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➤ Why don’t our contracts keep up with the cost of living (Consumer Price Index)?

They far exceed them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Seattle /Tacoma area has increased by 13% since 2013 and during that same time, our wages grew by 15.57% which does not include the 2018 4.79% increase. With that additional 4.79% increase that would put us 9.36% ahead of the CPI.

Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More

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