WAGE & BENEFIT INFORMATION
Western States Field Constructions Bargaining Agreement
Effective October 1, 2019
|Employer Paid Benefit Package|
|Health & Welfare:||$8.57|
|Pension:||$14.92 (hours paid)|
|Annuity:||$1.50 (hours paid)|
|Vacation:||$3.50 (hours paid)|
|TOTAL FRINGE BENEFIT PACKAGE||$30.48|
|Total Journeyman Package:||$69.04|
|Total Assistant Foreman Package:||$70.29|
|Total Foreman Package:||$71.58|
|Apprentice Pay Schedule|
|0000 – 1000 hours 70% of Journeyman Wage =||$26.99|
|1001 – 2000 hours 75% of Journeyman Wage =||$28.92|
|2001 – 3000 hours 80% of Journeyman Wage =||$30.85|
|3001 – 4000 hours 85% of Journeyman Wage =||$32.85|
|4001 – 5000 hours 90% of Journeyman Wage =||$34.70|
|5001 – 6000 hours 95% of Journeyman Wage =||$36.63|
|*Appprentices are paid full benefits.|
|*Vacation is added to gross wages, taxed and taken off.|
|*Field Dues are 6% of gross wages.|
|*Subsistence: Over 70 miles – $65.00/day||Over 120 miles – $80.00/day|
|*Travel: Over 120 miles (in and out) IRS allowable.|
|Helper Pay Schedule|
|Helper Employer Paid Benefit Package|
|1st 2000 Hours|
|Health & Welfare:||–|
|TOTAL FRINGE BENEFIT PACKAGE||$2.70|
|After 2000 Hours|
|Health & Welfare:||$8.57|
|TOTAL FRINGE BENEFIT PACKAGE||$11.27|
* Helpers may not perform layout work, certified welding, crane signaling or service in any capacity. The Helper may perform any other work in which he or she is capable of performing.
The benefits of being a union member are huge. On average, unionized workers earn about 28 percent more in wages than nonunion workers. They are nearly twice as likely to have an employer-paid pension as nonunion workers. And in 2010, 84 percent of union workers were covered by an employer-sponsored health care insurance plan, compared to only 55 percent of nonunion workers.
Communities benefit from unions as well. Studies show that unions are good for business, productivity, and the economy. They lift families out of poverty and are credited by many historians with creating the U.S. middle class.
For more information on the benefits of unions, visit the Union Difference page on the AFL-CIO web site.
The page you are currently on contains links to information on benefits specifically for Boilermakers and their families. Since our founding in 1880, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has sought to improve the quality of life for our members through better wages and benefits.
Today, the Brotherhood participates in three Taft-Hartley trusts that provide pensions, health insurance, and an annuity for those locals who participate. These labor-management trusts offer participating members the opportunity for a more secure retirement as well quality health care for themselves and their families. Some members have other types of benefits through their employers and do not participate in these plans.
The three national trusts include:
The Boilermakers offer exceptional health benefits. Our networks comprise doctors, hospitals and providers who meet strict credentialing standards and deliver substantial savings for our participants.
Our health benefits currently cover a substantial part of the cost of medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and hearing aids. We cover inpatient and outpatient hospital visits and have behavioral health/substance abuse and organ transplant programs. We also offer excellent long-term disability coverage. The combination of benefits helps to protect the health and livelihood of participants nationwide.
Click on the following link to go to the Boilermakers Health & Welfare Website
Click on the following link for a listing of “CIGNA Preferred Providers”
Click on the following link for a “Behavioral Health Benefits Brochure”
The Boilermaker National Annuity Trust is a Taft-Hartley Fund Defined Contribution Plan. The Trust was established November 1, 1985 and is sponsored and administered by the Board of Trustees.
Participating employers make contributions to the Annuity Fund on the behalf of each covered Boilermaker in amounts determined by a Collective Bargaining or Participation Agreements.
This diversified fund is an excellent source of retirement benefits. The value of each Participant’s account depends upon the amount of contributions and investment performance.
All are administered through the Brotherhood’s National Funds Office.
For additional information on these three Taft-Hartley Trusts, visit www.bnf-kc.com.
Other benefits available to members include:
Are You Ready for College?
Dependents of Boilermaker members are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000. Each year, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers gives a total of $50,000 worth of scholarships to dependents of members, both in Canada and in the U.S.
Boilermaker scholarships are open to high school seniors who will be entering their first year of a two- or four-year academic program at a degree-granting, accredited college or university within one year of their high school graduation and are dependents of Boilermaker members in good standing (includes son, daughter, legally adopted child or dependent of active, retired, disabled, or deceased members).
Scholarship awards are based upon academic record, extra-curricular and outside school activities, career goals, and performance on a typed essay.
Scholarship candidates must submit the following:
The official Scholarship Application (postmarked between January 1 and March 1);
proof of relationship or dependency to a Boilermaker member;
the results from their SAT and/or ACT test scores (for U.S. citizens only);
the applicant’s high school transcript; and
a minimum 350 word, typed essay on a specific theme (a new essay topic is announced each December for that year’s scholarship application).
Contact your local lodge for an application or request one in writing from the committee at the address below.
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101
Applications postmarked after the March 1, 2016 deadline cannot be considered.
Winners of the 2015 International Executive Council Scholarship Awards:
The essay topic for 2015 was “Discuss ways that unions could use social media to help organize new members and service current members.”
