completed certain safety training and skill training. As a result, local and area employees and contractors predominate on city projects. The CRICBT works for you — the worker, the construction client, and the contractor by ensuring that there is a construction partnership interested in the welfare of our community.

The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America." ~ John F. Kennedy

Contact information for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council may be found on the CRICBT Council's contact page.
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