The National Heavy & Highway Coalition
Simply put, the National Heavy & Highway Coalition works with contractors all
over the country which are bidding public works projects and which face major
non-union competition. Its goal is to place the union bidder in the best
competitive bidding position it can. The tool the Coalition uses in order
to make contractors competitive is its National Heavy & Highway Construction
Project Agreement (included on this website).
This bare-bones, no frills, no bells-and-whistles Project Agreement has been,
and is, a proven success story. The Coalition and its affiliated unions
treat this Agreement as a partnership between Labor and the Employer, not as a
truce. It always has. It always will. The Heavy & Highway
Agreement has been utilized on billions and billions of dollars of construction
work since the Heavy/Highway Program's start-up in 1954.
As you read this there are over 50 projects being constructed across
the USA under its terms and conditions, totaling $5.5 billion worth of
work (this list is included on the website). These projects
include highways, bridges, locks and dams, airport runways, cofferdams,
hydroelectric plants, marine projects of all types, and just about any
type of infrastructure project there is.
The Coalition consists of the International Unions of the Laborers',
Ironworkers, Cement Masons, Teamsters, Painters, and Bricklayers. It
works hand-in-hand in obtaining heavy and highway work with the National
Construction Alliance II, which consists of the Operating Engineers and
Carpenters. Jointly, these eight crafts work under the Heavy & Highway
Agreement wherever it is approved. However, contractors need only
utilize those crafts which are its direct hires (more information is
contained under the Q & A tab on this website).
The Heavy & Highway Agreement is a proven "winning" factor in
obtaining work. In the past 16 years of all the projects bid under
its terms and conditions 65% were awarded to union
contractors totaling 61% of the dollar volume awarded.
Whichever way you look at it, that is an organizing success story for
both Labor and Management!!!
Should you have any questions regarding any topic contained on this
website please do not hesitate the contact the Coalition.