Negotiating and interpreting union contracts for decades uniquely positions ACCNJ as the premier construction organization in New Jersey, with labor relations as its trademark. The Association's labor relations services are comprehensive, ranging from furnishing accurate wage data and current collective bargaining agreements, to ensuring contracts are fairly interpreted. ACCNJ works with each of our labor partners to build and strengthen those partnerships for the benefit of all. As a result, private and public owners continue to recognize that union contractors bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and skilled craftworkers to each job.
Bargaining Agent/Contract Interpretation
ACCNJ negotiates agreements with more than a dozen local, statewide, and regional labor unions, including the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Dockbuilders, Ironworkers, Laborers, and Operating Engineers. Members routinely engage the Association to represent them in collective bargaining by assigning their bargaining rights to ACCNJ. Our prime focus is keeping union contractors competitive.
Management Trustee Appointments
ACCNJ appoints members and staff to serve as management trustees on the following benefit and apprentice funds:
- Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #4 Pension Fund
- Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union #5 Pension Fund
- Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers New Jersey BAC Health Fund
- Local Unions #4 & #5 New Jersey BAC Annuity Fund
- BAC/ADC of New Jersey Apprentice Training and Education Fund
- Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Funds
- New Jersey Building Laborers Statewide Benefit Funds
- Heavy and General Laborers Funds of New Jersey, Local Unions #472 & #172
- Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program - Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
- Construction Craft Laborers Training & Apprenticeship Fund of New Jersey and Delaware
- Heavy and General Laborers SET Fund, Local Unions #472 And #172
- Ironworkers Local Union #11 Benefit Funds and Training Facility
- Ironworkers District Council/Philadelphia Pension & Welfare Plan
- Ironworkers Local Union #399 Annuity & Vacation Funds
- Ironworkers Local Union #399 JAC Fund
- Operating Engineers Local Union #825 Benefit Funds
- Tile Setters Local Union #7 Benefit Funds
ACCNJ also assists with providing management trustees with educational programs on a trustee’s fiduciary responsibility.
Trusted Information Source
Members have come to rely on ACCNJ for problem solving. When faced with unfamiliar contract provisions or unanticipated jobsite circumstances arise, ACCNJ helps members safely navigate the contract.
In addition to maintaining the Collective Bargaining Agreements for the trades with whom ACCNJ negotiates, the Association produces a Labor Information Reference Binder available to members that employ trade labor and assign bargaining rights to the Association. This reference book of valuable labor information includes current Wage and Fringe Benefit schedules; a directory of Labor Business Representatives; a list of Contract Expiration Dates; Contract Summaries that include language from the Collective Bargaining Agreements on the most-often referred to work rules and contract provisions; and a directory of Fringe Benefit Fund Trustees, Administrators and Fund Professionals.
Project Labor Agreements
Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) can create market opportunities for reputable contractors and are a valuable tool for owners. ACCNJ tracks PLA initiatives and assists with developing standardized, competitive agreements. PLAs create a level playing field for both union and non-union contractors and ensure craftworkers are paid a living wage and protected by State Labor Laws.
Labor/Management Cooperatives preserve, identify and expand business and employment opportunities for signatory union contractors and the craftworkers they employ. ACCNJ works closely with and supports the following:
Industry Advancement Trust
ACCNJ Industry Advancement Trust works to improve the safety and efficiency of union construction in New Jersey. Activities funded by the Trust showcase and promote the utilization of union-affiliated contractors and skilled union craftworkers to private owners, architects, engineers, developers, and publicly funded institutions and agencies.