The MCA of Las Vegas is the duly authorized collective bargaining agent for all mechanical contractor members that are signatory to the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 525. The MCA regards labor relations as one of its single-most influential benefits and services provided to contractor members. The association has forged a close working relationship with union leadership to protect the interests of working men and women, create a level-playing field in the contracting community and deliver the best-trained labor in the industry.
Together an appointed team – of contractor members and the association’s executive director – negotiate directly with the union or the United Association on the following agreements: Master Labor Agreement; National Residential Agreement – Schedule A; National Service and Maintenance Agreement – Schedule A; National Industrial Agreement for Maintenance; National Pipe Fabrication Agreement and any other agreement that aids contractors in procuring and maintaining market share. Contract negotiations enable management and labor to reach accord on wages, working conditions, dispute mechanisms, safety and training and any other contract provisions needing an overhaul. Should management and labor agree to disagree and reach an impasse in negotiations, the MCA conducts the necessary preparation to represent its collective bargaining unit of contractors through arbitration.
Grievance and Arbitration Representation
Although rare, occasional disagreements occur between management and labor over the application of terms contained in a labor agreement. A grievance is filed and may be generated by either labor or management. If a timely resolution is not reached the grievance is vetted through an informal hearing process through the Joint Labor Management Board (JLMB). The MCA represents all signatory contractor members and appoints the management representatives serving on the JLMB. Should a grievance escalate beyond the JLMB, the grievance will be accelerated to arbitration. The MCA Board of Directors maintains the ultimate decision on whether the issue being grieved is deemed to have industry-wide implications and whether the association will continue its representation of the affected contractor through arbitration.
Trust Fund Representation
Federal law requires health and welfare, pension and apprentice training trust funds be jointly administered by management and labor. The MCA maintains the sole authority to appoint the management trustees for these three trust funds. The MCA executive director automatically serves as the lead management representative and alternates annually as the trusts’ chairman position with the union business manager from labor. The trustees have the fiduciary responsibility and liability for setting sound operating policies to ensure the continuation of defined benefits promised to union workers.
The MCA is but one facet of the larger construction industry, catering to owners, general and specialty contractors. The MCA routinely meets with other construction trade associations and contractors outside of the mechanical scope to foster harmony and unity among contractors. The MCA belongs to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the National Plumbing Contractors Association (PHCC-National), the PHCC Union-Affiliated Contractors (UAC) and the national and local chapters of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors (IAPMO). The MCA is also a member of the Western Mechanical Labor Management Cooperation Conference (WMLMC) and maintains a dedicated seat on the Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners (NBOPE). Additionally, the MCA demonstrates its commitment to its partnership with Local 525 by contributing annually to the union’s Chuck England Scholarship Fund, the Old-Timers Picnic, the 525 Christmas Toy Drive and by sponsoring various causes important to the United Association – such as the Mayo Clinic Fundraising Golf Tournament.