Bricklayers Local 1’s strike against the Mason Contractors Association is having an impact on the group.
On Friday, two large contractors – Superior Waterproofing and Restoration and B&K Tuckpointing Co. – resigned from the MCA and signed with Local 1 as independents.
Local 1 is striking the MCA for the third time in as many contracts to protect hard-won benefits for their members.
Some 850 Local 1 bricklayers went on strike May 31 following the expiration of their previous four-year contract with the MCA expired.
A key issue in the talks is the Bricklayers’ pension plan.
“Our major issue is their attempt to eliminate our defined benefit plan,” Brown said. “We are ready to find a workable, reasonable solution over many issues, but we are not going to let the contractors destroy our pension plan.”