Alison Grace Bachand-Lapointe — daughter of Ken Bachand, Local Lodge 146 — $1,000
Morgan Ellice Baird — daughter of Matthew Baird, Local Lodge D209 — $2,000
Daniel Jason Boutilier — son of Daniel Boutilier, Local Lodge 73 — $1,000
Abigail Nicole Burke — daughter of Sean Burke, Local Lodge 374 — $3,000
Andrew Loren Cessna — son of James Cessna, Local Lodge 744 — $1,000
Madeline Elsa Copeland — daughter of Dwayne Copeland, Local Lodge 363 — $2,000
Chelsea Catherine Costello — daughter of Ian Costello, Local Lodge 146 — $1,000
Hayden Douglas Flinner — son of Doug Flinner, Local Lodge 105 — $3,000
Andrew Thomas Fritz — son of Brian Fritz, Local Lodge 647 — $2,000
Shyann Marie Hartline — daughter of Travis Hartline, Local Lodge 656 — $1,000
Andrea Nicole Hennessey — daughter of Kenny Hennessey, Local Lodge 580 — $1,000
Joshua Michael Henry — son of Dale Henry, Local Lodge 1393 — $3,000
Catherine Rose Keeling — daughter of Harley Keeling, Local Lodge 169 — $2,000
Jacob Anthony Akers LaMar — son of Gabriel LaMar, Local Lodge 374 — $2,000
Taylor Joanne Lang — daughter of Scott Lang, Local Lodge 532 — $2,000
Melissa Marie Larade — daughter of Mark Larade, Local Lodge 73 — $1,000
Robert Lis — son of Dariusz Lis, Local Lodge 5 — $2,000
Austin Cody MacDonald — son of Roderick “Chad” MacDonald, Local Lodge 73 — $2,000
Haley Jade Maidment — daughter of Dean Maidment, Local Lodge 73 — $1,000
JoseC) Sophie Maillet — daughter of Gilles Maillet, Local Lodge 73 — $2,000
Kelsey Anne O’Brien — daughter of Kevin O’Brien, Local Lodge 5 — $2,000
John Wyatt Retkowski — son of Joseph Retkowski, Local Lodge 13 — $1,000
Megan Elizabeth Robison — daughter of Eric Robison, Local Lodge D533 — $1,000
Christopher Edward Rura — son of Edward Rura, Local Lodge 1393 — $2,000
Hannah Ellen Scherer — daughter of Brian Scherer, Local Lodge 158 — $1,000
Meaghan Ashley Sheerin — daughter of Daniel Sheerin, Local Lodge 344 — $1,000
Dillon Paul Stanhope — son of Dennis Stanhope, Local Lodge 397 — $1,000
Jessica Elizabeth Strenth — daughter of John Strenth III, Local Lodge 108 — $2,000
Curtis Wade Wentz — son of Dale Wentz, Local Lodge 1393 — $2,000
Casey Alexander White — son of Kevin White, Local Lodge 105 — $1,000
Savannah Victoria Williamson — daughter of Timothy Williamson, Local Lodge 108 — $1,000
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has proudly participated in the Union Plus Benefits Program since 1986, when the AFL-CIO first created Union Privilege. This program provides our U.S. members and their families with valuable consumer benefits. With Union Plus benefits, your union membership “pays” at work and at home.
By using the collective buying power of unions, Union Privilege is able to offer a variety of high-quality, discounted products and services exclusively to union working families. You don’t have to join Union Plus or Union Privilege; as a member or retiree of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, you and your family are automatically eligible for these benefits.
The Union Privilege staff monitors each program to ensure that the unique needs of working families are being met. See the list below for benefits available to members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and start saving now. For additional information, visit the UnionPlus website or contact Boilermakers UP Liaison Heather Gayle at email@example.com, 312-560-2590.
The International Brotherhood helps local lodges and members get the legal representation they need through our relationships with Blake & Uhlig; Jones, Granger, Tramuto & Halstead (formerly Jones & Granger); other law firms; and Union Plus Legal Resources.
If your lodge needs an attorney, contact your International representative or International vice president.
Individual members in the United States can get legal help through the Union Plus Legal Resources program. No enrollment forms or fees are required. Boilermaker members are automatically enrolled and are entitled to the following benefits for each separate legal matter:
- A free initial consultation with a lawyer of up to 30 minutes (in person or over the phone)
- A free simple document review and explanation
- A free follow-up letter or phone call, if likely to resolve a legal matter.
- Most additional services are discounted by 30% (including attorney’s hourly rates and flat fees for most common legal cases.)
Spouses and dependents of Boilermakers may also use this service. Union Plus programs are not available to our members in Canada.
Boilermaker Vacation Trust
Are You Entitled to a Vacation Trust Benefit?
The Boilermaker Vacation Trust was originally established in 1963 as part of the Western States Construction Agreement. Over the years, other lodges have joined the trust, either because they added a vacation benefit to their contracts or they merged their individual plans into this trust to gain legal protection.
Today 21 local union lodges participate in the Boilermaker Vacation Trust. They include Locals 4, 7, 11, 13, 27, 28, 29, 45, 60, 83, 92, 101, 107, 193, 237, 242, 363, 502, 549, 627, and 647.
The Vacation Trust distributes benefits on December 1 of each year. The payout covers contributions received for work in September of the prior year through August of the current year.
If you believe you are entitled to a Vacation Trust benefit but did not receive your check, please contact the administrative office at 1-800-833-2682. If you are owed an unclaimed benefit, it is important that you claim the benefit as soon as possible, because you will permanently forfeit the benefit if you do not claim it within three years from the date the benefit was payable.
The Board of Trustees will consider making a payout prior to December 1 where the participant has died or retired. Requests for early payouts should be directed to the Board of Trustees, 20910 Redwood Road, Suites E & F, P. O. Box 20757, Castro Valley, CA 94546-8757.
If you have any questions about this Trust, please contact the administrative office at 1-800-833-2682.