Who is Eligible for CAM's Labor Relations Program?
Union contractors who employ Carpenters, Cement Masons, Laborers and Operating Engineers in Southeast Michigan and Laborers and Operating Engineers in Outstate Michigan are eligible to benefit from the CAM Labor Relations Program. There are no additional costs or paperwork involved. A contractor may choose to remain an independent contractor and continue to use his independent agreements with the unions, or he may choose to upgrade to the CAM-negotiated labor contracts by appointing CAM as his collective bargaining agent. The benefits are the same regardless of whether the contractor remains signatory to his independent agreements or becomes signatory to the CAM-negotiated contracts. To date, over 400 contractors are using the CAM Labor Relations Program.
The Program is based on the contractor simply directing his monthly Industry Advancement Fund (IAF) contribution of $.15/hr to CAM by using the CAM Section on the fringe benefit contribution forms. Your IAF contributions are an asset that you can use to obtain a benefit. Understand that your IAF contributions are received by a contractor association; they do not go to the union or to your employees. Ask yourself – What are you receiving now from the associations to which you have been sending your IAF contributions? Doesn't it make sense to maximize the use of this asset by receiving labor relations services from CAM?
What are the Benefits of CAM's Labor Relations Program?
You will receive information about current developments in labor relations in Southeast Michigan and be included in the CAM Labor Relations Program e-mail distribution list.
- You will receive a password to the Labor Section of the CAM website.
You will be able to call CAM to obtain assistance with all labor-related questions. You will be able to call CAM to obtain assistance with all labor-related questions. Among the labor-related areas in which you will receive assistance are:
Resolution of all disputes with labor unions related to both contractual and noncontractual matters.
- Information regarding upcoming changes in the scale of wages in the designated collective bargaining agreements, and wage rate/fringe benefit information on request for all building trades in the State of Michigan.
Advice relating to proper work assignments, and assistance in resolving conflicting work claims between labor unions.
Informational bulletins relating to current labor developments.
Advice regarding the proper management response to union picketing of all types.
If you so choose, representation in the negotiation, administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements with the eight CAM labor unions – Carpenters, Laborers Locals 1191, 1076, 499 (Monroe County only) and 1098 (Greater Saginaw Area), Operating Engineers Local 324, and Cement Masons Locals 514 and 2.
Assistance is also commonly provided with regard to:
What is the Cost of CAM's Labor Relations Service?
CAM offers this service at no additional cost to you. The service is based on the contractor simply directing his monthly Industry Advancement Fund contribution to CAM instead of to whichever organization is now receiving it. You automatically do this by using the CAM Section on the union fringe benefit contribution form. You would use Section U2 or UU on the Carpenter form, Section U on the Operating Engineer (Southeast Michigan) form, Section A1 on the Detroit Laborer and Cement Mason forms, Section B1 on the Outstate Michigan Laborer form for work in Monroe County, and Section V on the Operating Engineer (Outstate Michigan) form.
How Do I Become a Participant in CAM's Labor Relations Program?
You must first decide whether you want to remain signatory to the independent agreements or whether you want to upgrade to the CAM-negotiated contacts. If you want to remain with the independent agreements, you may obtain the agreement forms from Mr. Jim Oleksinski, M.A., J.D., LL.M., Director of CAM Labor Relations and Government Affairs, at 248-972-1117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You would return the completed forms to the applicable Union.
To upgrade to the CAM-negotiated labor contracts, you will need to complete the CAM Authorization Form that appoints CAM as your collective bargaining agent. As with the independent agreement forms, you can attain the CAM Authorization Form from Mr. Oleksinski. Understand that you may cancel or amend your CAM Authorization Form at any time, and you may leave the CAM Labor Relations Program at any time. Only CAM's high level of service keeps contractors in the Program. Regardless of whether you choose the independent contracts or the CAM-negotiated contracts, all benefits are available to you.
Who is the CAM Staff Member providing the Labor Relations Service?
Mr. Jim Oleksinski, M.A., J.D., LL.M., Director of CAM Labor Relations and Government Affairs, is the individual providing labor relations services on behalf of CAM. Mr. Oleksinski is a licensed attorney and certified labor relations and human resources professional with more than twenty years of labor relations and labor law experience. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, including the Labor and Employment Law Section. Mr. Oleksinski earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit School of Law and Master of Laws degree with a major in Labor Law from Wayne State University Law School. He also attained certifications in labor relations and human resources from the Michigan State University - School of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Prior to coming to CAM, Mr. Oleksinski held the position of Human Resources Director for the City of Madison Heights, where he represented the City in collective bargaining negotiations and grievance meetings. Mr. Oleksinski also has over 15 years of experience with the Wayne County Labor Relations Division where he worked with a multitude of trade unions and developed strong professional relationships with the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. He began his career as a Law Clerk with the Wayne County Corporation Counsel.
In his duties as Director of Labor Relations and Government Affairs, Mr. Oleksinski provides guidance to the over 400 contractors participating in CAM’s Labor Program. CAM President Kevin Koehler said, “We are very pleased to have Jim as our Director of Labor Relations and Government Affairs. He will undoubtedly continue to expand our leadership in labor relations to the Michigan construction industry.”
Your questions are welcome. Contact Mr. Oleksinski at the CAM Office (248-972-1117 or email@example.com) for a further explanation of CAM's Labor Relations Program and how your company may obtain the greatest benefit.